Cycling Date: Tuesday 15-July-14
Mileage: 110 miles
Weather: Upper 40s to start. Mid 60s to end. Winds out of the NNW 15+.
Highlights of the day:
I’ll get over talking about the weather probably about the time the tour ends. It’s July and we all wore a combination of many of the following: jackets, vests, arm warmers, leg warmers and long finger gloves for most if not all of the day. It’s July and we weren’t huddling in the shade at the SAG stops. It’s July and I had a Sweet & Salty bar in my pocket for the better part of 40 miles that wasn’t a sticky gooey mess when I ate it on the bike. The weather in Minnesota is bizarro!!
The wind was a significant player today. It might have been slightly lighter than yesterday with the emphasis is on slightly. Our route was primarily ENE and the winds were out of the NNW. The left lean was back for many of the miles. Then there were the stretches after most of the left turns – straight into the wind. It was a day to make peace with the wind. Fight it, waste physical and emotional energy. Relax into it and forget about speed, it’s still work but potentially less taxing. Potentially.
The towns between Worthington and Mankato are small town Midwest with tree lined streets and green lawns. Between the towns are miles and miles of corn and soybean fields. Each town has a grain elevator, which we could see from several miles out, marking our next destination. Wind power is prevalent in this area. At one point we counted over 40 turbines on the horizon. With the wind direction & speed today, I didn’t really want to look at which direction they were pointing.
Time on a tree sheltered bike path at the end of the ride was a welcome change and break from the wind. Then it was into downtown Mankato before we headed uphill to our hotel. We have another long one tomorrow. 105 miles into Rochester MN. It’s officially “only” 99 miles but some construction detours will make push it past the 100 mile mark. Fuel up. Sleep well. Get up and do it again!