Friday, February 19, 2010

Wondering ...


When I should let my friends in the Twin Cities know that I am planning a trip that includes me being dropped off at MSP in May with my bike.

What d'y'all think?

11 comments:

Jonah said...

Sounds like a fun adventure. Looks like they’re doing a lot in that area towards bike friendliness.

shawnkielty said...

Actually ... I am going to Wisconsin. But I am flying into Minneapolis.

Gilby said...

Are you driving or riding out of MSP?

shawnkielty said...

Hi Gilby.

The basic tentative plan to fly to MSP with my bike in tow, on Fri May 21 or Sat May 22 and spend the night or two in Minneapolis or Saint Paul ... Saturday and possibly Sunday explore the area and maybe take a bike ride or eat a pizza, if anyone's willing. After that I'll go on to Wausau in a car (presumably) for canoeing and other good times, and then the following Friday 5/28 fly on to NY, while my bike goes home on a truck.

Jonah said...

Depending on the cost of checking/shipping your bike you may want to consider borrowing or renting a bike: http://www.calhounrental.com/

Gilby said...

I don't know if your Twin Cities friends are IRL or interweb friends, but feel free to send an email to me if you'd like to meet up or need anything while you're here (uglybikeblog&yahoo). My husband & I live near the airport (and near Angry Catfish bike shop...best coffee in town). And if you wanted to ship your bike FedEx, we could make that work for you to save some money.

shawnkielty said...

-- sorry it took so long to respond ...

Gilby -- I appreciate the offer. Awesome. I am still working on the plan -- and I'll email you when I get a bit closer.

Every one I know of in Minneapolis is via the internet, and Jeanne is the only one I've met in life, but nevertheless. It would be great to meet you and the other folks I've grown to know and enjoy.

So I am looking forward to it.

It looks like I may be flying to NY on the 28th -- to be in the area there the following weekend.

The Old Bag said...

Hey--send dates when you've decided. Besides being outta town the first weekend in June, my school year ends Friday 6/11. After that, life is pretty flexible. If you're still thinking of somewhere around 5/22-23 or memorial wknd, we don't have plans yet.

Might be able to round up a bicycle...what size frame do you take?

shawnkielty said...

Hi again --

So the dates are 6/9 fly into MSP -- 6/17 fly out.

On 6/9 my friend Samantha from Wisconsin will pick me up and we'll go off to canoe and ride in Northern Wisconsin. Then I think I'll return to MSP and hang out for a couple of days on the 15th.

I guess that would mean I'd be free to meet go for rides ... or eat, drink and meet, during those two days ...

I think initially I'll send my bike directly to Wisconsin -- and then ship my bike back from MSP.

@gilby ... I appreciate your offer to help with the bike and yes -- I like to meet up with you guys. I'll send you a note offline ...

@ Jeanne -- I hope the dates are better and -- it would be cool to go for a ride with you. There has been some talk about just borrowing or renting bikes -- so I am a medium -- maybe a 23. I am 5'8". I think about your size.

shawnkielty said...

It looks like I'll be in M/SP on Wednesday - in the afternoon and probably stay near the Airport.

Since we can't really get the bike in it's box from here to Minnesota, I am just going to send it from here. I'll be catching a flight on Thursday -- so my time there is going to be limited.

I am good for dinner or embellishments though on Wednesday night the 16th.

Shawn

shawnkielty said...

I think I am going to try to make it out to the crit -- http://www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com/Grand-Prix/Stages/St--Paul-Criterium.aspx tomorrow at least for the men's race. Maybe earlier.

If you are going let me know.

Shawn