Welcome to The Prairie Peddler blog. At this time, there is not much to say, but there is this: fall is here, and the riding is GOOD!
I've been up in Minneapolis all weekend. I managed to schedule out some ride time. Got together with Jason from Salsa for a ride at the new Murphy-Hanrehan trails. All I can say is wow. For a trail system on the edge of a large metropolis, you'd never know it. They've got a ten mile loop now, with plans for more evidently. We got in 17 miles total, and managed to get some nice shots. I'll post some up when I get home.
Day two saw me riding solo at Lebanon Hills. Kind of a perennial favorite for Mpls locals. Sees tons of use. Since I was solo, there was no camera along. Its kinda nice to not be bothered with that chain every now and again. T'was another gorgeous morning, and since it was Saturday, the parking lot showed it. The place was packed. People were passing each other all over the place out there.
Later in the day, I squeaked out of the house for another spin on the dirt at Salem. The parking lot was deserted. Save for one lone stoner. He opened his car door as I was rolling away with Chaco, and out came billowing smoke. Rank stuff. Smelled him for the first quarter of the trail. And then he started riding, and I could smell where he had gone. Damned near got a contact high following the dude. No matter. I was out on this ride for simple enjoyment, and to give the poor dog a good run. He certainly hasn't gotten many in since Thing 1 and Thing 2 have been here. Since I was out there for fun, and no else was, I took the camera and experimented a bit. Got more shots that I'll post up soon. In the end, the ride was like the other two spectacular. Perfect weather, perfect trail conditions.
Get out there!
And if you made it this far, Thanks for looking, I'll be getting into the shop soon and starting the make over. The process will be well documented here. I PROMISE!
Listening too: a VERY annoying computer hum. And Airplanes. Lots of them.