Country Roads #2/15

I intended to ride on Thursday, but hadn’t slept well and was just too tired. Jim’s caretaker was coming again on Friday, so put it off a day. I love being able to ride from my home. I found a circular route with some country roads that I haven’t been on before.

You probably can’t read it, but this gives you some idea of my 20-mile route. I started where you see a green circle, went out on the red, and came back via the green…all two lane roads with no shoulders. Today, I managed to do my return before rush hour, so there wasn’t a lot of traffic. Some of the red, I’d never been on before.
I tried not to stop often for pictures. This was almost at my destination. Just as I got Violette sitting there in front of the disappearing drive, a truck wanted out, so we had to move. We’re in front of a working farm and yet we’re still in the Louisville Metro area.

The goal was again McNeely Lake, but this time I went in at the southern entrance. I was surprised that it dead ended at a Radio Flying Club field. And just for the record, I never saw the lake. An older gentleman was putting his plane in his car and I said, “I guess I missed the show.” That began a conversation where he told me a lot about the flying club and about all you needed to do to be in it. It was quite interesting. He stayed over by his car and I stayed much more than six feet away on my bike.

Our trees do not have a lot of color yet. This is the road back to the Flying Club. It was rough until I got to their property and then the road was smooth. This route is one day going to all be very nice as it will be part of the Louisville Loop which is a bike/hike path that circles the entire city. I may not live that long though.
Kentucky’s State Flower….Goldenrod. It was one of those things that my allergy tests said I am allergic to. I didn’t notice it bothering me that day.
I don’t think this is what was meant by disappearing road, but it was out of my sight until I reached the top.

Like my last trip to McNeely Lake, I stopped at the only store for a drink and a snack before starting back. It was there that I discovered my mask was missing. I have a hand towel lining the bottom of my bar bag to cushion my camera, so I wrapped it around my head, clipping it with the clips that hold my maps. I’m sure it looked strange, but I didn’t care. I sat on a concrete barrier that keeps cars off the grass. All was great, until I tried to get up. Had no choice, but to roll over on my knees…a trick my mother showed me a few years before she died, when we asked what she’d do if she fell while alone.

You may think I am posting two pictures of this horse because I liked him. Well, I did, but wanted to ask if anyone knows what the thing on his face is for. He could still eat with it on. I hardly think it is to keep him from biting as he walked over and let me rub his nose. without being hostile.
And this one I’m posting because of the disappearing fence.

I’m definitely seeing that even though I only ride once a week, I’m getting back in the groove. I decided on the bigger hills to use my granny gear…why not! I’ve been a granny for 23 years. When I returned from the 20-mile-ride, I wasn’t even tired. Until next time…

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.

5 response to "Country Roads #2/15"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: September 28, 2020

    I love your photos and post. Three, maybe four, very good vanishing shots! Sorry I cannot help you with the horse question. I know nothing about horses. Very creative with emergency mask making ;’-). And for getting up from the curb 😊😉🤗.

    What a treat to be able to leave from your home for a nice loop route on some new to you roads. I like seeing your map also. With no shoulders on the road, I am surely hoping the traffic is very light.

    • By: Laura Posted: September 28, 2020

      Thank you. Very light traffic Thursday. Rush hour would be a different story. I’m already planning my next one.

      • By: NancyG Posted: September 29, 2020

        😊😉🤗🚴‍♀️

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: September 28, 2020

    Laura, great photos. And congratulations on a 20 mile ride! Looks like a nice route. As to the horse, perhaps it’s a feedbag? Not really a horse person, so that’s just a guess.

    • By: Laura Posted: October 2, 2020

      BY: LAURA Posted: September 28, 2020
      Thank you. I used to take a lot of pictures, but don’t have as many opportunities now. It could be a feed bag, but he was munching grass almost the whole time I stood there. I thought perhaps he gnaws on the fences. My first thought was a Covid cover, but then I came to my senses. 🙂

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