Riding my bicycle across Vietnam
For our rest day, the Biking Fam decided to stay in the lovely college town of Berea, KY with a population of about 15,000. It is also regarded as the arts hub of Kentucky. Everyone needed a rest day, not just physcially, but mentally as well. Spending all day on the bicyle can be slightly degrading over time. I was able to book a lovely AirBnB for the Biking Fam's base of operations. Everyone was very impressed with AirBnB. I am the only one that has ever used it before. I suspect that it will play a theme for everyone in the 'Fam that is travelling all the way to Oregon. For dinner on the first night, Ping and Qing (the Chinese couple) cooked spaghetti and meatballs with a salad. The arrangement is that whoever does not cook, cleans. However, Qing is the dishes ninja. She is like the mom of the "Biking Fam". She nearly karate chopped Dan out of the kitchen when he tried to clean his dinner dish. Very funny. Luckily, I did not have any bike maintenance, and very few purchases to make, so I could spend much of the day exploring town. First I bought food for dinner, and then I went to the local coffee shop. For lunch, I went all in at the historic Boone Tavern and Hotel. Apparently, the first innkeeper there invented "spoon bread." I had a lovely meal of lobster hush puppies, fried catfish (the equivalent of southern fish and chips), and a bourbon cheesecake. It was most excellent. I ate in for dinner, along with Ping, Qing, and another weary biker we found on the road named Hannah. Qing helped me make baked chicken breast, boiled potatoes, and pasta with zucchini and bell pepper tossed in a light alfredo sauce. For breakfast, I made a whole bunch of pancakes, which is a cyclists favorite breakfast. I believe that my new trail name might be "pancakes", but at this point it is only a rumor. As always, see photos below.