Date: June 25th, 2019
Miles Traveled: 32
Weather: Sunny and steamy. Barely a cloud in the sky.
- Woke up around 7:00am, packed up camp, and left Sakatah Lake State Park after having some good ol’ instant oatmeal for breakfast.
- Pedalled along the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail for a couple miles before briefly exploring the town of Elysian, a town that looked as if it was part of a movie set for an old Western film . In addition to the town saloon, the city hall, the “mall”, and the printing business established in 1893, they even had… a public payphone.
- Continued along the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail for 15 more miles or so before hoping on the highway towards Mankato, a hip college town home to Minnesota State University.
- Stopped at an unfamiliar chain called “Pita Pit” for a hearty and delicious lunch. Air conditioning and ice cold soda fountains are the best…
- Rolled through downtown Mankato and chatted with a couple of (clearly buzzed) ladies who were so amazed to hear about our trip that they took a picture of us and called their cycling friend just to tell him about it.
- Traveled to a nearby bike shop to replace a bike lock I had misplaced sometime within the last couple of days.
- Pedalled through Mankato, chilled at a grocery store café for an hour or two, and checked out an enormous waterfall called Minneopa Falls.
- Chilled at Minneopa Falls when I look over to Frank. Random dude in cargo pants and a sleeveless shirt asks Frank in a humble tone, “What did you put your energy towards today?” Frank responds, “Riding across America.” Dude asks, “Can I hug you?” and proceeds to give Frank the warmest hug I have seen in a long, long time.
- Rode a mile from the waterfall to the home of our Warmshowers host for the night and arrived at around 7:30PM. Despite neither Tom nor Linda being at the house when we arrived, Linda left a note saying to put our bikes in the garage, let ourselves in, and make ourselves at home in the downstairs guest room. After beginning to prepare ourselves some dinner, Linda arrived from her photography class and chatted with us for a while about her bread making skills, her garden, her cycling adventures, and her work doing controlled burns on the Minnesota prairie. Ya know, as one does.