Day 30 - Worthington to Mankato MN
Mileage: 112 miles
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds out of the NW.
Highlights of the day:
It was another low humidity and moderate temperature day in Minnesota. It was still confusing. Even the locals are scratching their heads about this summer. It’s either crazy rain or heat or this. I’ll take this for as long as we can. Please???
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. We were worried that the recent violent storms would mean lots of debris on the trail but it appeared nearly swept clean. We had our most significant climbs of the day on the bike path. One was a bit blind to the riders until they were right on it, so we warned them. The other you could see for a bit and it warned them. I think I heard comments about a double digit grade. It wasn’t that long and these riders are more than up for the task.
A busier highway with a bit construction completed the day. It was then time for Dairy Queen, rap, mechanics, and dinner. We have another long one tomorrow. It’s “only” 100.7 but that makes for 2 back-to-back centuries. Time to sleep well, get up, and do it again!