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 and Lake Minnetonka variations (two)

Minnetonka route for Sun Aug 11

50 mile loop. Waypoints:
  • Minnehaha Falls
  • 44.912592, -93.338041 (gets us on minnehaha trail)
Takes about 1h10min to get to Depot
  • Depot Coffee House - Home of The Freight Room, 9451 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55343
  • 21760 Fairview St, Excelsior, MN 55331(eat in Excelsior)
  • 3405 Crystal Bay Rd, Wayzata, MN 55391 (gets us across the lake)
  • 44.992628, -93.419314 (Luce Line Trail basically)
  • 44.954798,-93.214009 (Midtown Greenway street parking)
Depending on one's home or car it's easy to get back to Minnehaha Falls.

Similar route, but to Victoria

Depot Coffee House to Victoria route
Depot to Victoria, lunch in Victoria, back by Southern route.

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.

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:
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.