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After a really good night of sleep, we awoke and had cereal at Forrest and Beth’s. Forrest told us about some cool stuff to check out downtown so we headed out on bikes to see Louisville. Our first stop was a shoe store where Frankenbutt used his Foot Locked gift card and got a much needed pair of sneaks for walking around at the Grands. Since we each only brought 2 pairs of shoes, he had only his clips and his flip flops, neither of which are comfortable for lots of walking. The Beast got a pair of sneaks before her camp week at Ohio Dreams; I ride flat pedal, so I’ll be wearing the shoes I’ve worn throughout the trip.
The downtown area was easy to navigate and was very bike friendly. There were occasional bike lanes and plenty of bike stands. Our next stop was a store that the Beast had eyed and thought she saw a petticoat hanging in the window. Since she loves Victorian style dressing, we stopped for a look around. Although the item she saw wasn’t what she thought it was, the sales clerk showed her a different petticoat and the Beast smiled. She tried it on and it was exactly what she was looking for. The price was right so she got it.
Since it was getting later in the afternoon, we decided to visit a Smoothie King for an afternoon treat. The first one we visited in Louisville was only 3 miles away so we set the GPS and headed that way. While drinking our smoothies, we searched Google maps for a bakery. We wanted to bring bread back to go with the evening meal at Forrest and Beth’s. Each one we called was either closed on Mondays or just closed for the day because it was already after 5pm. We found our only option was the local Kroger store so we headed there and picked up a loaf of their store made bread.
We re-set the GPS to Beth and Forrest’s address and ended up on Cherokee Road, which had some beautiful older homes to see. As we were climbing the hill, my chain snapped and we stopped. The Beast was glad because she wanted to look at the old architecture. Many of the houses had grand stairway entrances to beautiful concrete porches with pillars. The Beast and I played “I’d live in that one” while Frankenbutt worked on my chain. He got it back together and onto my bike in short order and we rode on to our route.
We arrived at Beth and Forrest’s around 7 in the evening and brought our bikes into the front room. As soon as we walked into the house, I could smell really good stuff cooking. Beth greeted us and asked how our day was and we told her all about our adventures downtown. Forrest called out that he needed some carrots and Beth excused herself to pull some carrots from their garden. She also returned with some purple and orange/white small tomatoes and asked if we’d like to try them. They were delicious; like no other tomato I’ve ever tasted.
Soon, Forrest said that dinner was ready and we all gathered with bowls in hand for his homemade Black Bean soup. There was also shredded cheese, sour cream and red pepper sauce to top it. I sat down with my bowl and couldn’t wait to try it. It was the best black bean soup I’ve ever had! My mouth was doing the Happy Dance! Frankenbutt also loved it but the Beast registered “it’s ok” and ate about half of her bowl. When Beth asked the Beast what she really likes, the Beast said, “plain burgers, French fries, chocolate covered raisins, etc.” I suppose the kid has spent too many years at BMX concession stands to not love burgers.
We enjoyed some evening conversation and then all of us registered that we were pretty tired. I was shocked to see it was already after 11 at night. Staying with Beth and Forrest has been so easy and relaxed. We all drifted off to sleep quickly, Coco included.