Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sunday ride: reverse northern loop and Minneapolis open streets event

This ride is a variant of an earlier ride, but it's run backwards so we end up at the July 21 Minneapolis Open Streets event on Lake and Minnehaha:

 

The ride starts by my garage and there are two segments:

Part 1 - Starts at (my garage) - 44°55'55.2"N 93°10’14.0”W
16 miles 2h allowing for urban paths, getting lost on occasion

Part 2: Starts at 45°03'16.0"N 93°18’42.4"W
22 miles, 2.5h
(but at E Lake St & Elliot Ave we follow open street path more or less depending on congestion)

 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Sunday Ride - road to Carver Lake Park, Mountain Biking, return

This Sunday ride combines a road ride with mountain biking and possibly including trials of some Pivot mountain bikes.

On June 30 Angry Catfish and Pivot Bikes are providing loaner bikes from 10am to 4pm at Carver Lake Park. So there's the option of riding a road bike to Caver and then borrowing a mountain bike. Carver is sometimes used as an introductory trail for someone new to mountain biking (trail riding really, we don't have mountains here).

I'll ride my mountain bike so I won't use up a trial bike, but if one is free I'll try it. Since I'm on my mountain bike I have an excuse for being slow.

The ride starts in St Paul's Mac Groveland neighborhood and looks something like this:


There's about 30 miles of road riding plus Carver trail biking. I think we can get lunch in South St Paul (Stockman's Truck stop) but bring some snack food and water.

There is a possible variation: if everyone is on mountain bike we could take a shorter route by doing the Battle Creek overlook trail down to the bottom of the creek, and then pickup the road and trail along highway 61.

On the way back we'll climb Ramsey Hill (much nicer than climbing Jefferson) or follow Tim around Cathedral to Summit.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sunday Ride - Depot Coffee House to Victoria Loop

Depot Coffee House to Victoria
Lunch in Victoria
Return by Southern Loop

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Bike Ride - Scandia North

This ride starts in Scandia, it's about 60 miles:


It's supposed to be a loop, but I ran into Google's landmark limit so you have to imagine the last few miles back to Scandia.

https://goo.gl/maps/qmXbv5zJqKe9d6e9A

I'm probably going to tweak this one a bit more.

Sunday Ride - modified version of "Jerry's Ride"

This is a shorter ride of 30 miles to the northeast of MSP:

Google short version: https://goo.gl/maps/AGyTNk5rNNLcZCnP6
It's based on Jerry's Ride from Richard Arey's "Twin Cities Bicycling" 2003. The book isn't in print now and I don't believe there's a later edition.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sunday Ride - Minneapolis South to North and Northeast

May 26 Ride is a variant of the May 12 ride (Below). It’s about 38 miles in total and it starts and ends at the Midtown Greenway eastern terminus (can park there or ride to there).

Midtown Greenway (start) to Victory Flagpole - 13 miles
https://goo.gl/maps/Y3MVRiwDxdWih8Pn7

Victory Flagpole North MPLS & Shingle Creek Loop - 14 miles
https://goo.gl/maps/PBQzSdfbL4LGTdzx6

Tour of Northeast MPLS - 11 miles (to midtown greenway)
https://goo.gl/maps/NxD9NoFGxFHZs6NQ6

This ride is built on the ride below and incorporates parts of them with some new parts in NE MPLS. It’s mostly on trails but there are some (we hope) bike friendly streets as well.

— Original ride

This is a Friends ride Sunday post, but it turned out Sunday May 12 is Mother's Day. My spouse is working and my mother has transcended, so I'll be doing it solo. I'm stopping at Angry Catfish for coffee and to return a defective Otto Lock (are there any other kind?) then North to Coon Rapids. On the way back I'll stop in Northeast MPLS for a late lunch at the Anchor, then head home. Most of this route is on bike trails.

