We got an escort out of town this morning!
We spent the morning taking back roads through the farms of Minnesota. We did have to spend a little while on a highway too, but thanks to the giant shoulder it wasn’t that bad. We stopped at a gas station for more water and ice, and were met by such enthusiasm. Talking to people in various places along the route makes for a great break, and is a nice way to remind ourselves why we’ve chosen to spend every day of this summer pedaling our bikes over the mountains and plains of this country, rain and shine. It’s a good life.
One little highlight of this morning was when a bald eagle flew over the road directly in front of us! We stopped pedaling and admired its grace as it flew out of sight.
We chose a perfectly shaded spot on the side of the road for our siesta, and waited there for the temperature to begin coming back down a bit.
We got some good riding in this afternoon, then stopped at a farmhouse with inviting gardens just before we ran completely out of water. We were met by a very friendly couple who let us fill our water bottles and recommended a camping spot in the town we were aiming towards!
The three hours of biking that followed that most pleasant water stop were some of the best.
We watched the sun go down as we biked, and the countryside seemed to glow.
The temperature was just about as perfect as it can get, with just enough wind to keep a pleasant flow of air, not enough to have any real impact on our progress.
We saw a number of deer this evening as well, one of which ran full out from way across the field to our right, across the road in front of us (we actually braked – it was that close) and through the field to our left. And the moon kept us company as we pedaled along.