Saturday, November 09, 2013

A Coffeeneuring#7/Bird/'Cross Ramble

9/11/13 Saturday
Location: Please & Thank You, 800 E.Market St. Louisville 40206
Miles: 22

Today was a vastly rambling ramble, all with the sub/con/pre/uber-text that I felt like crap, rode like crap, and give my own half-empty reality 2 stars, but in the end it was a pretty decent way to spend a Saturday morning. The fam had activities, so I loaded up the QB for some spotty bike-related activity.

Caperton Swamp
Birds were on the menu first. Actually I intended to do a kind of bike-n-bird at several locations, but we'll get to that. Starting off was a bit chilly at 38F, but the sun did a nice job warming things up. Once at Caperton I parked the QB and used the glasses for a while:

Northern Cardinal (otherwise known as a gd "cardinal")
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
White-breasted Nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse
Black vulture
Mallard Duck
Great Blue Heron (@ Eva Bandman)
**flycatcher of some kind
**warbler of some kind
**fuzzy mammal tail of some kind. Red n bushy. Didn't look like a squirrel's

Have I mentioned that I'm really not very good at all those damn little brown birds in the bushes?

This weekend is the Derby City Cup, of which I forgot while planning my bird-n-bike ramble. I fought a stupid wind coming down River Rd. and stopped to gander for a while at the 'cross races, although it was early, so only the midget children were racing. Too bad their 50lb bodies are still faster than mine. I might venture down tomorrow for the pros, but I'm sitting here today planning my nap instead.

Once I left I looped downtown to visit the downtown Sunergos for my coffeeneuring stop. It first led me to find that the downtown Sunergos is no more than a coffee stop, not really shop. More so, it's closed on the weekends. Hmm. One gent came out of an adjacent building and informed me of the Atlantic 5 cafe (which serves Sunergos), which I couldn't find. It looks nice in the pics. I think I missed it because I was arguing with some old, drunk-looking crackhead from IN who almost took me up speeding up the right side basically halfway in my lane. I yelled and he retorted something about "downtown". I encouraged him to take his talents back to IN.

After strike #2 I decided to toodle back towards NuLu where I stopped at Please & Thank You, which is a twee little shop that serves lots of goodies including coffee, which I bought a nice Kleen Kanteen of.  It's nice enough that the tables were pretty much filled, so I sat outside and ate my "egg slider", which was a perfectly good egg n cheese sandwich on a bun. I suspect the preciousness of the established is counterbalanced which what apparently are outofthisworld cookies. I wish I had known. NuLu is sort of hip now, so you should probably check it out, I guess. It has a record shop somewhere in there.

The rest
The coffee was good and hot, so I departed and with my hot thermos and went up to OYLC where I basically the next 1.5hrs. I drank, read, yapped, yammered, and twerked. They had just ordered lunch from Molly Malones (black bean burgers) so I added one on and enjoyed Derek's fine bicycle delivered vegan fare. Jimmy and I talked a fair amount of youth soccer and 'cross and I just whiled away some time not being at work and not raking leaves.

I arrived with a sore back, sore legs (Whew!! 22 miles!), and a generally grumpy disposition. I don't really know how people live in super-windy locales, because the 55F, 25mph wind gusts whipping in from the west weren't high on the list of fun.


Pondero said...

No, those windy days can be discouraging at times. Sometimes I must play mental games to cope and survive.

I think I'd enjoy having a bird watching coach to join me on my rides to show me the what/how of this curious activity.

David Crowell said...

I stopped in Atlantic #5 for lunch earlier in the week. It was crowded enough that I gave up went elsewhere. Maybe they're bringing "hip" to West Main. :)

I also had 20 Saturday miles, but they were all on the tandem.

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