|08-17-2009, 10:05 AM||#1|
Kentucky Ferryboat Weekend
On the weekend of July 24-26, 2009, six (6) COG members ventured out to do something as a group that might have been done before, but not on a Connie.
Tub Maxon, one of our riders, developed the idea to ride across various water byways, on what are commonly know as ferryboats. After Tub crossed the Augusta Ferry in his car one weekend, he saw the map of the 10 Ferryboat crossings in the great state of
The Intrepid 6 were:
Tub Maxon and Steve Thompson from Cincinnati, OH, Bill Hookman from Westerville, OH, Jim Capper from Washington Court House, OH, Greg DeCola from Urbana, OH, and Mike Mason from Alexandria, KY.
The ride started by crossing the Ohio River from the
The Valley View Ferry crossed the Kentucky River from Fayette and Jessamine County to Madison County, KY. Just about every possible road condition was experienced for this trip. From Super Slabs, state and county roads, to full gravel, wash-out logging and chip and seal, straits, long sweepers and switchbacks, we saw them all.
Weather also became a riding challenge. There were heavy soaking rains, crosswinds and road washouts which kept all of us on our toes.
Our next adventure, 155 miles later, was Ferry #3 (The
Day 1 ended with a total 477 miles traveled and 6 tired souls ready for a good meal and a good night’s rest. After some conversation by the campfire, we were ready for shuteye.
On Day 2, we awoke up to threatening stormy skies and our plans of getting breakfast and breaking camp quickly changed to just getting packed and on the road. We were able to get a much needed breakfast and we then found that the clouds had cleared and a blistering sun made its appearance.
The next Ferry to experience was #4 across the
Ferry #5 was the Houchins Ferry, just a short hop of 6 miles, also within
Reeds Ferry (#6) in Butler County was our next crossing and led us to Ferry #7 (Rochester Ferry). This Ferry proved to be the most interesting. It was quite rundown and was commanded by an individual that was very happy to transport anyone on her ferry. Our River Lady had difficulty giving us change for $5 and $10 for fare, so she decided that $10 was perfect for the trip across a very narrow stretch of the
We did take a side ride to
Ferry #8, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry, was in the far Southwest corner of the
The Day 2 ride was not as long as the first day, however the weather was in the high 80’s along with high humidity. We quickly realized this was going to be a tough ride, so we decided to take a detour to
Day 3, with 2 more Ferries yet to ride, we started the day with an IHOP breakfast, topped off the tanks, and hit the road. This was to be the longest day of riding for our 3 day adventure. The trip to Ferry #9, Cave in Rock Ferry in
With shortened time left and fatigue setting in, the 300 plus miles to the 10th ferry was going to be a tough run. We hit the super-slab and rolled down the road. Construction delays and traffic beyond belief greeted us, and a quick exit brought us to country roads for the remaining run up river.
Anderson Ferry, #10, gave us the opportunity to chat with some cagers crossing with us. Everyone we encountered was very impressed with our desire to ride all 10 ferries in a single weekend. All in all, everyone we talked to was very interested in our little adventure. Crossing the Ohio River one last time into
As a group we traveled 8,000 miles between us, averaging between 1,318 and 1,378 miles each for 3 days of travel.
This was a great ride, and a shorter version could have been laid out, but the goal was 10 ferryboats, and the adventure along the way. I commend our team of six, and look forward to another trip with the Intrepid 6.
If anyone is interested in this ride, go to:
Ride Reporter: Greg DeCola COG # 7691 ROK # 10099
Ride Safe Everyone!!!
|08-17-2009, 10:36 AM||#2|
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Blount Springs, AL
I like this idea.
I may just try this myself one day.
Thanks for sharing the ride
|08-17-2009, 12:55 PM||#3|
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: Newton NC
I must work, millions of losers are depending my taxes for a check.
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