Coffeeneuring — Ride #2 — Oct 19

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 walking/bicycling path is the one on the left.

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.

Riverside Park…one of a few places I could see the river.
In this section, you could not only see the road, but you were cycling right by it.

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.

The huge hill behind the cemetery is not part of the levee. It is a huge pile of coal ash…the byproduct of burning coal in power plants. I’ve read that power plants in all but four states burn coal. There is at least some grass on it now. It’s still a huge, ugly, and probably unhealthy pile with a little grass on it now.
This is my favorite part of the ride. On my way back, a deer ran across in front of me. Even if I’d been using a phone instead of a camera, it was so fast I wouldn’t have been able to snap a picture.
The Mill Creek Bridge is a lot more scenic than Mill Creek below it was.
The map says this is an auto salvage-crushing facility. It’s definitely an eyesore.

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.

The bottom of the hill looked like a place kids might gather for a party. Can’t imagine any other reason for the road down there.
Indiana is just across the river.

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.

This is another electrical plant…Mill Creek Station.

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.

This is half of the fish sandwich. There was so much I put them in two containers.

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.

Front, overlooks the river
The back
River view in front of the house




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.

11 response to "Coffeeneuring — Ride #2 — Oct 19"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: October 22, 2018

    Very nice description of your ride Laura. And you photos are great. Aside from the electrical plants and the auto crushing yard, it looks like a fine place for a ride. So glad you are getting our for some riding again. I enjoyed reading your story ;’-).

    • By: Lah Posted: October 22, 2018

      It wasn’t a bad place to ride. I guess my mind kept going to where I biked last week. I’ve certainly been on worse. Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 22, 2018

    Nice ride and interesting history of the levee and photos of the Farnsley-Moorman House.

    • By: Lah Posted: October 22, 2018

      Thanks! I have pictures of the Moremans, but need to find out how the Farnsley name fits in there.

  3. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: October 22, 2018

    Auto Salvage Crushing Facility. We call ’em Wrecking Yards or Scrapyards! Interesting ride Laura. I like riding though multi-use areas as you get that contrast between uses.

    Fish Latte – another thing for G1 to try.

    • By: Lah Posted: October 22, 2018

      Considering I’m not a coffee drinker, but if I were, having fish mixed in with the product sounds pretty disgusting. If you try it, let me know how it tastes. 🙂 We called them junk yards, although the only “junk” I remember seeing was vehicles. Some law went into effect that required they be behind fences and the ones I remembered disappeared (at least from view). I think the ones I remember were more places to go get old parts, than places they crushed what was left though. Thanks for reading the post.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: October 22, 2018

    Nice ride! Maybe not all was scenic, but interesting nevertheless. Thanks for sharing.

    • By: Lah Posted: October 22, 2018

      And thank you for reading it. I was telling Jim yesterday that the two rides were having a very positive effect…physically and mentally. I’ve spent so much time in the last six months being concerned about him that exercise was on the back burner. I’m going to try to get in a couple more rides before his surgery. Hoping for a short one on Monday.

      • By: NancyG Posted: October 22, 2018

        That is so good to know Laura. Bike rides do that for most or all of us I think. The best medicine if we are able to do it. I wish that all will go well with your husband’s surgery. It is good that you are beginning to take care of you as well.

  5. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: October 22, 2018

    I liked your ride a lot. I’m okay with seeing “infrastructure” in all its glory when I’m prepared for it.

    I also think your Bike Friday is beautiful. Nice color, nice conformation (note horsey reference jammed in there).

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