In Kentucky, where there’s sunshine all the time . . .

I spent part of the holiday weekend in Kentucky, tasting bourbon, taking pictures of bourbon barrels (which I’ll keep to a minimum here) and roaming the streets of Louisville (as a public service announcement, let me tell you right now to stay away from Fourth Street Live no matter what the nice lady at the front desk says).

Barrels and barrels of bourbon

There's something about that honey-colored wood . . .

Though we didn’t spend many daylight hours in Louisville, there was enough time to notice a few elements of biking cuture—like this interesting bike rack. Nashville has gotten some flak lately for valuing style over substance when it comes to bike rack installations, but this dragon seems to have both.

And, um, this interesting bike rack, which, having no bikes ourselves, April, Chiara and I decided could do double-duty as a jungle gym.

Louisville does appear to have a Bcycle bike sharing program of sorts—but as far as I could determine from the street, this station at least was only for Humana employees.

I can't ride this bike, since I don't work for Humana.

Our destination was the 21C Museum Hotel, where we perused the awesome exhibits (and imbibed delicious cocktails). This was our favorite piece of art.

It's raining poetry

Then we walked over to the Brown Hotel, where we borrowed some sparklers from a wedding reception and had our own little Fourth of July celebration.

Then we decided to pedicab it home. My first ride in one ever!

The Louisville pedicabs have 21 speeds and internal hubs. Our driver certainly seemed to transport us effortlessly—but then, we Southern belles don’t weigh more than a cotton boll, bless our hearts.

How was your holiday weekend?

  • http://roseread.wordpress.com/ Cathy

    Those bike racks are awesome! I really like the dragon.

  • http://www.dfwptp.blogspot.com Steve A

    Well, ain’t that just precious! That dragon bike rack would simply not do. Our chief rivals are the Dragons. See any panther racks?

    • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

      Ha. Nope, no Panthers, although that would be an interesting installation!

  • http://www.sheridesabike.com Karen

    Oh, Trish, I am so jealous. I miss Louisville so much. Fourth Street Live . . . . let me guess, lots of over-processed hair and muscle tee . . . . I don’t know if eliminating the dress code was that great an idea. I am sure a more extensive bike-share is in the works. Mayor Jerry is obsessed with increasing bike commuting and the Council voted to fund a bike station in downtown. It looks like you had a good time in the ‘Ville and got to check out some of the cool new bike shops that have opened up in the last few years.

    • dukiebiddle

      My city has a “Live!” too, so I looked it up. Yep, it’s development chain. Ours is a cluster of chain pick-up bars for the suburban homogenized under 25 and fake I.D. crowd. Gross.

      • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

        Yup, that about sums it up DB. I thought about posting a couple of the pictures I took there but they were not safe for a family blog. :)

        Karen, I can’t believe I forgot you were a KY knowledge source — you’ll have to email me some suggestions for next time. My brother lives in Indy so I drive through there every so often, and I’m sure I’ll go back.

  • http://elietc.blogspot.com eli

    Awww. I grew up in Louisville, and I can safely say – you are so right about Fourth Street Live! Glad you had some fun though. I always love seeing pretty pictures of that pretty city.

    I didn’t know about the Bike Share program – that’s great! We had something like that in Lexington a couple years ago, but it was kind of a big disaster. Hopefully things will improve for both of Kentucky’s major cities.

    Love the bourbon barrel shots. YUM. Best bourbon cocktail, if you’re ever in Kentucky again (or maybe they have this in Nasvhille?) – bourbon and Ale 8. DELISH.

    Anyway. Next time (if you have more time), definitely check out the Germantown/Highlands area. More fun part of town than actual downtown, and totally bike-friendly!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

      Thanks for the advice, Eli — I will take those suggestions next time I’m in KY.

  • http://philipshrimpton.blogspot.com philip

    great blog site with wonderfull pictures

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  • http://www.paringdown.com Laura @ PARING DOWN

    Love the pedicab story. Your trip made me think of Kirsten Dunst explaining how to pronounce Louisville to Orlando Bloom in Elizabethtown.

