But there’s a way around, as I discovered last night. From Northfield, just ride your bike through the compost facility…
all the way to the back till you arrive at the big rocks by the reconstructed railroad tracks. Then…
you can ride on the tracks a few yards till you get past Spring Creek. The small rocks in between the rails make it pretty level. Alternately, if you’ve got good balance like Danny MacAskill, you can just ride on one of the rails like he does here. Smooooooooth. Then…
ride down the larger rocks (pick your line carefully) and you’ll see the trail a few yards away. Piece ‘o cake.
Another (100-year?) rainfall ‘event’ has brought me out of my blogging hiatus.
I took these photos early this afternoon on Armstrong Road near the Northfield compost facility where runoff from this morning’s torrential rainfall cut through the road, washed away the Mill Towns Trail bridge, and completely undermined the railroad bed.
More photos to come? Probably.
Update 7 am, July 14:
More photos to show the size of the washout on Armstrong Road.
A construction crew evidently arrived yesterday and has begun work on the railroad bridge. My friend used to do water damage repair in Los Angeles and is on the work crew.
The below-freezing temps and receding high water on the Cannon River created some interesting ice formations this week in downtown Northfield, both above the Ames Mill dam and north of the 2nd St. bridge.
Most of the photos are macro shots, with the ones above among my favorites that show something of Northfield in the background.
David Hvistendahl showed me the high water mark from last September inside Froggy Bottoms this morning when the pub was destroyed. We’ve got a long way to go to beat that. David said that hydrostatic pressure starts forcing water up from the floor when the Cannon River tops the orange ‘danger’ sign on the 4th St. bridge. We’re getting close to that.
Like last fall, I’m continuing to add photos to the same photo album, in this case Spring flooding 2011.
While walking in the Lower Arb on Wednesday (a balmy 68 degrees, so long ago), I noticed that the footbridge at the west end of the tennis courts that crosses over Spring Creek just before it empties into the Cannon River was washed out in the flood. If you’re up for a balance challenge, though, you can still get across on the wiggly wobbly (heh) iron bars.
Stephanie Schmidt, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies & Biology at St. Olaf, alerted me to today’s late morning effort to remove the fish that got trapped in downtown’s Riverwalk during the flooding.
Many of the trapped fish are carp, which are non-native and generally nasty fish for our waters. We’re unsure of what else has escaped to the calmer waters. It will be interesting to see. Anyway, if we end up moving fish, it might be a neat opportunity for you to get some more photos. Some of these carp are monsters.
Stephanie was prepared to use a ‘barge shocker’ but nets were enough to do the job.
Robbie and I got of tour of the flooded area from the air yesterday afternoon, courtesy of Northfielder and Delta pilot Mark Carson and his wife Alice. Mark’s dad, Phil, flew his plane up from Iowa to the Faribault airport, where the four of us then took off with Mark at the controls. We then spent about an hour zooming above Northfield and Dundas.
I have a couple hundred photos and some video but for now, see the album of 18 photos (photos of downtown, Carleton’s Laird Field, the Waterford bridges, and Memorial Field in Dundas), the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
The soggy Froggy Bottoms boys, led by Jake and Dave Hvistendahl, are sandbagging today, as heavy rains overnight and throughout the morning hours have pushed the Cannon River over its banks along the Riverwalk in downtown Northfield.
See the album of 102465165222278286307324345370379 397 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow: