A Country Ride In Search of Arches

We now have a caretaker for Jim a few days a week, so I was able to ride today. These little challenges have given me reason to ride places I’ve hesitated to venture in the four years we’ve lived here. It won’t be long before I’ve covered all the roads close enough for me to do in a day ride, but today I was on a road I’ve never even been on in a car…Fairmount Road. I hadn’t expected to find many arches. I found a few, but that’s not all I found…I found a missing road.

Well, if I stretch it, this looks like an arch with elbows to me. I can’t go for a ride in the country and not include a barn if I can find one.
I wasn’t shy about taking a picture of a house under construction. Since I hadn’t found many arches at this point, so I didn’t want to pass up this arched window.
This was my favorite section. The woods on both sides went on for about a mile. The sun had been strong, so riding in the shade was very pleasant. I could hear some animals (hopefully four legged ones) moving around in the forest. With a good imagination, you can see an arch formed by the trees right where the road disappears from sight.
What! Fairmount Road came to an abrupt end, even though my map shows it going on and connecting to other roads so I could do a circular route. On the map, I saw a stream and I can only guess that the bridge was out and they decided not to rebuild it. I was using a book of maps of Louisville/Jefferson County that I’ve had for awhile. I will check if an updated google maps shows it marked as a dead end. No choice, but to turn around. That’s OK. I saw some things going back I hadn’t seen getting to this spot.
The culvert pipe only had an arch visible. Perhaps it’s a passage way for critters as well as water.
Mr. Bee was having lunch…better the flower than me. I could say I see an arch/arc in the vegetation, but the truth is I just like taking pictures of wildflowers.
This is a belated picture of a Little Library that is in my subdivision. I know that was months ago, but it does have a small arch in its design.
I know this lady quite well and knew she wouldn’t come out and yell at me for taking a picture of her house. In addition to the two large arched windows you see, there is another behind the tree on the right. It’s a solid glass, fixed window. The exterior of that upstairs arched window gets cleaned with an expandable pole which is quite heavy for the 76-yr-old lady who lives here. Most of the windows flip to the inside to clean.

This was another “Riding with Nancy”… #4, I think. It didn’t turn out to be such a long ride…7.6 miles, but the route like all the other places around me, had some hills. I didn’t have to get off, but I was chugging up some very slowly. Neither speed nor distance are my goals. I had a good time and that’s all that matters to me.

For now, loaded touring isn’t possible due to my husband's health issues. I’m used to cycling by myself, but I can't go off and leave him. Cycle 365 has motivated me to not give up riding just because I don't have time to go as far or do awesome rides like I did in the past.

7 response to "A Country Ride In Search of Arches"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: September 11, 2020

    I’m very happy for you that you’re going to be able to ride a little more often. Your story of the 76-year old woman who cleans the window with an extension pole reminded me of another remarkable, self-sufficient woman. Whenever we’ve visited my wife’s folks in the past, I would go to coffee every morning with my recently-deceased father-in-law and a few of his friends. One of the friends was the woman I mentioned. She was 81-years young, and one day she was casually talking about how she cleaned her gutters over the weekend.

    “Wait a minute . . .” I interrupted, “you mean you climbed a ladder and physically removed the leaves and other junk by hand?”

    “Yeah, it had to be done,” she replied. Then the others chimed in with some of the other amazing things she does as widowed homeowner.

    EIGHTY-ONE!

  2. By: Laura Posted: September 11, 2020

    My kids aren’t happy when I climb ladders, but I kind of agree with the lady…sometimes you do what has to be done. I have more trouble hanging the ladders back in the garage than climbing them. I hope the lady lived in a ranch…I could not begin to move an extension ladder. Bicycling develops leg muscles which come in handy for some jobs…like climbing ladders. Thanks for sharing your story…81 isn’t so far away for me.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 11, 2020

    Nice arch photos, about arched-out here, nothing new to photograph of any consequence.
    Great you will be able to get out and ride more often now.
    Aging: Saw a medical report that stated it was for a 73 year old male, I thought, who the hell is that???
    Oh! Thats me. 🙁 LOL

    • By: Laura Posted: September 11, 2020

      I wouldn’t have guessed you had had that many birthdays. Riding is keeping you young. 🙂

    • By: Scooter Posted: September 12, 2020

      Oh, you’re 73? You poor thing! There seems to be a lot of that going around.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: September 12, 2020

    Such good news that Jim has a good caretaker who will free you up to do other things.

    You found some great arches on your (our) ride. I always love seeing the barns. And how nice that you are able to explore places nearby that you have not been before.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: September 12, 2020

    I am glad for you that you were able to get out a bit and find some new roads. That does great things for my spirit, too. I love the ‘mile of trees’ and the photo of the bees – you live in a very pretty area.

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