Mississippi River, Saint PaulOriginally published by DK on May 30, 2020 at 6:34 pm
Battle Creek Regional Park, Saint Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2020 at 6:01 pm
SK on Raspberry IslandOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Barges are like water choo-choos, right?Originally published by DK on May 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm
River biking is funOriginally published by DK on April 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm
Nice to have a new riding buddyOriginally published by DK on April 26, 2020 at 6:24 pm
MK and her purple hooptieOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2020 at 4:25 pm
New route today – back over ten miles tooOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm
Started work late, but will still probably be here 14 hoursOriginally published by DK on August 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm
YAAAASOriginally published by DK on July 30, 2019 at 10:47 am
Wonder how long this one will last…Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Didn’t really know what that was until today…Originally published by DK on July 16, 2019 at 11:06 am
Miss the bunnies per mile ratiosOriginally published by DK on July 9, 2019 at 4:37 pm
Feel better already after just a couple miles…Originally published by DK on June 21, 2019 at 3:18 pm
Who let the guy with the TBI win?Originally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 10:53 am
Congrats to Yagya and Atomic Data on some very smart workOriginally published by DK on May 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm
…but got to ride the whole river path today (before the rain)Originally published by DK on May 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm
Bandana Square + RockhopperOriginally published by DK on May 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm
I’m so out of shape – this month should help a lotOriginally published by DK on May 6, 2019 at 12:16 pm
Part I – protect the brainOriginally published by DK on April 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm
The $300 Lyft credit and 11-month Metro Go-To card would be awesome…Originally published by DK on September 26, 2018 at 10:59 am
It was really nice having my bike (and clothes) to ride home after the game – perfect September weatherOriginally published by DK on September 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm
Wonder how much longer I’ll get to ride home…Originally published by DK on September 10, 2018 at 8:39 pm
Finally biked across the riverOriginally published by DK on July 16, 2018 at 12:44 am
But still proud of the 430+ miles I rodeOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm
Sign, signs, everywhere a signOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2018 at 4:52 pm
That wasn’t super funOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2018 at 8:43 pm
A little hard to ride after half a Carbone’s largeOriginally published by DK on May 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm
First wet ride during the challengeOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2018 at 6:31 pm
Day one of the bike challenge was beautifulOriginally published by DK on May 1, 2018 at 2:19 pm
Bike + Choo-chooOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2018 at 8:41 am
Never tire of the big riverOriginally published by DK on April 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm
11 miles via bike from our loftOriginally published by DK on April 8, 2017 at 7:43 pm
More and more each dayOriginally published by DK on July 7, 2016 at 8:12 am
Love the shadowsOriginally published by DK on June 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm
These people are really organizedOriginally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm
I thought they approved millions to open up this bridge for bikesOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm
It’s “the bench”Originally published by DK on July 3, 2015 at 3:27 pm
Bike season is backOriginally published by DK on March 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm
Nice to see Mr. Berglund again at the Arrowhead 135 finish lineOriginally published by DK on January 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm
http://www.arrowheadultra.com/index.php/results/2015-resultsOriginally published by DK on January 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm
Exercise room, 12th floor, St. Paul HotelOriginally published by DK on January 11, 2015 at 10:56 am
MK and CK drove over tooOriginally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm
Lebanon Hills mountain bike trails, EaganOriginally published by DK on May 30, 2014 at 10:23 am
Gears locked up – flipped over the handlebarsOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm
The old Fuji is worn down, but still ridesOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm
All these crazy Arrowhead 135 athletes have me inspired to set some goals for 2014 and start to seriously decide on races for the year. I’m currently only registered for one race right now – the Get in Gear 10K on April 26th. I’m also in the New York City Marathon lottery, but will likely email them to take my name out (no money for a full-blown New York trip this year).
