4,230 miles 86 days 175,000ft elevation gain 42 amazingly generous hosts 12 mountain passes 11 states/provinces 8 cities 7 National Forests 6 National Parks 5 Continental Divide crossings 2 National Monuments & Memorials 2 ferry rides 1 National Grassland 1 night camping in a severe storm (never again) 1 turtle saved from near certain death … Continue reading WE DID IT!
Date: June 28th, 2019 Miles Traveled: 41 Weather: Partly cloudy and HOT Summary: Packed up camp at around 8:00AM and continued along highway 35, what the locals refer to as "old 16", for dozens of miles. Experimented with ways to keep the sun off of my neck. Rode into Luverne, Minnesota and decided to check … Continue reading Day 33: Hello South Dakota!
Date: June 27th, 2019 Miles Traveled: 51 Weather: Windy, rainy, and cold in the morning, clear and hot in the afternoon. Summary: Had a delicious pancake breakfast courtesy of our previous hosts, Kathy and Craig. Waited for a storm to pass through before setting out on the road at around 11:00am. Weighed our loaded bikes … Continue reading Day 32: Moo-vin’ West
Date: June 26th, 2019 Miles Traveled: 69 Weather: Mostly cloudy in the morning, mostly sunny in the afternoon. Warm. Summary: Woke up at around 6:30AM, cooked up some oatmeal and chatted with Linda, our previous host, before setting out on the road at around 8:30AM. Traveled on highway 60 for 15 miles or so before … Continue reading Day 31: Sea of Green
Date: June 25th, 2019 Miles Traveled: 32 Weather: Sunny and steamy. Barely a cloud in the sky. Summary: 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 … Continue reading Day 30: Minneopa Falls
Date: June 24th, 2019 Miles Traveled: 27 Weather: Mostly cloudy. Cool. Summary: Woke up around 6:30AM, made (or rather, failed to make) some pancakes for breakfast, and left Big Woods Nerstrand State Park at approximately 8:00AM. Cooking flapjacks in a tall pot with a diameter no wider than your fist is difficult to say this … Continue reading Day 29: Started on a Shoestring
Date: June 23rd, 2019 Miles Traveled: 13 Weather: Mostly cloudy. Cool. Summary: After packing up my bike at around 7:00AM, I rode through the Carleton College arboretum, pedalled along some local streets, stocked up at a grocery store, and stopped at a local coffee/lunch place called the Hideaway to charge up my body and my … Continue reading Day 28: Thing 2
Date: June 22nd, 2019 Miles Traveled: 40 Weather: Clear in the morning, mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Warm. Summary: At 5:30am, I woke up, quickly packed up my tent, and descended down from the empty ice hockey rink nestled in a large park (my stealth camping spot) into downtown Red Wing, Minnesota. Stopped at a … Continue reading Day 27: Barn Bluff
Date: June 21st, 2019 Miles Traveled: 50 Weather: Overcast in the morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon. Moderately warm. Summary: At 7:00AM, I packed up my tent and texted my previous host to check whether or not I should lock the front door to her house before I departing for the day. Not only did … Continue reading Day 26: Steve-Land
Date: June 20th, 2019 Miles Traveled: 44 Weather: Clear in the morning, overcast in the afternoon. Warm with a slight tailwind. Summary: Said goodbye to my previous hosts in La Valle, Wisconsin and rode onto the Great River State Trail, a multi-use dirt path that runs right alongside the Mississippi River. Stopped at a pavilion … Continue reading Day 25: Mississippi Ridin’