New downtown Saint Paul bike routes have recently passed legislation, and with another stadium being built, (completed), at the nexus of the Bruce Vento Trail, the Mississippi River Trail and the Lowertown Saint Paul Farmers Market, it seems reasonable to accommodate the growing demand of citizens. While I did not get much skiing in this winter, owing to a lack of snow and motivation, I did find it rewarding to take some time off and explore public transportation - drivers are great sources of route information, if they aren't too busy or running late.
David Byrne, (that David Byrne) wrote a great series of travel essays that all fit together under the bicycling moniker of "Commuter Experience". I recommend reading it, if not for the way he consistently finds the best in things when they are at their worst, then for the way he approaches being a knowledgeable person, with vulnerability and humility, every time he rides a bicycle in a strange city.
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just watched "Birdman", so I'm all giddy with crossover artists. Way to go Dave. Nice travel memoir.
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|Dried flowers, Saint Paul. Photo by Michael McKinney.|
|Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis. Photo by Michael Mckinney.|