16-04-12 Day 16 Kentucky
Biking the TransAm 2016 Blog
2 Wheels, 6 Months, 1 Adventure!!!!
The rain was still falling as I pulled the packed bike out from under the picnic shelter… It was 9:00 am… What’s the rush? I asked my self… I rolled the bike back under the shelter and want back inside the church. The forecast kept moving the time the rain was supposed to stop back… I grabbed a book on a shelf and began reading about a lady whose family was split apart when she was three…. Sad
After yesterday’s ride, today’s was a piece of cake.. One BIG climb up Big A mountain. Then three right in a row. The city of Council had the biggest park… I mean big for a rural park… It was cold so I stopped every chance I could do I could thaw out… Davenport gas station didn’t have a deli so I pushed on to Birchleaf… The best chili/slaw dog in town…After another Breath Taking Climb I came to Breaks Interstate Park.. As I rode through the park I stopped at the lookouts to see the river in the Canyon 1,000 ft below… A hint of red here and there from the Blooming Red-buds.
Camp Hosts. Teddy, Crystal and their four children welcomed me as their only camper for the night. I took a long shower and was catching up and Teddy invited my to a dinner of Taters, Mac n cheese, Beans, and Chicken Tenders…. Yummy… Thank You Crystal and Teddy…
I was invited for coffee at 6:30 am. I was to tired to blog and quickly fell asleep in a pile of leaves… In my tent….
Breaks Interstate Park, 41.5 Miles
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Jeanne Nicholson Siler said:
I’ve been interested in going to Breaks Interstate Park since receiving a grant proposal at work involving a documentary about the park. Mark’s peek into the gorge only intensifies my interest. Here’s more reasons why:
Breaks Interstate Park is a bi-state state park located in southeastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia in the Jefferson National Forest at the northeastern terminus of Pine Mountain. Administered by the states of Virginia and Kentucky, it is one of several interstate parks in the United States.
The Breaks, also referred as the “Grand Canyon of the South,” is the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi River. The Russell Fork river and Clinchfield Railroad (now the CSX Transportation Kingsport Subdivision) run through it.
The park is accessed via Virginia State Route 80, between Haysi, Virginia and Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and passes through the community of Breaks, Virginia, to the east. American frontiersman Daniel Boone is credited with being the first person of European descent to discover the Breaks, which he first saw in 1767.
Breaks Interstate Park covers 4,500 acres, with its main feature, five-mile long Breaks Canyon, ranging from 830 to 1,600 feet deep. The canyon was formed by millions of years of erosion by the Russell Fork river.
You are a ROCKSTAR! !!!!
Jeanne Nicholson Siler said:
…actually more of an journalist or anthropologist. Certainly not a geologist! : )