The Backroad of Kentucky
I’m on the brand new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the sun is shining and I’m heading for Nashville—it couldn’t be a more beautiful day.
At an intersection, I have two choices—blast down the interstate highway and make good time, or switch to Enduro mode and see how the big Multistrada handles the backcountry.
You guessed it–time to head off-road. What could have been a four-hour trip took most of the day, but I had thirty litres of fuel and all the time in the world, so why not? These are the days that we live for—man and machine, no distractions.
Ride at your own pace, go hard when you feel like it and cruise when you want to enjoy the surroundings. Sounds like a plan for the day, and for life.
The ride began on a few single-lane country roads before long I spotted a narrow dirt track that headed up into the Kentucky Mountains. The track got narrower and narrower as time went on, before reaching a deep creek crossing. It meant wet feet for the rest of the day, but it was worth it. I blasted up a couple of steep gully climbs and took a moment to stop and enjoy the amazing fall colours and stunning views high in the Kentucky Mountains. Moments like this are why I love to ride.
As I headed back down the mountain, I found myself giving the Enduro a fistful out of the corners. I set up some great drifts before going hard on the brakes and repeated the exercise over and over until the smile couldn’t get any bigger.
It wasn’t long and I was back on the bitumen and heading for Nashville. Thank you Kentucky, you made my day.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt. John Muir