Browsing articles tagged with " Lincoln Trails"
Aug
14
2017

Trail Ramblings: So What’s All That Grass Over There?

Whether we’re taking it easy or crushing it on the trails and roads around Lincoln, we are experiencing nature around us in some form. Do you know what it is you’re seeing? If you ride by some of the prairies, such as Fletcher prairie on the Mopac at 105th St., you can see a re-creation of what the area might have looked like as tallgrass prairie. It may look at first glance like a large […]

Jul
3
2017

Trail Ramblings: What’s New, Lincoln?

We are back in Lincoln now and the jet lag wasn’t too bad. I’ve managed to get out and ride every day since in our fair city. After the past ten months in Zhoukou the traffic here is predictably calmer, faster, and often clueless to the presence of non-motorized vehicles. It may take me a little while to fully re-adapt to traffic regulations after the free-for-all that is bicycling in China. I was a Peace […]

Aug
8
2016

Trail Ramblings: What IS That Plant?

You ride past them, but do you know what they are? Rails to Trails corridors and waterways are great places to see both native plants and opportunistic interlopers. Some are medicinal, some are edible, and some are poisonous, would you know the difference? Some trails provide identification markers, and our LPSNRD has installed interpretive signs showing invasive plant species at some state parks and along the Mopac on the other side of the Platte river. […]

Jul
18
2016

Zoo Expansion and the Rock Island Trail

Did you know that the Lincoln Children’s Zoo’s expansion plans will likely impact the Rock Island trail? As part of its planned expansion, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo intends to shift the majority of its parking to two lots south of A Street – one lot on either side of the Rock Island trail, with a total of 400 parking spaces. Based on current plans, the lots would be connected by a driveway, allowing vehicle traffic to circulate […]

Jun
20
2016

Trail Ramblings: To Loma And Beyond

It had been a few years since I’d been on the Oak Creek trail, so when the opportunity came to ride it again, how could I resist? Especially after missing out this year on the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo. I traded the beautiful Loess hills of Iowa for the also impressive Bohemian Alps of the Valparaiso-Loma-Brainard area. Monkey Wrench Cycles is sponsoring a weekly unorganized ride to Loma with two routes, one 14 mile […]

Apr
18
2016

Trail Ramblings: The Challenge Will Be Here Soon, How Will You Get Those Miles?

Are you strictly a commuter or do you mainly ride recreationally? (I consider commuting a kind of recreation, but maybe others would not.) Whatever your motivation, I hope you’ll sign up for the National Bike Challenge, which starts May 1st and runs through Sept. 30. We are now in the warm-up phase and you can be logging miles now if you choose. If you’ve participated before, you know the drill. If you’re new, you can […]

Apr
11
2016

Trail Ramblings: Your Trail Options Just Increased By One.

I know many of you have been sorely missing your Princeton/Cortland ride via the Homestead trail, so I hope you were able to go check it out this past weekend. One can see where the repairs were made and a serious amount of industrial strength weed whacking of overgrowth along the sides of the trail is apparent. You find that along segments of the Mopac as well. My ride took me to Pickrell. I kept […]

Apr
4
2016

Trail Ramblings: Do You Have What You Need?

As the number of people hitting the trails rises with the temperature, take a moment to check to see that your seat or frame bag is re-stocked with some essentials. I was reminded of this when out helping prune overgrowth yesterday on the trails at Branched Oak Lake. Lucky for me, I was with mountain bikers who came fully prepared with first aid kits and training. Because it’s mountain biking. To quote the Black Knight […]

Mar
28
2016

Trail Ramblings: Give Hills A Chance.

I hope you all got out to enjoy the magnificent day we had yesterday, after the rainy chill of Saturday. I decided to take a spin through Pioneers Park, as I hadn’t been out there in a while. I do like to reacquaint myself every so often with the hills out there and enjoy the beauty of the park and it’s animals while I’m at it. The trails are much improved if you haven’t been […]

Mar
21
2016

Trail Ramblings: March is all about change.

Whether or not you like to spring forward, and I heard much bitter complaint about that last week, I do like the extra hour of light in the evening to ride in. Yes, I often ride before it’s light in the morning too, but that’s short lived and I have good lights. Another March change is the weather. March is all about getting your hopes up and lulling you with warm weather only so smack […]

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