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Scot_Gore & hijackers!(8 posts)

Scot_Gore & hijackers!gs6769
Feb 28, 2003 4:34 AM
Just kidding lads. Good to see your handles again. Like F.sweep I've taken a bit of a sabbatical from the board, though not from the bike. Lots of roller miles in the dry indoor heat of MN this winter. That said, I'm as itchy as anyone to put a the Michelins on the pavement. Another group ride would be awesome. Maybe we can prevail upon Scot to devise another 'tour de Twin Cities' since the last one was most excellent. Sorry to say though that I'm not nearly the tough guy you are Scot. Minimum temp is probably 50 or so for weenies like me.
Speaking of local rides, anybody know what's up with new trail construction around town? Every time I look at the papers I wince at all of the budget cut stuff since our favorite haunts may well be early casualties as far as maintenance and new miles opening up.
Otherwise, congrats on the new house Mr. Sweep! Sounds like a good place to hang the Look.
Another TC RBR tour would be fun...Scot_Gore
Feb 28, 2003 5:27 AM
As far as trails, you've probably found the new connection between the Greenway and the SW LRT right ? The Greenway's scheduled to build from Portland to Hiawatha this year. Hiawatha to the river is next year. The old Cedar bridge closed over the winter. No plans for reconstruction. How's the terminus of the Cedar Lake Trail in downtown, re-open yet ?

See you on the road

I Rode yesterday!bnlkid
Feb 28, 2003 6:29 AM
I thought I would chime in and say hi to the group. I'm looking for Scot to organize another ride, too. He did such a great job last year. Hope to see everyone soon!
Feb 28, 2003 7:02 AM
... but to my wife's chagrin, I will NOT be hanging it in the garage (all the other bikes can hang out there).

I will really miss living downtown- especially the view, and the location (oddly enough, it is a great area to be near bike routes)- but not the lack of space.

It will be very cool once the greenway connects with the river (rather than it ending in the middle of nowhere). I'm still trying to sort out my routes. I should have an easy ride to Lake Harriet, but I have always hated that road around Calhoun- it is in very poor condition, it is full on non-cyclist friendly motorists, and it is relatively narrow- the only thing worse is the actual path around the lake. The real problem is that there are not many good north/south routes through Mpls, unless I go to Park/Portland or the river. I have no idea what is in Edina (which is a block away) or Richfield. They seem like "inner-ring burb" no-mans-land for cyclists (or pedestrians).... oh well, I'll have fun exploring.
Edina - RichfieldScot_Gore
Feb 28, 2003 8:56 AM

From your new domicile, I'd take 44th street West to Brookside. From Brookside you can go North (turns into Yosemite in St. Louis Park). When Yosemite T's, cut through the parking lot in front of you (vear right) to Wooddale, head north again for 1 block and you'll pick up the SW LRT trail and can go anywhere on the system from there.
Head south on Brookside to Vernon, Vernon SW to Hansen, S on Hansen to Maddox, E 1 block on Maddox to Wyman.

Wyman is a little known, low use bridge over Crosstown 62, it's the best bike friendly crossing of 62 in town.

In Richfield, I use Diagonal and 12th Ave most of the time, but neither of these are scenic or serene routes. I use Bloomington Ave to get over the crosstown on that side of town (which is what we did on the RBR ride).

re: Scot_Gore & hijackers!PMC
Feb 28, 2003 8:52 AM
Hey guys

Are any of you thinking of doing the Minnesota Ironman ride in April? I'm planning on riding it with my wife and a couple of others on the 68 mile route.

I missed Scot's ride last fall but would be up for a RBR group ride this year.

I've seen the same guy out riding by where I work in East Bloomington the last two days (when I couldn't ride) and it's been driving me crazy. I plan on getting out this afternoon and if other commitments don't get in the way again tomorrow.

Ironman is a big maybe for me.Scot_Gore
Feb 28, 2003 9:25 AM
I want to do the Brevet in Rochester on 5/3/03 and don't know if I want to get into a testosteronefest group ride 6 days before I ride 124 miles (unsupported).

I'm open to the idea, I'd just need to hold myself in check as far as pace and pulls.

Now, if anyone else is interested in riding the Brevet, I'd love the company and support.

I am... I think...filtersweep
Feb 28, 2003 10:02 AM
although I'm a bit of a wimp- the weather might have a little to do with my final decision- as in, I likely won't do 100 miles in the rain...

My only real concern is my butt hasn't sat on my saddle for months- I've done a ton of cardio this winter, but that only tells half the story-