Cycling Date: Monday 13-July-15
Mileage: 70 miles
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds out of the WNW.
Highlights of the day:
Everyone embraced the wind today. Everyone. No eye rolling at the idea. No single arm man-hug. It was a full on, two arm embrace. We were pushed all day long from Sioux Falls SD to Worthington MN. We were pushed in the flats. We were pushed on the descents. We were pushed going up hill. I heard riders describe it as one of the easiest days of the tour. It was a great way to get back on the bike after a rest day.
Speaking of which… The first day back after a rest day can be a little rough on the riders’ bodies. I know that sounds crazy but when you get your mind and body into the habit of riding every day, breaking that routine even for one day can cause the mind and body to complain. So, it’s fortunate that the terrain for today’s ride wasn’t too challenging and the wind was ever in our favor.
The route started with a great ride on a bike path. The City of Sioux Falls has put a lot of money and effort upgrading the bike path that follows along the Big Sioux River. It’s called the Downtown River Greenway Project and it gave us the perfect route to navigate through the city. Lovely views of the river. Little traffic. Most enjoyable. We left the path at Falls Park, a nice photo op and, I’m guessing, why Sioux Falls is called Sioux Falls.
Off the bike path, past the Sioux Falls Stockyards with all of its olfactory delights, and we headed to the Minnesota state line. Lots of pictures were taken with the sun in the wrong position. Faces might be a bit dark so you’ll have to trust us when we say that the riders were celebrating and smiling to be crossing over our 4th state line in the 5th state of the tour.
First impressions on Minnesota. Wheat and hay are out. Corn and soybeans in. Wind turbines dot the horizon. There are more hogs farms. The hills are longer but flatter, and the towns are closer together with more trees. And the roads seem to be a little smoother. So far. For now.