Day 216: Art Car Weekend

7 08 2010

Sometimes it’s just a perfect day. Today was one of those days. The temperature was a mild 76 degrees when I left the house around 9 this morning for my bike ride. It almost felt chilly compared to the high 90s and low 100s we’ve been having recently. I really didn’t have a planned route for my ride other than to head downtown to check out the annual Art Car Weekend. It’s fascinating to see how people decorate their cars. In past years, there have been cars decorated with cameras, horses, colorful paint or glass beads. Each year, I enjoy taking photos of all the funky, artsy cars, so today I decided to combine it with my bike ride. The only thing missing was Carrick, who unfortunately had to work today, but hopefully we can take a nice relaxing ride together tomorrow. 

KY art car - simplest things

I assume that's morse code on the bumper? Does anyone know what it says? I'm curious.


KY art car - That car

That Car


Things on the roof of "That Car"




KY art car - Etch a sketch

Etch a Sketch talent


A guy was walking these cute pups down the sidewalk. I couldn't resist taking a photo.


Cars for the 21C Museum Hotel

Cars for the 21C Museum Hotel


KY art car - 21C

21C Museum Hotel's 1996 Lincoln Towne Car limousine. Local artist Monica Mahoney designed the car to resemble the inside of a pomegranate. The work too over 1000 hours to complete and included over 700 pounds of red "gems", 350 tubes of silicone, and a few reinforcements. And yes, the car is drive-able. We see it around town occasionally and it's always a sight to see.


Ky art car - Scott Scarboro

I think this one belongs to local artist Scott Scarboro.


Penguin at 21C Museum Hotel. Other red penguins are tucked in hallways, corners and other areas inside the hotel.


KY art car - Sashimi Tabernacle Choir

The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir car includes dancing fish and lobsters.


A crowd gathers around the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir car.


Here’s a short video of the “Sashimi Tabernacle Choir” car (complete with fish and lobsters dancing to songs such as “Aquarius”, “Put the Lime in the Coconut” and “Istanbul Not Constantinople” which has been stuck in my head for most of the afternoon now). Even people across the street stopped and stared. Giggles usually followed shortly after people stopped to check out the car. One guy walked by while I was watching and mumbled, “What the hell is that?” 

While I was photographing the “Sashimi Tabernacle Choir” car, a couple other cyclists stopped to watch the gathering crowd. The three of us started chatting about the cars, then about bikes. Soon, they introduced me to several other cyclists in their group and invited me to join them sometime for breakfast before one of their Saturday rides. They apparently meet at a nearby cafeteria on Saturday mornings for a good breakfast, then head out on their ride. They were a very friendly bunch and seemed like a lot of fun. I expect they’d be fun to ride with, so I may just crash their breakfast next weekend. 😉 

Louisville Slugger Museum

The Louisville Slugger Museum is a block from the Art Car Show.


Another art car, the Tiki car, with a Gallopalooza horse sculpture in foreground.


The 800 Building


University of Louisville campus, where I stopped for a water break.


Today was one of those fantastic days that reinforces why Louisville is such a great city. The people are friendly and there’s always something fun to do in town. I was planning to ride over to one of the local parks after the Art Car show to check out USA Cycling’s Masters Road National Championships, but it turned out today’s race was across the river in Indiana. I hadn’t planned nutrition very well this morning and was beginning to get hungry and tired, so I headed for home instead. Still, it’s pretty cool to have that sort of event right here in town. 

Today’s food journal: I exceeded my daily points today by about 7.5 points, but I still have 22 of my 35 weekly point left, so I should still be on track. 

— Chocolate mint Builder Bar = 5 points 

— Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread = 4.5 points
— Diet Coke = 0 

— 1 medium banana = 1.5 point
— FF chocolate milk = 3 points 

— Black bean quesadilla on spinach tortilla = 13.5 points
— Iced tea = 0 

Activity points:
— Bike ride (10 mph average, 70 minutes) = 3 points
— Housecleaning = 1 point 

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride! 

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Thanks for visiting.




2 responses

9 08 2010
Greg Phelps That Car #2

You’re correct about the Morse Code on Queen Becky’s OptiCarLusion. It spells Queen Becky.

9 08 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Good to know! Thanks Greg. It’s an awesome car! I’ve always enjoyed optical illusions.

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