Cycling Date: Wednesday 16-July-14
Mileage: 105 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Mid 70s to end.
Highlights of the day:
Weather was a highlight today. Light winds. Cool temperatures. Still wondering if we hit a worm hole and we’re not in Minnesota in July.
Our first back-to-back centuries. On paper today is only 99 miles but we are in the summer months which is also know as construction season in the upper Midwest. It’s the only time of year when things thaw out enough to get outside work done! Exaggeration? Yes. A bit of truth? Yah sure ya betcha.
The day started with an easy 1 mile detour to get out of the hotel and on to our route. From there, we continued through lots of towns, past lots of farms, and ended with a very nice bike path in Rochester. Quite a few towns along the way have had extensive bike lanes and bike paths. Our routes use them whenever possible. We are staying in larger towns as we move east, and the bike paths are a big help in avoiding downtown traffic. Today’s route kept us on county roads, a nice change from the state highways and service roads we’ve been on lately. Less traffic, but some stretches with lots of cracks and bumps. Sore backsides and hands complained vehemently at the steady rhythm of bump, bump, bump over the cracks.
I owe a bit of an apology to one of our alumna, Cindy Holthouse. She’s ridden many tours AbB over the years. She and her husband are driving their way across the country from Massachusetts to Idaho. Along the way, she crossed paths with us in Worthington, MN. Two days ago and I’m just now writing about this? I’m hanging my head in shame. Not only did she stop by the hotel to say hello to the staff and riders, she brought cookies! Lots of yummy cookies to augment our SAG stop. We enjoyed them yesterday and today. Thank you Cindy!! Safe travels as you head west.
We say goodbye tonight to a Minnesota native who has been with us since Astoria. We’ve joked about hiding her luggage and bike so she can’t leave but we know she’ll be back to finish the rest of North. We’ll miss you Liz!
Time for the rest of us to sleep well for tomorrow when we’ll get up and do it all over again.