Update 5/12/2019: The ride from Angry Catfish across south Minneapolis then up to Victory Park is really extraordinary. I spent so much time sightseeing and having coffee and pastry at Angry Catfish that I ran out of time to go to Coon Rapids. Instead I had to cut across to Northtown ...
I really enjoyed Shingle Creek and Webber Park. Visiting 13 Ave NE meant I finally understood the state of NE Minneapolis. Sheridan Veterans memorial.... Betty Danger's Country Club ... Northtown, Columbia Park ...
 
Next Time I'd like to make a loop of the trails north of where I crossed the river. So same way I went, but then something like this:
 
That would be a fun loop. Incidentally, if I had some idle millions lying about I'd invest in real estate out there. For better or worse it's going to go upscale.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

MNTrails.org lists some classic nordic ski trails I'd like to try

I most like single track classic only trails in the woods. Recently I came across the mntrails.com listing — it had a few that I’d like to check out.

From their listing I picked out a few to visit, mostly classic or more scenic than average. See original page for links.

  • Afton  Afton State Park 19km 
    • A variety of groomed, classic loops with trail shelters overlooking the St.Croix River near Afton Alps Ski Resort. Heated Visitors center has parking and bathrooms. The park also has snowshoe trails and holds an annual candlelight ski. MN ski pass required.
  • Burnsville  Terrace Oaks Park 10.9km 
    • Beginner to expert. Groomed, classic ski trails along lakes and ponds through hills and woods. Chalet available.
  • Eagan  Lebanon Hills Regional Park 20km 
    • Beginner to advanced trails, groomed for classic and skate ski. Trails wind through the hilly, wooded countryside and around scenic lakes and ponds. Dakota County ski pass required.
  • Hastings  St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park 10.5km  
    • Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic ski trails on the wild and scenic St. Croix River. 1.8km skate loop. MN ski pass required.
  • Maple Grove Elm Creek Park Reserve 18km 
    • Beginner to advanced, groomed, classic and skate trails. Some of the best ski trails in the metro area with fantastic night skiing on lighted trails and a 2.5 km loop with man-made snow. Elm Creek Chalet offers ski rentals, snack bar, and woodstove. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
  • Maplewood  Battle Creek Regional Park - West 13km 
    • Beginner to advanced, classic and skate ski trail. 4 km lit trail. MN ski pass required.
  • Marine on St. Croix  William O'Brien State Park 19km 
    • Multi-trail system, for all skill levels of classic and skate skiers with views of St. Croix River. Wetland Trail for beginners and Prairie Overlook for the more advanced. Heated trail center has a wood stove. Annual candlelight ski. MN ski pass required.
  • Saint Paul  Fort Snelling State Park 19km 
    • The park offers flat, classical trails. Most popular trail is the Pike Island Loop. It offers views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Visitor center open daily 8 am to 4 pm. MN ski pass required.
  • Savage  Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 15km 
    • Some of the most exciting and challenging trails in the metro. Groomed, classic and skate trails. Snacks, rentals and wax available at trail head building. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
  • Stillwater Brown's Creek Nature Preserve 4.5km 
    • Beginner classic trails on moderate hills. MN ski pass required.
  • Stillwater  Pine Point Regional Park 7km 
    • Beginner to intermediate trails groomed for classic ski only. This small park near the end of the Gateway Trail has beautiful scenery with trails winding through large pine plantation, by small lakes and picturesque farms. MN ski pass required.
  • Vadnais Heights  Vadnais/Sucker Lakes 7.3km 
    • Beginner to advanced, classic-only trail on moderate hills through woods. MN ski pass required.
  • Victoria  Carver Park Reserve 18km 
    • Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails through hardwood forests and marshlands. Lowry Nature Center offers a warming place and has ski rentals on weekends. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
  • White Bear Lake  Tamarack Nature Center 8km 
    • Beginner to intermediate, classic-only trails through prairie, woodland, and marsh. Ski rentals available. 1 km practice loop. MN ski pass required.

Good snow is rare these days, but Feb 2019 is different.