Since moving back to Richfield I have realized how spoiled I was in Saint Louis Park with access to a great trail system less than a block from my front door. I could ride for miles with very little time on any sort of actual "street". Today I decided to quit my whining and start a road ride from my driveway. And guess what. I had a blast. I learned that going up Minnehaha Parkway to Lake Harriet is a very nice stretch. Once I got to the lakes it was familiar territory. All in all a very nice ride, but the lose gravel that the city of Minneapolis has laid down on the side streets is AWFUL on a road bike. Avoid at all costs.
When I got home I got to see the genius of my wife's insistence on setting up a softside pool in our back yard. Floating around in cool water after my ride felt fantastic. The beer didn't hurt either.