Today was one of those days that reminds me why I love cycling so much. This morning Carrick and I headed out on our bikes to ride part of the Louisville Loop. The downtown portion is only a couple miles from our house, so we picked it up at Waterfront Park and rode out toward the McAlpine Locks and Dam near the Falls of the Ohio. We’ve ridden that part of the bike path before, but never realized until today that the bridge to the Locks is open to the public certain hours of the day. We decided to check it out. It was a long, gradual climb to the top of the bridge. On a hot, humid day like today it really got my heart rate climbing too. But it was worth the effort. We watched one of the barges loaded with coal push its way down the Ohio River.
In October 2003, McAlpine was designated a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. A 10-year, $278 million expansion project on the Locks was completed last year. Here’s a good aerial view of the Locks and Dam.
Many times when I’m out on my bike I feel the need to push myself a little to get some good cardio work out of the ride, but my favorite rides really are the ones where Carrick and I ride at a comfortable pace, explore our surroundings and stop to take photos along the way. No time frame, no itinerary, no plans at all. Just riding, talking and enjoying the sights along the way. Here are photos from today’s journey:
Despite the heat and humidity, it was a fantastic day today. I’m looking forward to our next ride.
Today’s food journal:
— Chocolate Builder Bar = 270 cal.
— Gu (1 package during bike ride) = 100
— Chicken Tandoori Samosas = 160
— Organic LF chocolate milk = 180
— Turkey sub sandwich = 280
— Baked Lay’s potato chips (about 12) = 68
— Iced tea = 0
— Skinny Cow ice cream cup (2) = 240
— 2 hour bike ride (18 miles, 139 average HR, 11.5 mph average) = 714 calories burned
Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!
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