Friday, August 29, 2008

Trip 16 -- Still Hot, Still Windy

The worst part about late summer/ early fall has to be the resurgence of insects everywhere. I don't know why the yellowjacket population quadruples this time of year, but it does...and I hate it. This probably stems from my irrational fear of spiders, which can be blamed on being exposed to the move Arachnophobia as a child. The violent video games had no effect on me, but of course the movie about spiders still gives me nightmares. (Ok, not really nightmares, but I still hate spiders).

I don't know how bugs manage to find my face every time I go on a ride, but it's getting ridiculous. I swear I'm gonna start wearing a paintball mask from now on.


Another cloudless sky.

Don't worry, I resisted the urge to jump into this "pond." Is that toxic waste?

This building is right off the Greenway access point on you know the drill people, someone tell me what it is please.

Jeez, I should have you guys do my homework too.

Start: 12:45
End: 2:05
Temp: 78
Trip: 10.06 mi

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Trip 15 -- Shadyridge Estates

Did you miss me? Finally got the computer working again and I'm ready to get back into the routine. This "lost" trip is from last Friday, and I don't remember much of the details like temperature and time, and most of it isn't even on Google Maps so I'm not going to bother with that. I do remember that it was very windy...hmm, not much had changed.

The first thing I noticed was this entire yard painted to be what I'm assuming is a football field. I thought that was pretty awesome, as I'm also a backyard sports enthusiast. Wiffle ball, football, frisbee, love 'em all.

Another lovely day in the Grand Cities.

I did my usual trek down the Greenway to the end of the trail and I never really think about this long road that seemingly goes to nowhere...but what would be the point of this blog if I didn't explore it?


Much to my surprise, I stumbled upon another mysterious part of Grand Forks.

Shadyridge Estates...shady indeed.

Is that an island? Where the hell am I?

I found this sketchy area where they're growing a lot of trees...probably some kind of black market tree distribution. I'm thinking mafia.

Oh don't worry, they do pine trees too. Does every tree in Grand Forks come from this place?

Looks like this guy's trying to compete with the others. By the way, all the houses back here look like that, they're all huge and very nice..

Thanks for bearing with me people.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Happy First Day of School

So the bad news is that apparently my motherboard is fried on my Dell laptop, but the good news is that it should be fixed tonight. They're sending someone to my apartment to fix everything. So we should be back to normal tomorrow.

The other bad news is that school has started and I'll have a lot to juggle now, but I'm up to the task. Check back tomorrow night.

Good thing it's just the motherboard that got broken:

Kidding of course...credits for that image go to I guess.


So I guess the guy who's going to come fix my laptop has a bad cold and had to push the appointment back one night. Summer colds are the worst. Back to normal tomorrow hopefully.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Computer Troubles

I'm having issues with my laptop, keeping me from uploading my pictures...hopefully it gets back to normal ASAP.

Please bear with me.

Have a good weekend, looks like it's gonna be cool tomorrow.

Here's some entertainment...maybe I'm just a loser, but I've been addicted to this map game lately:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Trip 14 -- Me: 1 Wind: 0

I already triumphed over rain, today's test was the high winds. The Weather Service says it's a south wind of 23 mph gusting to 35 mph. Riding north with the wind was no problem at all, but coming back was a beast. I had no idea bicycles could catch wind so bad, sometimes I felt like I was gonna get blown over. There was a point when I was on 55th st. and I came to a stop to take a picture. I stood up on my bike and my body was like a sail, the wind alone was pushing me down the was pretty cool.

So I beat water, wind, and I guess you could say earth. I really hope I don't have to deal with fire, because I already concede.


Very windy today..that tree should be standing up straight.

So what exactly does a storm water pump station do?

Talk about homes being close to each other... at least they have alternating colors.

When I said I wanted to find crazy stuff in Grand Forks, this is what I meant. I have no idea why someone would put a chair on the top of a large dirt mound, but I'm glad they did.

The new welcome sign entering Grand Forks through highway 2. I do like it, it brings a little breath of fresh air to an otherwise unsightly road in GF.

Found this on the fitness trail by UND. I am completely stumped by what it is, but someone else was apparently curious as well and started taking bricks off.

