Nice Ride Minneapolis

During a weekend get away to Minneapolis I had the opportunity to use the city's bike share program.  Boy is it nice!  Nice Ride Minnesota kiosks were easy to find and filled to the brim with chartreuse bicycles.  

Leaving my bike at home was a good choice.  I didn't have to fuss with a bike rack on my vehicle, and worry about it in parking lots or figure out how to get it into the hotel room overnight.  

What a pretty sight!

What a pretty sight!

Using Nice Ride MN is so easy.  All you need is a swipe of a credit card.  The price was more economical than renting a bike from a local shop.

This bike came with a self-esteem boost.

This bike came with a self-esteem boost.

My pedal around the Chain of Lake was a great way to burn off (some of) the calories from all the delicious Minneapolis food.  It's also a fun way to admire the stately homes and manicured lawns.  The paths were busy on a Friday afternoon, but it wasn't necessary to worry about weaving amongst pedestrians thanks to the dual path system.  

Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun

The last time I rode this route it was after hauling, loading, unloading my own bike.  Read more here.  That's something I won't do again.  Why would I when there's Nice Ride MN?

Returning the bike. 

Returning the bike. 

 

Happy Riding!

 

 

Bike Break at Forest Park

Pedaled from Minburn to just outside of Perry the other day.  That was me poking along soaking in the sun and the surroundings.  My turnaround spot was Forest Park and Arboretum. It's a great spot for a bike break.   

Former telephone pole now provides a home for birds.  Saw one pole that still had blue insulators attached.  

Former telephone pole now provides a home for birds.  Saw one pole that still had blue insulators attached.  

I need some of this Ironweed for my backyard.  It's a native perennial that is a nectar plant for adult pollinators.  

I need some of this Ironweed for my backyard.  It's a native perennial that is a nectar plant for adult pollinators.  

A new crop of turbines. 

A new crop of turbines. 

Missed the blooms of the Gray-headed Coneflowers.  Dead headed a couple to take home and scatter.  

Missed the blooms of the Gray-headed Coneflowers.  Dead headed a couple to take home and scatter.  

Took a break in front of the scale house that once was in Dallas Center.  The snack I brought (stupid, boring, trail-mix) didn't entice so I passed.  In digging around in the handlebar bag I found a piece of root-beer hard candy.  Break time was saved!!!  Happy Riding!

Took a break in front of the scale house that once was in Dallas Center.  The snack I brought (stupid, boring, trail-mix) didn't entice so I passed.  In digging around in the handlebar bag I found a piece of root-beer hard candy.  Break time was saved!!! 

Happy Riding!

Art in the Park

This weekend I rode over to Centennial Park to check out the Waukee Art Festival.

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It was nice to find others having done the same.  The bike rack was full so I joined in on the DIY parking.  

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The day was hot.

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The barn pictures were cool.  

 

 

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Morning Light

Morning rides are my favorite time for riding the trails.  It's quieter, it's cooler, and I'm more likely to see wildlife.  Then there's the morning light.  It always soothes and repairs the soul.  

New Discoveries Along the High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail is one of my favorite trails to ride.  However, weekends usually result in it being too busy for my taste.   I took a gamble on gloomy weather keeping most folks away and chose this trail to kick off participating in another 30 Days of Biking.   It had been a while since I rode here and I discovered some new features along the trail.  

Leaving Woodward I noted the new sharing library in the design of a train car.  The majority of free libraries I come upon have mostly children's books but this had a good variety.  

Reaching the bridge I had it all to myself for a while.  One of the perks of being out on a gloomy morning.  I heard geese, chorus frogs, and even a pheasant.  Remembering I had binoculars with me I tried to spot him, but didn't have any luck.  

Approaching Madrid I couldn't miss seeing the new "on/off ramp" providing an additional way to get from the trail to local businesses.   Outside Flat Tire Lounge, I noticed their own sign pointing the direction and mileage to typical trail stops. 

Greg over at Gravelo has been working on what he's calling a renegade project contributing a bench to the trail.  I was excited to find it.  Made with former railroad materials It's coming along nicely.  It's pretty cool to see people leaving something behind along the trail and it not being trash.  

The Ballard Bombers were playing the Valley Tigers at the ballfield when I arrived at Earl Grimm Park.  I watched the game for a while and ate the sandwich I had brought along.   Can't beat a Saturday that includes bike riding, baseball, and new discoveries.

Happy Riding!