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Kentucky- Bike, Bluegrass, Bourbon

Ride Details

Dates: Sept 28-Oct 4

Distance: 332 miles and 16,663 ft of elevation

Cost: $2695

Rider Level: Recreational - Active

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Kentucky- Bike, Bluegrass, BourbonLexington, Kentucky is known as the "Horse Capital of the World" and the center of Bluegrass country. Kentucky itself is packed with history, culture and art. This ideally located small city sits within a day's drive for two thirds of the US population and should not be missed.

Tour Details: Sept 28-Oct 4 (Sat- Fri) 6 days, 6 nights  Price: $2695  Single room supplement is an additional $480. Bike rental: $175

Travel Logistics: If you are driving to this tour, our meeting place will be         hotel in Lexington, KY. If flying in, schedule your flights in and out of Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. We will pick you, your bike and luggage up at the baggage carrousel at 4 PM on Sat, Sept 28 and drop off will be on Oct 4 at 3 PM

Included: All lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of each tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides

Special Note * Highlighted Hotel for this trip is the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel.

Kentucky is probably best known for its Bluegrass Region. Located in north central Kentucky, the core of the Bluegrass is gently rolling pastures and characterized by sinkholes, streams and springs. The region's limestone- purified water is recognized as the key factor for the making of Kentucky Bourbon. The weathering limestone has produced the state's most fertile soil, and make the horse farms that sprawl across the rich pastures a Kentucky icon.

The Kentucky Horse Park is Lexington's premier attraction and home to 50 horse breeds, museums and exhibits of the horse and racing industry. Keeneland Race course is steeped in history and known for its beauty, and was the first track in the country to incorporate an artificial running surface. Keeneland is the crown jewel of horse racing tracks and is the world's leading thoroughbred auction house. While on our cycling tour, we take an early morning to have breakfast in the jockey's cafeteria, tour the facilities and then take the afternoon to tour the Horse Park and Museum.

The countryside surrounding Lexington is covered with black wooden and stacked stone fences guarding beautiful farms and their prized thoroughbreds. The pastures are emerald Bluegrass with beautiful thoroughbreds running off their winter blues. Well manicured estates and barns are as beautiful as most homes cover the rolling hillsides.

The downtown area of Lexington has seen a resurrection in the last ten years. It now is a hot bed for fine old inns, upscale dinning, shopping and walking paths.

The eastern and southern outskirts of Lexington are home to towns like Berea and Harrodsburg, where fine art is alive and thriving. The small town of Berea is home to artists that include everything from pottery to painting to furniture makers.  Many of these artisan are the product of Berea College. Harroudsburg, founded in 1774, as the first permanent English settlement west of the Appalachians. You will discover places of the pioneer past and America's largest restored Shaker Village. In Fort Boonesborough, enjoy live actors as they educate and entertain you with live re-enactments of the times and tribulations of this pioneer village built by Daniel Boone.

Besides the horse industry, Kentucky Bourbon plays an important part in the history and economy of Kentucky. There are more than 20 Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky, several right in and around Lexington and some still operating in "dry" counties. Most distilleries offer tours and they are worth visiting because each has their own mash receipes, yeast strands, charred aged barrels and aging processes. It makes a wonderful, entertaining day should we meet up with a cold, rainy day of cycling

Kentucky is not a state that you think of for cycling. But it has gentle terrain, beautiful scenery and it is easy to get to. Come join us in 2017.

Day 1 - Versailles- Midway- Woodford Reserve- Versailles (45.9 miles, 2091+ elevation)

Day 2 - Versailles-Lawrenceburg- Salvisa- KY River- Shaker Village (53.4 miles, 3575 elevation)

Day 3 - Shaker Village- Bryansville- Lancaster- Kirksville- Berea (55.4 miles, 3193 elevation)

Day 4 -Berea- Boonesboro- Winchester (64.0 miles, 3940 elevation)

Day 5- Winchester- Paris- Georgetown (58.7 miles, 2953 elevation)

Day 6 - Georgetown- Horse Park- Keeneland- Versailles (39.2 miles, 1519 elevation)  Total:  317 miles 17,271 elevation