The Howe Now Not Longfellow Ride!

DATE AND TIME OF RIDE: Sunday June 26, 2022, 8:45 AM briefing with 9:00 AM departure.

HOSTS: John and Helen Mattsen

DISTANCE: 35 miles

START LOCATION: Meet at Aldine Park ( GPS reference 1712 Inglehart Avenue, St. Paul).

RIDE DESCRIPTION AND DIFFICULTY:  This route gets an A+ for being scenic and interesting. In years past, this route has been severely plagued by floods, road construction, rock slides, and has been closed off entirely for sanctioned bike criteriums and rock concerts. If this happens, we will either alter the route or the starting point like we did in 2019. With this ride, you’ve got to think “flexibility”.

This was previously called the “Longfellow Ride” because we ate at the Longfellow Grill. But every year they have been less than cooperative. Rob and Nancy suggested that we switch to a restaurant called “The Howe”. So, it has become the Howe Now Not Longfellow Ride.

If we are lucky, this will be the route: We start at Aldine Park near Snelling and Marshall in St. Paul. Summit Avenue past the Cathedral, down through St. Paul on St. Peter Street, across the river on the Wabashaw Street Bridge, down Water Street bike trails to the yacht club, up through Mendota on the bike trail, over the Mendota Bridge to Fort Snelling, through Minnehaha Park, around the lakes, down the Midtown Greenway to the Howe Restaurant. Then it’s maybe four miles back to Aldine Park. Two of those miles I would describe as railroad grade up Marshall Hill, with an Izzy’s (scratch that now Nelson's) ice cream shop about half way up the hill. According to Deb Liang, they have ice cream cookies as big as your head. I suppose that we could eat there instead of The Howe, making it the Nelson's not Izzy's nor Howe nor Longfellow Ride.

No maps provided. Riders who need to be guided through the course should be able to maintain, say, 12-14 mph on flat terrain with no wind. However, anyone who knows the route can travel at any speed they like, and increase or decrease the distance as they please. In the past, everyone has just ridden the course together.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Saturday June 25, and GIVE US YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER! Our cell phone number is 651-895-0550.