Yesterday I wrote we had a break from the never ending Spring winds. The break was short. The winds were blowing off the lake at 20+mph again today. With temps having a hard time breaking into the 50’s, it was once again a cold day. It’s funny I can ride in the most brutal winter conditions in the lower 48 states all winter long, but a Springtime windchill has me wanting to stay inside. My thoughts have moved onto warmer weather. It makes it harder to enjoy the lingering cold. Thankfully the skies were blue and sunny. That’s what finally drew me outside for a late afternoon ride. I did a nice loop within the city limits that included some climbing, rough pavement, gravel, multi-use paths, woods, scenic vistas, and neighborhood streets. Here’s my route://ridewithgps.com/trips/8748118/embed
I rode on a quarter mile of the old abandoned Mission Creek Parkway to connect me up with the Munger Trail. I was surprised to see a brand new bridge and all the eroded path freshly graded. I believe this will be part of the Duluth Traverse Mountain Bike Trail at some point in the near future.
New trails going in everywhere in West Duluth these days. Gotta love it.
Yeah, there’s something about being ready with warm weather and getting dealt more cold. It was the thing I hated most about April in Connecticut.
The new bridge and freshly graded path are courtesy of the railroad. They took the old bridge out when upgrading the tracks below; it is a great bridge and does indeed help connect up to the new Mission Creek Trails/Duluth Traverse (as well as the trails used for the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra, and some shorter courses in the Fall NMTC series).
I agree, the recent cold winds have been hard to take. But despite the winds and chilly temps I saw my first garter snake on Saturday just a few miles south of where you were riding.