Day 24 – West Concord, MN to Alma City, MN

We woke up early and were pedaling away before 6am this morning! 

But some force didn’t want us to get our planned 80 miles in, because we were met with a wall of storm clouds cruising our way. 

So Aidan took some sweet photos, then we turned around and took refuge in the general store of West Concord. We barely beat the storm back! 

There were little tables in the corner of the store by the coolers of ice, and that’s where we settled in – ate breakfast and a few snacks, read, and took naps. All before 10:30 am! 

When the storm had passed, we biked away from West Concord for the second time. The sky was significantly more blue this time, but the wind remained. 

The corn was bowed down toward us (maybe doubled over laughing at our efforts) and the trees were reaching their branches in our direction. We pedaled our hearts out just to keep moving, and made surprisingly good time to the town of Owatonna – only about 20 miles away. There we found the only open coffee shop, Starbucks, which turned out to be a perfect spot to enjoy our own food and water at a table with wifi and air conditioning. We considered going to see a movie since we expected more stormy weather, but the crowd at the theater prompted us to take a nap on their lawn and then continue on our way.

We rode another 30 miles or so, eventually finding ourselves in yet another Alma – Alma City! But this is so far from a city, and barely constitutes a town – there’s a church, but no gas station to be seen. We’re camping near the church in a little field, and we just finished a delicious dinner of rice, beans, and quinoa, all nicely seasoned. 

9 thoughts on “Day 24 – West Concord, MN to Alma City, MN

  1. Wendy Bratt July 11, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Beautiful photos of the storm coming in. Wise to double back!

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  2. Ian Govett July 11, 2016 / 10:53 am

    What great progress you are making on your cross country bike adventure. After your first week ( or so ), adjusting to a new daily biking regime – your muscles have built endurance, and you are comfortable on the saddle all day. I’m sure you are now in the best shape of your lives. No doubt you’ve found plenty of head winds along the way, and plenty of hills to challenge you. Not so many big hills on the Great Plains, but the head winds will provide the up-hill. Got to say you’ve made great progress – you are already in Minnesota !

    I think of you both frequently while on my afternoon bike rides, and look forward to your blog posts each day. I bring up the maps app to find your location. This morning I looked up Alma City and thought you had turned around for another look at the Mississippi river valley. But when I read your post, I found out that Minnesota has a 2nd Alma City which Apple maps doesn’t know about !

    Great pictures of the impending thunderstorm. Good choice to take shelter as they have tornado out that way.

    Looking forward to reading your next blog post.

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  3. Dad C July 11, 2016 / 11:11 am

    “Auntie Em…..Auntie Em!!”


  4. Gramp& else July 11, 2016 / 12:28 pm



  5. Gramp& else July 11, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I’ll tell you the first thing we read in the morning is your blog. We look forward to it more than any other news. You two are awesome!! Lots of love ……..gramps & Elsie

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  6. Al July 11, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Really cool cloud photo!

    Now you’re about to leave the midwest and begin the great plains – perhaps the most challenging part of your journey. The monotony of the landscape is beautiful in it’s own way. Best of luck with the wind!


  7. Uncle Bill July 11, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    The weather radar over Minnesota was very impressive this morning, sporting colors that typically only appear in a bowl of Fruity Pebbles cereal. Awesome pictures of the approaching storm. I’m eating more trying to help Aidan with his weight gain. It seems to be working…..for me, anyway.

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  8. Nancy Vanderlin July 11, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    It’s always a good idea to respect Mother Nature when she puts out clouds like those!!! I’ve never seen anything like that! Peddle on!

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