This afternoon, we had a wonderful lunch with my sister, Linda, and her husband, Lee. Linda is my half-sister and we didn't grow up together. We love each other, but circumstances have been such that we've never been really close.
As we get older, we are going to try to make more of an effort as we pass through Louisville once or twice a year.
We then went to my parents' house where my cousin Paul and his wife, Becky, had driven the hour and a half from their home to see us. They have visited us out on the road in their travels a couple of times and it's always great to see them.
After they departed, we spent another couple hours with my parents before heading home. It was a "family day". :)
It rained this morning, and then it cleared up as the day progressed.
We threw on some running gear, and then I loaded up the bikes. Our Electra Townie bikes are eight years old, and they are showing some rust and wear. You already know I'm lazy when it comes to maintenance, and the bikes aren't exactly protected from the elements as they ride on the back of the Jeep from place to place.
The good news is that our bikes have an "internal gear system" where the gearing is inside a hub much like a gearbox on a car. That makes it protected and requires less maintenance. I know my tendency toward neglect of mechanical things, so if there is a "no maintenance" or "low maintenance" option, chances are we went that route. :)
So we took the bikes to Schellers Bike Shop for a tune-up. The bikes are cruisers with feet-forward pedals and "flat foot technology". They aren't great for hills, but they are comfortable for riding where it's fairly flat like campgrounds, rails-to-trails paths, and in Florida and other flat areas of the country. We figured we should have them checked out and get some of the rusted hardware replaced before we head to the Sunshine State for the winter.
After dropping off the bikes, we went back to The Parklands of Floyds Fork. This time we went to the Beckley Creek Park section, the northernmost of the five parks making up the project.
We parked at one of the many parking areas and ran to the north. We went around the .7-mile Egg Lawn and then returned. So we ran two miles and walked about a half mile.
Then we walked south and went out of Beckley Creek along the Louisville Loop paved path to where it connected with Pope Lick Park that we visited the other day. On the way back, I took a few photos with my phone.
It turned out to be a lovely Fall afternoon.
This is a steep downhill section with what looks to be a very expensive retaining wall.
View from one of the many bridges crossing Floyds Fork.
The path goes over the bridge and then loops back under the bridge.
In all, we ran two miles and walked another five miles while enjoying the cool, but sunny afternoon.
These parklands are all very convenient to where we are parked, and we really look forward to the opening of the other sections next year when we come through again.
Back home, we got cleaned up, returned some emails, had some dinner, and watched TV.
I have mentioned in prior entries that I was adopted as a baby in California. My parents, native Kentuckians, lived out there at the time, and then we moved back to Louisville in 1967, when I was four.
Well, in my early 30s, I did a search for my birthparents and found that my birthfather (Frank) was still in California and my birthmother (Mary) was in Oklahoma. And not only that, I discovered that I have a full blood brother (Ron) in Oklahoma as well.
It was Mary's 78th birthday the other day, so I had called and left her a message. I followed up with texts and a phone call this evening. We have met and visited several times. We try to keep in touch, but we're all a bit cautious about "interfering" in each others' lives.
I chatted with Mary and then Ron. She has up and down days with her health, but she seems to be doing fairly well.
After hanging up, we continued our evening of relaxation until we called it a night.
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