After waking up at 3:30am the previous morning, I had no trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Prior to the trip I was concerned about traveling through Kentucky in the summer and sleeping in a tent with limited airflow. I went out and purchased a 10″ battery powered fan for the roof top tent. After opening all the windows and letting the fan create some airflow I was out cold in minutes.
We all awoke early eager to take on another day of trail riding with friends. Breakfast was a pre-made sandwich I quickly grabbed from my cooler and tossed in the skillet. Quick and easy. We loaded up quickly enough and started pulled out for day 2.
The Daniel Boon National Forest gave us some great trails. Our pace was a little slow with so many vehicles, but with the windows down and the music up it was a great time. Unfortunately for the first day and a half I was only able to listen to the chatter on the CB. No one could hear me, but I had no problem hearing everyone else. Thanks to a quick brainstorm while filling the jeep with gas I replaced the battery in my CB microphone and was finally able to join the conversation.
One of the first stops along the trail was a cave. We weren’t able to explore very far because the roof sloped down to meet the watery floor. It was a great place to stop and stretch our legs.
The rest of the trails on Day 2 proved to be rather easy dirt roads and no where near the challenge of the first day. We had a few wrong turns where we had to backtrack, but no major obstacles to conquer.
The trip leader wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to setup camp, so we skipped a couple sections of trail and made our way to Bee Rock Campground. Out of all of the campgrounds I have to admit this was one of my favorites. You can camp on either side of the river, and most of the campsites have easy access down to the water. Because we had a few hours until sundown the Broken Spoke Overland team and myself decided to cool off in the water. It was so relaxing! There was a large rock in the middle of the water just off of my campsite, so we swam at and spent the next hour + playing in the water.
Once again we went to bed pretty early expecting to get up with the sun and start day 3. After a nice swim, and with the fan blowing I was asleep within minutes.
Day 2 Stats:
Distance: 114.1 miles
Elapsed Time: 6:13:41
Avg Speed: 18.3 mph
Max Speed: 54.5 mph