Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 31 - Mankato, MN to Rochester, MN (100 miles)

Progress towards goal of riding across America - 62%
Progress towards meeting fundraising goal for Tour de Cure - 11%

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....ok, on to today's entry.....

Wow! Our 2nd century ride in 2 days. I still can't believe how many long rides we've done in such a short amount of time. Mankato has a nice bike path down by the river, and since we were leaving just a bit later, I headed over there for my start of the day shot. Not as dramatic of a sky as the last few days....

Then we had to climb up this hill right after leaving the hotel. This picture doesn't do it justice. The grade was as much as 14% on the way up.

Spent a good bit of time today riding with Ian. Once we got to talking, I pretty much forgot about taking pictures. We did stop to check out these horses, and while standing there we were told that they were for sale if we liked them. Wasn't sure that they would be ok in the box truck, so we passed.

The 2nd SAG stop of the day was in Concord right next to this mural. The thing that made it so cool was that you could step just around the corner......

.......and see the view of the same street today.

Lots of heat and rolling hills pretty much kept our cameras stowed for most of the rest of the ride, until we got to the bike path in Rochester. It's very nice. These next pics are just a few views along the path....

It felt great to finally see the hotel this evening. I'm thinking this will be a night to get to bed early, as after 2 100+ mile days, we still have 91 to do tomorrow......and the weather is not looking good. I think we have an 80% chance of thunderstorms in the morning, and some pretty good climbing in the afternoon.

We should be leaving Minnesota behind tomorrow as well, and heading across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin. That will be the first state of the trip, that I've actually been to before.

Well, like I said.....bed early tonight. Thanks for reading.

Sorry, no Garmin stats today....their site's down.

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