I spent most of the last two days exploring the cities by bike with Jenna. I rode along the river, through Hidden Falls park, to Jenna’s house yesterday morning, and our tour included the Stone Arch bridge, Surdyk’s wine shop, Loring Park, the Walker sculpture garden (where I got scammed out of $40 :-(), Lake of the Isles, the Midtown Greenway, and the Global Market on Lake Street. As we were riding down Hennepin Ave., we passed the Orpheum and decided to see if they had any tickets left for the Death Cab for Cutie concert. As it happened, the show was sold out but they were releasing some last-minute tickets near the front, which we nabbed.
The Midtown Greenway is essentially a bike freeway from Lake of the Isles to the Mississippi River. It follows an old railroad grade with almost no street crossings, so with no stoplights and a level grade it is almost faster than driving the same route. We cruised eastward in a light rain and stopped at the brand-new Global Market (a multicultural market with various ethnic restaurants and groceries) for an early supper. The Death Cab concert was extremely loud, but they did play my favorite song of theirs (“I Will Follow You Into the Dark”), and it was a good experience overall.
Today we biked down the river, past Minnehaha Falls, through Fort Snelling State Park, across the Mendota Bridge, and along the floodplain to the Science Museum. There we parted ways, Jenna to ride Summit Avenue back to her house and me to attack the two-mile, 300-foot hill across the High Bridge and up Smith Avenue to Michele’s house.
Bill sent his fire photos. I added them to the fire photo essay at http://www.luterra.com/essays/dnrfire.html.
I start my new job tomorrow. Hopefully I will know enough bird songs…