« on: July 13, 2010, 07:54:42 pm »
We rode the UGRR from Xenia Ohio down to Maysville Kentucky. While in Ripley we decided to take the Adventure Cycle Publicized Daily Route for Ripley. Big Mistake! As we left the fantastic and historic downtown area of Ripley on main street, all was wonderful. We were about 2 miles into the ride (on Main St., and from no where a yellow long haired dog, darted from a yard and chased us down the road. I thought, oh well, you are gonna have those days. As we turned left onto Schwallie Rd, we started up hill almost immediately. As we slowed during the climb we noticed a large brown boxer in the middle of the road waiting for our arrival. We approached closer not sure of the dog's intentions, it was at this point teeth bared, we decided to turn around and head back into Ripley. Of course we had to ride back through the yellow long haired dog nipping at our heals, but this dog was a far better option than the boxer. We did continue our visit of Ripley only by SUV instead of on bicycles. We stopped at Rankin House and spoke with the lady giving us the tour. She said the owner of the bike shop in Georgetown had come under fire from local citizens for insisting residents of the area tie their dogs up, or keep them somehow in their yard. I would never recommend anyone ride this route on their bicycle until the police/mayor/citizens make this a safe environment for cyclists. We would have spent much more time and money in the community had we had a safe environment. Instead, we left for Aberdeen enroute to Maysville. Pehaps people don't realize they are not only responsible for their pets, they are liable for the damage they might cause to a cyclist. I am going to write the mayor and police chief of Ripley to see what can be done. I am also going to contact the Georgetown Bike Shop owner to lend him my support and tell him of our misadventures.