Some firsts

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
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Trip End Sep 07, 2013


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Yesterday was a slow start. I took advantage of the kitchen at the Bunkhouse and had breakfast watching TV, brought me back to grade school. After being on my bike for less than 100 yards, I saw the Dalbo post office, realized I needed to mail some postcards, and stopped suddenly. For those who don't know, most cyclists use clipless pedals, meaning our feet are stuck to our pedals and we have to twist our ankle to free them. For some reason, my clip was stuck, and my weight moving to that side. First fall. Not moving or dangerous, just some scrapes and lost dignity.

Easy 50 mile ride to Minneapolis, my first time there. It is a very big city, and I had to switch to city biking mode, more hand gestures, taking up entire lanes, closing my ears to car horns. After unloading my gear, my bike moved much more quickly and I was off following a friend's suggestions around the lakes and neighborhood bars of the city. A bit of TexMex for dinner and I called it a day.

Dalbo MN > Minneapolis MN, 51 miles, day 28

The ride out of town this morning followed the Gateway Trail out of Minneapolis via St Paul. A beautifully paved bike path for 30 miles through lakes and hills climbing slowly out of the Mississippi River valley. Minnesota is the most bike friendly state I have visited; I have ridden more than 150 miles of bike path nowhere near roads, seeing sights only visible from the path.

Wisconsin is putting on a good show as well, today I rode almost 20 miles on a limestone dirt trail, part of Wisconsin's state trail program that you are technically supposed to have a pass for. My hosts this evening told me its not usually an issue.

With about ten miles left in the day, I ran into another first, a mean dog. I didn't think twice about the pitbull sitting out front of a meth trailer next to the road until I heard paws running behind me a few yards down the road. It bit my foot, and I stopped pedaling out of confusion. The bite didn't hurt much as it only got the top and sole of my shoe, and it let go when I started pedaling again, but the whole situation only reinforced my thoughts that I need some sort of stick. A stick for passing cars that get too close, annoying kitschy mailboxes, kids on Ripsticks, and now dogs.

My hosts this evening recommend Halt, a sort of dog pepper spray. They have run into several dogs on their tours as well; one tore a hole in a sturdy pannier while aiming for his leg. They ride recumbents, a switch I am looking more and more forward to making... when I retire. They have provided incredible hospitality and good conversation this evening for which I am eternally grateful.

Today was a day of firsts. I also purchased my first cheese curds. Beyond impressed, they are leagues ahead of regular cheese. I shall be on the lookout for more, and I have a hunch I will find some..

Minneapolis MN > Cumberland WI, 89 miles, day 29
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Megan on

CHEESE CURDS <3!!!

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