Let’s Ride our Bikes!
Last Friday was the first really nice day of this year the sun was shining bright and the sky was that beautiful shade of blue that only comes in the spring. It was glorious, one of those days where you just want to be outside doing anything at all. Well as everybody does in the spring we had so much work that needed to be done around the house so that is what we planned to do the next day. But what did we do? Ride our Bikes!
Just being outside was going to be a treat, but did we really want to work on the first pretty day? No we didn’t so at the suggestion of Dan and Chris we decided that we would meet them Saturday morning and we were going to head to Paducah, KY to ride the bike trail (Greenway Trail). Then we would stop at a couple of the Breweries along the way and have a nice meal out. A few people tried to discourage us since it was the weekend of the National Quilt Show in Paducah which can get a little crazy for the small town. We made the decision to go anyhow we figured how many quilt makers would be on the bike trail or at a Brewery.
As excited as I was, I was just a little nervous. I personally have not been on my bike for over a year and the first time out we are going to do 10-miles. But you have to start somewhere right? So we set off for Paducah around 10:30 am all 4 bikes on the back of Dan’s truck. Our Destination was about 1 hour south of us, so we arrived at Paducah Beer Werks (where we were going to leave the truck) right before the lunch crowd.
Paducah Beer Werks (PBW) is a restored Greyhound Bus stop down close to the river in the Older part of town. It has a cool Mid Century Modern feel to it, the bathrooms are still the same tile and layout of the old Bus stop. They have live music on the weekends and an outdoor seating area also. They have a small but well-rounded food menu and a full bar plus their craft beer selection. We could take our parents or kids here and everybody would find something they liked.
Chris and I had the Cross Roads Cream, Dan had the Irish Red, and Jay tried the Lowertown Brown Ale. The appetizers might have been better than the brews though!! OK, OK, I said might all you beer lovers out there. We ordered a basket of the Pepperoni Chips and stuffed mushrooms. Pictures just don’t do them justice. We licked the stuffed mushroom plate clean.
Luke was our waiter/bartender he was very knowledgeable about all things PBW and the area. Even provided funny stories about the Quilt Show Ladies. Guess what we were wrong they do like Craft Beer and JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN (be honest you just sang that like Cindy Lauper didn’t you?). He even talked about it could be one of those Shows “Quilt Girls Gone Wild” compared it to Spring Break week for college kids. Most likely he was kidding us but we got a good laugh out of it.
After the snack, we set out on the Greenway trail that starts or ends however you want to look at it, at the Convention Center. It is a 4.75-mile trail with more than half of it being paved. There are distance markers the whole way. They even have benches along the path even a bicycle repair station with tools if you need them. We did get a kick out of the fact that the path goes right behind the sewage plant. So, of course, we had to stop for a photo opp. (See Picture above) Out of the entire trail, I would say about half of it is in the shade through the trees. Paducah is very lucky to have such a nice trail to walk or ride on. Several little parks along the way.
We completed the route in a little over an hour, went 10.35-miles and I have to say I only had to walk the bike up the 2 little hills on the way back. I made the rest of the trip with no problems. When we returned to the truck we loaded the bikes up, then proceeded to drive through the historical part of town looking at all of the old houses they are beautiful to look at. Our last stop of the day was Dry Grounds (Brewery) which is housed in the old Coke-a-Cola bottling
warehouse. We ordered another round of drinks and sat outside enjoying the beautiful day. The coolest thing about Dry Grounds I think. Is that it is right next door to the Mellow Mushroom, and it is the only place they deliver to. So of course you know we had an amazing late lunch consisting of Brucetta and 2 different pizzas.
We had such a great day with each other and our friends. We love to do new things and the bike trail and both breweries were new to us. You don’t have to do expensive things or far away to have new adventures. They can be in your backyard or right down the street. The true goal in life is to always try something new and make as many memories as you can. Yes, the yard still needed to be picked up. But guess what we got home in time to get most of it done before it got dark. Pop even planted a few rows of corn before the rain set in. We are now planning our own bike tour around Murphysboro with our group of friends. We can’t wait to tell you about our next stop.