madison road trip: day trip to minneapolis
It became apparent that nothing much was going to be
happening this particular Saturday in Madison, so I sought
out other plans. I couldn't help but notice that Minneapolis
was within striking distance of Madison; much closer than the
10+ hours from Ann Arbor. I have a sister and a good friend
in mpls, so I zoomed. The bright white grey in the second
picture isn't because the shot was extremely over-exposed;
that was I could actually see for a short period of time as a
huge deluge attacked the expressway.
I made it to town in a reasonable amount of time, considering the weather
and traffic. I spent a little bit of time at Jen's place we sought out
Andy. As we sat around for a while
until a mission was found: bike shopping. This was part of her plan all along,
but such things are much easier with a car. So we wandered through a couple shops
and ended up at a nice shop on University. Jen bought a nice specialized cross bike and I gave her a
helmet and basket panniers for her shopping trips. She could easily carry 8 liters of coke
in the panniers. I also bought a new Giro helmet for my noggin. I had spent
the last couple weeks looking for a Cool Yellow Helmet but Ann Arbor just didn't have one.
This bike store did, though. It put me back $150, but it was well worth
the money. My last helmet served 8 years and it was ugly damned ugly. Hopefully this one will last
at least as long. The helmet is much like a spaceship, but it attaches to my head.
I spent the night partying with Jen, Andy and his
friend Chris. After dinner we wandered through back streets of Minneapolis to
find a midnight showing of comedic hong kong kungfu. The movie was sponsored by
some sort of asian community group and they had all sorts of Japanese goods for sale. I bought PokeySticks, a candy I
haven't had since I was in Japan. They're little cookie sticks with strawberryLikeStrawberryQuik coating. Yummy.
I don't remember the name of the film, but it was damned funny.