Thriller Ride (Zombie Route 2012)

This is an extremely scenic and moderately challenging route. The 44-mile Zombie Route starts at the Laurel County Farmers Market. If you are here in the spring or summer, the Farmer’s Market is bustling with Laurel County Farmers selling produce. Miles 2-14 are flat to gently rolling.

At about mile 14.5 you will begin climbing a few short hills.

At mile 18 you will pass Sustainable Harvest Farm on the left. Sustainable Harvest Farm, owned by former professional cyclist Ford Waterstradt, is the only USDA certified organic farm within more than 100 miles. Ford and his wife Amanda have welcomed all cyclists to stop and fill their water bottles and look around the farm. Sustainable Harvest Farm is host to a rest stop on The Thriller Ride each October.

From mile marker 21 to 24 you will cycle on Pine Hill Brock road. Pine Hill Brock is lined with pleasure horse farms with black board fences. This is a great place to take scenic pictures.

From mile marker 25 to 27 you will be challenged by some of the tougher hills that we have to offer. Maximum slope on the hills reach 10% at their steepest spots. However, the view from the top is well worth the effort.

From mile marker 28 to 41 you will settle into constant rollers and beautiful scenery. At about mile marker 34 don’t be surprised if curious looking Texas longhorn cattle come to the fence on your right to greet you. Some of the larger bulls have horns longer than the width of a pickup truck.

From mile marker 40-41 you will cycle through Levi Jackson State Park. If you are here during the month of October, take a side trip through the campground. The campers are known far and wide for their over-the-top Halloween decorations.

From mile marker 41.5 to 43 you will be on US 25/Main Street. This is a busy highway. However, the road is wide with a center turning lane. It’s still best to ride in single file on this road. You will finish in beautiful downtown London, the “Cycling Capital of Kentucky ™.” There are local restaurants and pubs as well as a local bike shop to visit after the ride. Congratulations. You have just completed one of the most scenic routes in Kentucky.