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!
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.