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Ride Report: Tour de Lucy Van Pelt(24 posts)

Ride Report: Tour de Lucy Van PeltScot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 7:51 PM
Charles Schutltz the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip grew up in St. Paul Minnesota. To commemorate his life and life's work the city of St. Paul has organized 3 (so far) exhibitions of Peanuts characters. Here's how it works. The city has statues caste, then local businesses and community organizations commission artists to modify the statues to reflect a particular theme or idea. The first year was Snoppy, the second year was Charlie Brown, this year it's Lucy Van Pelt. There are 103 Lucys scattered throughout the city of St. Paul this summer. Most of the Lucys are in downtown St. Paul. . I decided to spend my Sunday AM ride going up to look at the Lucys in downtown. I didn't take a direct route in order to catch a few other interesting sights that are (sort of) along the way. Here's the route:
National Cemetery:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 7:57 PM
Here's the twin cities National Cemetery established during the Civil War.
Airport Approach Path:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:04 PM
My route takes me into Fort Snelling State Park and right under main approach for the airport. I was hoping for a close up of a plane but it was pretty quiet Sunday morning.
Minnehaha Falls:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:10 PM
There's a trail that runs along the river bottoms in Fort Snelling State Park up into a Minneapolis city park. This is Minnehaha Falls. These falls were one of the inspirations for Longfellow's "Song of Hiwatha"
> In the wigwam with Nokomis,

>With those gloomy guests that watched her,

>With the Famine and the Fever,

>She was lying, the Beloved,

>She, the dying Minnehaha.

> "Hark!" she said; "I hear a rushing,

>Hear a roaring and a rushing,

>Hear the Falls of Minnehaha

>Calling to me from a distance!"

>"No, my child!" said old Nokomis,

>"`T is the night-wind in the pine-trees!"

>"Look!" she said; "I see my father

>Standing lonely at his doorway,

>Beckoning to me from his wigwam

>In the land of the Dacotahs!"
My First Lucy:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:14 PM
Right when I crossed the Mississippi into St. Paul I was greeted by a Lucy. Didn't even know she would be there. She's on the front lawn of the University of Minnesota president's house.
Fort Snelling:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:17 PM
This fort was built in 1825 at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. At this point in the ride I'm heading down stream adjacent to the Mississippi. The trail I used going upstream in Fort Snelling State Park is at the foot of the fort's walls.
Downtown St. Paul LucysScot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:20 PM
More Lucys:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:22 PM
That Lucy is no FredKristin
Jul 16, 2002 4:18 AM
Look at how her jersey matches her bike! And that hula skirt probably provides good ventalation--though I bet it's noisey. Gosh, who sold her that frame? Its at least two sizes too large!

You can suck my wheel Charlie Brown. I promise I won't stop in front of you.
Lucy & Me:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:24 PM
My Last Lucy:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:32 PM
I crossed the Mississippi River again at downtown, here's my last Lucy at the St. Paul Yacht Club. That's the St. Paul skyline through the trees.
The way home:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:35 PM
I took a new trail I'd never used before back toward home. It's a nice one. The builders of these things are clearly paying attention to the emerging concerns you hear on boards like this one regarding multiple users and congestion. This is the Big Rivers Trail. It's 10 feet wide, marked shoulders for walkers to scoot onto, and dedicated pull over areas.
Minnesota’s #1 Tourist Attraction:Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:38 PM
This state is probably most famous for two things 1) our out-going governor and 2) this place
That's it, hope you enjoyed it (nm)Scot_Gore
Jul 15, 2002 8:47 PM
Just mildly more terrifying than Ahimsa's monkey post. nmLeisure
Jul 15, 2002 9:07 PM
awesome (nm)ohmk1
Jul 16, 2002 4:24 AM
Thanks & a question.gs6769
Jul 16, 2002 9:45 AM
Thank you for another cool photo essay. Quite refreshing and enjoyable additions to the board IMHO.

Question: What was your route from DT St. Paul, south to Big Rivers Trail to the airport? Also, where can one pick up Big Rivers near Ft. Snelling?
An answer or twoFiver
Jul 16, 2002 10:43 AM
I can't speak for Scot, but I live in St. Paul (near the Cathedral), so I often ride a similar route. From downtown, take the Wabasha St. bridge over the Mississippi. Turn right at the first light (Plato Blvd.) and follow this until it dead ends in less than one mile. Turn left on Water St. (think that's the name). Take this for maybe 3-4 miles, until you reach the Yacht Club. Go under a low railroad bridge, and the entrance to the trail is on your right. To get to the airport and national cemetery, take the trail into Mendota, cross the Mendota Bridge, then follow the trail to the right (and down a short steep hill) and through the state park.

If you want to get to the trail from the Fort, you need to cross over the Mendota Bridge (there's a bike lane on the bridge) to the Mendota Heights side. The trail runs parallel to Sibley Memorial Hwy (Hwy 13).
Cheap Chicago Rip-off'sKristin
Jul 16, 2002 11:08 AM
Whats up with that? Wabasha Street is obviously a take off from the famous Wabash St. in Chicago. And then there's Peanuts on Parade? Been done already, accept ours were utterly better (harhar). Even the name of the city...St. Paul. Isn't that a famous bible guy? Geez they really need an original idea. ;-)
Speaking of the names of things :-)Scot_Gore
Jul 16, 2002 12:04 PM
In case you can't tell from my posts I'm kind of a history buff, so cemetarys and old forts merit photographs by me.

I'm prettty sure it's called Wabasha Street because at one time that's where it went. See below.

FYI: Wabash means Flat or White Rock in Ojebway (sp?)

I was at the Grand Portage Nat'l Monument two weeks ago. During one of their programs a Voyageur (employee in costume) held up a skunk pelt and called it a Shikage which he says means "stinking animal". He went on to say that Shikagone means the "stinking place", then proceeded to ask anyone if they were from "Chicago(ne)". :-)

Fiver's got itScot_Gore
Jul 16, 2002 11:28 AM
I crossed the Wabasha bridge out of downtown just like Fiver said, and picked up the Big Rivers trail. Look for a arch that says "Harriet Island Regional Park", the trails right there. I didn't cross back toward the airport on my return leg. I took the Big Rivers trail to it's terminus at Mendota Heights Road & Sibley Memrl Hwy, cut one block east to Pilot Knob, then 1/2 mile south on Pilot Knob to the 494 bike bridge over the Minnesota. That got me back to Bloomington (my fair city) near the Mall of America.
Thank you for the tips Fiver & Scot! I'll check it out (nm)gs6769
Jul 16, 2002 12:39 PM
re: Ride Report: Tour de Lucy Van PeltBike Fool
Jul 16, 2002 10:21 AM
Thanks, Scott. Great pictures and I envy your new bike trail!!
Great report Scott!!PMC
Jul 17, 2002 5:20 AM
I ride a good chunk of that route a couple of times a week out of Bloomington. The wife and I were out for a bike ride last Sunday and came across the "Mona-Lucy" on the north side Ford Parkway around 1/2 mile from the bridge. Wish I would have brought my camera...

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