I discovered the wonderful Cannon Valley Trail back in the early 1970s when it was just a crushed rock trail. I have lived in St. Paul since was 2 years old (I am now 77). Our family being poor in my youth, cobbling together bikes to get around seemed natural. My first "new" bike was a Schwinn Continental 10 speed that bought in 1957 with money learned while in high school. I still have that bike and regularly ride it for pleasure. When I first heard about the Cannon Valley Trail, I knew I would have to try it out.