Show-n-go 70 review

You all missed a great day in the saddle this morning, when 7 of us took up the ‘show-n-go 60’ challenge, with Dave and I putting in an almost even 70m. It was Dave’s longest ride ever, and my longest since a Lou-Lex trip back in 1999. It was very pleasant to see some new faces, including Mark and Michelle and Micheal (sic) and Brooke. Old faces included myself, Dave, and Chad, who had joined us for our cobblestone ride in April.

Our route took us through Audobon Park, down Floyd St. and out to Iroquois. From there we connected to Manslick, and here it only got more interesting when we ran by Penile Rd. only to come upon a “raised manhole”. Dang, that’s a dicey neighborhood if you ask me. My original posting had us climbing Mitchell Hill, but I chose to do Jefferson Hill b/c of the scenery and shade. After a quick respite at the top, we bombed down the back of Mitchell and rode many a pleasant mile on Knob Creek Rd. in Bullitt. Only one dog got close, and aside a bit of gravel, the riding down that road could not have been better: weather, sunshine, traffic, ride companionship. It had it all. At the end of Knob Creek we undertook our first store stop, enjoying being checked out by a very helpful 8 yr-old (mom was helping). From there our route took us along 44 to pick up Weavers Run/Pauleys Gap (different map list them differently), where I befell the only poor luck of the day, a flat tire right at the top of the “gap”. After a pretty speedy change, we had the good fortune of observing and extremely small toad/frog (pic below). He couldn’t have been bigger that a nickel.

We worked hard to cross Dixie and connect to the 2nd portion of our ride, that of the Levee Trail/Riverwalk. We took in another reptile, that of a snake intertwined in the railing by the river; it was here that I had the 2nd batch of bad luck, a Sigg bottle lid that fell, bounced and disappeared about where the snake went. We all appreciated the nice, flat trail, although Brooke didn’t appreciate the Mill Creek bridge height. Upon arriving at Shawnee Park, Michael (sic) and Brooke departed via Broadway to save some time and the remainder took the Riverwalk- the rather muddy RW- and took Portland into downtown. We said goodbye to Chad at Swan and Kentucky St. and the remaining 4 returned to Atherton at Mark and Michelle’s parked car. Dave and I were pretty insistent to get our 70 in, so we did a flat loop through Seneca Gds, with Dave almost crashing .1m from the house when his chain jumped the cassette. Yikes! We also finished in RCCS fashion, topping the day with a brew and a sandwich at Cumberland Brews.

I think this was the most successful RCCS ride yet. I like Michael’s (sic) comment best that we had a decent speed, but maintained “conversation pace”, and we had some great ride companions today to share some talkin’. IMHO, that’s the premise of RCCS rides. There’s more to cycling than hammering, and today proved to be a great time and great mileage to boot.

Posse

Posse
Bald head panda, with posse in distance at bottom of Jefferson Hill

Bald head panda, with posse in distance at bottom of Jefferson Hill

John and Brooke in the shade after Jefferson Hill

Michael and Brooke in the shade after Jefferson Hill

Michelle, Mark and Dave cresting Jefferson Hill

Michelle, Mark and Dave cresting Jefferson Hill

JeffCo view

JeffCo view

Chad out front on Knob Creek Rd.

Chad out front on Knob Creek Rd.

Brooke and John

Brooke and Michael

Store stop

Store stop

1st store stop bike parking

1st store stop bike parking

Our man Dave, sporting the safety vest like a true commuter!

Our man Dave, sporting the safety vest like a true commuter!

little bitty toad on Weavers Run

little bitty toad on Weavers Run

More reptiles, in this case a snake at Farnsley-Moreman

More reptiles, in this case a snake at Farnsley-Moreman

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4 Responses to Show-n-go 70 review

  1. Andy says:

    Sounds like a great ride. Sorry I missed it. I was in Albuquerque all last week for work and did not want to go running off to Louisville right away. Still, kind of wish I had.

  2. Apertome says:

    Wow, that looks like a fun ride! Some great views, great company, great weather, and just the right pace.

  3. pv says:

    I think you got John’s name wrong; that dude with the nice Coppi is named Michael.

  4. Tim says:

    Thanks PV. You know, we had the discussion about names b/c I’m a “Smith” and it’s tough when you have highly common, but highly forgettable, names. Hence, I remember the “John Smith” comment. Musta stuck.

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