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Woo Hoo! We made it to Louisville! We rode in rather warm sunny, but occasionally breezy, weather down Route 31 South into Kentucky. We were super disappointed that there wasn’t a “Welcome to Kentucky” sign to capture the moment we crossed into the last state on our bike journey.
Earlier in the day, we tried to find a reasonably priced campground near the track and found that the closest one was an “RV Only, No Tents” campground; the next closest one out was in Southern Indiana, a KOA which would cost $37 for one night; the next closest one out was the one we’d just spent the night at … hmm. So, I did an online search and found a Suburban Extended Stay Hotel (one of the ChoiceHotels.com brands) and called to find out a rate. After I explained to the clerk our story, she kindly connected me to their Sales Manager, Angie Porras.
Angie offered us an amazingly great rate! It’s been so long since we had a hotel room I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate our arrival in Louisville. We entered the address into our GPS and found that our GPS had some issue with calculating the route. We checked Google maps on my phone and found that Route 31 South looked like it crossed right into Louisville. So, we just stayed on 31 and pedaled on, seeing the occasional sign to Louisville, with ever declining miles ahead.
We looked ahead and found that Route 31 and Route 65 ran parallel into the city. The traffic got heavy and we saw the bridge ahead. Luckily, the Route 31 bridge offered a sidewalk area and even had a sign reading “yield to bicyclists” … YEAH! We crossed the bridge and found all kinds of bicyclists riding in Louisville. There were bike friendly signs, bike lanes, bike shops … bikes, bikes, bikes!! What a terrific ending to a long day.
Once in the city, our GPS was able to calculate the route to the hotel and a local grocery. We only had another 10 miles total to ride and we stopped short when the Beast spotted a Smoothie King. We parked our bikes at the bike stands along the sidewalk (Bike Stands!! Yeah!) and ordered our favorite smoothies. With smoothies in our cup holders, we rode on to the local Kroger grocery store and picked up dinner and breakfast items.
We rode the final few miles to the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel and I was delighted to see that it was in a very good location and neighborhood. There were plenty restaurants, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, etc. nearby. I went into the lobby and was surprised that the desk clerk knew about our ride. Angie, the hotel sales Manager, had told them about our adventure and left us some brochures to take to the track with us. For those BMXers who haven’t booked your hotel, yet, I strongly recommend this property. It Is about 8 miles from the track and the rooms have mini kitchens with a fridge, cook top, microwave, coffee pot, etc. Plus, there’s Wifi, Cable TV and on site Guest Laundry. You can call them @ 502-499-9100 or email their sales manager, firstname.lastname@example.org for rate details and availability. Tell them that you are BMX and that the “Ride the Nation” family referred you.
On Saturday, we’ll head to the EP Tom Sawyer Park to check out the Derby City track re-build. They are also running 3 races this weekend at the track, known as their Marathon weekend @ Derby City BMX.
On a personal note, thanks so much to Angie! We had a wonderful night of rest!
To our friends and family on the East Coast, our thoughts are with you. We hope that the storm will pass with little damage. We also hope that it won’t keep any of you from the Grand National Championship in Louisville. We can’t wait to see you all!
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