Cycling Date: Wednesday 16-July-14
Mileage: 99 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Upper 70s to end.
Highlights of the day:
Weather was a highlight today. Light(er) winds. Cool temperatures. Mostly overcast skies. I know we’re in Minnesota but is it really July??
Our first back-to-back centuries. Ok, so technically we “only” rode 99 miles today. In my book, that is close enough. There are also those riders who went out of their way for that extra mile or two to see their cycle computer roll over to 3 digits. Yesterday we rode 110 miles. Today we rode 99+ miles. So, in conclusion, we just had our first back-to-back centuries.
The day started with 7 miles on a state numbered route with a little more traffic and a few more trucks. A left turn and we found ourselves on quieter roads with all the sights and smells rural Minnesota has to offer. 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 don’t think these riders will forget County Route 24 soon.
We say goodbye to Jeff, the former staffer, who just joined us in Sioux Falls. It was a fun quick 3 days to have you with us. Safe travels Jeff! We say hello to Liz, an alumna who rode with us from Astoria to Rochester last year. She’s back to ride the rest of the way across to Portsmouth. Welcome back Liz!
Time for the rest of us to sleep well for tomorrow we get up and do it all over again.