Monday, June 29, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Getting Out There 2

Getting "out there" has been important to maintaining my mental health these days. Because I have nowhere to go, the motorcycles have been spending a lot of time on the sidelines but, not all of it. 

Dakota County 3 has finally been resurfaced from Inver Grove Heights to Rosemount. It's a swoopy road heading south out of the St Paul area and I've been using it as an escape route. My destinations have primarily been Murphy-Hanerhan in Prior lake and Whitetail Woods in Rosemount. 

A May 3rd trip to Murphy Lake.

Some of the first green starting to pop up. 
Within a week all the leaves would be back.

Murph is a non-motorized lake. Perfect for a kayak or canoe.

The pedal bikes have been seeing far more use than previous springs as I'm very fortunate to have a biking family, all working from home. We've been exploring the Mississippi River bottoms on our lunch brakes and after work. I think we all love and appreciate cruising through the woods and taking in the sights and sounds. 

Spring springing.

Exploring the river valley's streams.

A small waterfall along the Brickyard Trails.

The beaver have moved into Pike Lake in St Paul.

A happy little biker.

- Ride North

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Getting Out There

Spring is cooking in Minnesota. These images are from our favorite park, Salem Hills in Inver Grove Heights. They were taken in  mid April, tossed into this post and mostly forgotten about. 

The RideNorth family has been doing a lot of "taking the good with the bad." Many a recess, lunch hour, and weekend have been spent on the bikes exploring paved trails along the Mississippi and mountain bike trails through the woods. 

The Japanese have the concept of shinrin-yoku or forest-bath. It's about simply being in nature and taking its sights and sounds. It's restorative and we've been putting this idea into action. Watching spring emerge and the associated exercise have been our primary allies in the fight for our sanity. 

Of course it is now May 20th and we could touch 80 degrees for the first time all year. Summer is right around the corner and "Getting out there 2" will be overdue in a matter of hours.

- Ride North

Monday, March 16, 2020

Social distancing on two wheels

Those of us still blogging in 2020 appreciate the extended introspective opportunity that is Social Distancing. In an effort to bring balance to the force, I set out with my camera and my bike to see what I could see.


Two mighty oaks
grasp many tons of glacial drift 
suspended 700 feet above the Mississippi River.

Clouds and ice.

The ice is still thick on this oxbow. 
Folks were out there hunting pike.

Two wheeler du jour.

Ancient brick ovens that built St Paul.

A symbiotic relationship.

e-bikes and oil cars.
This guy commutes year-round on his e-bike.
I've done 0 degrees, it would be better with electric assist.

Eagle nest in Crosby Park.

The king of the floodplain.
It's the redwood of the river bottoms. 
bike for reference

Stay safe out there, take things as they come, and look for the opportunities when they present themselves. For now, I have orders to work from home, the kid is out of school until further notice, and all the bars and restaurants are closed. Good thing I'm a home-brewing biker. Now, if I could just make my own TP.

- Ride North

Friday, February 7, 2020

A year in 12 snapshots - 2019












- Ride North