Posts Tagged ‘30 Days of Biking’

Weekend Events

May 2, 2011

So, this was a heck of  a weekend.

Saturday marked the end of my 30DaysofBiking, so no more posts about bike rides to the grocery store or McFlurry runs. I know…you’re crazy disappointed. It was a good experience, especially because I was pushed to ride in weather that I normally would have avoided.  Now I may be less likely to skip traveling by bike in the face of inclement weather; riding in rain wasn’t really that big of a deal. I’m still probably not going to be a winter rider, though.

On Sunday we braved the cold to see the Heart of the Beast Theater’s (HOBT) May Day Parade on Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis. We arrived early – 11:45am (we rode our bikes even though it May 1st and I was like 30daysofbiking is totally over and I don’t have to ride if I don’t want to but parking is going to suck so let’s bike) – to stake out a spot and watch the crowd arrive. There’s always great people-watching at the May Day Parade. I think I viewed most of the parade through the lens of my camera since this is the first time I’ve gone with the fancy DSLR. Of course that means I came home with about 500 photos, which may take a day or two to filter through. 

And then there was the twitter explosion at about 9:20pm last night. I’ve learned about huge breaking news on twitter more times than I can count now. The most recent instances that burn in my memory are the riots in Egypt, the attempted assasination of Gabrielle Giffords, the earthquake in Japan, and now the death of Osama bin Laden.  Last night someone tweeted a message to this effect: “Daddy, where were you when you found out about OBL?” “On the couch in my underwear with some cheetos and my iPhone, honey.” Oy, so true.

I’m not really processing the whole “hey, that terrorist leader who we’ve spent almost 10 years tracking is finally dead” thing that everyone is going on about today. My first reaction last night was shock, then joy that we had finally achieved our goal, then a sharing of elation, good cheer and snark on twitter (Trump wanting to see the death certificate, the undermining of the royal honeymoon, how President Obama must have been giggling at the Correspondent’s dinner, etc.), and a fleeting feeling of vindication for the victims of 9/11, the service members who have died or been injured in the search for bin Laden, the civilians in the Middle East who have died as a result of the last 10 years of conflict. Then I felt grief for all of the loss of life, the waste that has happened, and will probably continue to happen. I followed that up with a solid five minutes of overanalyzing all of my reactions of the past hour.

It’s good that we’ve officially closed this chapter, and now I’m waiting to see what the fallout is going to be. It IS a huge effing deal, and I want to see how this new information going to affect our men and women serving in the Middle East, how it’s going to affect our nation’s budget and priorities, the upcoming elections in 2012, and people’s perception of terrorism, security, the United States, Islam, President Obama, the military, the Middle East. Osama bin Laden has been a huge part of our lives…what’s going to happen now? Sorry, no words of wisdom or deep insights. Just questions today.

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30DaysofBiking: Day 30

April 30, 2011

Where: South and Downtown Minneapolis (~15 miles)
Why: Recreation, Volunteer for The Dirty 30, a race to celebrate the end of #30daysofbiking
When: Saturday April 30th – Noon to 5pm
Weather: All over the board – we started out rainy and ended in a beautiful, sunny spring day
Who: Me

Notes: The Dirty 30 was a 30-mile bike race that started at noon from the Midtown FreeWheel Bicycle. One of the stops that racers had to make was at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, where they did a time trial around the lake. I rode from my house to the bandshell in a pretty steady rain and was cold and waterlogged when I arrived at 12:45. Happily, I had thought ahead and brought a thermos full of steaming hot coffee, a towel and a pair of warm pants to put on over my bike shorts.  After all of the racers went through our station me and the guy who was recording the cyclists’s times rode downtown to Grumpy’s for the awards ceremonies, aka the handing out of the cash prizes and swag. I rode back home from Grumpys along the the central corridor trail and then up the Greenway, where I was up against a very strong headwind.

I’m exhausted.

Start of the day – cold, wet, gray and cloudy. ~12:45pm

Blue skies at the end of the race. ~3pm

The ride home from Grumpys. View of the city from the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge over Hiawatha Ave.

