Before I go too far here, let me just sing the praises of my hometown for a minute. Minneapolis has an AMAZING bike trail network. I grew up by Lake Harriet and spent most of my childhood biking around it and the other lakes in the chain. I had no idea how unique that experience was. Minneapolis' founding fathers (and mothers) decreed early on that the lakes should belong to no one person - they should be parkland. The City's Park & Recreation Board has long been a powerful force in the city for community park and natural spaces. Through the work of Park Board as well as independent groups (such as the Cedar Lake Park Association, which is mainly responsible for the Cedar Lake Trail), Minneapolis is the #1 Bike City in America, according to Bicycling Magazine. Imagine that! A city that experiences 6 months of winter is the best in the nation for biking. Clearly they're doing something right.
Anyway, back to the trail.
We decided to hop on the trail at Highway 100. We had a hell of a time finding a place to get on the trail - finally we found little Dakota Park in St. Louis Park. We got the bikes out of my car, pumped up the wheels, and got ready to go.
|Lookin' good, Joe.|
The path itself is for biking in both directions as well as pedestrian use. Sometimes the pedestrian path is split from the biking path, sometimes there are THREE paths (one for biking west, one for biking east, one for pedestrians). the Cedar Lake Trail is called the country's first Bike Highway for that reason. It's pretty sweet.
|Joe shows his Twins Pride as we bike towards the skyline in the distance.|
One of the many nice things about this trail: it didn't cross a single road. It's an old railbed, so there's a few roads that go over the trail - but the trail itself doesn't go over any bridges and there wasn't a single time in which we had to stop for auto traffic (there were a few bike trail intersections).
|Remember where we parked!|
The most difficult part of the trail was trying to figure out how to get ourselves and our bikes TO Target Field. The trail literally passes beneath the field - but in order to get up there, we had to walk our bikes through a sketchy self-storage building, take a freight elevator to ground level, and then walk all the way around the stadium before we found the very-crowded bike racks. Once we were in, though, we were golden.
|We sat in the outfield for the first time - it was great!|
The Twins were golden, too. We won, 7-4. The first inning was particularly exciting: four runs, including a triple from our New Best Friend Josh Willingham. He hit a triple, a double, a single...but neglected to hit a home run. Ah, well. He's done a lot for the team, offensively. He's such a Willingham.
|courtesy of Twinkie Town|
|post-first ride of the season|
Nah, I'm just kidding. It was only a 12.5 mile ride, and we stopped for 3 hours to watch a game in the middle of it. I felt fine afterwards, and I feel fine today. I'm really looking forward to more biking adventures this summer. Grand Rounds, Tour of Saints, Hike-n-bike on the Superior Hiking Trail, you name it. Have wheels, will travel.
Total miles biked today: 12.5
Total miles biked (in 2012): 12.5