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Graffiti Boxcar Twin Cities & Western

The Twin Cities and Western engines quietly pull their freight through the woods along the Kenilworth Trail in Minneapolis. This is the site of the proposed Southwest Light Rail train. It’s a beautiful trail that is used by commuters and recreational bikers, including me. One of the great perks of living in an otherwise crowded Uptown.

Bike Trail Around Lake Harriet

Bike Trail Around Lake Harriet

I love the trail on the south end of Lake Harriet, it’s a tunnel of trees and when everything is green, it a beautiful ride.

Railroad Signal Replaced

Railroad Signal Replaced

Ever wonder what was below ground on a railroad signal? I hadn’t until I saw them pull one out of the ground along the Greenway Corridor bike trail. As I was approaching them I saw the thing swinging on the chain. Very strange to see, It’s up there with baby pigeons and parking meter coin collectors.

Calhoun Square Deconstruction with Women Bikers

Calhoun Square Deconstruction with Women Bikers

A year ago, I would have been standing in front of the Uptown Bar looking at Kitchen Window. Now I am standing in front of the new Apple Store looking at this. Uptown is undergoing a huge change.

Nature Valley Bike Festival

Nature Valley Bike Festival

Nature Valley Bike Festival in Uptown

Nature Valley Bike Festival in Uptown

Nature Valley Bike Festival Women's Pro Starting Line

Nature Valley Bike Festival Women’s Pro Starting Line

The Nature Valley Bike Festival was in Uptown Friday. This was the Women’s Pro race. They raced for 25 laps around the Uptown course. This was the beginning of lap 22.

Nature Valley Bike Festival - Women's Pro Race

Nature Valley Bike Festival – Women’s Pro Race

Friday was the Nature Valley Bike Festival right here in Uptown! It was very cool, fun to see all the activity in town. The best part? It tied up the neighborhood for only a few hours. Thank you to the organizers for minimizing the impact on the community. They were removing all the stuff Saturday morning; very unlike the occupying armies of the Loppet and the infernal Uptown Art Fair.

Minnehaha Creek Biketrail Under 35W

Minnehaha Creek Biketrail Under 35W

This is part of the Grand Rounds and the “Minnehaha Byway District” which includes the Minnehaha Creek, may parks, the parkway road and bike trail. This was the first trail that I biked on when I moved to the city, it goes from the bottom of Lake Harriet to the Minnehaha falls. They’ve been rebuilding 35W since before the old 35W bridge fell into the Mississippi. The bridge is almost done but they’ve almost completely destroyed the trail and it’s a rough ride. Here’s the trick… there’s a foot path on the other side of the creek; you only have to go a short distance on it and if you watch for pedestrians and play nice, it’s much easier. There’s a street bridge on the west side and a foot bridge on the east side, they are both easy to find.

Untangling Bikes

Untangling Bikes