TRIP 2001

Update #26 - Aug 15th
Lancaster, Kentucky - 5888 miles (9421 KM)

The ride from Cincinatti (Madeira), Ohio to Lancaster, Kentucky went okay. The heat wasn't really bad this short section. The temperature was only in the eighties and this was a really great change. Even the humidity was a lot less.

For lodging, I had two motel rooms donated through the Baptist Church in Williamstown and the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Lexington. They were pretty good. I was able to speak at the Sunday night service at the Baptist church in Williamstown. There was a pretty good turnout and quite a few people stopped afterwards to shake my hand and slipped me some "Green Handshakes". The last two nights have been spent in the old parsonage of the Church of the Nazarene in Lancaster.

There was pretty neat scenery to see while riding through the farmland of Northern Kentucky. I traveled up and over rolling hills but I was able to stay on the bike for most of them. For the most part, traffic was at a minimum since a lot of the traffic chose to travel along the nearby interstate instead of U.S. 25. Traffic did pick up though into and out of Lexington.

Today (Aug 15th) was an interesting. The Christian Appalachian Project is currently headquartered in Lancaster. I had planned to just stop there for a little bit to check it out and then head on out to Dannville and then to Bardstown. I got there around 8:30 a.m. and had a quick tour and then I went to the Chapel Service at 9:00 a.m. Pastor Hodge of the Church of the Nazarene told me yesterday that he had been asked to speak. Instead, he asked me if I would give my testimony and then talk about my ministry. The Chapel time was supposed to last maybe fifteen minutes but it lasted for a half hour since there were a lot of questions afterwards and I was asked to give the closing prayer. Afterwards, Pastor Hodge asked me if I could stay on so that I could speak during the Wednesday night service. I needed the rest so I agreed. After he left, I was taken around the headquarters building to meet and talk to a lot of people in other departments. I even got to meet and talk with the president of the board. I must have spent about two hours at CAP.

The church service was okay. There was a small turnout but we had a great time. After I talked, there was a short Q&A session. Pastor Hodge asked me to go and get the recumbent. It was really funny when I asked Pastor Hodge to sit on the bike. He couldn't ride it because his legs were too long.

Tomorrow might be a wet day since there is a fourty percent chance for rain. I'm going to see how close I can make it to Bardstown. I plan to be in Kentucky at least eight more days.



Bicyclist in Sunset



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