On Friday, I traveled to the opposite side of the county to ride the Levee Trail. It’s another part of the Louisville Loop. My car was left in the parking lot at Riverside—The Farnsley-Moorman Landing, a historic farm on the Ohio River in southwest Louisville. When I saw (and heard) a school group, I decided I’d walk over to the home after my ride.
In 1937, Louisville had a terrible flood. When I was growing up, many old people would relate just about everything to the flood, whether it had anything to do with the rising water or not. My grandmother gave me her sewing machine when I first married. I remember her telling me she’d bought it the year after “the flood.” (The machine is 80 years old and I still piece quilts on it.)
The flood resulted in the beginning of the Ohio River Flood Protection System. Eventually, the flood wall stretched for 29 miles, but in 1964, we had another flood that did a lot of damage to the southwestern part of the county. That prompted the building of a levee system in that area. The Levee Trail, for the most part, is on top of the levee.
This 11.1-mile path would be great for commuting, but the parks in the east end of Louisville are much more scenic. I enjoyed the ride just the same. My computer, which is working correctly as compared to last week, ended up on 24.54 (miles).
The pavement was clean except for some grass, but this path has more glimpses of busy roads than the river it follows. For the most part, it’s an industrial area, skirting Riverport. There are no street signs where you’re cycling, so you have no idea which road you are crossing unless you know the area and I don’t. There are only a few though…most crossings are driveways into plants and other industrial areas.
The only other time I’ve biked on this path, it was a shock to come upon River Valley Cemetery. It is one of the local cemeteries where those who die without next of kin or without money to pay for a service are buried. The cemetery has 1,287 plots. The first burial was in 1987 and it reached capacity in 2008. I find it in bad taste for the sign to say: Escape, Explore, Connect.
At one point, the path disappeared. I turned on the unnamed road and soon met two ladies. I asked if they knew where the bike path started up again. They didn’t, but started chatting. They asked how far I was going and I said to Lees Lane. Turned out, that was the street I was standing on. So, after a short chat, I turned around and headed back.
I took most of the pictures on my way north, so going back was quicker, but I did explore a side road. It was all downhill and not really worth the climb back up, but I did have another river siting. After that, I started to hustle because I felt a few raindrops. I had taken a raincoat, but the last weather report said rain around 8PM, so I left it in the car.
I’d stopped so often for pictures, that it had taken me more time than I’d planned, but I was determined to see the new section (or at least new to me!) of the Levee Trail before stopping. It was much the same as most of the other part. It never did more than sprinkle, but by the time I returned to the car, I was quite damp and the rain was revving up. I decided to skip walking over to the house.
I stopped at a nearby restaurant, Mike Linnig’s, which I remember visiting with my parents and their motorcycle friends when I was about three. The outdoor eating area is about as close to a German beer garden as I’ve ever seen in America, but today wasn’t t he weather for eating out there. I ordered a fish sandwich (my coffeeneuring purchase) and was surprised it was over $11, but there were two large pieces of fish. I was hungry and had a long drive, so I ate half sitting in the car and took the other half home to Jim.
After I got home, I wished I’d walked over to the Farnsley-Moorman House, rain or not. I’m rarely in that part of town. I decided to include some pictures I previously took on a photo shoot with my photography club in 2015.