Mankato, Minnesota

Tough day for me today, 2 flats as a result of a slight tear in my rear tire, so we lost lots of time while I tended to them. We rode 110 miles with an unfavorable wind, either coming from over our left shoulder, so not really a tail but a cross wind, or when we headed North, directly into the wind. The temperature however has been wonderful, 50 degrees when we load, mid 70’s as a high-in July! And naturally, we made it, and after all, part of biking is overcoming the adversity you find along the way. We are definitely in an area of the country that makes things, either agricultural, or by-products of farming. Almost every town we went through has train tracks, with factories, or grain facilities. As for the country side itself, as one rider said as he passed me, “a whole lot of nothing”, just acres of corn, soy beans, and hog farms. Tomorrow is another 100 mile day, but hopefully I will have better luck with my tires.

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The Des Moines River as it wind through Windom, Minnesota. Not the grain elevator in the background

The Des Moines River as it wind through Windom, Minnesota. Note the grain elevator in the background

Tending the Soy Bean crop

Tending the Soy Bean crop

Train and grain elevator in the town of Madelia, Minnesota

Train and grain elevator in the town of Madelia, Minnesota

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