Starting Location: Marion, KY
Ending Location: Utica, KY
Lowest Elevation: 344
Highest Elevation: 676
I woke up from a good nights sleep then had breakfast with Tom. While we were eating it started to storm outside and rain very hard. I got all of my stuff ready to go after breakfast but had to wait a while for the rain to die down before I started for the day because I didn't want to start off wet!
Riding just after the storm was over was actually very pleasant because it was a nice temperature with all the cloud cover. The cooler weather lasted for the better part of the day. I stopped at Clay for a break for second breakfast and was greeted by a man when I was stopped looking at my phone and map. He told me where everything was in town and welcomed me to Clay, KT. I had a few pancakes at the local restaurant then stopped in the dollar store for a few things and then went back on the road.
I kept getting flash flood warnings on my phone today and even had to ride through a road that was a few inches under the water, it got me feet really wet! When I was getting close to Utica, a couple of women in a van stopped me on the side of the road to warn me of a flooded road ahead of me on my course to Utica. They said they had to go the long way around to get back to this side from Utica. They then helped me find a route to get me to Utica fastest without chances of flooding. It was a little more hilly but definitely worth it. Apparently a women died trying to cross that road in her car when that same road was flooded a couple months ago, so I think I was better off adding a couple miles to the route.
When I was just a couple miles outside of Utica a thunderstorm rolled through over me and it started to rain incredibly hard. I had a very wet ride for the last couple miles. I got into Utica and went to the volunteer fire station where I would be staying for the night. The facility is air conditioned, has a kitchen, shower, washer and dryer, and is open for cyclists to stay at. I took a shower and washed some clothes and then started food and watching a movie. I was joined by another cyclist from Manchester, UK who started his trip in DC and is headed for San Francisco.