Day 231: River Road Water Tower

22 08 2010

Carrick and I took a nice 25-mile ride today. It was a fantastic sunny day with temperatures in the 90s. Still a bit warm, but it didn’t seem too bad today. However, I did notice about 10 minutes into the ride I felt fatigued and my legs were a bit sore. It didn’t stop me from having a good ride, but I guess it was just one of those “off” days where I didn’t feel quite at my best. I was glad I stuck it out though. We rode downtown to River Road and took a water/snack break at the Water Tower on River Road and Zorn Avenue. The Water Tower is the oldest ornamental water tower in the world. Built in 1856 by architect Theodore R. Scowden, the classic revival style tower was built to help end the typhoid and cholera epidemic in the 1830s and 40s in Louisville, caused by residents drinking from tainted private wells. The tower is now leased by the Louisville Visual Arts Association, which uses the space for various events and art openings. 

Louisville Water Tower on River Road

 

Water Tower

 

Architectural detail

 

After the Water Tower, we decided to explore the bike path that runs through the small parks and boat dock areas east of River Road. It turned out to be a nicely paved path that eliminated the need to ride on River Road (which has pretty heavy traffic). Restroom facilities and a water fountain were available (always a good thing). The path ran out at Indian Hills Road, so we took that part way through a nice neighborhood. We even saw a deer on the side of the road as we rode by. At one point, we encountered a rather long, steady hill so we turned around and headed back the way we came. I didn’t have enough energy today to tackle a big hill. 

Bike path on River Road

 

Too bad I could only photograph the butt of the deer, but I couldn't get him to turn around.

 

We took our time wandering back down River Road through downtown. By then, we decided to extend the ride a little for a few more miles and rode over to UofL campus and back home. Despite being less energetic than usual today, I still had a great ride and was glad we put in the effort to do the 25 miles and discovered along the way, that River Road is a great place to practice sprints or intervals. It’s a stretch of several miles with no traffic lights or stop signs which is always a nice change. Here’s the map of today’s route: 

River Road and Indian Hills route.

 

Today’s food journal: 

Breakfast:
— Whole wheat english muffin = 2 points
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— Low-fat organic chocolate milk = 3 points 

Lunch:
— Veggie chicken patty = 3 points
— Deli flat bread = 1 point
— Mustard = 0 points
— LF organic chocolate milk = 3 points 

Dinner:
— Club sandwich on wheat = 8.5 points
— Homemade potato chips (about 10) = 2.5 points
— Iced tea = o points 

Snack:
— 1 banana = 1 point 

Exercise:
— 25 mile bike ride (12 mph average; 2 hrs 15 minutes) = +6 points earned 

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride! 

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7 11 2010
Day 308: Cycling into a headwind « Cyclingproject365

[…] was another beautiful day today, so Carrick and I took a 12-mile round-trip ride out to the Water Tower. I’m getting more used to the traffic on the two-lane part of River Road. One reason why I […]

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