Don Feidner

Cycling in Kentucky

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My Impressions about Cycling in Kentucky - Not Good at All !

CIMG1503 Henderson KY Park

Let me explain. I have never been anywhere in the world (including 36 countries I’ve visited) where people yelled at me, called me names, and told me to get off the road so often. It seemed as if over half the people in Kentucky never learned any road decency toward cyclists at all. Of course, I met a few very nice people, but rarely, if ever, did any of them understand the bicycle laws of the state.
What are they? A bicycle has exactly the same rights as a car on the highway. Since there are no cycling trails, bicycles must use the roads. That requires that drivers must be extra tolerant when they see a bicycle. Only one “angel” escorted me across a long busy bridge.

Lunchtime on the Ohio, Henderson, Kentucky

CIMG1505 Henderson on the Ohio River
CIMG1507 Harvest House KY

Right: House decorated for the
Harvest near Corydon, Kentucky

Below: Harvesting the Corn

CIMG1508 Harvesting the Corn
CIMG1513 Oil Well

Right: Oil Well in Kentucky
Below: Perhaps “My Old Kentucky Home”

CIMG1515 Old KY Home
CIMG1516 Blue Barn KY
CIMG1518 Amish
CIMG1524 Vultures on Lake Barkley

Amish in Marion, Kentucky

CIMG1527 Fish Mailbox

Vultures on Lake Barkley
(Sometimes they roost in trees and not on the road.)

You gotta love fishing to buy a mailbox like this one.

CIMG1528 Barkely Dam

Blue Bridge over the Cumberland River

Barkley Dam - on Lake Kentucky

CIMG1530 Blue Bridge over the Cumberland
CIMG1544 Barge on the Canal between Barkley Lake and Kentucky Lake

Barge in the Canal between Lake Kentucky and
Lake Barkley

One of the most common things that people say to me when they see me on the bike is “Watch out for the coal trucks!”

Goodbye Kentucky - Hello Tennessee !


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