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My new big thing is the Chef Shack food truck. It’s two chef gals who make amazing culinary delights. They usually post the menu on Facebook, and Saturday morning they also posted a photo of the charcuterie plate that they had on offer at the Kingfield Market in south Minneapolis. 

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photos © Chef Shack

I didn’t get myself going quickly enough to get down there by the 1:00 end time, so I instead went to the Uptown Market where they also were (I think they have three vehicles—two trucks and one trailer), figuring I’d get it there instead. The round trip to Uptown is about 8 miles; on the way home I jogged down to the store to pick up some necessary items and that added another couple miles.

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Photo1: entering the Hiawatha commuter trail.

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Photo 2: heading southish on the Hiawatha commuter trail to meet the Midtown Greenway.

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Photo 3: heading west on the Midtown Greenway at 11th Avenue.

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Photo 4: Midtown Greenway at 4th Avenue. Thanks for the heads-up, sign.

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Photo 5: Bryant Avenue South and 29th Street. I lived in this apartment building for 11 years. Three blocks along 29th are where the Uptown Market is on Sundays.

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Photos 6: The market, looking west.

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Photos 7: The market, looking east. Oh, hello, Chef Shack!

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Photo 8: Waiting for my order. It turned out that they didn’t have the charcuterie plate here, so I ordered the bison burger instead.

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Photo 9: Bison burger with pepperjack cheese and chips. Dining on the curb in the shade. It was quite hot but not too humid so it was just barely tolerable for the exertion of the bike ride.

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Photo 10: One of the many gardens along the Greenway, at Harriet Avenue South.

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Photo 11: Heading back east along the Greenway. Access ramp at Park Avenue South.

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Photo 12: The Greenway jogs north across 28th Street to cross the busy Hiawatha Avenue/Highway 55.

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Photo 13: Target. Errand stop number one.

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Photo 14: Cub Foods. Errand stop number two.

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Photo 15: Cheese!

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Photo 16: All items procured. I think this will work.

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Photo 17: Approaching the weirdo intersection of Minnehaha, Franklin, and Cedar Avenues.

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Photo 18: 20th Avenue, just about to cross Interstate 94. The home stretch.

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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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