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Monday, June 9, 2014

Review of The Widow's Walk Ice Creamery Bicycle Rental in Southern Indiana

 photo Bikes_zpsa347400a.jpg“I feel like a kid again!” These were the words of my 6’6” 200+ pound husband as he bicycled along the Ohio River Greenway with our two year old daughter strapped in a child carrier seat on the back of his aqua and white rented bike. Grinning from ear to ear and a little wobbly, my family of four pedaled across Riverside Drive from The Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery to venture out on our first bicycle ride together.

Before heading up I-65, we checked out the Widow’s Walk bicycle rental fees online and called in our reservation. We ended up purchasing a Living Social deal that got us two adult bicycles for two hours, added a child carrier seat rental for our daughter and brought our son’s bicycle with us, totaling $18. You can rent by the hour, half day or full day. These are the rates for an hour bicycle rental: child $5, adult $8, adult with child seat $10 and the tandem for $18. We brought our own helmets, but they are available. I did not notice any children’s bicycles with training wheels available for rent.

 photo ClayampElinBike_zps4d259c23.jpgThe staff was very helpful and patient with all of our questions. They assisted us with securing our daughter in the child carrier seat and we were given a brief summary of what to see along the bike path for each direction. Heading west will take you to the Falls of the Ohio State Park and the George Rogers Clark Homesite. If you head east, you can now take a half mile trip down Riverside Drive and reach the newly opened Big 4 Pedestrian Bridge. We decided to head west along the Ohio River.

 photo Falls_zps05f6e719.jpgLeaving the cool Victorian Home behind us, we immediately came upon Ashland Park. We noted the public restrooms, playground and views for us all to take in on our way back. The bicycle path is clearly marked with a yellow line down the middle. (This was nice to have with our zig-zagging six year old bicyclist.) About a half mile down the path, we were at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. There was one big hill at this point and the tree cover was no longer available. The bicycle path crossed over Riverside Drive in a couple of spots, but the traffic was light and we always felt safe. Due to a low-blood sugar meltdown by our six year old, we had to turn around about a half mile past the Falls of the Ohio.

 photo ElijahSkyline_zps02957e6d.jpegWe decided to stop at the Ashland Park playground for a rest on our way back. The view is incredible! Louisville’s skyline and waterfront are clearly visible and it was nice to sit and watch the Ohio River. We only needed an hour for our ride (even though or Living Social deal was good for two hours), but I can see how with better planning, a nice picnic lunch, some exploring along the Ohio River and fossil beds, followed by ice cream at the Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery (review here) would be a super fun day.

 photo BikePath_zps0618cac2.jpgOnce back at the Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery, we bought a couple of drinks and ice cream for our children. The staff put our bicycles back in their spots for us and asked how we enjoyed the ride. When we headed back to the interstate, I asked my husband to drive east along the Ohio River so I could check out how to get to the Big 4 Bridge. The sidewalk was only available for a few yards and then it appeared you would have to bicycle on Riverside Drive, which still appeared to be bicycle friendly. Once past King Fish, the sidewalk becomes available again and with a few turns you can access the Big 4 Bridge.

The entire experience was a great one (even with the meltdown)! We were able to safely bicycle together as a family along a great path and catch some incredible views. My husband and I plan to go back for a date night, hoping to make it across the Big 4 Bridge and to Louisville’s Waterfront.

By guest contributor: Nicolle

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