I’ve had a chance to do some cool bike trips around town lately.
1. Reuben & Melanie organized Tour de Taco, which started at Powderhorn Park and involved stops at Liberty Frozen Custard (Chocolate), Sebastian Joe’s in Linden Hills (Raspberry Chocolate Chip), and Pinedas Tacos. In the end, I went for a burrito rather than tacos. I had a chance to meet some awesome bloggers (and some non-bloggers too).
2. Carly and I walked to the Birchwood Cafe and checked out some NiceRide bikes for $5 for the day. We took a leisurely route back and forth across the Mississippi at Franklin, through the U of MN, back across the Washington Ave bridge, then across the Stone Arch Bridge to St. Anthony Main where we checked the bikes back in near Pracna. We hit Pizza Nea for dinner (we got the special as Aaron recommends on Foursquare. Then we biked on 5th Ave SE to the 10th Ave bridge and took Riverside to the Seward Coop where we stopped for some chocolate and root beer (once again checking the bikes back in so we didn’t have to worry about them). From there, we took Minneapolis Ave back to the Birchwood. A perfect use of the NiceRide bikes for a combination of walking and biking around town.
3. Kyle and I did a disc golf bike tour with a quick first stop Wabun Picnic Area, followed by a beer at Sea Salt. Then we busted a move to North Valley Park in Inver Grove Heights to get in another round. A stop at Highland or even Kaposia could have saved us some miles, but I decided that Kyle needed to experience North Valley, and he played along on his single speed while rolling through the hills on 70th St.
4. Aaron and I biked to Meers Park for the Communist Daughter concert (part of the Music in Meers series). Getting there is pretty easy with a straight shot down Marshall from our houses. On the way back, we took Selby, which has little to no traffic and night. We stopped at the Muddy Pig and ran into Greg & Carly Sax, then scooped up some late night snipe signs in St. Paul. Good times.