|Part of the Grand Rounds trail near Minnehaha Parkway|
On Thursday, I went for a quick bike ride. Every time bicycling organizations come up with lists like "Top 10 bicycle-friendly cities in the US", Minneapolis tends to place highly. Part of the reason might be the Grand Rounds trails, a 50-mile set of cycling and walking trails that winds throughout the city in (mostly) a circle. It passes downtown Minneapolis, the Mississippi River, numerous lakes, and Minnehaha Creek.
It's a route I often use because there's no automobile traffic, though you do have to watch out for the occasional dog walker who stretches the leash across the trail. It's also a pretty, scenic route surrounded by parkland.
Weather-wise, I picked the wrong day for bike riding. The wind and 40-something temperature bit through my sweater and a light rain sprinkled down. It was still enjoyable though. When I first started cycling, it was the challenge that I enjoyed. I've never been athletic so challenging myself to do more than I previously could was oddly fun. These days, it comes easy (though I'll never be a racer) and it's transformed into a relaxing, meditative hobby.
On the way, I stopped at a SuperAmerica. As I passed the windows of beverages, my eye caught something. I turned and looked closer. It was a juice bottle with a plastic Hello Kitty on top. Hello Kitty is one of those things you either love or hate. I'm on the love side of it. I instantly grabbed it and bought it. (By the way, the fruit punch inside it was terrible.) So, now, I have one more item on my dusty knick-knack shelf.