30DaysofBiking: Day 29

April 30, 2011

We did two rides today!

First Ride

Where: Lyndale to Loring Park (~4.5 miles)
Why: Recreation
When: Friday April 29th
Weather: Night just fell, storm clouds rolling in. 55F (12.7C)
Who: Me and the Hubby

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The Hubby took this picture of me in front of our bike lights. We’re on the bridge over the Loring Park lake, and the basilica and Loring shops are visible in the background.

Second Ride

Where: Lynlake neighborhood (1.0 mile)
Why: Transportation to Bryant Lake Bowl for the Vilification Tennis show “My God Can Beat Up Your God”
When: Friday April 29th
Weather: Night, light sprinkles. 55F (12.7C)
Who: Me and the Hubby

Total Miles: 5.5 today! Not bad for a work night.

30DaysofBiking: Day 28

April 28, 2011

Where: Lyndale (1.5 miles)
Why: Recreation – night ride around the neighborhood
When: Thursday April 28th
Weather: Dark, cool, quiet 44F (6.7C)
Who: Me and the Hubby

Notes: We were digging through the coat closet, trying to figure out which coat was best suited for our crazy Minnesota spring weather and decided to have a leather motorcycle jacket ride.

30DaysofBiking: Day 27

April 28, 2011

Where: Lynlake and Uptown (1.5 miles)
Why: Recreation – To Magers & Quinn for #30DaysofBiking #sololocal event
When: Wednesday April 27th
Weather: Cloudy and gray, light hail on the ride back, cold, 38F (3.3C)
Who: Me and the Hubby

#sololocal description from 30DaysofBiking: Every Wednesday in April is the Solo Local ride, where you venture off on your own to your favorite local establishment—by bike! This week, route your way to your favorite local book store. Huzzah for local business!

Look – books on biking and a Twin Cities bike trails map right in the front window display!

30DaysofBiking: Day 26

April 26, 2011

Where: Lyndale neighborhood (~1.8 miles)
Why: Recreation
When: Tuesday April 26th
Weather: Dark, misting, cold, windy, 38F (3.3C)
Who: Me

A quick night ride up Grand Avenue landed me in front of this painted mural at 38th and Grand Ave S. across from Victory’s 1959 Cafe, Peter Pan Cleaners and the Grand Bakery.

30DaysofBiking: Day 25

April 26, 2011

Where: South and Downtown Minneapolis (~6.6 miles)
Why: Transportation – Guthrie Theater to see Jonathan Coulton with Paul and Storm, then back home later that night.
When: Monday April 25th
Weather: Clear, cloudy and overcast – 65F (18.3C) on the way out, 60F (15.5C) on the way back
Who: Me and the Hubby

The Hubby in front of the Guthrie Theater

Jonathan Coulton (middle), with Paul and Storm at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis this evening.

More on the concert later. Bed now.

30DaysofBiking: Day 24

April 24, 2011

Where: Lyndale neighborhood (~0.5 miles)
Why: Transportation – RedBox to return movies
When: Sunday April 24th
Weather: Dark, clear, quiet 53F (11.7C)
Who: Me

30DaysofBiking: Day 23

April 23, 2011

Where: South, West and Downtown Minneapolis (8.5 miles)
Why: Recreation
When: Saturday April 23rd
Weather: Chilly, overcast 45F (7.2C)
Who: Me and the Hubby

Notes: Today we jumped on the Greenway, got off at Dean Pkwy, then made our way over to the Kenilworth Commuter Trail, which we took into downtown Minneapolis. We stopped on the Kenilworth Trail to take pictures at the Minneapolis Linden Yards where the city recycles concrete and stores construction and construction waste materials. We rode by the Twin Stadium and stopped at the Lyndale Farmer’s Market, which officially opens next weekend, but there were a few vendors out today. Unfortunately, one of them was not the cinnamon roll people, much to the Hubby’s disappointment.

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30DaysofBiking: Day 22

April 23, 2011

Where: Lyndale neighborhood (~0.5 miles)
Why: Transportation – RedBox to get movies
When: Friday April 22th
Weather: Dark, wet, puddley 42F (5.5C)
Who: Me