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Men's Fall Trip 2019

Every fall, various members of my family get together for a week of riding. No wives or girlfriends, just the men riding in cool areas of the country and eating food that's probably bad for us.

This years Men's Fall Trip took place in south central Kentucky, based out of Berea Ky. This years group included myself (FJR1300 Yamaha), my son (MT-10 Yamaha) son's FIL (Honda ST 1300) a nephew from Nevada (Honda CB 500X) and my younger brother (Triumph Bonneville T-120). 5 days and a little over 1000 miles for the trip. Hot & sunny each day. Crazy weather for late September, but we had a grand time and road a ton of great roads.

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Big Hill, Ky on Rt 421 in Kentucky our main north-south corridor from the hotel



typical curvy road





We particularly wanted to ride this road Ky 192 "The Rattlesnake" between London & Somerset that Kentucky has been advertising in the magazines. It was pretty good, but there are better





the group standing in front of Papa Leno's restaurant in Berea, Ky. Probably the best pizza any of us have ever eaten. We ate dinner there twice it was so good.



Great little ice cream shop around the corner from Papa Leno's



none of us planned on weighing ourselves when we got home lol

Lots of great roads down there ... particularly

192 "the Rattlesnake" from London Ky to Somerset Ky
66 from Oneida to Pineville (this was our favorite..what a road)
89 from McKee to Winchester (second favorite..another great road)
39 from Somerset Ky to Lancaster Ky
25 from Berea Ky to London Ky (probably 3rd favorite..very scenic)
627 from Winchester Ky to Paris Ky (through Ky thoroughbred horse country..beautiful scenery and gorgeous horse farms on both sides of the road)

No issues with any of the bikes, no one fell over or crashed. We did eat too much at a few of the restaurants lol. Stayed at the Quality Inn Berea. Staff was great, hotel was clean & reasonable and the indoor pool felt great after a hot day of riding.

Some of the restaurants we'd recommend

Hitz BBQ Berea
The Dinner Bell Berea
The Bus Stop Boonesville
Papa Leno's Berea
Old Town Amish Store Berea

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Pop and I love to ride Kentucky. It doesn't have the...prestige of the Deal's Gap area of North Carolina but it is beautiful and the roads are often very good.

My favorite thing about riding in Kentucky are the State Parks. You can stay at any of the Kentucky State Park Resort Parks for a ridiculously low price. The food in the lodge restaurants is good to Very Good.

They also have Bourbon. Just sayin'.
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Thanks for sharing the information...including roads and places to eat. I love Kentucky and anywhere I haven't been...exploring is fun in a rural setting. Nice photos, too. Thanks for taking us along!
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Yes indeedy! Thanks for the ride!! I've been to Kentucky only once, up in the Bridgeport area.

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Pop and I love to ride Kentucky. It doesn't have the...prestige of the Deal's Gap area of North Carolina but it is beautiful and the roads are often very good.

My favorite thing about riding in Kentucky are the State Parks. You can stay at any of the Kentucky State Park Resort Parks for a ridiculously low price. The food in the lodge restaurants is good to Very Good.

They also have Bourbon. Just sayin'.
I'll trade the prestige for just as good of roads with no traffic any day.

The Dragon is what 11 miles long? Rt 66 from Oneida Ky to Pineville Ky is nearly as good...for 55 miles!
89 from 490 at it's southern tip to Irvine is another 55 miles of bliss.

We love Kentucky, and West Virginia, and se Ohio. Luckily for us they are close, 3 to 5 hr ride at most. We have a great place to ride in northern Kentucky that takes 45 mins to get to if the ferry is running slow. We love North Carolina, and north Georgia too, it's just they are much further away, like a long days ride by freeway or 2 days by back roads.
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My brother graduated from Berea. He was able to pay for school by working for the school. He was an Agriculture major so he shoveled plenty o' manure and gathered many an egg. He also learned black smithing and would make cool stuff like knives, fireplace tools, hinges, hooks etc.

We used to ride those roads and have always wanted to go back. In the 80's these roads weren't kept very well because of all the coal mines and trucks.

Thank you for bringing back the memories and sharing the photo's.


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It's funny, on every extended motorcycle ride I've done with friends, there is a common issue with the photographs, as you can see in the Ferret's great pics! The smiles are always ear to ear! Thanks Ferret for sharing.
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Thank Ferret for the post, add more pics to this thread if you have them. wondering if you have a picture of the 'best we ever had' pizza. Now, I gotta go just for the pizza>>>>>>>Ha!

Never knew of that KY rt 66, I have to check it out.

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I was in that part of KY in the spring of '71 on a '70 Triumph Bonneville.

IL to FL. Picked up US 441 out of Lexington and took 411 into western NC.

I like Kentucky.

That was all two lane roads.

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