Average Speed - I passed an Amish Buggy
Lodging - Ralph and Pam's (touring couple I met in WY) house - Free
So before I get to today, let me tell you a story about last night. As you can tell from my previous post, I stayed in a county campground outside Fordsville. I was the only one there and it was out in the country, away from any civilization. That was bit disconcerting by itself. Anyway, as darkness approached I climbed in my tent. As I was laying there a truck pulls up to a nearby dumpster and starts to throw away trash. They were there quite a while and it was a little uncomfortable. After a bit, the truck backed out and pulled away. I breathed a sigh of relief and promptly fell asleep, only to be awakened an hour later by another truck, without a muffler, pulling up to the pavilion I pitched my tent under. They must have stayed there for the better part of an hour. Once again, I lay in the dark waiting, with all senses on high alert. They finally started the engine and pulled away. I once again breathed a sigh of relief and fell alseep, only to be awakened a couple hours later (1 AM in the morning) by another car pulling into the parking lot. This is when things got interesting. Soon after they pulled up, I heard voices. It was a guy and girl talking as they walked in a big circle around the pavilion. After completing one loop, they started another, this time they were just outside the pavilion. I could just make out their silhouette. About 3/4 of the way around, they stepped under the pavilion where I lay in my tent. At this point, they must have noticed something and stopped just 10 feet from my tent. I heard the girl whisper to the guy "is someone here?" I responded, in a deeper voice than I intended, "just a man trying to sleep". I must have scared the living crap out of them because the girl screamed and started running. I apologized for frightening them and they went on their way. They must have continued walking and talking in the park until 3 AM. It was long night.
Anyway, today was a very nice ride. There were some big hills, but it was overcast and a lot cooler. That made all the difference in the world. About 30 miles into the ride, Ralph, a guy I met back in WY, came riding from his hometown (Elizabethtown) to join me. We rode the last 40 miles together. I am staying at he and his wife's (Pam) home for the evening.
A couple pics of the traffic I encountered today. It took a while, but I was able to chase down the horse drawn buggy and blow by them. That's the first vehicle I've been able to pass this entire trip.