Mileage: 111 miles
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds out of the SSW.
Highlights of the day:
It seems to be tradition that we finally encounter rain on our day out of Worthington. It’s crazy hot & humid the day before, a front rolls through with thunderstorms, and we get more moderate temperatures. There were storms all around us but we managed to stay behind them. We did get wet and dirty but there was no mad dash to find cover when lightning came through our area. Forecasts talked of doom & gloom but it did not materialize and for that we are grateful.
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.
Did I mention the pig farms? They are definitely out there. We might not have seen them all but they have a certain olfactory quality about them that makes them exceptionally difficult to miss. By the time this tour is over, our riders will know the difference between cow, pig and fowl. Sure you can pick them out with your eyes but how about your nose? Who knew such skills were for the taking on a bike ride??
Time on a tree sheltered bike path at the end of the ride was a welcome change. Then it was into downtown Mankato before we headed uphill to our hotel. We have another long one tomorrow. It’s “only” 98 but that makes for 2 back-to-back centuries. Fuel up. Sleep well. Get up and do it again!