People can be pretty frustrating sometimes...where the fitness trail crosses 17th ave there's one of those blinking light crosswalk beacons that I love so much. I pushed the button and a lady was nice enough to stop for me, even with like 5 cars behind her. I cross and the guy behind her just lays on his horn...I don't know if he was mad at me, her, or both...but really, guy? Did I slow you down that much? Did I make you late for some extremely important appointment? Jeez people, can we have just a little more patience? I never expect people to stop for me at those things, but I sure am grateful when they do.

Due to extremely high gas prices and a more health conscious nation, there are going to be more bicyclists than drivers are used to...we're going to have to find a way to coexist. Drivers are going to have to be more aware of bicyclists and vice versa.

Thanks for reading.

Start: 4:40
End: 6:20
Temp: 83
Trip: 12.66

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Trip 13 -- Morning Ride

I'm going to have to start getting used to these morning rides with fall semester on the horizon. It's been nice staying up until 2 am and waking up at noon...but it's time to adjust my sleep schedule back to college mode. One huge perk about riding in the morning is the was still in the high 60s when I left, so that was really nice on a day where the high looks to be in the high 80s.
Some less aggressive birds...but the falcons were still cooler.

This is a very purple house, pretty cool though. Bravo to the owner for standing out a little bit from the crowd.

I was glad to see that the path had easy access to the downtown area, I haven't been down there yet on my bike so I thought I'd check it out.

This playground looks a little more fun than the lonely pull-up bars further south on the trail.

I've never actually been in the little ampitheater right by the bridge until now. That's what I love about doing this blog, I've seen a lot of things up close that I've always wondered about from afar.

That's all I got for today. You may notice that posts will (or already have) decreased in length and substance. That is the challenge of writing a daily blog...not every post is going to be a home run, but I'm trying. When school starts, these posts may become even smaller, but I will continue to put as much effort into it as I can. Thanks for reading!

Start: 8:17
End: 9:24
Temp: 69 degrees
Trip: 8.3

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Trip 12 -- When Falcons Attack

I didn't expect much to be going on tonight when I took a short ride to the Greenway, and not much really did happen until I got about half mile south on the path. I heard a unique bird call while riding, and it sounded close so I wanted to investigate. It took off and started flying around rather aggressively, like it was protecting its nest. I got a good look at it and it looked too small to be a hawk, but it definitely was something similar to a hawk, like a falcon. Anyways, while I was standing there trying to take pictures, someone rode past and another bird showed up and dove at him, I thought the guy was gonna lose control, but he didn't. I breathed a pretty big sigh of relief...but then i realized I was the only person there, so I didn't want to be the next target...I took a couple pictures real quick and got the hell out of there.

So I leave it up to you bird experts, is it a falcon?

This basketball hoop's seen better days. Pretty lame of someone to break it like that...I also saw what looked like graffiti on the Greenway today...let's hope that trend stops ASAP.

First time I've rode at dusk...looks great until you ride on the streets and can't see anything.

Rydell looks really cool at night, I figured I'd snap a quick pic of it.

The Twins series was great, we saw them sweep the Mariners...unfortunately I just watched them lose on TV tonight, so that's no good.

Anyways, I guess today's lesson is to respect wildlife. They were here first, and some falcons just reminded me and a few cyclists of that today.

Thanks for reading!

Start: 8:15
End: 9:12
Temp: 70 degrees
Trip: 7.75 mi

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Off to Minneapolis

This weekend I will be in Minneapolis watching the Twins play the Mariners, so the trails will be safe from me for a few days. Things will return to normal on Monday.

Get out there and do some exploring of your own, it's supposed to be really nice all weekend...although a bit hot for my liking.

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South southwest wind between 3 and 5 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Southwest wind between 5 and 7 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 88. West wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West southwest wind around 8 mph.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. West wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
From National Weather Service - Grand Forks Office

Thanks for reading, have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Trip 11 -- Grand Forks Fitness Trail

I decided to navigate the entire GF Fitness Trail today, a map of it (and the Greenway) can be seen here. It is a really nice trail, and I wish there were more like it in Grand Forks. I didn't even realize it goes right by Sertoma Park, which I recently discovered for myself this week.

