Friday, August 26, 2016

Day 2

OK, so obviously the series missed what some would consider to be THE most important day.  It was hot, I had ridden four days in a row, I was achy, frankly I just didn't feel like it.

Several of those things were also true today but today I did feel like it.

This Fair thing is really something.  The average attendance for the twelve days is something like 150,000 people per day.  150,000 is a fairly good sized city.  So you drop a fairly good sized city into what is already a fully urbanized area and you get something like this.  I live over a mile from the actual Fair but this is what my street looks like from shortly after they open the gates over there every day until after they close.
Most, but not all, of those people are legally parked.

I wanted to see if I could edge my way over towards the grounds but eventually gave up.  A fairly large city has come to my neighborhood and almost all of them only come here once a year.  They are unfamiliar with the area, all they really care about is finding a place to park, the level of distracted driving is right up there with Pokemon players.  I had a couple of not actually very close calls but close enough to make me find a new way to head south.

It starts by riding long and hard towards the east away from the Fair first.

So here's another street where I used to live. 
I keep fairly close tabs on the health of four ash trees.  Two in our yard, one in our neighbor's front yard and one that I planted.  The one that I planted is today by quite a bit the healthiest looking of the four.

I rode quite a bit on the Griggs Bikeway today.  It has a couple of nice roundabouts just north of University but once across University it pretty rapidly degenerates into a start and stop not very useful route.  As for the part where it is a useful bicycle route?  Almost 1.5 miles.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Last day before the Fair

I rode again today, four days in a row for the first time this year.

In years past I have ridden much longer streaks but in years past I was much closer to my best if used by date than I am now.

But it was a good ride.  I had a guest rider and we rode pretty hard.

Starting tomorrow it will be exceedingly unwise to take a bicycle anywhere near the Fairgrounds so today was our last bicycle excursion to that particular neighborhood.

Here is today's sign that the Fair is near.
Many will be aware that people who live near the Fairgrounds often will allow cars to park on their lawns (in exchange for a significant fee, of course).  This is the first time I have seen a homeowner paint stall lines onto his back yard.

That yard is only about a block from the Snelling gate.

This fellow has another interesting bit which is not probably totally Fair related.
For purposes of the Fair I bet he also means to include Fairgoers in his admonition.

Today's photo from the Falls.

Closer to home I came upon yet another indicator that the Fair is near.  We live only a couple of blocks from one of the Fair Park and Ride locations.
So at the end of our street the Fair people have put out a trash container so that individuals leaving the Park and Ride will be able to dispose of their food and beverage trash without dropping it into the yard of one of my neighbors.

I usually forget this but I know that tomorrow morning I will be reminded that even two blocks from the Park and Ride the street in front of my house will be parked completely full.  Just to get us in the mood today we (actually GRider) had to pick up some trash that someone had thrown down in the street in front of our house.

Here's hoping that starting tomorrow all of that trash will go into the trash barrels.

We love the Fair.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Only two days until the Fair

Today's picture of the Falls.
Vertical rather than horizontal orientation.

Here's today's sign that the Fair is really close.
There in the distance is the Snelling gate.

In the foreground is a Fair provided trash container, well outside the grounds.

The Fair is hoping that Fairgoers will discard their food and beverage trash in those barrels instead of on the neighbors' lawns.

You would have to ask the neighbors how successful this program actually is but no matter it is an appropriate effort by the once every year 12 days ending on Labor Day festival.  Personally I hope people use the barrels.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Only three days until the Fair

The Fairgrounds are, of course, closed but a south wind still leads me over in that direction so I have been riding past on Como.

An unmistakable sign that the Fair is close is that they have summoned the crane and hoisted the temporary pedestrian bridge into place over Como.
It was pretty windy but not uncomfortably warm.

One out of two isn't bad.

My destination was the Falls.
There was a pretty significant group of fellow citizens there.  Who walks into the bike path without at least raising your head to see if a bicycle is coming?

But there were no actual collisions and no personal injuries.

What there WAS was a nice ride.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


We had a couple of days of rain.  We both refuse to ride in that.

But today was plenty nice so we hightailed it out to Lake Vadnais.
We felt really strong on the way out there and made really remarkable time.

You can probably guess why.  Because the person responsible for judging the wind direction got it wrong.  The wind was mostly west so we were mostly OK on a mostly north-south route.  The problem was that the secondary direction was slightly south.  We rode home into mostly a slightly quartering head wind.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Weather related post

We had this on our deck last night.
Everyone gets one guess what that produces the next day.

Isn't one guess fun?

There are probably lots of correct answers but the one I was looking for is a seemingly endless parade of men with clipboards offering to do a free estimate of roof damage.

By the way, during the time when all of this was happening?

Elemental.  There is something about high winds with pounding on your roof to make a person want to take cover.

Today I did get out though.  It was a fun ride both leaving and returning to the neighborhood as doing so gave me a really good perspective on how many guys with clipboards there were roaming around near where I live.

Here's a view of bridges taken from the opposite direction as the one published last week.
There is a large impact bridge replacement going on in town.
That bridge is the first of two replacing a really old one.  That's Highway 36, a pretty major commuter route.  I used to drive on that every day to get to the plant.

Now I have to ride my bicycle over there to find out what is going on.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Too . . . thick . . . to . . . breathe

All signs pointed to hot and humid for today.  I got started a bit earlier than I usually do, hoping to avoid what promised to be intolerable conditions by late afternoon.

It was definitely 80s, not quite 90, but definitely 80s and humid indeed.  It was the kind of day when some who is, as I am, somewhat past their best if used by date and who now experiences loss of tissue flexibility in my respiratory system which has led to reduced efficiency in processing what I breath into the oxygen I need.  There should have been a health advisory, perhaps there was.  The air was without doubt too . . thick . . to . . breathe.

I eventually got too far from home.
The ride home was hot and hard but as usual, making it home was rewarding.  Once again there was no need to call for a ride.

No ride tomorrow, the baby need sitting.