Category Archives: Bicycling

Biking, 2017

My goal for 2017 was to bike more than 2,000 miles.  I thought it was pretty impressive, but as it turns out, many of my biking friends in the area consider 5,000 miles to be a more ambitious goal.  But … Continue reading

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Illinois Prairie Path Sampler

The Illinois Prairie Path trail is probably the second rail-trail in the country, and was created on the right of way of the abandoned Chicago, Aurora and Elgin electric railroad.  The CA&E has a long history; it was built in … Continue reading

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Kankakee River State Park

Short and beautiful.  This is one case in which words aren’t needed:

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Elroy – Sparta Trail

The Chicago and North Western railroad built a line from Elroy to Sparta, Wisconsin, in the 1870’s.  In order to accommodate the steam engines of the time, the grades were modest, and three tunnels were bored through the hills. At … Continue reading

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Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, Mankato, Minnesota

  The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail runs from downtown Mankato to Faribault. Our ride was probably three miles longer than the map above indicates,  because I forgot to turn on the Strava timer until we stopped at an intersection. … Continue reading

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High Trestle Trail, Ankeny, Iowa

Built in the last few years on the roadbeds of two abandoned railroads, the High Trestle Trail runs from Ankeny, Iowa to Woodward.  No wind, mild overcast day, and flat.  Very flat.  And straight.  The map is deceiving; the incline and … Continue reading

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