April 1, 2005
Today after work I did a training ride with Dan from downtown St. Paul, along Shepard Road, through Crosby Park, across 5, down into Ft. Snelling park by the old fort, up Hiawatha, along West River Road to Freewheel Bike shop. There I found a pair of Kool-Stop brakes for my bike. I canít wait until it rains again so I can try them out! hehe. Iím easily amused.
After leaving the bike shop I rode to Lake Street, across the bridge and down East River Road to Summit, all the way along Summit to the Ramsey hill where I hit 32mph with the brakes on frequently, then up Smith Avenue and back to my house. All total: A very fine 26 miles. It was a fun ride with a kool pitstop in the middle.
1. Crosby Park trails have been totally swept clean! Itís awesome! No lakes, ice, sand or stick debree on the trails.
2. Ft. Snelling/Hiawatha trail between the Fort and Hiawatha are totally free of ice. Just on Sunday I think it was, Jim posted a picture of some glaciers across the trail. Itís all gone. I was so happy to ride this route again because itís a fun, beautiful way to go with very few stops.
3. They really have to fix that road coming down from Freewheel Bike to the river road! I canít believe they let it deteriorate this much. They just seem to throw tar in the holes and leave it at that. I thought I needed my mountain bike it was so bumpy. I forget what the road is called, but itís jarring.
4. At the time we rode by, I did not see Jim and Jesus at all.
Posted by carl1236 at April 1, 2005 9:26 PM | Cycle Racing
The Jesus is on the mend - needs some cone tightening in the rear hub that I haven't gotten around to.
I just rode that potholed road yesterday for the first time (after visiting Freewheel). It was amazingly bad, and right in the middle of campus, too. You'd think such a visible part of the campus would be given priority for aesthetic reasons alone.
Good to hear the Ft Snelling trail is clean. I might use that route tomorrow on my long distance adventure attempt. I had planned a convoluted route to get around it, but I might not have to now.
Posted by: Jim at April 1, 2005 9:44 PM