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Saturday's ride in pictures. And, I saw the Kelme guy......(9 posts)

Saturday's ride in pictures. And, I saw the Kelme guy......aliensporebomb
Aug 19, 2002 8:23 AM
Saturday I went on a 35 mile jaunt with the digital
camera. I figured I'd take some shots and then put
them up on the web.

The area was the Kenilworth-Cedar Lake trail going into
Minneapolis and extending out to Hopkins. I did that
loop twice returning by way of the Hennepin County LRT
corridor that connects up near the Minneapolis Greenway.
I went all the way in to downtown and also all the way
back out to Hopkins.

Some sights encountered:
The filtersweep &co. discussed Kelme team kit guy.
I didn't get a pic of him but he was in full team kit
on a black and silver Trek with Rolf wheels and was
talking on his cell phone.

Near a park building I saw two stripped mountain bike
frames, a Haro and a Schwinn. Stolen and stripped?
Weird.

The "passing pedestrian" photos are only interesting if you
look to the upper left and see people SITTING on the CP
Rail railroad bridge about 70 feet in the air. Insanity.
Trains don't often run on that bridge on the weekend but
that's the last place you'd find me sitting since there's
no place to escape except down the tracks if one did come.

Speaking of trains, a long coal freight on BNSF
came through alongside the trail and the engineer gave
me a toot on the horn to let me know he was coming so
as to not surprise me. I was surprised how quiet it
was until it was nearly on me. I managed to get one shot
of it for fun and moved on.

The "end of the asphalt" picture documents the very end
of the asphalt portion of the trail in Hopkins near a
Wendy's restaurant. Lots of mountain bikers were using
the other end to ride on.

The trail was sparsely populated Saturday. I saw a lot of
road bikers but infrequently. The wind that was coming
from the west was downright oppressive - 12-15 mph with
20 mph gusts.

I made about 12-15 mph headway out to Hopkins but some
guy on a tall sunburst colored Cannondale was just blazing
past me at one point. Awesome. He was really moving and
then did a loop around going back east again.

On the way back in, it was my turn. 26 mph at one
point and 30.6 at another. That tailwind was amazing.
Not many riders on the trail to worry about hitting
anyone/thing but I've probably never gone that fast at
a sustained pace on a bike trail before. It was incredible.
And the view was such that I could see people on the trail
for quite a ways off.

I saw a number of riders doing the same loop I was: the
aforementioned Cannondale rider, a guy riding a red and
white Colnago (an older model) who was making great time
into the wind, and a woman riding a beige road bike of
indeterminate manufacture. She was really moving too.

At one point I encountered a young couple escorting their
young daughter on her first bike. She had training wheels
on and when I crossed one particular road she followed me.

She said "I can't believe I did that" and her parents were
like "you know you're not supposed to cross the road without
us, wait for us." So she did. And she kept saying "I just
don't know what got into me, why did I do that?" She had to
be about 7 years old. Heh. The parents weren't amused but
someone was already ready to explore the trail I think.

Anyway, enjoy. It was a great day for a ride.

Here's the pics:
http://pod.ath.cx/35/index.html

Each thumbnail is clickable for a bigger shot by the way.
Thanks for the post...fun to see home sweet home (nm)Scot_Gore
Aug 19, 2002 8:55 AM
Very coolfiltersweep
Aug 19, 2002 9:48 AM
I just want to know what that "chocolate" factory is all about by 394 or 100 or wherever it is- near WestSide VW- the smells can drive me nuts... although sometimes it is marshmellow, and sometimes strawberry. Ever smelled it?

Saturday was insanely windy!
Scent of Hwy 100.gs6769
Aug 19, 2002 10:20 AM
Usually smells like fake vanilla to me or the worst refined sugar/lard based snack you could imagine!!
Very coolaliensporebomb
Aug 19, 2002 11:24 AM
That's a coffee manufacturing plant! Both my brothers-in-law worked there at one time years ago.

Yeah, it was a pretty strong odor but considering the wind was so gusty I wasn't around for long...
Very coolaliensporebomb
Aug 19, 2002 11:27 AM
Except I think it's closer to the Highway 100 overpass. That VW dealership is further over so maybe it's another place that smells.

Speaking of places that smell, I live out in Bloomington and within a two block radius there are TWO different candle
manufacturing plants and that place reeks to high heaven
when it's operating.
Wind tunnel/stripped frames/tiny Specialized guygs6769
Aug 19, 2002 10:16 AM
Great pix! Those frames were still there yesterday. Strange stuff.

Wind was indeed insane Saturday. I never mind grinding away into the wind heading for Hopkins, I just think of the way back. Tailwind city!

Speaking of Cedar Lake Trail regulars, I finally got my wheel grabbed by the 100 lb. guy on the Specialized. We traded pulls to SLP. He's got some pace! He's so small though that it's like Hincapie drafting Heras. nowhere to hide!
Its about timefiltersweep
Aug 19, 2002 1:45 PM
He just rides a loop to the parking lot and back to the Dunwoody exit, over and over and over and over again... at least from what I can tell. I rode 30 miles with him one day and came back with a computer ave. of 21, which is a bit crazy considering the route... drafting him is definitely a bit lopsided.
Its about timealiensporebomb
Aug 20, 2002 2:50 AM
Four times? About 60 miles then from what I can see. He must really like that
route. It is nice to be relatively free of cars and what not though.