Mississippi River road path, north/Hennepin Avenue Bridge/Stone Arch Bridge/Mississippi River road path, south
This path, which goes all the way downtown, takes you past some distinctive landmarks near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Here’s a tour of a few, brought to you in the form of limericks.
Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge
there is a long bridge with a name
that never does stay quite the same
You start out on Lake
but Marshall you take
if driving in St. Paul’s your aim
There once was girl who would run
up big hills ‘cause she thought it was fun
she never complained
although she was drained
Had she spent too much time in the sun?
A place on the path is called Flats
the namer of this was quite bats
the more that you stare
the more you’re aware
the hills here outnumber the gnats!
Washington Avenue Bridge
The bridge that you next run under
makes noises that sound like thunder
if not a rain storm
beginning to form
could be the light rail, I wonder.
A bridge here turns purple at night
in honor of Prince, a bright light
it guides your climb out
of perilous doubt
brought on by sore legs that feel tight.
run down a short hill and you’ll see
a building that looks like a bee
well that’s not quite true
it’s not black, it’s blue
but sometimes it looks black to me
There once was a girl with gray hair
who ran anytime, anywhere.
She left for Stone Arch
the third day of March
as far as I know she’s still there.
Hennepin Avenue Bridge
there once was a girl who would walk
her kid ‘cross this bridge quite a lot
she runs now instead
while her kid stays in bed
he’s grown and no longer a tot!