Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality strapped a GoPro to a rider and sent him on a bike ride on the Central Lakes Trail. He heads west from Big Ole and takes time to stop at a few parks along the way. His reward is not just the ride. At the end he gets ice cream at The Sugar Shack on the east side of downtown Alexandria.
Each Tuesday (9-12, June 24– October 28) , Thursday (3-6, June 19 – October 33) and Saturday (9-12, May 10 – October 25) 1/2 block north of Big Ole in Alexandria, there is a Farmers Market. It seems to be getting bigger and busier each year. The market offers a full line of locally raised produce: apples, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, herbs, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, bedding plants, flowers, elk, lamb, beef, eggs and chicken.
Yesterday around 11 am I went for a skate on The Central Lakes Trail and recorded the video below as I cruised by the market.
A favorite activity of mine during the spring, summer and fall in Alexandria is to strap on my Rollerblades for a skate on the Central Lakes Trail. I prefer heading west from Big Ole for a round-trip skate to Garfield as fewer busy intersections are encountered compared to the route east to Nelson. Another reason is that I get to pass by more of Alexandria’s lakes. Heading east, I get a nice view of Geneva and Victoria when I cross the bridge over the channel but that is it (other than Agnes and Henry at the starting point of course). The western route gives me a view of five (Cowdry, Stony, Taylor, North Union and Brophy) of the eleven lakes in Alexandria’s Chain. Recently I made use of my iPhone and captured some video of all but Taylor as I made my way along the trail.
Last winter in Alexandria while driving in my car to meet some people at a home for sale at Lake Brophy I passed a guy out for a bike ride along County Road 82 and I noticed that the bike had huge tires. I was unaware that there were bikes designed for biking on snow. After doing some research, talking with Jake at Jake’s Bikes and deciding I’d like to spend more time outdoors during the winter months, I cancelled my health club membership and purchased a fat tire bike from Jake’s. My bike is made by Salsa and they are based in the Twin Cities.
I love the bike. It is fun to ride and I am especially enjoying rides on the Central Lakes Trail. Except for the times when snowmobiles pass me, it is very peaceful and it is tough to beat the scenery. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something fun to do during the winter months. Visit Jake’s and if they have one in stock they will let you take it for a test ride.