Day 31 (63 miles)

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
Trip End Aug 09, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Minnesota
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

after weeks and weeks of pedaling through really rural areas, we finally got to a major city...or cities. we went over and around the twin cities of minneapolis and st. paul to a campground in the suburb of lake elmo. aside from a really nice lake, the area is a strange combination of corn fields and strip malls, and in the middle of it, we found our campground.

overall, we had a rather uneventful ride into the twin cities area, though we've been noticing that it's been difficult lately (with the notable exception of little falls) to get into camp early. for one reason or another, we'll lose time throughout the day to small things: julie and brad taking a team leader type phone call, coordinating with velva, flat tires, disorganized break times, etc. even on the small mileage days, we seem to have something holding us back, like the headwinds on the pelican rapids day. as further proof that it's nigh impossible to get into camp early, it took us until 3:30 to get into camp on a 63 mile day. we slept in a little, dawdled leaving cambridge, had a couple of long breaks, and suddenly it was mid afternoon. one of our cold drink stops was in a combination gas station/asian food market, which i found quite exciting. i had been wanting to make a thai curry dinner for weeks, but it's not as easy to come across the curry paste and whatnot in rural montana. funny that...

we were a bit adventurous with the route. the evening before, we had met a gentleman in the bike shop in cambridge that had helped us map out an alternate route to save on mileage. our established route had us crossing the river into wisconsin and then crossing back at a different point to arrive at lake elmo, but he knew of some bike paths and a series of county roads that would shave off 10 miles or more. one of his quotes: "i've never ridden that road in particular, but washington county really maintains their roads." one of our experiences: CR-8, which we were on for five mile,s is a serious contender for worst road of the trip. otherwise, his directions were quite helpful, and the 25 miles we got to do on a bike path were really nice...we could ride side by side and hold conversations without having to constantly worry about traffic. we also got to ride through the town of wyoming, MN, where we see a sign welcoming us to wyoming. we were tempted to take our pictures by it and slip it in with the rest of the "welcome to" photos.

the campground of the evening was quite luxurious. it used to be a KOA campground, but is now independently owned, and it sports a pool, showers, internet, and laundry. the weather started turning hot again today, so the swimming pool at the end of the day was wonderful. hopefully we didn't make it too grungy when we all jumped in! in the evening, there was a chance of thundershowers, and we saw a massive storm cloud building in the distance, but we stayed dry throughout the night.
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