Saturday, April 21 – We will meet at the Golden Pond Visitor Center at 9am for a meet and greet. There will be a buddy inspection of the bikes starting at 9:30am – we’ll draw names for the inspection. I will have some repair/adjustment tools, chain lube, floor pump, and some spare tubes and patches. Hopefully no major repairs will be needed before (or after, for that matter) the ride.
I’ve mapped a route that is all paved. We can’t safely ride across the 68/80 bridge over Lake Barkley as the lanes aren’t wide enough and the new bridge isn’t open. The new bridge over Kentucky Lake has a dedicated bike/walk lane so I updated the route to use that bridge. This route starts and ends at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, is about 55 miles with 2300 feet of climbing along the way. About halfway, we are in Grand Rivers, where there are a couple of places for drinks and snacks. We are planning a cookout after the ride, but haven’t yet worked out the details. Stay tuned.
If folks are up for it, on the way through Aurora, we could stop at the LBL Moonshne distillery and sample some ‘shine. Might have to rename this to the Moonshine and Tobacco Tour, though.
Sunday, April 22 – We will meet at the North Visitor center at 9am. The buddy inspection will start by 9:30am. There are nice singletrack routes in LBL (Land Between the Lakes) too, for those of you that enjoy that kind of riding. Several trails branch off the Canal Loop Trail, some more challenging than others. Fire roads split off the Trace, so there are plenty to choose from.
LBL Maps – scroll down to the Trail Maps section.
I didn’t know there were 500 miles of trails and 200 miles of roads in LBL. It is great to have this area so close to home. Not all of the trails are available for bicycling, so check the website while you scout a potential route.
The average high temperature in April is 66 degrees, so good riding temps, but plan on 10-15 degrees plus or minus from that.
Here are some options for lodging and some suggestions for restaurants in the area.
Both are reasonably priced and are just a few minutes from our starting place. Kenlake and Lake Barkley both have restaurants too.
Murray has good restaurants, and Paducah to the north has excellent dining choices. One of our personal favorites is Mellow Mushroom in Paducah. Great pizza, and my wife loves the bruschetta. EDIT: We ate at the Mellow Mushroom on Monday, February 12th, after looking at houses, and she had the calzone. The verdict was “thumbs up”.
For breakfast, we’ve been to Hungry Bear Pancake and BBQ House in Murray, and Martha’s Restaurant also. In Paducah, Gold Rush Cafe is one of the best, and Etcetera Coffeehouse is superb. Red’s Donut Shop is not to be missed either for that matter.
Lowertown in Paducah, especially along Jefferson street, has some beautiful homes built in the early 1900s. We’re actually planning to move to Paducah as soon as our Lake Barkley home sells. Etcetera Coffeehouse is in Lowertown, as is Gold Rush Cafe.
Contact me if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to help.
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