The Big-Old-Mare (aka the B-O-M) is a 2003 Honda XR650L Dual-Sport Motorcycle. She’s not sexy but she’s perhaps the best vehicle there is for ‘Urban-Exploration.’ Since Louisville is only about 55 miles away from home, and I don’t know the city all that well… I decide to explore it for the afternoon! At noon I depart Lawrenceburg, heading north on Hwy 127. Traffic is light as most churches are still having services. After a 20 min ride, I take Hwy 60 west, all the way to Louisville. The total trip only took about an hour. I first make my way to the “Weird, Independent and Proud neighborhood of the Highlands…. (see the picture below).
That’s right…. weird is a fair statement! But it’s a really good kinda weird! Bardstown Road, running east-west through the Highlands, is perhaps the best place to see the eclectic, weird, nature of the neighborhood… Literally hundreds of restaurants, bars and retail shops of all kinds line both sides the road. The great weather has brought lots of people outdoors, the street is really busy. I stop at Heine Bros Coffee Shop for a quick caffein fix by way of a strong cup of Columbian dark roast! Back on the Old-Mare I head off for a quick loop through Cherokee Park, a roughly 400 acre green space just a few mins from Bardstown Road. The Park too is full of joggers, walkers and bikers. The Hogan Fountain Pavilion area has a group of musicians playing Boz Scaggs hits right next to a full-court, pick-up game of basketball. A passer-by stops to ask me a few questions about the BOM…. he evidently had the same motorcycle years ago…. and really loved it…. I listen to the music for a half hour and then saddle-up again and head for downtown Louisville. I love to just ride down interesting looking streets and see where they take me… it’s what I call ‘Urban Exploration.’ Today I visit the Louisville waterfront area, the YUM Center, Slugger Field, and even a home that Thomas Edison lived in, in the 1860s… Market Street is another cool neighborhood, lots of galleries and restaurants / bars await a future visit! At 6 PM, after an afternoon of great riding and exploring, it’s time to head towards home!
What a WONDERFUL day………….
Above, The Weird, Independent and Proud Neighborhood of the Highlands.
Below, Louisville Slugger Field.