biking the river roads of Saint Paul

Just finished the Saint Paul Classic on Sunday, September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the Twin Towers destruction and just four days after my 60th birthday. The weather was absolutely and without a doubt perfect for a 6000 person bike ride.

Starting out was the best part, pedaling forward with a group of about fifty people, the beginning of a 24 mile trip around the Mississippi and through the new Lilydale route, my husband, Marty, and my good friend, Evelyn, in front, behind, and/or by my side.

The conversation had the steady rhythm of the push down on the pedals. At one point Marty and I discussed a recent spat and resolved it. Who would’ve thunk that bicycling is every bit as good and not as expensive as a good marriage therapy session.

The climb up the notorious Ramsey Hill, the third climb of the day, was the biggest challenge of the ride. At the top of the hill, volunteers applauded our efforts and handed out free buttons.

My plan is to do this ride every year for the rest of my life. It was that good.

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~ by maryaltermanwrites on September 13, 2011.

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