35W bike trail across the Minnesota River is open!
Not sure I follow, could maybe share a GPS track or a map maybe?
It also goes on the beautiful new Minnesota River Bottoms paved trail which is an out and back option for 3.5 miles. The return through Bloomington is more complex than Nancy's route, but it is very fun to ride through these Bloomington Bluff neighborhoods.
Here is a MTB option of 13.4 miles that runs along the MN River. I rode this today, the 35W crossing is amazing; I had no idea they were including a bike path alongside the freeway.