Gopher State Report

The State of Sports, Bicycling & Politics in the Gopher State

2 Duplicates, 2 new rides

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 28, 2008

Since I last wrote, I did 4 rides.  Wednesday and Thursday were repeats (Mississippi Choo Chew & Thursday Therapy).  Friday’s was Vermillion Catillion & Saturday was a trip around Lake Pepin. 

Friday’s ride was dry, Saturday’s wasn’t.

The Firday ride went down to Vermillion via UMore Park and Clayton Avenue. 

Mileage: 38 pace 17+.  Cities visited: Eagan, IGH, Rosemount, & Vermillion.

Saturday’s lap around the lake in the river had 3 episodes of rain. 3/4 of the Wisonsin side, just south of Lake City, and just south of Red Wing.  It was an official Habitat 500 training ride, so I had to get used to riding in crappy weather. I also had a flat in Lake City.

Mileage: 71 pace fast going, slow coming back Cities Visited: Red Wing, Bay City, Maiden Rock, Stockholm (where they have great hamentashen), Pepin, Nelson, Wabasha, & Lake City.

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Two Days of Riding

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 23, 2008

On Sunday, a double shot of Mississippi Choo Chew & Tour Day Kota.  Mississippi Choo Chew went From Mendota Plaz to the SSP Regional Trail, across the Wacouta Bridge, up to Point Douglas.  Then down Warner-Shepard, across 35E, and back to the plaza via Wachler & Evergreen Knoll.

After lunch it was Tour Day Kota.  A trip to Salem Church Road, and over to Babcock, and down Courthouse Road to 96th.  Then it was up Rich Valley to Tyne and Dodd Road.  A right on Cliff to Schulze Lake and the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.

After a rest stop, it was up and down the hills of Inver Grove Heights, then home.

Total miles (including commute): 66, pace: about 16 MPH Cities visited: Mendota Heights, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Newport, St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Inver Grove Heights, and Eagan.

On Monday it was Urban Wildlife again.  On Monday the city of Eagan sealcoated Dodd, so we got creative and avoided as much as possible.

Miles (including commute): 37 pace: 15.1 Cities visited: Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount, and Apple Valley.

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Taylor Made – Falls & All

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 21, 2008

The route was very scenic with great climbs and descents.  The ride was marred by Steve B.’s crash in Interstate Park.  He hit a couple of dips in the road and down he went. The ride ended with Mary N. & me finishing at about 5:15.  The wind took alot out of us.

Distance: 80 miles, Pace: about 16 MPH, Cities visited: Lino Lakes, Centerville, Columbus, Forest Lake, Chisago Lakes Township, Chisago City, Center City, Lindstrom, Taylors Falls, St. Croix Falls, Osceola, Scandia, & Hugo.

Tomorrow: Mississippi Choo Chew & Tour Day Kota

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Mountain Biking

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 20, 2008

Tonight I went mountain biking for the first time.

I went to Potbelly for a sandwich, and it was only 7:00 when I got out.  So I went down to Lebanon Hills for mountain biking.  It is a great experience.  The course was challenging.  I had to get off the bike a few times to go around big rocks and over logs. 

I will definitely try it again.

About 17 miles, all in Eagan.

Tomorrow, Taylor Made – Falls and All

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The Solstice Metric Century

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 19, 2008

Today’s ride went from Ramsey Beach in White Bear Lake. We traveled up Portland to Highway 7, then up 57 to Highway 4.  After a left at Manning and a right at Mayberry, we made our way through beautiful wooded roads.  A left at Highway 3, which became 25 in Chisago County, then a right at 86.  The ride finally got to Highway 95.  A right at 243, then down the hill, across the St. Croix, and up the hill to the rest stop in Osceola.

At the rest stop, we discovered that Kim’s rear tire was shot.  Luckily, Richard M. has another tire, and we were back on the road. Returning to Highway 3 the way we came out, we continued to Highway 4 to 55.  The rolling hills of Highway 55 were great.  After a regroup at Highway 7, we continued west to Highway 15, where we went south to 110th. We wound around to the Withrow Ballroom and took a left back at 7.  Back to Portland and down to Highway 96, and back to the beach.

