Two States, One Walk
Recently while attending a conference in Kentucky, I managed to knock another state off my travel list. I was in downtown Louisville when I realized the walk from the valet at the Marriott Downtown was less than five miles, so naturally I rounded up everyone on the trip and suggested we walk to dinner.
We ended up halfway to the pedestrian bridge that spanned the Ohio River, eating Italian and sipping sweat tea at “The Original Impellizzeri’s” located on Main Street. It was halfway through a balsamic chicken submarine sandwich that I sprang my idea on the group.
They were not as enthusiastic about it, but my excitement soon swept over the group (or perhaps my insistence). We were soon marching towards the bridge out on the horizon with vigor. It was not long before, we arrived at the spiraling base ramp that led up to the bridgeway.
The “Big Four Bridge” was first completed in 1865, and itis just under 170 meters long. It serves as an ideal pedestrian vantage point for seeing the city of Louisville. As we crossed over, we could not help but slow our pace to take in the views. We just happened be there to catch skydivers with flags unfurled glide into a stadium across the river.
As we came across the bridge we found ourselves in the charming town of Jeffersonville, where the river side avenue had been closed for a free concert being performed on a stage situated on a docked barge. Nearby bars, food trucks, street vendors, and restaurants were crowded with locals and visitors alike. It was a fun festive environment full of small town charm.
All in all, I would count the expedition a success. Even those in the group who were badly blistered from the walk admitted their foot pain was a small price to pay for the experience. It’s not everyday you get to walk across a border to check off a state form your travel map.