After a quick breakfast by the water I walked over to Broken Spoke Overland’s (BSO) campsite to discuss the day’s plans. Micheal, Leslie and I all agreed that in order to make the full loop in the time we had available we might need to split off and make up some time. A majority of our group was splitting off to head back to work Sunday morning as it was, so we spoke with Airmapper, thanked him for setting this trip up and took off. We had to make up some time!
Our first stop of the trip turned out to be a great decision. While traveling down the road between trails BSO quickly whipped off of the road, turned around and drove back about a quarter mile. Lucky for us Leslie had seen a sign for fresh strawberries from a Mennonite farm! They bought two pints and we enjoyed some of the best strawberries any of us had ever had.
Often when people refer to the KAT as the Kentucky Adventure Trail, but it’s really the Kentucky Adventure Tour. What’s the difference? It’s not all trails, many of the miles are single lane partially paved backroads and connecting roads between trails. We passed many signs that said “State Road Maintenance Ends”. At each of those points, the roads became worse than many trails we ran. The mix of asphalt, gravel and large potholes tested both of our suspensions. Many of these roads were barely wide enough for one vehicle and always very curvy through the mountains. You never know when you’ll meet a car around the next corner. Then the road will just end into a gravel trail. You never know what to expect around the corner.
Around noon it started to rain on the trails. Because I was following BSO I didn’t mind the rain. It helped to keep the dust down. We were on the radio discussing finding a place for lunch when we happened upon a small covered pavilion near a cemetery. It was exactly what we needed.
The next portion of trail got very tight and off camber. It was the first real challenge in two days. Unfortunately we didn’t get many pictures as we were just trying to get our rigs out in 1 piece. It was the highlight of the day.
At the Bear Creek Overlook we stopped to use the restroom and took turns taking care of Frankie the Trail Dog. Had we known the view just down he trail we so nice we may have stayed longer.
With a smaller group we were able to make better time while still stopping for pictures.
Our stop for the evening was Indian Mountain State Park. It was pouring rain when we pulled in, but we used the awesome tarp from BSO’s 4Runner and enjoyed a nice dinner.
We were close enough to town for me to make a quick trip to O’Riley’s to grab a few parts. At some point throughout the day the cotter pin had worked it’s way out of my Lock-And-Roll hitch. Tho the zip ties worked fine, I wanted a better solution. The second thing I needed to resolve was an oversight on my part. The overflow for my trailer’s on board water tank was just a 3/8th inch tube running out of the top of the tank and straight out of the bottom of the trailer. Earlier that morning I had filled my tank, really questioning how I had used 20 gallons of water so quickly. When we stopped again part way through the day it hit me. Every time we were off camber to the left I was pouring water right out of my overflow / air vent. I picked up a cap to cover it while at O’Rileys. For the rest of the trip I had plenty of water.