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    ... and if we just ... Ode to the Jerks Riding the River Trails in the Middle of a Sunny Warm Weekday

    I see you, you college kids, you jobless losers, you carefree individuals.

    I see you at the north trailhead of the West Side Milwaukee River trail on this gorgeous 70 degree March day, all pasty white and gasping for air as a result of too much time on the couch this winter.

    I see you riding past my parking lot... past ME... but I am invisible to you. If you notice me at all, your thoughts are likely, "HA! Look at that stiff in the tie! Glad I'm not him!" (On days like this I wish I was not me, either).

    I know that you are laughing at me, as I stare wistfully down at you from my third floor office window, secretly wishing that I could BE you, even as I disdain you.

    Watching you, I can almost smell the earth drinking in the warm sunshine, and can almost feel the breeze rippling my jersey.

    I resent you for having what I cannot have; I am so friggin' jealous of you.

    Give a wave to the third floor, for Oracle your brother is watching.

    "Ride on!" I cry, "Ride on! I am with you in spirit, if not in body!"


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    I'm counting down the minutes til I'm on the mighty River Trail tonight at about 5:30!

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    Just got back...

    Conditions are prime. I was laughing as I rode past you. Yeah college! Took this 20 minutes ago:
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    It's a beautiful thing...

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    River Trail....

    I live in Brookfield, but have never been on the river trail. What is a good route? From what I know you can start on North Ave and go north until Capital, then change sides and return to North...is that it? Is there a better route?
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    The trail can be ridden on both sides of the river between the Port Washington Rd bridge at Hampton and the walking bridge over Caesar's Pool just south of North Avenue. When I didn't live here, I would park in Gordon Park, at Hadley St and Humboldt, and head to the paved switchback at the northeast corner of the park leading down to the trail under the Locust st. bridge. I would then ride north, cross at Hampton (a little confusing; the trail lets out onto a lawn behind an office building, keep going north and then cut left through the hotel parking lot to Port Washington Rd, take the sidewalk north over the bridge and make a sharp right down the limestone steps,) and then ride south to the walking bridge. This leaves my favorite part of the trail, North Ave to Locust St riding north, for last. There are countless other ways to work it, you can't get lost, so invent your own!
    Taken yesterday, different bike, same hometown trail:
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    The trail does not let out behind a factory. That's my office building! Here's what I see from my window:
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    Oh boy! I see your compatriots on break from time to time. I apologize for misrepresenting your place of imprisonment. Do you advocate parking near there, like in the hotel lot?

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    Place of imprisonment--exactly! Do you see the bars on the windows!??

    As for parking, the hotel would probably work, because there's always random cars in and out of there for the restaurant. You could probably park in my lot (on the right side of the pic) in the back corner by the trees. Just don't park in any of the spots designated "KMK," and you should be fine. They say they keep track of license plates, but I kind of doubt it. You'd be fine unless you look like a serial killer or something.

    Edit: that's the official smoker's lounge out there by the picnic table under that tree. Thankfully I kicked that habit years ago so you won't see me back there!
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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/300544937/" title="DSC02059 by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm1.static.flickr.com/113/300544937_2c64454ee6.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="DSC02059" /></a>
    river trails - under the bridge

    Cale told me that the river trails are dryer (now) than they've been in years.....all thanks to thirsty, absorbent, gnomes.

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    "You'd be fine unless you look like a serial killer or something."
    Well then I guess I oughtn't park there. I live in riverwest a block from my aforementioned "favorite part of the trail" and needn't seek parking, I ask only on behalf of Paladin et al.

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    Naturally I never see the gnomes, as I hear they are very stealthy.
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    i prefer parking by the north ave footbridge expecially now that the city bought melancs wheelhouse and is turning it into a park so there is a lot specifically for the trails right there. it can only fit maybe 10 cars but as far as i know its never been full.

    and damn Oracle i always wondered what the people in your building think of all of us cruising through there. i always try and make sure that no one ever messes with anything back there so we dont wear out our welcome.

    been riding the trails every day since last thursday and they really are in prime shape, no deadfalls no big wet spots and no weird re-routes, so get out while the getting is good.

    heres katy rolling the ladder bridge just down from your office

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    Yup, I've seen those pink Pegasus jerseys ride by. Funny, I read Katy's blog from time to time! I think I may be the only one who sees you guys, because I'm staring out the window instead of actually working.

    I'm thinking about trying to get off work at 4:00 on Fridays this summer so I can ride for an hour before I need to drive home (which is in Grafton). It's ridiculous that I work right on top of the trails, but hardly ever ride them!
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    oh yeah you must, hell do that tommrow. get a ride in before the rain this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the locust
    oh yeah you must, hell do that tommrow. get a ride in before the rain this weekend.
    That's my hope, but I don't know if I'll be able to get away.
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    I rode in to work up the west side of the trail this morning, and it is indeed about as dry as I have ever seen it. I'm heading out for a quick lap during my lunch break right now, though I expect the chances are pretty good I decide to push on and 'work from home' this afternoon. wink wink.

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    Checking these message boards is not helping me as I sit in my office looking outside knowing it's slowly approaching 75 - 80 degrees.

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    Good Friday...or more specifically, Mountain Biking on Good Friday qualifies as religious observance for me. My employer dare not challenge me on this one.

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    It turns out I am leaving work an hour early this afternoon, but its because I need to go spread the 9 yards of mulch that was just delivered at my house before it rains this weekend.
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    You should probably lay a nice piece of plywood on that pile of mulch take a few jumps first.

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    You know, I think you're right.

    Maybe I'll try leaving at 3:30 instead.
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    katy is leaving for 7 days riding in NC tonight but i think i'm probably gonna hit the trail right after work. she can finish packing the car by herself right?

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    Well, you've got to have your priorities straight.
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    I tried riding the west side tonight. A couple spots that are close to the water are impassable without a bike portage and we're gonna need some chainsaws! There are at least two large trees across the trail!

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