What you have not seen is that if I get back on the trail it continues on and joins another trail that takes me across the Mississippi River. Here I am on the Ford Bridge crossing the Mississippi.
I then pick up a trail on the East Mississippi River Road that takes me about 4 miles north. I then start to cycle east along another bike trail. Below you can see the biking trail and how it follows the light rail tracks.
Below is a view of the biking bridge that I take over the light rail line.
I continue East along trails that look like the one below and are known locally as the Midtown Greenway.
I once again arrive at the chain of lakes that makes SW Minneapolis so famous. This is Lake of the Isles and Grand Round trail system. The fun part of cycling in a mecca of biking trails like this is that I do not make any decision about where I will go until I am actually on my bike.
You cannot see the trail below, but it winds around the tunnel and edge of the lake.
I think most of you know that I have made it a habit to stop at a flight of stairs along one of the lakes as I am out riding. I take those stairs almost every time I am out now. But, I started thinking about what else I might begin to incorporate in my workouts and happened upon this little gem of a playground.
For me, the Slimmer this Summer (STS) challenge continues to go GREAT!!
That number might not mean much to any of you, but it reflects a 2.5 pound loss over the past 3 weeks and a 4 pound loss all together for STS! In 7 weeks I have lost 4 pounds. Not much, but it is the first downward slope I have had in over 5 months. I have lost a total of 31 pounds since I started this journey last year. Need-less-to-say, I am happy with the results.
Tracking food: Food was spot on again. I am proud of the fact that I have logged all of my food for 8 weeks now! I also came in at 10,100 calories! So, a good week here, too!
Move more: Well, you can see by my side bar that I will end this week at 48 miles, so short of my 85 targeted miles per week. I climbed the stairs 4 times, plus, you already know I started the monkey bars
Blogger love: Yes, I have spread the bloggy love.
Weekend: we leave tomorrow, Saturday, for Seattle and the Puget Sound and our son's wedding. I am so excited! We will spend 4 days first in Olympic National Park near Lake Crescent doing some day hikes. One of our other son's and his family will accompany us to the Park. The wedding of my son is on Saturday, July 30th. Pre-wedding activities begin next Wednesday!!!! Expect lots of pictures when I return.
I am going to go electronic free, except for a camera, while I am away. No computer and no (not sure if I can do this!) iPhone. I believe it is important to take an electronic vacation from time to time. So, I will catch up with all of you upon my return on August 3.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for your support. Have a great weekend and back on August 3! TTFN, Michele