I told myself that I needed to do a long ride in preparation for something or other. I stuck with it and rode 101K on Saturday. I started by doing the Hiawatha Cyclery ride. Only a handful of stalwart lads showed up for that.
Then I rode home to install a pair of chemical foot-warming devices. My feet were too cold during the HC ride and I knew without some assistance, my feet would not make it through a longer ride. The foot warmers worked perfectly. I never thought about my feet again until at the end of the ride I removed my shoes and found the warmers stuck to my socks.
I rode up the chain of lakes and out the Midtown Greenway to St. Louis Park. Then back on the Cedar Lake Trail. Each time I take this route, I enjoy the smell of the Ovaltine factory. The steam coming out of the pipe in the photo is a chocolatey emission from Ovaltine production. It's a bothersome smell if you're hungry. Actually, I'm not sure if it's Ovaltine. That's what I've heard.
I also saw some vandal art. It made me laugh. He's a friendly looking robot, don't you think?
I jumped onto Wirth Parkway and rode north to Victory Memorial Park Drive. They've repaved the bike path and it was excellent riding.
More sculpture. This is the Lumberman.
I continued east to the Mississippi River where I found the Port of Minneapolis.
Washington Avenue is lined by old, industrial buildings in vary states. This one was the most interesting.
I stopped at the Aster Cafe again. I like that place. It's a real cafe, not just a coffee shop.
The downwind side of the lakeshores are covered with ice sculptures.
I rode one extra lap around Lake Harriet to get my 100K.
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