I left the hotel around 08:00 and continued south along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). It was still and warm and humid when I started riding and within 15 minutes I had a good sweat going. There are several wildlife refuges on the river where I was riding and the scenery was really nice. About 15 miles into the ride I noticed that it seemed harder to pedal and discovered a nearly flat rear tire. At that point I was on a busy connector so I walked my bike about a mile to an exit where I could unload my gear, upend my bike and fix the flat. It wasn’t hard to find the problem- there was a piece of heavy wire sticking out of the rear tire… So, I quickly (because I was getting mauled by mosquitos) took the wheel off, took the bad tube out and replaced it with a new tube and put the wheel back on the bike. FYI, putting 85 psi in a tire using a small bike pump is some work, too. I threw everything back on the bike and got back on the road and away from those pesky mosquitos. I was feeling pretty good about my quick repair job and then the Bee Gees came on my music! I quickly pulled over to see if I could figure out how to delete the song from my playlist but the darn mosquitos attacked again! I had to turn the volume down and just get past the song..I don’t know how it got into my playlist- either it was mistakenly copied when I downloaded all the Sakhalin music or, more likely, someone hacked my iPod…It was quite hilly, hot & humid all day and I had a pretty stiff headwind for the last 35 miles. A moderately tough day. I am not complaining however, Minnesota has been very very good to me. I crossed into Iowa (my 7th state!) with 15 miles to go and Janet has arranged a fabulous B&B in Lansing, IA. Frank (one of the proprietors) is even doing my laundry for me! As soon as I am done with this blog I am walking to the local Saloon for a cold one! Daily mileage: 65, trip miles: 2,265.
Some pretty scenery along the river: