If you’ve been watching the map you’ll notice the “ping” dots are closer together. I changed the SC to mark every 10 min. rather than every 20 to give us more detail on this section. We are deep in the forest on only 2 track or foot path. We are not on original Boone Trace because the railroad has laid their track directly on top of Boone’s road. We are across the river which is as close as law will allow.
We followed a dry creek bed for awhile earlier. It was along some of the original trace that continued to be used as a county road until the mining operation at Mullins Station went out of business.
We’ve had cool but sunny weather to hike in today. Rockcastle county has some of the most scenic portions of the trace. Lots of backcountry trails and what blacktop there is, is all country roads. The lower miles gives us a chance to think more about what we’re doing and not just surviving till the next stop.
Looking back at the past Kentucky miles, we know this route can become a draw for anyone wanting to learn and experience pioneer life. We just need to find a few detours off some of the busy roads and into the prettier country like what Rockcastle has to offer. Tomorrow night Givan, John and I have the chance to speak to a crowd in Berea that want to do just that. Berea has already made steps to become a trail town and hopefully we can help that along.
Sleeping in the pavillion of Wildie Christian Church tonight.