Soggy day in Minnesota
Trip Start May 01, 2010
29Trip End May 29, 2010
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Morning Glory B&B turned out to be a highlight of the trip so far. Friendly innkeepers, cozy accommodations and a great breakfast. Don't know why you would go to Grand Rapids but if you do, stay here. And there were no police visits.
We are committed to following the Mississippi south and staying as close to the river as we can, which is why we were southbound this morning on Lake Itasca County Road 3 when we passed a "Roadwork ahead" sign. Next thing we knew, the pavement suddenly ended. We found ourselves on a muddy gravel road for about nine miles, creeping along at about 25 miles per hour. The road work turned out to be a crew with road graders apparently trying to repair the road after recent rains. But we did get occasional glimpses of the river as we crept along, and observed a large wild turkey which had just crossed the road
Today we didn’t even get the sunny morning. It rained throughout the day, all the way to St. Paul. But we enjoyed the trip and our book on disk. This evening we joined colleague and independent PR counselor Jen Stack and her husband Chris Gorney for dinner at “spoon river” restaurant near the beautiful Guthrie Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Good dinner and conversation and a quick tour of the theatre and its patio overlooking the Mississippi. We saw the lock and dam system with the greatest drop on the river, and the new bridge on I-35 that replaced the bridge which collapsed in August, 2007.
Tomorrow I catch a plane for Maui to attend the annual meeting of our timeshare association. I’ll be on the plan for 24 hours round trip and on the ground in Hawaii for 36 hours. Carolyn remains in St. Paul and will join her friend Connie Richards, flying in from Houston, whose dog will compete to become a member of the U.S. National Dog Agility Team. When I return, we’ll be off to Oconomowoc, Wisc., For the Bernese Mountain Dog National Specialty. Stay tuned.