More rain. Due to the rain, we decide to cut the route short today. Organizer says it will only be about 40 miles. Turned out to be 55. We’re starting to call them “Russ Miles”. The scary thing is that Russ says tomorrow will be 80 miles. 😮
Again with the soaking wet ride and gear. At least the hotel had a hot tub and pool. That was awesome.
I mostly put my head down and rode hard to get done with the rain. Charlie came in about 30 min after I did.
Cloudy. Nice breakfast at Douglas Lodge with a ranger presentation and hot coffee. Rain held off until after lunch. Was supposed to be a 62 mile day. Was actually 74. That last 30 miles all deeply rain soaked. Got to McArdles resort for dinner. Kind of low key. There were 14 of us in a bunk house that was full of wet stinky bike gear. Not so fresh. That night was exhausted but I still couldn’t sleep due to Charlie’s snoring.
Has lunch in Bemidji and met a lady in a loon costume.
I’m doing an organized group ride starting at Itasca and following the Mississippi River back to the twin cities.
When I got to Ft Snelling for the start with my father in law, I was pretty amazed -I was the youngest person there by a decade. I was starting to worry that these old Betty’s were going to school my ass hard! Turns out, they just about all knew each other from the Hiawatha Bike club.
The bus ride to Itasca was just as long and boring as you’d imagine. The only excitement was the rest stop. Nobody told the driver how many people were on the bus, and he forgot to count. So we had a little missing person drama, when in fact everybody was already back on the bus.
The night in the cabins was comfortable and uneventful.
Here’s a view of my commute this morning. Pretty snowy, but nice too. There were stretches of new snow that I was cutting through, and the only sounds were hushed shhhhhh of the tires in the snow. Of course, downtown was slush and my drivetrain was packed in and shifting was hard…