Up early as is my habit. Yesterday's ride was delightful. All two lane rural routes (highways 23, 33, and 35). Route 35 is part of "The Great River Road" along the Mississippi river. I'm up to the Minneapolis - St Paul area, staying overnight with my friends Beth and Shane.I was forced to use the secret technique to make it stop raining yesterday. Late in the afternoon I found my self repeatedly heading towards dark skies but just as I was about to get into it the road would make a turn and lead me away from the clouds. Finally, towards the end of the day, sprinkles began so I pulled into a covered gas station to refuel, put on my rain gear, and batten down the hatches as it were. There was a brief downpour while I was stopped but by the time I got underway again the rain had ended. It never rained for the final 50 miles after that. It was actually nice to have the rain gear on over my summer gear though since it had become cooler as it was a cold front that came through and brought the rain. I was safely at home with friends, bike in the garage, by the time the real monsoons came. North of us tornados were spotted and there was mention of baseball size hail - all gladly missed by us although there was the previously mentioned power outage when we returned from dinner. Power came back on sometime during the night so all is back to normal. Today I will head out towards Duluth Minnesota which is a port city located on the westernmost point of the Great Lakes on the north shore of Lake Superior. Duluth is linked to the Atlantic ocean 2,300 miles away via the Great Lakes and Erie Canal/New York State Barge Canal or St Lawrence Seaway passages and is the westernmost deep-water port of the Atlantic ocean. (thank you Wiki-p)
Bonnie, patiently waiting during a brief photo-opp stop yesterday.
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