We finally got decent melting over the weekend so I took to the gravel roads south of Northfield on my rigid hybrid bike on Saturday and the paved paths of Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul on Sunday. Looking for something more challenging, I ventured over to Crosby Farm Regional Park. Voila!
The south-facing upper multi-use trail above Crosby Lake was bone dry and even provided some technical challenges at both ends of the trail. Upright handlebars, no suspension, 60 PSI in the tires? Perfect!
I took the tunnel under Sheppard Road, crossed over the Mississippi on the Lexington Bridge, and back over again on the Mendota Bridge where the view of St. Peter’s Church brought back fond memories. I attended elementary school there, 5th-8th grades.
Crossing over the Fort Snelling Bridge with a bike requires stairs at both ends. Tire rails are provided to make it easier to get your bike up or down the stairs. Urban skinnies! The one at the south end would be tougher, with very little handlebar clearance next to the fence. Not too dangerous, as the guard railing next to the freeway is pretty high, as long as you didn’t hit too hard and go over the bars.