Normally I work on St Patrick’s day, but this year I saw that it fell on a Thursday and that makes for a nice four day weekend. I asked for a couple of vacation days, and here I am. My first pick for a destination was Knoxville, but a big rocks lie on I-75 has traffic slowed until about the end of the month. Cincinnati was a close second, but a bit far. So I zeroed in on Lexington.
I took off this morning in search of the Blarney stone , or some other Irish sounding ploy. My green Harley T-shirt had disappeared in the laundry, so I took out last year’s Uke of the Irish T-shirt , and my shamrock do-rag and hit the pavement.
I took US25 North for the most part. I get on I -75 for a coup,e of miles at Mount Vernon, and again at Richmond. US25 follows along the Rockcastle River for a while, and is very scenic, and just a bit curvy.
My first stop was at the trucks top at the Boonsboro exit, just a pitstop before arriving at Lexington. I had chosen the Liquor Barn as my first destination due to the email they sent me yesterday. I was tempted to buy a fancy bottle of Tullamore DEW, but I held myself back. I did buy a 5th of Flannery’s Irish Cream Liquor. Which was actually on the sales flier, and in my budget. I also got one of those pre-measure pouring spouts.
On my way to the Liquor Barn I saw a gentleman riding a Harley with the saddle bag flapping. I rode up to his side and told him as much. He thanked me and mentioned he was on a test ride. This made me remember there is a Harley Davidson shop nearby. Once I concluded the Blarney stone wasn’t at the Liquor store I rode over to the Harley Shop. On my way I saw the Outback is getting a facelift, and their neighbor, a place once known as “Show Me’s” is open again under new management. I went to the Harley shop, bought my normal T-shirt and poker chip. I also bought a get well card from a FB cousin. I glanced at the bikes, but in all honesty, Lil’ Red is probably the last bike I’ll ever have… unless I downsize, which isn’t in the forseeable future.
Next stop, O’niels Irish Pub. Recommended by a friend. I stopped for the green beer and stayed for the Patty Melt. I could have had the green beer, but that was just Bud Light with food coloring. I opted for the Sam Adams. I got a Patty melt burger, and it was good. After about 45 minutes of hanging with the Irish, the semi-Irish, and the wanna – be Irish. It was time to move on.
I took a little ride through downtown Lexington and got on US27
South. I stopped at the Guitar and after fighting with myself for a half hour, I left without a purchase. I resumed travel on US27S. I stopped at Lancaster to put my leather jacket back on. Then I hit Hwy 39, which is a nice winding road through Amish country. I’ve been that way a hundred times while working. It’s so much better on a bike.
On Hwy 39 I had an interesting adventure. My bike fishtailed in a curve. I crossed the centerline before I straightened it out. The bad thing a bought these learn able events, is that when you are in them, instead of figuring out why this happened… the mind is pretty much occupied with how to recover from the situation. It happens.
Riding through Amish country does have its ups and downs. There were quite a few road apples and a few potholes. All in all it is a very pretty and challenging ride.
After that it was pretty much just riding home. I never found the Blarney stone, but like any bike ride. The destination was never the point. Happy St Patrick’s day.