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  063 08/05/06 Berea Booneville Dog days of Kentucky Gene  
1976 Centennial Sign
dog days morning
Kentucky Hills

Saturday August 5, 2006 59 miles - Total so far: 2,917 miles

Today began with a bad omen...in the process of topping off the air in my tire at a gas station in Berea I broke the stem on the tube and had to replace it. We set out from Berea in cooler weather and in good spirits and David felt the pain in his jaw was under control. Little did we know that today would prove to be our final cycling day of this journey. Kentucky proved it's reputation among cyclists as the dog chasing capitol of the country. We're talking here of over two dozen loose pit bulls, german sheppards, collies, boxers, hounds and other assorted mongrels. Most of these were easily kept at bay by our high tech ultrasound dog repellers. However, the persistent rush of two curs (possibly deaf) forced David to whip out his pepper spray canister. David was in front of me and (unannounced) laid down a thick fog of spray which repelled the dogs successfully but I unknowingly cycled directly through. Let me just say...you don't want to try this at home!

We entered what I would describe as the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and David was visibly running out of gas. The rest of the afternoon's ride was a matter of David conserving his energy in order to make it into Booneville. At a crossroads in Vincent we saw a "76 bike route" sign (see photo)...the only remnant we saw on the entire trip of the original founding of this cross-country bike route.

We arrived out destination outside Booneville, The Victorian Rose B&B. For anyone out there traveling in southeastern Kentucky we highly recommend this B&B. It's a quaint old wood frame church with classrooms converted to spacious bedrooms. Linda caters to cross-country cyclists and is a wonderful host.

As soon as we arrived in mid-afternoon David went to bed and didn't get up till the next morning, when he knew that he just didn't have the strength to continue. I called my wife Sue in Louisville and she drove out to pick us up. The next day we returned to Louisville where David saw a doctor and was diagnosed with shingles (adult outbreak of chicken pox virus). At best, shingles requires some weeks of treatment and rest, so attempting to complete our bike trip was not feasible.

This journal entry completes our efforts to document the cycling adventure. One more entry follows, where we will reflect on the trip and make our final comments.

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