Walter and I took Joe's suggestion and hopped on Joe and Marybell's bikes to take a little ride down to the Ohio River. It was such a wonderful thing to do. You just can't go a whole summer without getting on the back of a bike!
The sun was setting and the air was perfect. Joe and his daughter tacked up their horses and rode down to meet us. Bikes and horses in the summer by a river. Perfect.
The next morning Joe and I tacked up and headed out around 10am or so. I thought it was going to be cooler so we left later, but it was actually a pretty hot day. The breeze helped a lot though. Joe rode out with me on his beautiful Tennessee Walker for about 8 miles until Marybell came to pick him up.
We spent the entire day on Highway 60. It's not a bad highway to be on now because the shoulders have gotten wider, but it's not great riding because it is so loud! I am thinking we might have to be on highways a little more now that we are out of the West. The West just has so much open land and tons of options to get off the main drag onto a county road.
Sojourner and Yota (the truck) took us to our next stop in Cloverport, Kentucky. We met Mark and Tonya Roach and most of their children. Mark and Tonya have a beautiful plot of land. Their son lives with his wife just on the other side of the field in the old house that Mark grew up in.
I loved the morning at the Roach's place. At 5am they are all up having a cup of coffee. The sun rises over the field by the oldest sons house creating an incredible light. All of the sons zipped around getting their trucks out with a cup of coffee in their hand. The youngest son sat at the kitchen table eating a bowl of cereal. Their daughter was up already as well checking out things on the computer.
Most of the kids were in their mid to upper 20's but they were all still there, saying good morning to mom and dad. I told Tonya that my biggest dream is to have a big plot of land that my whole family could live on. I mean, who else would you want closest to you? I never could understand why we all move so far away from one another.
Mark laughed and said they tease each other that they take too good-a care of them so they keep coming back, but really, he says, he likes it as much as anyone.
Sojourner had a nice 5 acre field to run around and in and run he did! Soj has a thing for donkeys and mules and his corral was right up against the mule corral. He ran up and down and up and down whinnying his little head off. Then he would let out a loud snort as if he had just won a heated debate.
Maybe it's the iron, maybe it was the cool morning, but Soj had far more energy yesterday as he took me 30 miles from Cloverport to Irvington. We made great time staying at about 5 miles per hour for the first four hours. Then we slowed a bit to four miles an hour.
We were finished with the 30 miles day by 2:30pm which is pretty good for us. Soj is now settled into another great big field at the Robinson's Farm.
We are also staying with the Robinsons on their estate across the street. It's a pretty magnificent place. They built their home up on top of the hill at the end of a long tree-lined driveway. It overlooks the barn (I can watch Soj from the window) and in the back is just open country and farms. Larry and his wife are retired now, but Larry used to be in the cattle business. The barn Soj is in now was once full of show cattle.
The barn from the window. Larry designed it with red siding and a green roof after one of the big race barns in Lexington. Kentucky is known for its red barns and white picket fences.
Last night Larry and Vicki took us to the weekly Thursday night community dinner. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving sort of dinner. We met the Mayor and Judge and tons of different towns people. I told Walter about the turkey supper our community in NH used to have around the holidays. When I was in High School I would sometimes serve at it.
Walter and I now have to head out for a little drive to pick up Soj's Omegatin and Max-E-Glo. Tomorrow we have a 27 mile ride and we have the option of either camping in a baseball field or going a little further to a campground. It's Labor Day weekend though, so the campground might be really busy. We will probably spend tomorrow night in the baseball field...
By the way...we are now in the Eastern time zone!!!!