This blog comes from Denver Bicycle Café regular Scott Houchin, Scott is a trained Medic who serves on a lot of popular organized cycling events. This is Part One of a two part story from his current trip back east for a series of cycling events, serving as a Medic, and some of his own touring with Colorado friends.
Into the land where nothing dries out, that is, east of the Mississippi. The land of humidity and, this time, the land of hurricanes. On this trip, I had three rides where I served as a medic, two in Kentucky and one in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and little did I know as I got on the plane, that two of the three rides would be VERY effected by hurricanes.
Up and down til the rains came down in Kentucky!
My first ride is normally a really great ride with three days over rolling hills in Kentucky horse country. Yes, I know, I am from Colorado and rolling hills should not be an issue. Well, the rolling hills of KY are NOT like training on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO. In some ways it is a lot worse. When you ride up Lookout it takes about 30 – 45 minutes of climbing and then it is over. HARD but over. In Kentucky it never ends, down 300 feet and then up 300 feet – over, and over, and over again – non-stop, all day for as long as you ride. Then there are the horse farms, river towns, lakes, small farm towns, etc., and BOURBON. The Bourbon Distillers are everywhere and on this ride, we were going from distillery to distillery. So far, so good!
And then came Hurricane Harvey. After devastating Houston for days, it finally pushed up the Mississippi River Valley into the Ohio River Valley. Kentucky borders the Ohio River more than any other state. So we got clobbered. My first ride was on Labor Day weekend – Friday through Saturday, and then there is the Louisville Mayor’s Ride on Labor Day on Monday. The rain came in on Thursday and on Friday we got 5 inches of rain. They called off the Friday ride due to the rain and then on Saturday it “only” rained about 2 inches so they had the ride anyway.