Sep 7, 2012
Distance today = 52.13 km; Total distance = 11,243.79 km; Location = Richmond – 37 44.102′ N, 84 19.583′ W; Start time = 0831, Finish time = 1651
Another great back road today, though I had to get the first 18 km out of the way before I reached it. Almost no traffic at all, and lots of trees to give me shade. Very nice.
We did have a major drama, however. Carmel pulled into a driveway to do a U-turn along a remote part of the road. A guy immediately raced out the front door and aimed a rifle straight at her. She explained what she was doing and he let her go, but she was understandably very upset by the ordeal. Why would a person’s first reaction to such an innocuous situation be to pick up a gun? I was recently told that it is considered irresponsible in the US not to have a gun to protect your family and property. Personally, I feel sorry for anyone who lives in such fear they consider it necessary to keep a gun to protect themselves.
Anyhow, the rest of the day passed uneventfully, but it did get very hot. Relief is in sight, though. The next week is predicted to be markedly cooler that it has been for months. Bring on the autumn.