Posted by: localmotive2011 | June 21, 2011

Kentucky fried… on a Friday night, a pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio on…

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We heard about a bed and breakfast in Hindman, KY back in our first week, so we decided to check it out. After pushing our bikes up “The Challenge” hill, we were greeted by David, holding 3 glasses of sweet tea with mint and lemon. We enjoyed learning about the bobcats, turtles, snakes, and other venemous creatures that can be encountered in Kentucky. We also learned that stealth camping is frowned upon in eastern Kentucky and that the rumors about roaming dogs are true (we were later accosted by a pack of 9 beagles who made us ride quite a bit faster).

We had planned a visit to Homegrown Hideaways, a growing farm and gathering place for sustainable interests. Jessa and Nathan were wonderful hosts, welcoming us onto their beautiful land. We disappointed to miss their upcoming Whippoorwill Festival, where things from bicycle touring to sustainable building workshops were going to be taught. 


We took our rest day in Berea. We were immediately adopted by Ben, a local bike and food advocate, who showed us around town. We enjoyed cooking and eating dinner with food purchased from the local farmers’ market with his friends, Saxon, Kate and Brett. In Berea, we also learned about the dulcimer, a local stringed instrument which plays absolutely beautiful music, and is said to be the easiest string instrument to learn!

Other highlights have been a wonderful dinner with Violet and Bob in Sebree, KY (also celebrating the 1000 mile mark of our journey!) and crossing the Ohio River into Illinois!

We finally got to work with our first Girl Scout camp in Makanda, IL. The girls at Camp Cedar Point were engaged in the activities and we enjoyed hearing about their opinions on school lunches, how to eat healthily, and how they can become involved with their local farmers.



  1. 1000!!!!!!

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Katie, Kerstin, and Lauren at a coffee shop in southern Illinois. I admire these women and the cause the ride for, I only wish that my daughters could have met these heroines on two wheels. Good luck, ride safe, if you need help along the way please call my offices or even mobile.
    Anthony Fiacchino

  3. MaKanda is a sweet hippy town!!!! I’m so glad yall got to meet and stay with my best friend!!! Such a small world! Miss you Katie Panek!!!!

  4. WOW! You all and your ride are fabulous! I am in awe! You go girls! Be safe.

    • Thank you Sue! Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

  5. You all are doing great! It’s fun reading about your accomplishments and seeing the pictures you post. I’ve even been to Berea, KY and visited the college ( a long ,long time ago). I’m excited for all of your adventures. Continue to have fun and stay safe.

  6. Kerstin! Finally explored your blog and love it! Looks like you guys are having a very successful trip. Are you exhausted yet?? Hopefully we can catch up soon, but for now, keep up the good work! Love, Jamie

  7. Today I picked a lot of cali-flower and broccoli from the garden at my girl scout camp! It’s not quite biking across the country, but it made me think of you! I hope you’re doing well. Strength and Love

  8. Keep up the good work girls!!

  9. So excited for you as you continue your journey this summer. You are doing a great job communicating your experiences via the blog. Keep up the good work and stay safe. Looking forward to reading the next chapter.


    • Thanks Cheryl! Hope your summer is going well 🙂

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