I took a morning bike ride to Mosquito Park in Burlington, IA today. Set on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Might Mississippi, the park hides amid a quaint historic district just above downtown Burlington. The park is so-named because of it’s size, not a pest problem… It’s actually maybe my favorite park in this town because of the great view of the Mississippi River. It’s small but really packs a picturesque punch! It is also apparently a popular wedding site for the Southeast Iowa area.
I LOVE my sweet Sekine with it’s magenta frame and hot pink handlebars! Steel frame Made in Japan in the early 70s, some might call it flashy, I call it awesome! It took me a minute to get used to the handlebars, usually I prefer drop bars, but they’ve grown on me. I inherited it from a friend for size reasons, originally refurbished at the Bike Library in Iowa City, I feel really lucky to have come across a great bike that really suits my personality.
I’m very excited about these next few months, I’ll be starting school in the fall at the University of Iowa and in the meantime, I will be working for the friendly folks at 30th Century Bicycle in Iowa City. Reasons I’m psyched to be starting there soon: Cody and Steve are such great people: friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and fun! Also, their bike shop is one of the most accessible shops I’ve ever been to - they’re a local business supporting all levels of local bike culture, a great way to to “go green”. Okay, back to the park….
Not only is there a great viewing area with a long distance scope for river-gazing, there’s a cute little picnic area, complete with BBQ (maybe bring your own grate…
In the morning on the Mississippi River, one can see a variety of river traffic - the Large Barge, the early morning fisherman coming back to shore, the speedsters going out for run, sometimes a kayak or two, and if you’re lucky, you may just witness an eagle or two…or three.
It’s been good to be in Burlington for a few weeks this spring, especially during such a picturesque time. Spring is in full bloom here, evidenced by blossoming trees nearly anywhere you look!