we have made it to portland, tennessee in one piece! (i didn’t know where that was until today, either) i wasn’t sure how i would feel tonight after such a crazy few days. But, i am mostly just excited about having finally started on our way and relieved to have not forgotten anything super important. we have already reorganized our panniers, after having packed so frantically this morning, and are excited to see we have more space than we started the day with.
as far as the riding went, it could be summed up in one word: windy. it’s our least favorite element to contend with on the bike, but it wasn’t too bad given that we had 40 degree weather and sunshine most of the day. it does wear you out, though, so we’re pretty tired tonight. but, we hope to get a good night’s sleep before heading into the Natchez Trace to camp for two nights. it was fun to drive through a part of kentucky we hadn’t explored yet, and we found the folks around glasgow to be shockingly friendly. we stopped to warm up there a get some coffee and had some great conversation with the locals. apparently we draw some attention with our get-up.
so, i’m excited to see what the next few days will hold. after camping for a few nights we’ll head to our dear friends in jackson, ms for a visit. so, i’ll update with more from days two and three then.
here are a few shots from our louisville departure this morning. it was so nice to get to see some of our closest friends one last time before heading out!
bob worked hard to make sure everything was in order on the bike.
i got a little time in with two of my favorite people.
all loaded up and (finally) ready to go!
the whole crew of well wishers (we’ll miss you guys!)
getting suited up for the cold is a process
and after years of planning, we’re off! i can’t wait to see what is ahead for us.