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That Time I Walked the Dog to Kentucky

That Time I Walked the Dog to Kentucky

While I was walking the dog on a grassy knoll at a West Virginia highway rest area, the Harvey seemed so tiny compared to our friend’s pickup and toy hauler behind it. But when you’re driving the RV and tugging the trailer along a winding mountain road, it doesn’t feel quite so tiny. It’s all about your perspective, I s’pose.

Blue Star Memorial Marker
Monongahela-Cheat District
I-79 S Rest Stop North of Morgantown
Placed: September 19, 1986

We parked for a few days at the Devil Anse staging area of the Hatfield-McCoy trail system in Matewan, West Virginia. The Harvey again looking tiny amidst the brutalist stylings of the flood wall and the hulking toy hauler.

The Kool-Aid was strong.

Perspective.

When you’re in town, you’re always aware of the wall. It had an interesting psychological influence.

 

Matewan sits on the Tug Fork River. It creates a border between West Virginia and Kentucky. In the morning fog while the rest of the world was asleep I got to walk Lilo to Kentucky. I never imagined myself saying such a thing. Just goes to show you that life is continually full of surprises.

Lilo liked the railroad doings and activated her lead-weight superpowers whenever we were close by. This made no sense to me since she is terrified of loud noises. When the trains came squealing, clacking and honking through – she was unfazed. But set off the smoke alarm in the RV with BBQ grill smoke coming in from outside? It’s the end of the world. We’re all gonna dieeeeeeeeee!

Foggy morning on the bridge, looking towards West Virginia and the Matewan flood wall.

Something about that Kentucky logo makes me think of cigarette packaging. Weird.

Wall to Wall Murals in Paducah, Kentucky

Wall to Wall Murals in Paducah, Kentucky

After my conversation with the woman who lost her home in the tornado, I finished packing up my bike and set off for the day.

When I pulled up the waypoint listing in my GPS, one of the closest things to me was something called “Atomic City Mural.” To be honest, I had no idea what that meant. The entries in the dusty corners of my Zumo can be cryptic like that. Just because I have something saved doesn’t mean I have any idea what it means. Keeps life interesting. When I pick my way to whatever is on the other end of those coordinates it’s like a surprise party.

Since I like to live on the edge, I pressed “go” on the atomic entry and was on my way. The nice lady in the box directed me to downtown Paducah, Kentucky.

When I arrived at “…Atomic City Mural …on left” I was surprised to find a tall concrete scroll of artwork decorating the flood wall built to keep the Ohio River at bay. It was beautiful.

It did my heart good to see a panel proudly featuring motorcycles.

Here it is – The Atomic City Mural!

Flood wall water marker:

Wall to Wall Project

The project has a Youtube Video shot with a drone that gives you a nice overview of the murals. (You may want to turn of the music.)

Website: Paducah’s Wall to Wall Murals

Moto Photo Blog-O-Rama Meme: Friends

Moto Photo Blog-O-Rama Meme: Friends

The gang outside of the Nada Tunnel in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
In the spring of 2009 our gang of friends who mostly participate on the esportbike.com motorcycle forum all converged on Morehead, Kentucky to do some riding in the Daniel Boone National Forest. One of our day rides brought us through the Nada Tunnel. This trip was especially exciting for us because our friend Pimmie who lives in Holland flew over to stay and ride with us. Side note: Apparently all of my friends are really tall.

I saw this photo theme on: steadyonthehumble.com

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Moto Photo Blog-o-Rama Meme: Canyons, Chasms, Mountains

Moto Photo Blog-o-Rama Meme: Canyons, Chasms, Mountains

The motorcycle blogging community is rich with interesting characters that have a lot of useful information, compelling photos and stories to share. Sometimes we just need a little help finding one another. Similar to forum Tag-o-Rama type games, this blog photo game – an internet meme if you will – can give us a little push by helping us discover other blogs while posting great motorcycle photos at the same time.

So open up that photo folder or better yet – get out and ride to find a photo that you think matches the Moto Photo Blog-o-Rama theme. Are you ready? Let’s play!


Moto Photo Blog-o-Rama Meme:
Canyons, Chasms, Mountains

BMW R1150GS on route 1274 near Morehead Kentucky

This photo of my BWM R1150GS was taken on route 1274 outside of Morehead, Kentucky in May of 2009. I slipped away for a quick solo ride in the early morning while the rest of the gang on the trip was still sleeping.Β  It felt amazing to be standing alone on that road next to those towering rock walls.

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Visiting Kentucky: Natural Bridge State Park

Visiting Kentucky: Natural Bridge State Park

Kentucky’s Natural Bridge State Park was one of our day ride detours while we were staying in the big k-y. Not far from the Nada Tunnel, it only seemed right to include it on our ride for the day.

Up, up and away in to the sky…

Chair lift to the top of Natural Bridge - Natural Bridge State Park - Kentucky

Chair lift to the top of Natural Bridge - Natural Bridge State Park - Kentucky

Kenny takes in the view from atop the bridge.

Looking down from the top of the natural bridhe - natural bridge state park Kentucky

Natural Bridge:

Kentucky's Natural Bridge - Natural Bridge State Park

Lucky me πŸ™‚ A great bunch o’ guys.

Fuzzy and the guys on top of the Natural Bridge - Kentucky

Fuzzy and the guys Natural Bridge Kentucky

Visiting Kentucky: The Nada Tunnel

Visiting Kentucky: The Nada Tunnel

One of the things that I had on my to-do list on our trip to Kentucky was to take a ride through the Nada Tunnel. At only 12 feet tall and probably not many more feet wide, it felt a bit snug as you made your way through it.

Route 77 leading up to the tunnel was a nice little sidewinder that wriggled through the lush greenery.

Route 77 towards Nada Tunnel - Kentucky

Route 77 towards Nada Tunnel - Kentucky

Fuzzygalore at the Nada Tunnel - Kentucky

Nada Tunnel Kentucky

Our gang at the mouth of the tunnel.

The gang at the Nada Tunnel in Kentucky

Sights from the Road: Kentucky Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn

Sights from the Road: Kentucky Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn

I don’t recall ever seeing a Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn in NY, but I guess the do exist. I love seeing them as we cruise through the south. There is something so distinctly American about them. I think I grinned at every single one I saw last week.

Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn on Route 32 near Morehead Kentucky

 

Visiting Kentucky: A Sunday Morning Stroll on the BMW R1150GS in the Daniel Boone National Forest

Visiting Kentucky: A Sunday Morning Stroll on the BMW R1150GS in the Daniel Boone National Forest

Last week we left home for points west, heading off to do some riding through the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. My knowledge of the state was and still is pretty limited. I knew that it was not an affluent state, that it’s major forest offered lots of lovely mountains to ride and that there were probably more critters on the roadways than people. All of those things proved to be true.

On Sunday morning, while the gang was still sawing logs in their beds, I tiptoed out and stole the GS back from Kenny and went for a quick 60 mile loop to snap a few photos.

Daniel Boone National Forest Sign - Kentucky

rock walls in the Daniel Boone National Forest Kentucky

Rock Walls in Kentucky

That’s a whole lotta bull, right there!

Giant Bull Statue in Kentucky

Apparently it had been raining in Kentucky from what the local folks said, for about a month. There was extensive flooding all over. I’m not sure if that contributed to this rock slide, but I suppose it’s possible. Though the angle in this photo does not capture it well, the scale of the boulders was HUGE!

Rock slide in the Daniel Boone National Forest Kentucky

Foggy morning in the Daniel Boone National Forest

The GS in Salt Lick, Kentucky

The BMW GS and empty storefronts in Salt Lick, Kentucky

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