Aug
31
2015

Trail Ramblings: Missing the Wilderness

With the exception of the Rock Island and Billy Wulff trail work to be done near the 27th and Capitol Parkway trail hub, the open trails are clear and through. There have been the predictably muddy underpasses at the upper reaches of the Billy Wulff after the last rain, but those were being cleaned the last time I rode by and I gave the city workers a big thumbs up.   Saturday I was one […]

Aug
24
2015

Trail Ramblings: What’s Your Challenge?

  If you thought you saw more out-of-state vehicles transporting bikes this last weekend in Lincoln, you would be correct. Gravel Worlds, Lincoln’s annual 150 mile bicycle gravel race around Lincoln was Saturday. Participants came from around the country to suffer up some of our local hills and roll down in loose gravel while riding into a 25+ mph headwind. It was fun, really! That might not be the kind of riding that interests you, […]

Aug
17
2015

Trail Ramblings: Riding Through History

It’s great to see so many people out using our trails. This was a banner weekend on the MoPac which was teeming with walkers, runners and cyclists. Black walnuts are starting to show up on the trail looking like lime green golf balls, telling us where those trees are located and the wild plums are beginning to show a blush of color, telling us fall is not far off. The closure of the Rock Island […]

Aug
10
2015

Trail Ramblings: Protective Design AND Street Savvy.

Trails in Lincoln are fast and dry this week, and the small bridge and underpass on the Boosalis trail west of 56th and under 48th are now open, removing a minor annoyance from that path. Be warned that on the (not yet officially open) Old Cheney trail from 70th to 84th there was a large pallet of retaining wall blocks occupying the entire width of the trail recently that you wouldn’t want to come upon […]

Aug
3
2015

Trail Ramblings: When Good Routes Go Bad

Have you ever planned a route somewhere and discovered that when riding it, it turns out different than you had expected? Maybe there’s a detour, but it could be that there’s more traffic, no shoulder, the road surface is not in good condition, new rock has been spread, or you get funneled somewhere you don’t want to be. Chances are good that some of these have happened to many of you, so you have to […]

Jul
20
2015

Trail Ramblings: Extending Your Reach

The trail report for the week- trails are fast, dry, and relatively clean for the most part. The extension of the Salt Creek Levee Trail from Haymarket Park north to Devaney is no longer blocked off (14th to 27th now, please?) and while the Old Cheney trail from 70th to 84th might not be officially open, it’s getting a lot of use. I know that it’s easy to put your brain on auto pilot and […]

Jul
13
2015

Trail Ramblings: Creatures of the Night

Lincoln trails are fast, dry, and for the most part clean this week, even the Bison and Salt¬†Creek levee trails. Also, as everyone has by now noticed, we are back to Nebraska Normal for July. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s dry. If you have a problem with that you’re living in the wrong state. So what do you do if you want to ride your bike and and you don’t enjoy the heat? Aside from […]

Jul
9
2015

Trail Ramblings: Looks Can Be Deceiving

We’ve all seen the images in the news. Cars swept away or under water in a flood. People stranded trying to get to higher ground or be rescued. This can happen to you on a bike, too. And not just in the historic flooding of this past May. It could have happened to you last Thursday or any time there’s an intense rush of water down Antelope Creek, or another of the the streams that […]

Jun
29
2015

Trail Ramblings: Something for Everyone

The open trails are in great shape and ’tis the season for group rides and cycling events. Whether it was Trail Trek, Odin’s Revenge (my ride of choice this past weekend), the Lincoln Hustle, the Nacho Ride, or a dozen other cycling events, this past week has seen it. There’s a ride for everyone’s interest and skill level. For many years I was a solitary commuter and occasional trail rider. I didn’t know about the […]

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