Photos from the week.

It’s been an unusual September when it comes to the weather. I generally look forward to September because the weather can be some of the best of the year. Dry, cool, windless days with brilliant blue skies. This year we’ve seen little of that. It’s been cloudy with chances of rain more days than not, and windy. I’ve been less motivated to get out. Sunday, after being inside all day I forced myself out the door for a bike ride around 4:30. That’s late in the day even for me to get going. It was well worth it. I did some exploring of the old industrial river front. It’s mostly abandoned, polluted super-fund sites nowadays. Duluth was established as a town to support the mining and logging industries. These and other heavy industries spent the next hundred years using the harbor and polluting it. It is slowly being cleaned up and areas, like Canal Park, are now tourist attractions. Here’s pictures I took during this ride:

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A picture of a bridge from a bridge.
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The Arthur M. Anderson off-loading a load of what I think is limestone.
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Another shot of the Arthur M. Anderson. This is about as far up the river these large freighters travel. It’s almost 5 miles up river.
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It’s a half mile to the river down this stripped piece of industrial land between two boat slips.
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This is on the corner where the boat slip meets the main shipping channel of the St. Louis River. Minnesota is on the right, Wisconsin on the left.

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The half mile long slip for a very large boat or two.
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An old mail car. I’m guessing one of the two historic railroads in town has plans to restore it.
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Signs that Fall is fast approaching.

Thursday I was motivated to get out for a late evening ride. After a week of clouds and rain it managed to clear off about 5 in the afternoon. Seeing that crisp blue sky is all I needed to get me outside. It’s also the night Susan is gone to St Paul for a night class. I was free to stay out as long as I wanted.  Here’s a few pictures from that ride:

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It’s almost too bright to photograph.

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A father and son using the mountain bike trails. Trails with a view. This section of trail was built in the summer of 2015.
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Glorious late in the day sunshine.
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Last light of the day looking south over the Keene Creek ravine towards the St Louis River and Wisconsin.

Today, Friday, I was off from work. It was another cloudy, windy day. No rain though. It took me all day to get myself outside. When I finally went I decided to walk some of the trails near my house including some of the Superior Hiking Trail. According to today’s DNR report our Fall colors should be in the 50-75% range.

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Some places it appeared this was accurate, other places it didn’t.

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Keene Creek
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Keene Creek

As always, once I get myself out the door I rarely regret it. This is a lesson I learn again and again and again.

I was told today I’m not needed at work on Monday. My current job is a part-time position. I work when they need me. With the day off I made some camping reservations for Sunday night. I’ll be doing an overnight bike camping trip. Really looking forward to it. It’s will be only my second bike camping trip of the 2016.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Photos from the week.

  1. adventurepdx October 1, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Yay bike camping! You going to take your Brompton? 😊

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    • fourseasoncycling October 1, 2016 / 11:05 am

      It crossed my mind to take the Brompton. That would be do-able, but I don’t have a system set-up to carry my overnight gear. My Brompton doesn’t have a rear rack. I purposely bought one without a rack because all my other bikes were already set-up to carry loads. I didn’t envision using the Brompton for carrying loads. If it had a rack I could do a “Russ and Laura” type packing system of a backpack mounted on the rack and strapped to the seatpost. Nope, the A-train gets the call for this overnight camping trip.

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  2. Gail Rehbein October 6, 2016 / 2:11 am

    Beautiful colours as your seasons change. In my sub-tropical city, we see little of that.

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