We had a fast-moving violent storm rip through on Saturday evening. It knocked out power to me and 120,000 of my closest friends here in Louisville.
Tim, Patrick, and I had planned a 50-mile road ride in Shelby and Oldham counties for Sunday morning, but we weren’t sure how passable the roads were in rural areas so soon after the storm.
Tim and I met near Bardstown Rd. We headed toward St. Matthews to meet Patrick.
We worked our way through the parks.
Everywhere we went, there were more trees in the road.
In some cases, houses were damaged.
We eventually made our way to the Heine Brothers location in St Matthews. Luckily they were open and we had coffee while waiting for Patrick.
Once Patrick arrived, we talked bikes for a while before heading out.
Patrick didn’t miss out on the storm damage on the way either.
We eventually wound around to River Rd, including me riding on some mud that was pretty much un-rideable. It later required me to wash the mud from the fenders.
We ran a paceline of three down River Rd at 19-21 mph. That’s fast for me, and it was my first real paceline with rotating leader. I still wouldn’t want to ride like that on a regular basis.
We wound our way back toward the parks again.
Traffic light outages were quite common during the ride.
We saw a large tree that had succumbed to the wind.
When we rolled back into the park, there were a lot of people there.
I’m guessing that many people didn’t have power at home (as Tim and I didn’t), and were enjoying being outdoors.
I was taking pictures while riding, thanks to my handlebar bag.
We met up with another cyclist going around a downed tree. Before this picture was taken, he pulled off a neat trick by diving down into a cement drainage culvert and riding down it. It reminded me of bobsledding.
The park really did seem to get a lot of damage.
It really was a nice day.
I split off at Douglass Loop and meandered toward home. I, of course, saw more trees down along the way. Bonnycastle Ave was completely shut down between Norris Pl and Fernwood Ave. There were power lines on the ground, and a tree service busy working.
The clouds were rolling back in by this time. It never did storm again, but it did get windy and a few splatters of rain came after I made it home.
It was far short of the 70-mile day I originally imagined. It was to be a 50-mile road ride, plus 20-miles round-trip to get to the ride and back. Instead it was an urban ramble of 38 miles. I can’t say I was disappointed.