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JUL 2018

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54 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 CC CC Photos by Mickie WInters A dozen or so years ago, my husband and I started bicycling with friends for fun and exercise. The group would meet for bagels on Sunday mornings, then go work off the carbs on routes devised to avoid as much traffic as possible on city streets. The old Sunday morning bunch is now busy with out-of-town travel, grandkids and other weekend activities, but David and I still don pads, helmets and gloves, and hop on our bikes whenever we can. And there's a new, completely traffic-free route that we love — so much so that, despite our penchant for new places (we've biked Cape Cod, the Napa Valley and, with van assistance, from Prague to Vienna), we head there week after week. Pope Lick Park, in the Parklands of Floyds Fork, lies between Taylorsville and Seatonville roads in eastern Jefferson County and boasts a comfortably wide and paved path that curves through open fields and shaded woodland. The route crisscrosses the waterway via a series of bridges and has enough gentle incline to give casual riders like us — along with walkers, runners and inline skaters — a decent workout, passing through areas with names like Catfish Bend, the Walnut Grove and the Ascent. The Pope Lick stretch, about six miles one-way, is part of the 100-mile Louisville Loop that's being built and is bookended by more challenging hills — the trail winds through Beckley Creek Park to the north and Turkey Run Park to the south. We generally do the 12 round-trip miles, sometimes adding distance and slopes in Turkey Run. Stone and park benches offer places to stop along the way. The picturesque scene changes with the seasons. In the summer: a meadow awash in yellow wildflowers, rows of corn, rolls of hay, an old tobacco barn, trees reflected in a stream stirred by paddling kayakers. Honeysuckle perfumes the air. Birds are abundant, along with the occasional deer, rabbit or squirrel. We recently encountered a snapping turtle that stared inquisitively as we and fellow bikers paused to stare back. — Barbara Myerson Katz Bike Trail Pope Lick Park 4002 S. Pope Lick Road FRIES War Fries at Monnik Beer Co. 1036 E. Burnett Ave. The chefs at Monnik must put a spell over each order. On paper, the combination seems more frightful than delicious: mayonnaise, pea- nut sauce and diced onions. Maybe it's the creaminess of the house-made mayo, or the smooth, almost-syrupy tex- ture of the peanut sauce. Is it the bite from the onions that breaks the velvet-on-butter sensation? Maybe it's the thick-cut, skin-on fry itself, apparently made from the longest pota- toes Idaho has to offer. Many fries are longer than the length from palm to fingertip. Triple fried — first in a bath of salt and vinegar, then for exactly six minutes at 300 degrees. When you place your magical order, they go for yet another dip in oil. On Monnik's open-air patio, I order a batch. The waitress explains that the name comes from the Neth- erlands, where war fries are a common street food served in a paper cone with sauces poured on top — a battle of flavor, a carnage of toppings. Here, we sit and savor. — JK

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