So what do I want to do? Registration for the TC 1 Mile opens Saturday and I’ll sign up and try to make it four in a row versus Megan. I’ve got the ultra bug and probably should’ve signed up for the Superior 50K, but that race just filled. Both of their fall races (the 50 and 100) require a previous trail ultra, so those will have to wait. I’m seriously considering the Zumbro 50 that Megan did last year, but it’s coming up soon (April 12th) and I’m not sure I really want to run much outside the next few weeks. Oh, I’d like to do this sometime too…
I still really want to run the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in South Dakota on June 1st, but that would require at least one hotel night expense. I really missed Grandma’s last year and have a place to stay for that race (June 21st). The other benefit to that race is that since it usually doesn’t fill, I can wait until the last minute and still register.
With New York likely out, my fall marathon spot opens up and I’d kinda like to check Iowa off the 50-state list by running the Des Moines Marathon on October 19th. I’d miss Twin Cities, but those two races are always too close together, so maybe I’ll take a year off from the hometown race.
Decisions, decisions…Originally published by DK on January 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Who asked to go around Lebanon Hills twice, Eagan
Erik the Bike Man warehouse sale, Bloomington, Minnesota
Mountain bike single track, Lebanon Hills, Eagan, Minnesota
Wild down 3-1 to St. Louis
Stay Fit at Hyatt, Phoenix, Arizona
Feels like it does too much work for you, but I may grow to like it
Best Western Dakota Ridge, Eagan, Minnesota
Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
The support crew has arrived, Arrowhead 135 Ultra, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
My old Fuji mountain bike (15+ years?)Originally published by DK on November 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm
On Monday I stopped in at the new single track mountain bike trail just outside of Tofte, Minnesota. It’s called Britton Peak and it’s being built by the Superior Cycling Association a few miles up the Sawbill Trail from Highway 61. I first learned about it from the Lutsen 99er Facebook page, which had a link to the PDF trail map above and some construction pictures.
The Short Stacker 1.5 mile beginner loop and the 2 mile intermediate Crosscut trail were finished and open, while the advanced 2 mile Skookum trail was still being worked on. I started on Crosscut and ended up on Skookum by accident, where I ran into a trail volunteer. He said I could continue on, but that the trail hadn’t been packed down and there were a lot of exposed roots and a few muddy spots to watch out for.
The entire experience was more difficult for me than riding at Lebanon Hills. The loops were beautiful, but there is a lot of elevation change and the unpacked sections were too much for me to handle (I’m not used to walking up anything at Lebanon any more). Once Skookum is officially open, it would be fun to go back and ride it the other direction. I’d also like to ride all of Short Stacker, as I think I missed most of it.
Be careful if you go, as there aren’t many signs up yet and I was told there won’t be set directions for each loop, which means crazy idiots like me may come flying at you going the opposite way…
A few shots from the visit:
http://www.lutsen99er.com/Originally published by DK on June 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm
The City Pages Best Of issue got me thinking about some of my favorite things to do around this wonderful part of the country. I’m sure I’m missing things (and may change my mind), but here’s an initial shot at a metro area list. Ideas for outstate Minnesota are floating around in my head too.
1. Minnesota State Fair (above)
I write about this every year, so I won’t rehash, other than to say there’s a reason I’ve been to this every year since I was born. Pure awesomeness in so many ways – food, entertainment, people watching and much, much more.
This also gets a lot of coverage on this site, as I’ve now run it 8 times. The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America® earns that circle “R” with fall colors, loops of the Minneapolis lakes, a stretch along the Mississippi River and a great finish down Summit Avenue past the Cathedral and State Capitol. Plus you never forgot your first.
If you like mountain biking, this is my “don’t miss” track for the entire region. I’m relatively new to the sport, but I could ride this every day and not get bored.
A lot of locals say they hate the MOA, but sorry Burnsville Center, you just don’t cut when it comes to shopping on a grand scale. It can be overcrowded at times and I’m not a huge fan of the restaurants, but it’s still the place your visiting relatives and friends want to go when they come to town.
So many good restaurants in Minneapolis, but Kim Bartmann’s Barbette in Uptown continues to be my favorite because of one thing: flat iron steak frites. Mmmm…frites.
