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I did the 20-mile bike ride again today. The forecast called for unsettled weather in the afternoon, but I chose to defy the gods and set out. This time I had the photo plan in mind from the outset so this time the pictures are on the even mile marks. I mostly took them in motion looking straight ahead, unless there was something interesting to the side. I decided you didn???t need to see my mug in every shot this time.


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Photo 1, mile 0. Stop at the neighborhood bicycle shop to blow up my tires. It was breezy so I figured if my tires were nice and plump, I???d have a better time of it.


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Photo 2, mile 1. Mississippi River. Apparently it was Mile 7 for the Minneapolis Marathon. Oh great, am I going to have to dodge joggers all ride?

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Photo 3, mile 2. Mississippi River, Mile 8 for the marathon.

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Photo 4, mile in-between. A party on the lawn at the American Danish Institute.

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Photo 5, mile 3. Mississippi River

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Photo 6, mile 3.5. Mississippi River. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Photo 7, mile 4. Mississippi River, Godfrey Parkway, road to the Lock & Dam #1.

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Photo 8, mile 5. Minnehaha Creek

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Photo 9, mile 6. In between Lakes Hiawatha and Nokomis. Lifeguards on duty.

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Photo 10, mile 7. Minnehaha Creek and Parkway

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Photo 11, mile in-between. Hello, ???Cottontail on the Trail???!

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Photo 12, mile 8. Minnehaha Creek, approaching the underpass of I-35 where there is road/path construction.

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Photo 13, mile 9. Minnehaha Parkway. Two dudes in coral-colored shirts passed me. Then I showed them when there was a sharp uphill and I passed them back, without even trying. Thank you, Curves!

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Photo 14, mile 10. Approaching Lake Harriet

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Photo 15, mile 11. West side of Lake Harriet

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Photo 16, mile in-between. I did not need the hotdog stop today. However, the Inver Hills Community Band was warming up to perform in the Lake Harriet Bandshell, so I still stopped for a few minutes.

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Photos 17,18, mile 12. Between Lakes Harriet and Calhoun. There is a sightseeing trolley train that putt-putts between the lakes.

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Photos 19, mile 13. West side of Lake Calhoun. Minneapolis downtown skyline in the distance. It started raining about here.

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Photo 20, mile 14. Midtown Greenway. I took a slightly different path to the Greenway today. Had to wait for a long traffic light. It stopped raining. The sun came back out and the smell reminded me of the swimming pool in the summer when I was a kid.

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Photo 21, mile 15. Midtown Greenway, just before the Bryant Avenue access point. I used to live there. I miss it. Also, I took a slight detour off the path to go look at something that might be important in my future.

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Photo 22, mile 16. Midtown Greenway

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Photo 23, mile 17. Just before Freewheel Bicycle???s Midtown Greenway location.

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Photo 24, 25, mile 18. The fancy shmancy bridge over Hiawatha Avenue.

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Photo 26, mile 19. Hiawatha commuter trail, almost home. The awesome, ugly high-rises that are the landmark of my neighborhood.

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The mileage seems to have not quite worked out, because it’s still 20.5 miles, but you get the idea.

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I finally went on a ride I???ve been wanting to, down the Mississippi River to Minnehaha Creek, up the sides of a couple of lakes, and back home on the Midtown Greenway to the Hiawatha path. It???s 20.5 miles. I stopped to take a photo approximately every mile and here they are, locations duly noted on the map.

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Photo 1, mile 0.75: Mississippi River. I didn???t think to start taking photos until I got down to the river, hence the 3/4 measurement.

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Photo 2, mile 1.75: Mississippi River

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Photo 3, mile 2.75: Mississippi River, under the Lake Street Bridge

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Photo 4, mile 3.75: Mississippi River

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Photo 5, mile 4.75: Mississippi River, near the turn-off for Lock & Dam #1

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Photo 6, mile 5.75: Minnehaha Parkway

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Photo 7, mile 6.75: Minnehaha Parkway, between Lakes Hiawatha and Nokomis

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Photo 8, mile 7.75: Minnehaha Parkway

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Photos 9, 10, mile 8.75: Minnehaha Parkway, ???Cottontail on the Trail??? at Portland Avenue. I did not know this was there, and it was time for a photo, honest!

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Photo 11, mile 9.75: Minnehaha Parkway

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Photo 12, mile 10.75: jog up to Lake Harriet

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Photo 13, mile 11.75: Lake Harriet

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Photo 14, mile 12.75: Lake Harriet, lunch stop. I was really hungry by this time and the hotdog was a good enough combo of carbs and protein.

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Photo 15, mile 13.75: Lake Calhoun. The temperature was in the mid-80sF. There were a lot of people enjoying the water.

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Photo 16, mile 14.75: Lake Calhoun soccer fields

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Photo 17, mile 15.75: between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles, access point to the Midtown Greenway

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Photo 18, mile 16.75: Midtown Greenway. This follows old railroad tracks along 29th Street.

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Photo 19, mile 17.75: Midtown Greenway. White building is a Freewheel Bicycle store and pitstop for bikers. It even has showers.

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Photo 20, mile 18.75: Midtown Greenway, turning toward Hiawatha Avenue.??

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Photo 21, mile 19.75: Hiawatha Avenue bike path. Franklin Avenue Light Rail Station in the background, and also downtown Minneapolis skyline. Almost home!

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Photo 22, mile 20.58: Home, whew!

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