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2015-05-28 20.20.14

Minnesota

The weather was so spectacular I decided I should take advantage and knock out Minnesota on the same day I claimed Wisconsin.

I drove to Minneapolis.  I chose Minneapolis because I wanted to see this:

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How’s about we just let me stay in the 1970s?  Both MTM and I were a lot more attractive 40 years ago.

The new touring bike is considerably heavier than my road bike.  (It’s designed to be a pack-mule.  It’s not designed for speed.)  But I’ve been riding the road bike for nearly a decade and I’m used to the speeds I can ride with that machine.  So to calm myself down and stay focused on just getting from point A to point B, no matter how long it takes, I constantly have to say to myself, “It’s a ride.  Not a race.

Except sometimes, it kinda sorta is a race.  In Minneapolis, I was racing the sunset.  I didn’t have a headlight (though I was smart enough to have a tail light).  I finally figured there’d be enough street lights to show me the way.  I was wearing enough reflective gear that people could see me.

Minneapolis was a happening kind of town.  I guess when you only have two seasons — Winter and the Fourth of July — you take any opportunity you have to go and enjoy outside.  Some of the outdoor venues I encountered:

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Just riding around the city:

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Bicyclists and runners everywhere.

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The original “low rider”

Just in case you got food poisoning from all that outdoor dining.

Just in case you got food poisoning from all that outdoor dining.

Mama used to use Gold Medal.

Mama used to use Gold Medal back when MTM and I were more attractive.

I swear I remember a story or two about the stadium collapsing.  But that was years ago.  Doesnt look like theyve made much progress.

I swear I remember a story or two about the stadium collapsing. But that was years ago. Doesn’t look like they’ve made much progress.

They had one hell of a local hydroelectric plant right down town:

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Spectacular architecture:

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Thanks, Minneapolis.  Was a nice way to claim Minnesota.