I want to give a loud shout out to all of the amazing hosts who have graciously welcomed me into their homes and their lives over the course of the last three weeks. Unfortunately I only have a photo with the most recent, Maya. Here is a picture of her and I along with Justin, a transamerica cyclist I have met and rode with along the trail.
Maya lives in Berea, KY, a college town with a rich history of academia and arts. She works as a tour guide for Berea and at a jewelry shop. We had many great conversations about spirituality and shared a fantastic meal of homemade Indian food.
Here is a photo of the stunning sunset after dinner outside of Maya’s house:
Yesterday a professor named Peter from Berea college confronted me in a coffee shop and inquired if I was a cyclist on the transamerica trail. I told him yes and he kidnapped me for the next two hours to speak with his class about how I read the maps that I purchased for this route from the Adventure Cycling Association. He teaches a course in Entrepreneurship for the public good, and he and his class are interested in presenting a case for creating a new trail system for cyclists. It was an incredible experience to be back in the classroom and to speak with such intelligent and kind students. I very much appreciated the invitation and I hope my input was helpful in influencing and advancing their project. It was a wonderful unexpected time.
Today I cycled around 80 miles from Berea Kentucky to Springfield Kentucky. Tonight I will be staying in a picnic shelter at a public park. The riding has been a bit easier after escaping some unleashed dogs in eastern Kentucky and the mountains in Virginia.
That’s all for now.