“Life’s as kind as you let it be.” ~ Charles Bukowski
Friday night, after seeing Absolutely Fabulous, I had to see one more thing before I went home. I wanted to see the art installation on the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge called Origins (bottom photos). It has been up for several months but I’d yet to see it after dark, and with the last of the sunset to add a touch of light to the sky, I was going. As usual, I got more than I bargained for.
While I was photographing the bridge (which, in person, isn’t nearly as impressive as I’d expected), I heard cheers. They weren’t for me, but for Stacy who’d gotten out of the car some time after me to photograph the bridge. I turned to see this pedal-powered vehicle cheering and waving at Stacy as it made it’s way up the hill and through the intersection. I’d never seen anything like it. A little digging turned up ‘Big Blue Pedaler‘. From their website: “It’s a 13-person pedal powered trolley on wheels (sometimes referred to as a party bike or cyclepub) with a certified BigBluePedaler conductor in the captain’s seat. Perfect for pub crawls, birthday celebrations, bachelor/bachelorette parties, shopping/brunch outings, company outings, brewery tours, sightseeing, themed nights out…We have shade, music, bass, lights, cupholders, storage, and even a motor to help us up those pesky hills or when you get super tired.” What a brilliant idea for a city like Lexington that’s brimming with history at every turn. You can take distillery tours, history tours, general tours, and pick a variety of routes for each. If Sharon Shearman comes to visit again from New Zealand we’re getting a 13-person party and taking a ride on the Big Blue Pedaler. And since Sharon loves Budweiser beer, I think she’ll appreciate the art on the bridge. As Stacy pointed out, it looks more like the Bud crown logo than a bourbon barrel abstract. Still, everything’s beautiful in the sodium light of a city in summer. I was not disappointed.