As I prepare this travelogue report, I’m visiting the home of Richard Sealander and Angela Graeves in Stonington, Connecticut and enjoying a beautiful view toward the southwest over Fishers Island Sound. I arrived here on July 4th around 4 PM and will stay in the area until Sunday morning.
Today’s report will be for Monday, June 24th, during the MSTA rally in Lexington, KY. Today’s event was a photo shoot that Jim Park organized for those interested in nice photos for business cards showing them riding in this area. Afterwards we followed him on the Blue Grass Tour by several of the numerous horse farms in the area of Lexington. This map shows our route, starting at the hotel located a short distance to the southwest of the center of Lexington. We rode west on US-60 and turned right onto Pisgah Road.
Our group of around a dozen riders followed Jim to the first location at the Pisgah Presbyterian Church, a stone church with a nearby horse paddock. He wanted us to ride on the gravel driveway in front of the church so that it would be in the background of the photos. This photo shows part of our group as we waited for the signal to start riding past him.
This next photo shows the three horses in the adjacent paddock.
Following this first photo stop, Jim proceeded ahead of us to his next photo location as we waited for his signal on my cell phone before continuing. At that location we just rode past him as he took our photos. We then met up at Davis Groceries, a small store on the Old Frankfort Pike, Hwy 1681, before proceeding on the tour of the horse farms. Several of the riders decided to do other things, reducing our group to about six riders on the remaining tour.
Along the way we passed some very nice homes and stables. I took this photo of a man mowing the grass in one paddock while several horses were eating hay in another one.
Following behind Jim, I took several photos as he rode along the narrow lanes between the farms. This next photo provides a good impression of what many of the lanes are like.
As motorcyclists, we like to stop by some of the dealers in the areas we visit, particularly when the dealer supports our association in some manner or sells the brands we ride. This panoramic photo shows the front of the large showroom of Lexington Motorsports.
While at the dealer we checked the weather radar and noticed that some showers were approaching. Jim suggested that we head to a nearby 1950s-style diner, called the Parkette Drive-In, that serves good hamburgers and grab some lunch while we wait for the rain to pass through the area. As we expected, the rain poured while we were comfortably enjoying our lunches. I took this next photo of our now very wet bikes as we prepared to continue back to the hotel. Dennis Villarose in the orange shirt had left his riding jacket on his bike and found it now thoroughly soaked. The rest of us had stowed our jackets in the side cases where they stayed dry. We returned to the hotel about 1:15 PM. Dianne Park has her back to me as she gets ready too. My Triumph motorcycle is between the two of them.
Since the weather radar was indicating additional rain showers, including thunderstorms, would be passing through the area, the rest of the afternoon was spent in the hotel. I helped more riders update their GPS units with routes for the next day’s rides, especially the lunch ride to the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. More about that in the next update.
That concludes today’s installment of my travelogue for June 24th.
Best regards from Stonington, Connecticut.