Haven’t updated in a while, I was so exhausted after Bourbon Chase that I just managed to loose everything, my training went in the shitter for a few weeks and was a bit burned out. But that’s another blog for another day. First let’s talk Bourbon Chase. I’m going to stick to the criteria I carved out with the Apple Cider Century. Scenic Value, stops with be changed to “added goodies (goodie bags, snacks at exchanges, etc), Markings & Route I think is a good technical standpoint to have, Wildcard Factor which I like to have misc good things (like the afterparty), and then an overall, which is a factor if I’ll do it again.
The Scenic Value
Absolutely gorgeous rolling hills of Bourbon country. My favorite run, the first leg I did (number 10), was perfectly timed so I saw the sun set and the harvest moon rise. I’ll never forget that run as long as I live. They did stick to a lot of highways though which was dull, but they varied it up as well so I’ll give this an A-
Every distillery had some sort of tasting which was everything from one mixed drink to an unlimited tasting. Awesome. The food options were a bit sparse, there were a couple of food trucks but not as much as I would have liked to see. Since there was so much free booze, I have to give this an A-
Markings and Route
The volunteers were, as always, hit or miss. Some of them would come help direct traffic, others just sat and watched as you waited for cars to go past so you could cross the street. A bit too much of this followed the highways, I would have liked to do more sidestreets and backcountry paths. B
The thing that makes this one is the bourbon, and you go through half a dozen distilleries, along with completing the bourbon trail. Also a number of the towns kept everything open late, so A on that.
Overall (Not an Average) A
The reason you go is for the bourbon, nothing else. The community that they have tried to establish is also awesome. Don’t have a team? Dont worry, they have a great forum on their website. So whore on a team and rock out
My team, I only knew one person on it before hand but everyone in my van got very close by the end!