2020 Trek Challenge – 617 miles, 25,123 feet of climbing

I decided to enter the Trek Challenge.  You join the challenge, and ride 100, 500, or 1000 miles during the month of July.  To document the miles, you upload a gps file of your ride data to strava.com.  July in Kentucky isn’t always the best cycling weather, with heat, humidity, wind, storms, and rain – but you fit rides in where you can and make the most of it.

I started pretty strong, with 3 good rides on the 2nd through the 4th.  I knew that heat and wet weather might make the miles difficult to come by later in the month, so I wanted to get as many miles logged in the early part of the month as I could.

July 1 through July 7, I rode 157.1 miles. a really good start.

July 8 through July 14, I rode 131.5 miles, for a total of 288.6 miles.

July 15 through July 21, I rode 160.4 miles, for a total of 449 miles.  The goal is in sight.

July 22 through July 28, I rode 105.6 miles, for a total of 554.6.  The 500th mile was on a ride with Mike and Carrie, on a 42 mile route south of Hopkinsville.

But I wasn’t done, there were more riding days in July.  July 29th I got in 26 miles at the shop ride, and then the next day I rode 36.8 miles in the Land Between the Lakes.  I got rained on the last 10 miles or so in LBL, but it didn’t matter.  Those last two rides for July put me at 617 miles and 25,123 feet of climbing.

It was hot and humid in July, so you mostly ride early in the day to try and avoid the hot afternoons.  The rides from Bikes and Moore on Wednesday evenings were pretty warm and sweaty, but they were fun and the group is a very good one.

I’ve set goals of 2,500 miles and 100,000 feet of climbing for 2020.  That’s not a lot for some cyclists, but if I get there it will be my biggest year ever.

My ride data is recorded on a Garmin Fenix 3HR watch, and is uploaded to ridewithgps.com and to strava.com, as the challenge requires.

My friend Rob rode 1000 miles in June of 2019 for charity, and that is an incredible achievement.  Completing my challenge made me realize the level of committment and effort it took for him to reach that milestone.  I’m not at that level yet, but maybe next year?

Parker Gang 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Parker Gang Tour of Kentucky!

Guido and I have been working hard to put together a great week of riding and finding fun places in Kentucky to visit – with a lot of help from Ed.

The get-together is planned for Saturday, June 5th through Friday, June 11th.

Lodging:

We will be staying at the Quality Inn in Cadiz, Kentucky from June 5th to the 7th, checking out on the morning of June 8th.

Here is the reservation information for the Quality Inn in Cadiz, KY.  You will need to call the hotel directly and tell them your reservation is for the Parker Gang group.  Making a reservation online will not get you the special group rate.

Quality Inn Cadiz KY Information — (270) 522-3700

We will be staying at the Quality Inn in Bardstown, Kentucky from June 8th to the 10th, checking out on the morning of June 11th.

Here is the reservation information for the Quality Inn in Bardstown, KY. You will need to call the hotel directly and tell them your reservation is for the Parker Gang group. Making a reservation online will not get you the special group rate.

Quality Inn Bardstown KY Information — (502) 349-9400

Rides:

Sunday – Cadiz to Ft Donelson – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33174087

Monday – Cadiz to Metropolis – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33274880

Tuesday – Cadiz to Bardstown – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33089755

Wednesday – Bardstown to Valley View – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33092250

Thursday – Bardstown to Louisville Slugger Museum and Churchill Downs – I’m working on this route

Routes can be downloaded from these links for use with your gps.  We will have maps and driving directions ready if you prefer paper to electrons.

Alternative Rides:

For Thursday – after visiting the Louisville Slugger Museum and factory, head back to Bardstown for dinner.

Planned Stops:

Sunday, June 6th

Fort Donelson
Land Between the Lakes

Monday, June 7th

the picture wall in Paducah
National Quilt Museum in Paducah
lunch at Logan’s Roadhouse in Paducah
Superman Square in Metropolis, IL

Tuesday, June 8th

Corvette Museum in Bowling Green
lunch at the Corvette Cafe

Wednesday, June 9th

Valley View Ferry in Nicholasville
Dinner in Bardstown TBD – announcement of the 2022 ride location

Thursday, June 10th

The Louisville Slugger Museum and factory in Louisville
Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby to watch some racing and have a nice dinner – but if you’d prefer to skip Churchill Downs, head back to Bardstown for dinner.

Friday, June 11th

Say goodbye to Kentucky and head for home, safely please – looking forward to the 2022 get-together

Planned dinners:

Saturday June 5th – dinner at Triplets BBQ, it’s a short walk from the hotel

Sunday, June 6th – dinner at Adams Breezy Hill Farm just south of Princeton

Monday, June 7th – YOYO (you’re on your own) – possibly a dinner ride to Casey Jones Distillery to sample some moonshine and eat there.  For a very nice meal, the Harper House restaurant is an easy walk from the hotel and is a great option.

Tuesday, June 8th – Bardstown ??

Wednesday, June 9th – Bardstown ??, announcement of the 2022 ride location

Thursday, June 10th – Bardstown ??

Postscript:

When y’all get back home, send me the photos you took.  I’ll make a slideshow out of them and post it here.