Blue Grass 2014
Blue Grass 2014
Registered early for this one as the first 100 entries got a very snappy license topper in cast alloy. Arrived to find that the shirts they had made up were equally as cool. This run was out of Bardstown, KY which I had not seen since age 18 or so when my family used to pass through here on the way from North Eastern Ohio to Jackson, Tenn back before the interstates were even completed. We made this journey often before I was born in the mid 50's and by 62 or so when I began to comprehend my surroundings appreciated the beauty and easy rolling terrain of this area marked by stone fences one might find in the U.K. I distinctly remember the completion of the Bluegrass Parkway which was gorgeous as is this area is still now. The country side blends the sanitary organized agricultural approach of the Midwest, with the KY unique large expanses of manicured lawns and the indelible touches of the south such as magnolia trees and underbrush nearly resembling the kudzu thickets farther south.
From a biker's perspective the routes chosen for this ride provided uniform road surfaces of tight aggregate, little crowning and good sight lines for any sweepers taken at speed. Any traffic was minimal and not aggressive. Cadence for the tighter sections, especially when we got lost (that road number to be provided when located) was awesome enabling one to pitch a vintage machine, if they saw fit to do so, with confidence as there was very little decreasing radius or tremendously off camber corner exits.
Being Kentucky, distillery tours figured heavily into the agenda and those were superb, the grounds of some better than many city parks. My hat's off to the organizers, the whole event was very well organized with no drama to the participants, the host hotel the perfect layout for what appeals to many of us: hanging out in the parking lot till quite late after a long days ride and breakfast was a matter of steps from one's room before starting the next day.