Cities and towns traveled through: White Bear Lake, Hugo, Scandia, Osceola, May Township, Withrow, and White Bear Township.  Miles: 64, Average: 18 MPH.

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The Whole Enchilada

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 18, 2008

Tonight’s ride started at the Roseville Professional Center on Hamline & 36.  We made our way to Lake Owasso, and to Vadnais Heights.  We traveled up Centerville Road to Goose Lake Road.  After going right on Otter Lake Road, we went around the western half of Goose Lake (no water skiers:().  A little South Shore, then down McKnight to Orchard and over to Bellaire.  Working our way to Joy via 120, we started towards home.  County C to Keller Parkway.  A trip around the south side of Lake Gervais, then up Little Canada Road.  A right on Country, left on S Owasso, then Western. A right on Transit, left on Cohansey, brought us to B2, and back to Hamline, and the lot.

About 27 miles at just under 16 MPH (the rough road on B2 between Lexington and Hamline really slowed us).  Cities visited: Roseville, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, White Bear Lake, North St. Paul, Maplewood, and Little Canada.

Dinner at LaCasita was great.  I had a taco pizza.

Tomorrow: The Solstice Metric.

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Gears, Tears & Fears

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 17, 2008

My second crack at the famous hill ride in St. Paul.  About 31 miles and 1700 feet of climbing.

It was a good ride (except for the idiot who threw a bottle at me from St. Clair playground).  I averaged about 15.3 MPH.

Climbs were: Edgcumbe, Dubener, High Bridge & Smith, Marie, Hwy 13 out of Mendota, Lexington off of 13, Hwy 13 (Cherokee Hill), Ohio, and Ramsey.  Rode with a great group today.

Tomorrow: The Whole Enchilada

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Back in the Saddle

Posted by skiumahgopher on June 17, 2008

Last night’s ride:  Urban Wildlife (Rosemount).  Starting at the Airport Hilton, the ride goes over the Minnesota River crossing parallel to 494. Working our way to Delaware via Mendota Heights Road, we went to Wescott, then Dodd Road.  After a jog on Red Pine, we get to Highway 3.  Turning right on 145th, we start back.  Instead of straight to Diamond Path, we went on a bunch of residential streets.  After getting to Diamond Path, we hit the rollers, both on Diamond Path, then Johnny Cake Ridge Road.  A left on Deerwood, and a right on Blackhawk gets us ready for the home stretch.  Blue Cross, Heritage, Letendre, then finally Highway 13.  Up the hill on 13 to Mendota Heights road, back on the river crossing to the hotel.

My average was 16.5 the wind died down at the end, thank god.

Tonight: Gears, Tears & Fears.  Back Later.

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My view on the Santana trade

Posted by skiumahgopher on January 29, 2008

Here is my $.02 on the Santana trade.

The question shouldn’t be “Did we get equal value?” rather it should be “Were the players we got better than the Mets, Yankees, or Red Sox first round draft choice & a sandwich pick?”. Because that’s what we would receive at the end of the season.

It’s my opinion that the Sox and Yanks had no intentions of trading with us. They were just trying to get the other team to blink. I remember in December, reports said Smith basically accepted the Hughes deal, only to have Brian Cashman convince Hank Steinbrenner that trading Phil Hughes was not a good idea. That’s when it became apparent that it was just a high stake poker game between those 2 teams. Meanwhile, the Mets were slowplaying the two teams with Gomez & Guerra (with Humber & Mulvey for filler).

Gomez has a chance to be better than Ellsbury (in fact scout.com and Baseball America have him rated higher). And Guerra at age 18, was a dominating pitcher at high A.

Give the trade a chance, it might work out.

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Who do cupcakes play when they need a cupcake?

Posted by skiumahgopher on December 29, 2007

Why they play the Gophers next opponent –the Kennesaw State Owls.

They have won at home twice, but they have beet fodder on the road for noted teams like: Texas State, Western Illinois, & Maryland-Eastern Shore. All teams on the BCS conference cupcake circuit.

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