55 days of biking

My plans for the summer have changed. My plans were changed back in March because of COVID-19. My business is still open which is good but I want a little more out of my summer.  There is more to life than working and staying home so I have decided to challenge myself to ride my bike every day for the next 55 days. My goal is to ride a minimum of 500 miles, between July 1st and August 25th.

I started a Facebook group and invited some family, friends, and assorted neighbors and clients to bike every day for 55 days. The plan is simple. Bike anywhere any time of day and if so desired share pictures and comments or whatever. I’ll probably summarize my bike rides each week and share some pictures on this site.

There is already a “30 days of biking” event every April. I rarely participate because I don’t enjoy biking in snow or in subzero weather and I just hate getting road salt all over my bike. July and August have longer days and more sunny days and on average less wind. As a bonus, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming.

Biking is more fun on long summer days when it is warm enough to wear shorts and we can leave the gloves at home. On the hot days, I like to go early in the morning or in the evening. I plan to check the weather forecasts at the beginning of each week and do a little planning.

The event won’t be cancelled due to COVID-19 and it can be done outside while social distancing. I normally don’t wear a mask when I bike but always bring one with.

Here is a collage I made from a ride along the gateway trail from St. Paul to Maplewood and back again.

collage of pictures from bikeride
Bike ride

Throwback Thursday Shared Bikes

A few years back St. Paul had shared bikes. Last year was the year of the scooter. All of that is gone now. I like to think of the bikes and scooters as part of the before time.

shared bikes
5th street downtown St. Paul pre-2019
lab where bikes used to be
5th street and St. Peter downtown St. Paul  2020

I am not sure what happened to the scooters. They were everywhere. I suppose with people staying home more there is no place to scoot to. I feel fortunate that I have a bike, one that I mostly don’t share.

Landmark Plaza Sculpture

I found this on Sunday on my way to the Saint Paul farmer’s Market. It is located at Landmark Plaza near St. Peter Street in downtown St. Paul.

It probably doesn’t get many visitors. Downtown is pretty quiet these days. I thought I would share some pictures of it. It makes a kind of wooshing noise as the wind blows. There was no name on it but there is a card that says “the milligan studio” at the foot of the sculpture.

Restoring history on Wabasha street

467 Wabasha St
467 Wabasha St

This 1890’s building was covered with paint. I have been watching as workers sandblast the building and restore it to its former glory. CCI Properties now owns the building and it is currently vacant while it is being restored and upgraded.

The building has housed a few restaurants over the years and until recently low-income rental units. When it is finished 20% of the rental units will income-restricted for at least 10 years. The picture was taken at the intersection of 7th street and Wabasha.

at 467 Wabasha St
467 Wabasha St

They definitely do not build them like this anymore. The building is of the Queen Anne style and there was once a turret on top of the rounded section with the flag on it.