We discovered yet another fabulous biking trail last Sunday. What an awesome fall day! We’re finding there aren’t many better ways to spend these kinds of Minnesota September days. You get to enjoy the sun, some lovely scenery and exercise all at the same time!
This time the trail was the Three Rivers’ Dakota Rail Trail which opened in 2009. It runs 13.5 miles from Shaver Park in Wayzata to St. Bonifacius on the former Dakota Rail corridor. You pass through a number of suburbs, small towns, Lake Minnetonka bays, wetlands and farm land. Apparently these corridors make appealing bike routes since they are flat and often travel through interesting territory. According to Wikipedia, “The conversion of rails to trails hastened with the federal government passing legislation promoting the use of railbanking for abandoned railroad corridors. This process preserves rail corridors for possible future rail use with interim use as a trail.”
A few other things to note about this specific trail are:
• It’s very smooth and virtually completely flat.
• There are no public restrooms associated with the trail along the way.
• Trail designated parking in the Wayzata lot (right off Lake Street) is limited.
• While it’s quite a safe trail, there are a couple busy intersections.
Once we arrived in St. Boni, we were greeted by an inviting little cafe called “The St. Boni Bistro” where we enjoyed lunch. They have a somewhat limited menu, featuring a number of breakfast items along with sandwiches and salads. All four of us were happy with our selections. The organic iced tea was particularly tasty, especially after the long ride. On a nice day, you’ll probably try for one of the patio tables. We did discover they aren’t particularly open to menu adjustments. One of our party was dissuaded from having her salad dressing on the side. The restaurant didn’t want to be responsible for anything that strayed strictly from the menu. We did, however, like that they are committed to healthy, organic foods.
Yet another adventure in biking chalked up! So far, we’re not regretting the spontaneous bike purchases made earlier this summer. I think we may even be feeling slightly more fit. Well, at least it feels good to be active. Sadly, it might not be long before our biking must convert to cross-country skiing. Let’s hope that’s at least a few months away though!