    Cheers,
    Laura

  • http://bikesandthecity.blogspot.com meligrosa

    love it!! you gals look like fun troubles :D
    i wanna come visit KY and ride bikes. bourbon and all ok!?
    xxo.m

    • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

      More than OK! We’ll find some fun troubles to get into.

  • http://aplusbinthesea.blogspot.com arnique

    That dragon reminds me of Gaudi’s Parc Guell. Excellent mosaic and a very very fun bike stand.

    A from A + B in the Sea

  • Ben

    Pedicabs are fun. We have them all over downtown Austin.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

      Austin is awesome. Maybe one day Nashville will get pedicabs; so far it’s just horse-drawn carriages.

  • http://letsgorideabike.com Dottie

    Wish I could have been there! This post radiates fun. You three plus bourbon is a guaranteed great time. Add monkey bars, pedicabs and … some more bourbon and then it’s a party. Beautiful pictures of the belles :)

  • http://www.simplybike.wordpress.com Simply Bike

    This looks like such a great weekend (and as a part-time fashion blogger, I have to comment that your outfits look great – that skirt with the zipper is fantastic!).

    I’ve never taken a bicycle taxi although there were plenty in Munich. I can’t imagine how they do it, I would be so curious to give it a try from the driver’s perspective to see how lugging several people actually feels… although, by that I mean several non-Southern Belles who weigh more than just a cotton boll ;)

    S.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

      Thanks S! Yes, I know, I am curious about how it would feel to drive one, too, but wasn’t sure about the etiquette of asking. :) Forgot to mention the strangest thing about the pedicab — no meter! We just paid what we thought the ride was worth. Anyone know if that is typical?

  • http://www.bike-bliss.com/ Cherilyn

    Love the dragon rack and y’all in the pedicab! Fun post!

  • http://my2010ishere.blogspot.com Amanda Z from NYC

    Kentucky looked like Fuh-hunnnn…:)

    • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

      Definitely fun! You should come and check it out. :)

  • dave

    thanks for the shots of the bike racks. Inspiring!

  • http://www.portlandize.com Dave

    Looks like you had a fantastic time! I think alcohol tastings are one of the best group activities you can do, especially with friends :)

    Cheers!

  • http://www.grinderswheels.blogspot.com Jon Grinder

    Mmmmm, bourbon…

    I have become quite fond of Manhattans, lately, particularly when made with Jim Beam.

  • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

    Manhattans are my favorite winter drink! With Gentleman Jack, usually, though I’m looking forward to making one with the bourbon I bought up there. Recently I have become a big fan of the Perfect Manhattan (both sweet and dry vermouth).

  • http://www.naturallycyclingmanchester.wordpress.com LC

    What a super fun post!! :D x

  • adam

    a manhattan is an incredible libation. traditionally made with rye, unfortunately, and most usually prepared nowadays with canadian blended rye (yuck!!). do you like your perfect manhattan prepared with bitters? something bartenders usually slip in.

    luckily, as a kentuckian, and a fervent believer our local spirits, we have a couple of good tangy ryes to supplement the purist–old overholt and sazerac are two–there are a couple more that i can’t remember off hand. however, if you like a good bourbon-manhattan, maker’s mark is the best–blends well with the sweet vermouth. truly decadent, winter or summer.

    in so far as commenting on our local color, well, mark twain said it best when he lamented or praised that kentucky is where he would choose to die, cause everything gets here 20 years later. i don’t know how that directly applies to cycle culture or progressive attitudes in general, but you get the picture.

    next time you are in and around the area, let me know and i can point you towards some good drinking.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

      Thanks Adam! Seems like KY has made strides since Mark Twain’s time. :)

  • http://1 spacemodular

    Hmm, Humana – putting the ‘B’ in cycle… huh?

    I would like to see your pedicab give you and a oak barrel of bourbon a ride home.

    Louisville looks like a nice town to ride a bike.

    Happy July from Chicago’s West Side!

  • d

    If I hadn’t seen a woman in a mini skirt riding a closed frame road bike with high heels, I would have believed you. But I know you southern belles love to tell a little white one.

  • http://suburbanbikemama.blogspot.com/ Vee

    yay for fun girl time!