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As you may or may not know, Kentuckiana (that is, the Louisville area, more or less) is among the parts of the country currently experiencing high waters in the wake of some extremely, um, productive storms.
While we certainly have it better than
some other places, we're definitely seeing some flooding along the Ohio, which has eaten part of my favorite MUP. It's expected to crest at 55 feet this afternoon: I don't plan on riding home on the Riverwalk trail!
I'm happy to report, however, that Louisville is still cycling, as is southern Indiana.
Today, I took a quick jaunt down to the waterfront to meet my roomie, who was out photographing the floods. Needless to say, I was extremely pleased to encounter a goodly number of other cyclists — from Real Cyclists on nice road bikes to 'plain folks' on beach cruisers — rolling around downtown and Waterfront Park.
Likewise, LBC quickly resumed its busy schedule of group rides, races, and the like after Sunday's epic washouts.
With the exception of some temporary ponds in low-lying areas and so forth, conditions are excellent for riding — bright and sunny, with temperatures in a fairly comfortable range (ideal for most people, I'd suspect, but a little warmer than I really like it).
As for me, I figure a little extra rain now might be good for our farmers later on — and it's not getting in my way. I'm exploring alternate routes (okay, that got in my way just a little on Wednesday morning, but it was my own fault!) and enjoying my bike.
Truly, many waters cannot quench love — and after the flood subsides, I'm sure we'll see that rivers cannot wash the Riverwalk trail away.