The trail was great, I loved how it was marked with the smiley faces. My only complaint is sometimes it's hard to tell which way the trail goes when you come to an intersection. I did figure it out for myself, but accidentally left the path a couple times.

I went early because the forecast calls for more rain, it still looks pretty nice out as I type this but according to this, it's supposed to pour soon.

I'll start off with another question for anyone who can answer it. What the hell are these greenish things I see everywhere? They're usually unmarked too so it's been a big mystery to me for a while. Not that I've been losing sleep over it, but I have faith one of you knows what they are.

Someone else was apparently frustrated by these things too and wanted to get a look at their insides.

I've been trying to take more pictures of wildlife, but I keep scaring them away before I get a chance. Luckily this guy decided to hang out for a little bit.

This is a pretty cool marker near Sertoma Park, off of the Fitness Trail. For reference, I put a placemark on my Google Map of where the marker is. It is pretty crazy to stand there, read that, and think of what it was like during the flood.

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I could've either continued on the trail or gone down the path through this rickety bridge. I definitely had to choose the bridge.

I thought this a pretty cool area and was surprised I'd never heard of it before. I continued down the trail to see a familiar area...the same spot I was in earlier this week. A sign that said Sertoma Park. It all makes sense now.

The Ralph Engelstad Arena is definitely one of the coolest things in this entire region. We are really lucky to have it.

Saw this guy on 20th street near 24th ave. They are a good idea, but I gotta think it backfires sometimes. I know I've seen people gun it just to see how fast they can go when they drive by these things.

If you noticed, I just added a blogroll of some of the blogs I read, if you want yours on there, shoot me an e-mail.

That's all I got for today, thanks for reading!

Start: 11:27
End: 12:40
Temp: 79 degrees
Trip: 9.6 mi

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Trip 10 -- Cherry

Today is, for the most part, about Cherry St. I decided to take Cherry all the way south again, but I explored some of the townhome neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods were a nightmare when I worked as delivery for a local restaurant. There are so many winding roads, and the signs aren't very helpful, but the homes do look nice.

It was a very nice day out today, no clouds to be seen.

You guys have been good about answering my previous questions, so I'll throw another one out there. What exactly is this large dish for? It's outside a Seventh Day Adventist church, and I have no idea what they would need a dish this big for.

Look at this sign from a delivery driver's perspective. Yeah, not fun at all.

Not sure what they're doing here, extending the road maybe?

Another picture of a really nice house added to my collection.

Today I learned there is no shortage of places to live on Cherry. Seems like every other block there was a huge townhouse neighborhood.

Thanks for reading!

Start: 5:15
End: 6:04
Temp: 82 degrees
Trip: 6.2 mi

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trip 9 -- West

Wait, it stopped raining? I wasn't sure if i needed to start gathering supplies to build an ark, but it looks like we're safe for now. I ended up going to see the Twins/Yankees game yesterday with a few friends. A great game it was, the Twins shut out the Yankees...I won't go into detail, but it was awesome. We then decided to leave for home right after the game, it always seems like a good idea until around Fargo when it really hits us. I don't recommend driving while tired.

Today I decided to head west. I was pretty disappointed to see that the sidewalk on 42nd doesn't span all the way from 32nd to Demers. I really don't like riding on busy roads where there's not much room for bicyclists.

I've decided to make a change, I'm not going to be taking as many pictures from now on to help reduce the time it takes for the page to load. So from now on, the posts will be a little bit smaller.

So that's where Sertoma Park is. I hear about it all the time, but I've never actually seen it. I always associate this park with rubber ducks. Isn't there some kind of annual rubber duck race or something here?

Some construction right off of 42nd, I believe these are going to be apartments. Not sure when they're supposed to be completed.

A view from the University overpass. Kinda intense having cars go nearly 80 right below you.

Now this kind of housing development is cool. The houses are actually unique from each other, not the Stepford Wives style houses in one of my earlier posts.

A view of the western edge of town, now I just need to explore the extreme eastern edge.

One more thing...I really hate when people park their cars so that it's blocking the sidewalk. Today I was on the sidewalk and a girl drove by me, looked at me, pulled into her driveway and parked right in the way of the sidewalk...come on people.

Oh well, thanks for reading!

Start: 4:06
End: 5:43
Temp: 81 degrees
Trip: 11.66 mi

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