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Old 11-21-17, 08:35 AM
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The Pig's Eye Lake Loop

On Sunday afternoon, I finally rode a loop that I've been planning for the whole season. Southeast of downtown Saint Paul, there is a wide spot in the Mississippi River called "Pig's Eye Lake". This is in honor of Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, a fur trapper reputed to be the first European settler of these parts.

There are bike trails surrounding most of this "lake", and the rest is a low-traffic street called "Point Douglas Road". It involves two river crossings; one over the Wakota bridge, and the other over Wabasha Bridge (now that the High Bridge is closed).


Crossing the 494 bridge on the south side of the lake. This is my "scruffy" PFN-10 that I call "Velo de Ville".

While I was taking the photo, above, a fellow named Bill came riding through on a very interesting bike. We spoke for a bit, but he seemed in a hurry to move on. I figured he probably wanted to keep his heart rate up or something.

Anyway, on the other side of that bridge I picked up Point Douglas Road, which was interrupted in places by small patches of woods with bike trails through them.


Here we have a Dead End road with a bike lane... huh?

Anyway, Battle Creek Park sits on the right of this dead end, and on the left a bit farther down, a bike trail went through a tunnel under Hwy 61. But there were concrete barriers set up, closing the path, apparently. Some of you may remember a similar situation I posted about back in August:


The trail near the archery range was closed, and I went around it on the road instead.

But this time, here at the end of the normal riding season, I decided to be adventurous. So I hoisted Velo de Ville over the barrier and hopped over it myself, and started down a trail that had definitely seen better days.

It wasn't long before I came across the reason for the trail closure:



Well, that certainly wasn't going to stop me. So I rode on, and soon saw a lycra-clad, hunchbacked speed demon coming the other way. He was moving fast and I warned him about the narrow trail ahead... no response. So I rode on.


You can see this trail hasn't been maintained for quite some time.

I decided to take a break at a convenient bench...



... when who should happen along but my new friend Bill!


I've included his photo here with permission.

He stopped and we chatted about wheel building (His are 650b) and how nobody respects the barriers. This is the only convenient connection between Point Douglas Road and the trail that runs along the river downtown. His bike is cool, a Velo Solex `Etoile with a 531 frame that he has set up with fixed gear. He has been riding like that since the 1970s, when he used to race, and this bike has aged quite gracefully.


Velo Solex were mostly known for mopeds, but this bicycle is a rare exception.

So we parted ways again after I told him about the Bike Forums C&V section, so he may show up here soon. Riding on, I came across that very same barrier that I showed above from August. Over we went, and on we rode...

Farther along the trail, I came upon a sight that yielded two of my best photos this season. This is the beautiful concrete "flyover" on the trail leading to the Saint Paul riverfront.


This image begged for black and white.

Over the arch and around the bend, a beautiful view of the city was revealed:



Since the sun was going down and I hadn't brought my headlight, I decided to high-tail it for home after this. So no more pictures beyond that point. Still, I think these two are going to be printed and framed. This route is a keeper.




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Originally Posted by DQRider
On Sunday afternoon, I finally rode a loop that I've been planning for the whole season...
Nice travelogue, nice PFN too!
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Took a short ride around Fairplay CO likely one of the last of the season since even the nicer roads and paths are starting to get snow packed.


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@DQ Rider

Fun pics.

Our group goes through there twice a week.

The dropoff is near the wash out and has been dangerous all summer.

It should be repaired asap. imho
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Jim donít ride no nasty bikes......
Bill, thank you.

I meant to reply earlier but I lost track of this note. Been too busy to think about it.
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Originally Posted by gomango
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Fun pics.

Our group goes through there twice a week.

The dropoff is near the wash out and has been dangerous all summer.

It should be repaired asap. imho
Yeah, they need to renew most of that trail. Do you know... is that in Dakota or Ramsey county? Dakota seems pretty pro-bike right now, especially with that Hastings section. But Ramsey almost seems anti-bike, judging from the way the High Bridge closure is being handled. They have even closed off the trail running underneath the bridge - obviously for safety reasons, but still... you would think they could put up netting or something instead.

Also, when I tried a work-around crossing at the 35E bridge, I found that trail through Lilydale closed as well! This was a couple months ago, not sure if they have reopened that or not. It was pretty torn up. It's almost as if Ramsey Co. doesn't want us riding any trails now.




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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Nice travelogue, nice PFN too!
Thanks Jim! Scruffy or not, I love the way that bike rides. The rack and small bag make it quite useful as a fast Townie too.




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@zukahn1 I'm getting cold just looking at those pics.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1
Took a short ride around Fairplay CO likely one of the last of the season since even the nicer roads and paths are starting to get snow packed.
wud love to ride on that! just enough packed snow to be fun. was it soft or hard?
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Actually it is bit of both some soft and some hard and icy. Not to bad to ride unless it gets windy on the hard icy parts then it can be a bit tricky.
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Finally... FINALLY... I got my old C&V '85 Fuji road bike out, even if it was just for a quick 6.25 mi spin around the neighborhood. I didn't disappear from this site, but was down with a cold for a week & a half! You just gotta love little kids who get on my school bus, come right up to me and say, "Good morning, Mr. Butch!! Cough, cough, hack, hack, sneeze..." RIGHT IN MY FACE!!!

Worse yet - the mom is standing there at the bus stop, smiling, knowing full well, that little Johnny or little Susie is sick with a cold!!!

Anyway... I finally got over this {expletive** and it finally warmed up to a nice 62į outside here in Richmond, VA, so I wanted to do a quick "test ride" after getting over the cold.

