Yesterday we took advantage of the fabulous Fall weather by riding the Dakota Trail in it's entirety. I had done about 90% of this with a co-worker and his family last year, but Molly had not ridden it yet, so we made plans to tackle this on Saturday.
I posted a trip report on my first Dakota Trail ride last year. When we did that first ride, we started in Wayzata and found there to be little parking. I do not recommend that; the trail is also very poorly marked in Wayzata and there is not much parking. We found the trailhead, but we also helped a few others that were trying unsuccessfully to find the trailhead as well.
Sadly, Molly was finished before the trail was, so she stayed at the Minnetonka Drive-in while I time-trialed back to the truck for about 6 miles on my single speed mountain bike and picked her up.
While I was wrenching, I also put a 20-tooth cog on her 3-speed (up from the stock 18) and took off the ass-hatchet saddle that came on the bike and put a better saddle on there for her as well. That should make that bike a lot more comfortable for her as well.
Just in time, too. It looks our next 3-speed ride will be on October 10.