gglkI am still basking in the memory of my epic road trip to Kentucky last autumn. I am thinking about going back again when the weather is cooler.

I loved touring the Kentucky countryside (and the many bourbon distilleries of course) but I also fell in love with the great city of Louisville and vowed to return to spend more time there.

Recently, while trolling one of my favorite websites, the home of the great Garden & Gun magazine, I found a great piece about Louisville – subtitled “Discover a cyclist’s paradise in Derby City” – and I got excited all over again for my next visit.

From Garden & Gun’s City Portrait: Louisville, KY, by Vanessa Gregory: “From I followed the ribbon of dirt downslope, descending quick and easy, before slowing my mountain bike to navigate a series of perfectly cambered 180-degree turns. Five miles of single-track trails crisscross Louisville, Kentucky’s Cherokee Park. They snake up from Beargrass Creek, drop down sets of stone steps, and meander across clearings. As I pedaled into the woods, a carpet of leaves reflected light 
upward, infusing stands of oak and sycamore. I paused to consider that I was riding not in a state wildlife refuge but in the middle of a large, bustling city.”

A return trip to Louisville is something I can get excited about. A return trip with a bicycle is, well, my idea of a little bit of heaven on earth.

Read the complete City Portrait: Louisville, KY, by Vanessa Gregory from Garden & Gun here.

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