I’m not really a bar hopper, but Prohibition’s combination of Foshay architecture and atmosphere, great service, lovely views from the 27th floor and the wonderful ephiphany martini (Grey Goose La Poire, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Duvalleroy Champagne) could turn me into a regular.
Since I grew up in St. Paul, it’s much harder for me to pick one favorite restaurant in that fair city. Therefore I present three: Cecil’s Deli in Highland Park for the hot pastrami sandwich, the original Carbone’s Pizza on Randolph and Ristorante Luci for some of the best Italian food I’ve had anywhere. Rotating daily through these three for the rest of your life wouldn’t be a bad thing.
7. Hockey at the Xcel Energy Center
While this is the State of Hockey, our teams have had their ups and downs lately. One thing is certain, though, the overall hockey fan experience at the X ranks right up there with the best anywhere. Be it the NHL’s Wild, the hockey Gophers or the state high school tournament, I loves me some hockey in downtown St. Paul.
Heading back across the river, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is really the crown jewel of the Twin Cities. That’s hard for someone raised in Saint Paul to admit, but it’s true. Whether you run, walk, bike, rollerblade, sail, kayak, swim, drive, ski or skate them, you’ll be hard-pressed to not feel good about it afterwards. All that plus great park facilities and food options too.
My first show at First Avenue was Living Colour in 1993. Somewhere I have a scan of all the tickets from early shows I attended, back when they had cool sparkly ink and you could usually score free tickets to another show each time you left the building. Can’t wait to get back to see the latest enhancements to the room…
Minnesota has a lot of great public golf courses, but there is nothing quite like these two private clubs. If you have the connections, make it happen. Both have history, conditioning, great staff, strong layouts and a day on the course you’ll remember for a long, long time.
Any favorites I missed?Originally published by DK on April 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Construction wraps up on the new trailhead building and parking lot, Lebanon Hills mountain bike trail, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Highline Trail with kid two, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on March 18, 2012 at 12:28 am
http://www.arrowheadultra.com/Originally published by DK on January 31, 2012 at 12:22 am
Exercise Bike and Treadmill, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on November 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm
http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR?px=2857370&fr_id=1401&pg=personalOriginally published by DK on November 16, 2011 at 10:50 am
Only a mile and a half from my home, Lebanon Hills Regional Park is nearly 2,000 acres of wooded awesomeness just south of the Twin Cities. While there are lots of different activities available in the park, my favorite part is the network of mountain bike trails that is primarily designed and maintained by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists non-profit volunteer organization.
While I’ve had the same mountain bike for a long time (and lived in this house for 11 years), I never really knew about these great trails just down the road until a few years ago. Since I started riding there, though, I’ve probably been around the main loop nearly 100 times. MORC keeps adding new sections and improving the older parts, so the riding experience just gets better and better.
Now Dakota County is getting in on the act too – a new trailhead parking lot and warm-up building is under construction that should open next spring. You can see in the shots after the jump that the new parking lot is already paved and about half of the structure is finished. I’m not sure we really needed to spend all that money, but it will be nice to have when the snow melts.
As for my riding ability, I’m starting to feel a little limited by age and equipment. I can’t afford a new bike right now, but I did take this Rockhopper out for a spin a few months ago. It was like night and day – that thing could just ride right over a curb like it wasn’t there…
Youth, however, is something I can’t buy in a store. As I’ve become more comfortable with trail riding, I tend to go faster and take risks that my body can’t always handle. I’ve now had 4-5 major falls, but nothing broken (so far).
Today’s crash was pretty typical: took a jump near the end of the trail at high speed, tilted sideways in the air, landed off balance and the front tire slid out sideways. I sat there stunned and couldn’t move (just like the ski crash). Eventually got up with a bruised thigh and scraped arm, but was able to ride home.
My kids have gone with me a few times on the shorter loops, but they seem to have lost interest. Anyone else want to go?
New Mountain Bike Trailhead Building, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on November 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm