Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
On Sunday morning after a wonderful breakfast of homemade blueberry pancakes and apple butter, Chris took us on a tour of some of the sights around Minneapolis. The first stop was Minnehaha Falls and the surrounding park. Since we have few waterfalls readily accessible around home, it was really cool to see these falls in the winter. I actually vaguely remember stopping here the first time I was in Minneapolis sometime in the late '60s but only remember the location, no details.
We walked down on the trail to the creek at the base of the falls to do a little more exploring. (No geocaches were found) I guess the falls at this time of year are barely a trickle compared to their summertime flow. There was only a slight breeze so it didn't feel as cold as it did a couple of days ago in St. Paul.
This is the creek at the base and we followed it for a short ways before heading back up the stairs towards the parking lot. I'm still amazed at the lack of snow but I'm not complaining. The weather guessers are saying that it'll be -17°F by next weekend and it was -24°F back home in Fairbanks. Here, it was above freezing with scattered clouds.
After Minnehaha Falls, we drove up along the west shore of the Mississippi River. This is on the opposite side from where we were on Thanksgiving Day. We stopped at the Stone Arch Bridge to walk across. This is the bridge I had a picture of yesterday. These buildings are just downstream from St. Anthony Falls. According to the posters, the falls were rapidly deteriorating and instead of allowing them to turn into rapids (falls are more geographically contained) they added concrete to keep it in place.
I guess I really like to look of all of the old commercial buildings and warehouses along the river and enjoyed hearing of the history of the area.
These are locks on the west side of the falls. Chris pointed out that this lock is much narrower than the lock at Ford Falls, which are shown in the previous post, to handle smaller boats and barges.
Here are the St. Anthony Falls. Even though these are much larger, I still like the appearance of the Minnehaha Falls and from the drawings of what these fall originally looked like, it was looked more scenic before when it had a nice "U" shape.
After the Stone Arch Bridge, we visited my cousin and his wife for lunch then went to one of Reuben's rehearsals in downtown Minneapolis. It was like getting a private concert as the small group was practicing for an upcoming gig. They sounded pretty good.
On Monday morning we headed to the airport but not before getting at least one photo of Chris in his natural environment. In this case the Ural since "snow pellets" were forecast later in the day. Thank you to Chris and his wife for hosting us for the last couple of days. We thoroughly enjoyed spending the last couple of days with them.
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Monday, December 2, 2013
On Saturday morning, we checked out of the hotel in St. Paul and went in search of Diamonds Coffee Shop in Minneapolis. We were meeting Coopdway of Coop's Corner and Lucky of The Great Motorcycle Pizza Tour. We were a few minutes late but Coop was waiting for us in the entry and generously treated us to breakfast and coffee. We met a group of his riding friends in the back of the shop which was located in a fascinating building. We walked through the old safe on the way to the back room.
A huge thank you to Chris and his wife for being fantastic hosts and sharing their home (and Wi-Fi).
Friday, November 29, 2013
Today's excursion was some 140 miles north to Duluth to visit Aerostitch. Based on recommendations from Chris of EverydayRiding and Troubadour I stopped by to get fitted for a Roadcrafter Light. I had communicated with Aerostitch via their web site and email and they made a size recommendation but since I was going to be in the area, trying the suit on with the gear I planned on using seemed to be a much better plan. As it turns out, the recommended size would have been too short. I apparently have a long torso and short legs so I ended up getting a long and they need to shorten the legs by 4" (the maximum) above the knee. Now I just need to wait for delivery. They said maybe up to two months since they just had the pop-up store in California last weekend and got tons of orders. I was happy to hear that a lot of mods are now available for the "light" as well as the regular Roadcrafter.
The drive north was pretty uneventful though Duluth was quite a bit colder (14°F) than St. Paul. The roads were completely dry with only a little snow on the shoulders until about fifteen miles south of Duluth. Then you could see quite a bit of salt on the roads as well as traces of moisture and the fenders and doors of all of the cars were white. The rental company probably won't like that. Within the town, the snow was not cleared from the streets.
I managed to leave the store without purchasing anything else though I was kind of like a kid in a candy store. Lots of interesting stuff including lots of sale items. And no "Black Friday" crowds. In fact, I was the only customer in the store. Since they gave me a discount for coming in to the retail store, I went ahead and got the back pad and they threw in free shipping.
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