Day 25 – Alma City, MN to Lake Crystal, MN

There’s truly nothing more motivating than mosquitos. We were packed up and biking away within a half hour of waking up! 

Gas stations are wonderful places. We can count on finding everything we need there – water, chips, air conditioning, and a bathroom. The really great ones have ice and interesting people. When we came upon one of those glorious signs with the price of gas lit up in red, we pulled over. That was our breakfast spot – the curb outside the gas station, and we had a number of great conversations. We talked to the woman behind the counter, a few people walking in and out, and the group of retired guys who meet up every morning with their coffee to talk at the little table in the store.

We started biking again, made a right turn toward Crystal Lake, and suddenly found ourselves biking with the wind! I kid you not, there was a tailwind. We weren’t working nearly as hard as yesterday, but we were moving almost twice as fast!

Brian, our host for the night, pulled over to introduce himself when he saw us pedaling along. He recommended taking the bike path that runs along the side of the highway, which was great riding! It had steeper hills, which made for some really enjoyable downs – fast and without cars! 

We made it to Lake Crystal just as the heat and humidity really began to hit us. We found Brian and Amy’s house, where we were greeted by Sue and Jim – friends of Aidan’s grandpa. 

We showered almost immediately upon arrival (it had been awhile) and then took the time to clean up and organize our gear. 

We really enjoyed talking with Jim and Sue this afternoon, and happily devoured the eggs with onions, sausage, and toast they made for lunch!

It was unbelievably hot all afternoon. The temperature was actually only 85 degrees, but with the humidity (as was noted by our weather apps) felt like 100.

We drove with Jim to drop one of his granddaughters off at her dance practice, then went to the store where we got fuel for our stove and yet more lunch food. There was an entire aisle there dedicated to beef jerky, which was like holy ground to Aidan. 

Their other two granddaughters were playing softball this evening, which we went and watched for a bit. Such a nice atmosphere!

We cleaned the soot off our stove and pots, replaced the alcohol with the new clean-burning kind, and ate Indian food for dinner. 

We’re so thankful to be spending the night in a cozy house under a solid roof right now! And tomorrow’s weather looks great for where we’ll be! 

5 thoughts on “Day 25 – Alma City, MN to Lake Crystal, MN

  1. Sue Abercrombie July 12, 2016 / 3:08 am

    It was great meeting Clara and spending time with both of you. It gives us fond memories. We made it home by 10. Safe travels and great adventures. Love the picture from Fleet Farm, my favorite store. Sue and Jim


  2. Dad C July 12, 2016 / 9:40 am

    First question I would ask if I found myself enjoying a tailwind: “Self, are you going the wrong way?”

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  3. Nancy Vanderlin July 12, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    My brothers reminded me that we have a cousin who lives in Lakeville, Mn, but since you are going like a tailwind, I see you are already past there! Thank you to all of your Lake Crystal hosts for your kind hospitality to Clara and Aidan!


  4. Laura/Mom July 13, 2016 / 3:42 am

    Wow, another night of wonderful hosts! Thanks to all of you for your hospitality!

    Did Aidan convert you yet in the jerky aisle? 🙂

    I just discovered the reader view on this blog! It’s even more fun to read when I can make out all of the words!

    Happy adventures to you both!
    Love, Mom/Laura


  5. Gramp& else July 13, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Happy that You connected with Sue & Jim.& that they fed you well ha, they are great freinds!

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