Bike to Shaker Village

I had a great time on Team Monnik cycling through the beautiful hills of central Kentucky near Danville. The ride in at 6am went from eery and dark to the warm sunrise coming through dense fog. 

the fog just started lift right before the start of the trek

the fog just started lift right before the start of the trek

The start was delayed a few minutes to let the fog burn off and I donned my new Monnik jersey and took off for the 64 mile trek. It started off great and I felt full of energy pedaling hard up the many hills. 

the first stop when I was still with other bikers

the first stop when I was still with other bikers

Around mile 52 I missed the turn marker at Worldstown Rd. and blissfully went on my way for 7 miles focusing more on the sites and less on the fact that I hadn't seen another biker or trek marker in a while. I stupidly spent 3 more miles debating to check my turn list. I finally did, saw I was way off track and also noticed I had no cell coverage. I asked some locals for help but they had no coverage or directions to help. 

I stopped to take this shot, but not to check the turn list...

I stopped to take this shot, but not to check the turn list...

I hopped back on, rode back 10 miles and began to feel the fatigue. At the last stop for snacks and water I contemplated throwing in the towel and catching a ride back to Skaker Village. But then I thought, my friend did the IronMan last year, swam 2 miles in the Ohio River, then biked 112 miles, THEN RAN A MARATHON! I can bike 12 measly miles more. 

So off I went and they were the hardest 12 miles. Every part of me ached...but I made it. I stumbled to grab some lemonade and collapsed in a chair. I could barely speak. A Monnik team member brought me a beer, I told my tale, and began to come back alive. 

I went to get a complimentary massage and it did the trick. I was sore, but I felt much better. We ate delicious food and towards the end I was fortunate to get up in front of the entire group and describe Bike Sense to them and ask for their help as volunteers. I got a lot of questions and positive responses. 

I want to thank the American Lung Association, Shannon Baker, and all the Monnik team! It was a great time, despite my mistake. I learned I can bike 84 miles and still have a wonderful time doing it. 

Todd Smith