|Gary Osborn (far right) and family|
I rode that bike through my schooling and even into college where it was much easier to get to class on a bike than to drive around looking for a parking spot for a car. Following graduation, I joined the Coast Guard and was stationed at a light house at the source of the St. Lawrence River in New York State.
|Im,ature Eagle viewing trail|
We had a family by this time and our vacations were comprised of loading up bikes in a trailer and pull that behind our pick up camper and travel all over Minnesota and Wisconsin riding the trails. It is what we did. The trails were great: safe and no hills. To this day all five of our kids have and ride bikes. One commutes from St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis every day when weather permits. They all like to camp too as a side note.
The bed to the west remained just that; a bed. Efforts were made to turn it into a bike trail but came up against a powerful motorized contingent that wanted it to be motorized to extend their Cat tail trail. A legal battle was to be and a decision was made in our favor. Then stimulus money came into play and our Stower Seven Lakes State Trail came into existence and for me a dream had come true.
|Beaver along Stower Seven Lakes Trail|
As I write this, I am camping with my wife headed for the Root River Trail in SE Minnesota. Last time we were here, it was with most of our kids during a Labor Day gathering before the Stower trail was in existence. My wife does not like to ride her bike on streets and roads but on the trails she feels safe. What a joy it brings to both of us when we see families on the trails doing what we did 25-30 years ago. The trails are such a wonderful way to view God’s creation that we have to enjoy.
And now, we have one right where we live to use any time we want.