Day 11: The Long Loop - Mammoth Cave to Hudson

Taylor woke up with her front tire touching the ground – the 7th flat. The slow start out of the National Park and short day planned turned into a 70 mile haul to save us time with a storm brewing for tomorrow.

Taylor fixing her 7th flat outside the camp store at Mammoth Cave National Park

Taylor fixing her 7th flat outside the camp store at Mammoth Cave National Park

The Daily Summary

Day 11, June 4th, a 70-mile ride takes us Mammoth Cave National Park to Hudson Community Church. There are no route 76 signs to mark the Mammoth Cave detour and overall the day is easy to navigate. Your legs warmup with a climb after the free ferry ride, stores are scattered to fill up on water, and rolling hills for the remainder of the day makes for an easy day.

Note for the route:

We thought Senora would have more of a ‘downtown’ for lunch. Across the highway is a Subway but do not expect much else.

The Scenery

The Amish combine a bike and scooter for their kids to move around

The Amish combine a bike and scooter for their kids to move around

Central Kentucky in early summer welcomes you with calves and ponies in the fields with their mothers. The young ones are often passed out in the grass from the midday sun. Dogs have been friendly for several towns, yet we did hear a story about Alan getting his pannier bit.

Sharing the streets with the cars and bikes are the Amish with their horse drawn carriages. Any picture perfect farm with kale, tomatoes, lettuce, and stallion horses is most certainly attributed to this community.

A fun bit about the Amish is that they have a special hybrid bicycle-scooter to push and stroll through town (see picture above).

A quaint house here in central Kentucky

A quaint house here in central Kentucky

The People

(no photo) In Senora, T and I met a west bound TransAm rider named Allen. He is immediately noticeable by his wide brimmed hat that specially fit over a helmet. To go out of your way to find that type of 360 sun protection says enough. He would get along with my dad. We exchanged advice for the trail and waved goodbye. He raves about the First Baptist Church in Sebree as one of his favorite places to stay.

(no photo) The community at Hudson Community Church welcomed us to use their pavilion for the night. There is a storm looming so the pastor unlocked the bus in the parking lot incase things get too serious. He could have left a door open for the church, yet this option is way better than being completely exposed to the elements. Thank you for letting us stay.

The Blood Sugar

Morning:

Most nights my blood sugar runs high so I decided to keep the normal basal rate. The overnight trend seems to be going down until around 5 a.m. I probably had a low.

Does anyone else experience CGM’s having interrupted signal? Annalisa and I both have the gaps like you see at 5 a.m. on the phone and receiver (I sleep with both next to me). This leaves valuable information like why did I go asleep at 200, head down to 60, and then wake up at 200+?

Breakfast is half an apple with peanut butter and it causes a spike.

You can figure out exactly when I begin riding a bike to bring blood sugars down.

Afternoon:

A combination of apples, bananas, and GORP keep blood sugars stable for a forty mile ride. The big bump you see at 1 p.m. is from an aggressively bolused 6” veggie delight on whole wheat bread from Subway. I took 4.5 units for something that is 36 carbs.

To put that in context, I take about 1 unit while riding for 60+ carbs.

Evening:

A twenty minute cooldown walk with T followed by a group fifteen-minute runner’s yoga stretching circle prevented any terrible post-workout blood sugar spikes.

The post-dinner spike is expected since we made burritos with rice and beans. I try to eat more black and refried beans to slow down the spike but once again head into the night with a high.

Reflection on blood sugars

If the day starts out at 100 than the rest of the day seems to fall into place. One you begin “behind” then everything feels like catch up. You cannot eat a proper breakfast once you are high, the correction for that high may send you low, and the cycle continues.

The biggest challenge is we need a high calorie dinner (generally has carbohydrates) that smooths out before falling asleep (10 PM.) Annalisa and I should attempt to stop snacking by 8PM and an alarm on the phone may help this. Our meals are so huge that the dual-wave bolus I set goes for 2-3 hours.

I would also like to count calories one day to see how many I am consuming. The largest way I gain calories is through fatty nuts like peanut butter while riding. The most stable way to eat calorie dense foods without impacting blood sugar is on the bike.

Does anyone have a no-cook granola bar recipe?

Any other trail recipes are welcome

A sky blue VW bug

A sky blue VW bug