14. July, 2003 - tired feet

Took a long walk yesterday. It didn’t set out to be a long walk, but I started walking, and didn’t turn around to head home until farther than I should have. I got home and my feet were tired, my head was sun-cooked (but apparently not burned), and I was ready for a fine nap. Between that and reading two books (The Conquistador ISBN:0451459083, and Call of the Wild ISBN:0812504321) over the weekend, I think I had a pretty relaxing time. And I think I needed it.

Stairs from Coffman
Stairs from Coffman
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As part of my walk, I checked out the new plaza behind Coffman Union that leads down to the River Flats. There’s an open area, then a wall, and then (if you venture far enough from Coffman to see past the wall) these stairs that lead downhill. When they described this to our neighborhood (before the construction started), there was talk about the grand sweeping vistas and how it’d be a clear view down to the river. Well, if you’re going to do that, don’t put a fargin’ wall on the top of the hill to hide the view. Grumble.

The End
The End
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Then when you get to the bottom of the hill and cross East River Road, the broad sweeping path that’s supposed to lead you into the park Just Ends. Did I mention that I have some issues with how this has been done so far? Oh, and there were also people walking their bikes down the stairs from Coffman yesterday because they couldn’t find the bike-path that connects the Washington Avenue Bridge to the River Flats Park. Maybe some signage would help? Or maybe actually having a path that makes that connection would help.

Downtown over the River Flats
Downtown over the River Flats
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But at least you’re in River Flats Park and have a beautiful view of downtown, and a bit of shelter from the noise of the city. It’s a place I usually ride to, but walking lends a different pace to the outing, as well as making it easier to see some things I usually don’t. A slightly different composition from last year makes for a lot different picture (I’ve been using last year’s picture as my desktop background recently, and thought it might be time for a replacement).

Downtown from the Walkway
Downtown from the Walkway
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Farther down the river is the walkway. I noticed for the first time that from the shade under the I-94 bridge, there’s a pretty darned good view of downtown. When I’m riding my trike through here, the railings are high enough that I don’t really notice the view until I’m off the walkway. It’s almost exactly the same spot where I took a picture three years ago, but a different composition. I’m pretty sure I like this one better.

Bike Path Goes Here
Bike Path Goes Here
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After climbing up out of the gorge, it was time to head home. I walked most of the way along East River Road, where the city is building a new bike-path. It should be pretty spiffy when it’s done, but for now, the construction is kind of a mess. This picture was looking back behind me as I headed home, and misses showing the big piles of crushed limestone in the sections where they’re less done with construction. I think it’s a great project (it’ll be nice to have continuous bike-paths along the river beginning at the Plymouth Bridge on the west, and the U of M on the east), but I sure wish they were done with it.

And yes, I know the tone of this was a bit grumbly. That’s kind of how the weekend went, but here it is Monday, and I’m feeling a lot better for it.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:54:27.