Hello. Day 30. Worthington to Mankato, MN. 112 miles. 1,348 feet of climbing. Temp on arrival: 83 and very humid.
A good ride. Long, but not hard. Three rest stops.
And it was our first rain day, well, actually just a sprinkle. As we pulled out of Worthington a big storm cell was ahead, but it stayed ahead of us and moved off to the NE.
The roads were still wet from an overnight thunderstorm, and the temperature was deliciously cool. Overcast skies were with us till almost noon.
It was another day of corn and soybean fields, large silos, a few hog farms, wind turbines, and at least one meat packing plant.
And across the road, more turbines–and soybeans
We learned last night at dinner that there was a meat processing plant in Worthington that “harvests” 25,000 hogs a day. Hard to comprehend that…
I did not see one unkempt yard today. Whether it was a farm house, or a house in a town, the grass was cut and more often than not, potted plants bloomed on the front porch.
The word “stewardship” came to mind. The husbands and wives who tend to farms and homes must surely have a sense of being stewards of their “postage stamp of reality” (Faulkner).
A 9-ish mile bike path brought us into Mankato. At one point we had to climb over a downed tree. Dave took this picture of Knoxville Bev getting over it.
Here’s Dave’s ride video from Relive. (I still can’t get Relive to work reliably).
Tomorrow we’re off to Rochester—99 miles.