I got started around 9:00 this morning and headed towards Kentucky on I64. As I entered Kentucky, I left the interstate and took Rt 23 South through the eastern Kentucky mountains. Beautiful scenery and nice smooth roads made for a great ride.
Coal seems to be abundant in this area with many small businesses that sell mining equipment alongside the road. I saw a couple of 18 wheelers moving various components of the large mining dump trucks. These dump trucks are big. they take up almost two full lanes on the road.
The other interesting thing was the number of yard sales. Every mile or two there was a sign announcing a yard sale. Many of these appeared to be long-term yard sales.
I got to Hazard, KY at around 1:00, stopped for gas, and took a look at the map to see where to go next. I decided to head back out on to the highway and ride towards Alabama. When I got to London, KY I took I75 South through Knoxville and Chattanooga. It was starting to get pretty hot by this time and the sun was out in full force with only an occasional cloud t0 provide a bit of shade.
From Chattanooga, I took I59 into Alabama and stopped for the night in Birmingham. When I stopped at 7:00 Central time, it was still a bit above 90 degrees outside. The weatherman says it’s going to be 98 tomorrow.
Miles Today: 610
Total Miles: 1,304
States: WV, KY,TN,AL