The Howe Now Not Longfellow Ride!
DATE AND TIME OF RIDE: Sunday August 28, 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: We had to cancel this ride last June because of flooding, rock slides, mud slides, road closures, road construction, and because the bike lane across the Mendota Bridge was closed. Sorry for the short notice. We should probably do the ride before some other act of God, man, or nature throws in another obstacle.
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. At the two steepest (short) inclines we were not tempted to drop it into the granny gear.
No maps provided. We will generally travel as a group. 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.
We will be eating at the Howe Restaurant: https://www.howempls.com/
If you transport your bike on the top of your vehicle there are a few low branches.
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