Simple, short, 6.25 mile ride... Nothing special... It's normally my jogging route too in the spring/summer months.


Stopped briefly at Tarrytown and El Dorado (top right corner of the skinny rectangle in the map above). Lots and lots of leaves all over the roads too!


Here is the back entrance of the Collegiate School (bottom left corner of the skinny rectangle in the map above). Collegiate School is a private school and loaded with $$$... I have a very good friend of mine who is the football coach for Collegiate's high school dept. Honest truth - guess know who is a product of Collegiate and a very famous NFL Quarterback? You got it... Seattle Seahawks QB, Russell Wilson.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Yeah, they need to renew most of that trail. Do you know... is that in Dakota or Ramsey county? Dakota seems pretty pro-bike right now, especially with that Hastings section. But Ramsey almost seems anti-bike, judging from the way the High Bridge closure is being handled. They have even closed off the trail running underneath the bridge - obviously for safety reasons, but still... you would think they could put up netting or something instead.

Also, when I tried a work-around crossing at the 35E bridge, I found that trail through Lilydale closed as well! This was a couple months ago, not sure if they have reopened that or not. It was pretty torn up. It's almost as if Ramsey Co. doesn't want us riding any trails now.
I called Ramsey County and those Battle Creek vicinity trails are part of a large off road cycling project that will include trail upgrades over the next several years. Try some of the mtb and chip trails in Battle Creek park.

Talk about hills!

But I do agree there are annoyances on some of the paths. There are so many projects going on around town, we just keep finding new routes.

We still have one of the most well developed bike trail systems of any place I have visited in the Conus.

.....and it's only getting better statewide.
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I went out on the Bay Bridge for a quick ~20 miles before sunset. I haven't ridden my Parkpre recently, so I dusted it off and busted out the old kit (well, just the shorts).







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Sorry, but I don't understand the stairway reference. What am I missing here?
Oh man, that's a classic!

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Originally Posted by gomango
I called Ramsey County and those Battle Creek vicinity trails are part of a large off road cycling project that will include trail upgrades over the next several years. Try some of the mtb and chip trails in Battle Creek park.

Talk about hills!

But I do agree there are annoyances on some of the paths. There are so many projects going on around town, we just keep finding new routes.

We still have one of the most well developed bike trail systems of any place I have visited in the Conus.

.....and it's only getting better statewide.
True... all true. As an industrial quality guy, I understand that improvement always involves some amount of disruption. But as an avid cyclist, I guess I'm just hyper-vigilant against attempts to eliminate or corrupt this excellent infrastructure we have in favor of commercialization.

I mean, this is why we pay taxes, right? Er, sorry... wrong forum.




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Originally Posted by Sir_Name
Oh man, that's a classic!
Ah yes, I guess I missed that one. Those guys were so cool! Party on, Sir_Name!


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Ah yes, I guess I missed that one. Those guys were so cool! Party on, Sir_Name!
Party on, DQ - great pics and bikes as always.
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Brown Gravy on Turkey day. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Brown Gravy on Turkey day. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!


And Thank You for the beautiful photos! That frame just glows... that is one very nice paint job.




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And Thank You for the beautiful photos! That frame just glows... that is one very nice paint job.




Thanks DQ! Enjoy your Thanksgiving
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Gobbled up some miles before the day's feastivities. Happy Thanksgiving!!







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I needed a little pre-feast ride, so hopped on my trusty steed this morning and went out for a jaunt. I stopped to take a couple pix.

I did not swim at Skokie Lagoons (forgot my goggles):


I like the Chicago Botanic Gardens and try to cruise through there a few times a year. I'm especially fond of the Japanese gardens. Alas, they don't let bikes over there, and I never think to take a lock, so I can only admire it from afar:


To all of you here in the colonies, Happy Thanksgiving!
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Thank Goodness for Cheap Raleighs!

I was able to put some break-in miles on my just-completed Raleigh Wyoming tourer. This bike cost me $75, and I was able to build it up with parts on-hand. The only things I had to buy were the tires: 700cx35mm Paselas.

There is already a Before & After thread, so I won't post that here. But this is the first of many photos I hope to take of it over this long weekend:



This handlebar setup is a perfect fit for me. It gives me a couple of positions to alternate on long rides, yet isn't as demanding as drops. I rode my 14 mile neighborhood loop, including the challenging Simon's Ravine ascent. To quote my aviator buddies: "That thing climbs like a homesick angel!" The 42x34t low gear hauls me and the 34 lbs of loaded, road-ready Wyoming up that grade with relative ease. I think I'm really going to like this bike.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!


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Took a nice ride over Platte River Hill just outside Fairplay nice fall day nearly 60 degrees with snowpacked roads. To Pike national forest where I stopped just a little too much snow for riding.
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@zukahn1, those snow pics look inviting, but for x-c skis instead of bikes!

We took our tandem out for 32 miles today, no destination in mind, just some exploring and meandering. The temperature started in the low 40's, ended up in the 50's. Spent some time on the Old Reformatory Trail, a dirt, mostly single-track rail trail from Bedford to Concord past Great Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. No pics from there though, we just kept riding.

Photo op, one of the ponds often photographed by cyclists:



We wandered over to The Road That Time Forgot (road name deleted), the road with the farm dating back to 1689. It has some new road patches! It's still just a bumpy as ever though. On this road that's a good thing. You don't ride it for speed, you ride it for the time-travel experience.

Of course we had lunch at Fern's, not many bikes out today. Sharon had to snap a pic:



Of course the ride home required a stop at Hutchins Organic Farm:





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