We’ve been challenged with 80 Scavenger Hunt items and today I hunted down the last one. I went to great lengths to do it though — something like 35 miles in length.
Yup, I drove 35 miles to downtown Minneapolis where I knew there existed a brick road. Quite a long and impressive brick road too. I’m anxious to share it with you.
But first, would you like to hear the story of how I learned about MY State’s most famous brick road? No? I don’t care, here it is anyway:
Quite a few years ago there was a professional bicycle race in Minneapolis. It was a “Criterium” bike race, which means the riders had to pedal a bunch of laps around a designated circuit through the city. Part of the circuit included the brick road of Main Street, and my brother suggested that might be a fun place to watch. One of the nice things about a Criterium is that the racers pass by you every half hour or so. In a race like the Tour de France, you’ll find a place to watch, you’ll wait hours for the racers to arrive, they’ll pass by in a minute or so, and it’s all over.
My brother was right. It was fun to watch the racers come speeding down the hill and squeeze their brakes as they made the sharp turn onto the brick road. Then they bounced around and jarred their brains as they tried to maneuver for position on that crazy surface. Entertaining stuff.
I rode the length of the brick road and it was pretty cool. It’s still called Main Street, but it certainly isn’t the main street of the city anymore. The new downtown Minneapolis grew up on the other side of the Mississippi River. The old Main Street is just a quiet gentrified neighborhood now.
Of course, I didn’t drive all the way to Minneapolis just to ride the brick road. Well, yes, I guess I did. But while I was there I also figured I should ride the bike trails along the Mississippi River, head downtown, and see some of the most vibrant city in Minnesota.
Almost immediately upon leaving the brick road, I noticed my favorite bird soaring above the river. Thank goodness I am always looking up, both figuratively and literally.
Next, I turned back and headed to the iconic Stone Arch Bridge in order to cross the river. Trains once traversed that bridge, but now it’s just for walkers, joggers, cyclists, skateboarders, Segway-ers, and cross-country skiers.
I made a video from the Stone Arch Bridge. Would you like to see it? No? Do you really think that’s going to stop me?
The Stone Arch Bridge is iconic, but there are a few other iconic things nearby.
I rode away from the river because I had something else to do. I had to send a message to Lednar. (You know, considering the name, Lednar, he should be a natural Viking fan, not some kind of unexplainable Australian Packer fan.) Minneapolis had great bike lanes all over the city.
Now that I’ve completed this monthly challenge, I think I should start getting ready for the next one — since I think I’m in charge of that.