During Fall months I usually get Thursday's off. This works well, allowing me to get a big ride in and ready for my winter races. Yesterday the small amount of wind we had was out of the N/NW. Usually this bugs me as it's easier to hit gravel and explore when the wind is out of the South. But because I had more time I was excited to get back and explore more of Todd County.
I took the River Road to Rice, crossed the Mississippi River, passed through North Prairie, and made my way towards Upsala. Before I hit Upsala I headed back North on gravel roads. About 90% of the gravel I rode was "hero" gravel, hard pack and fast! I passed through Sobieski and Flensburg on my way to the Swanville area. Instead of continuing West I opted to venture North of Highway 27. In the past I haven't as I would hit Highway 10 but I figured I was far enough West that 10 had made it's turn North. The gravel and views were amazing! Ran into some new to me towns: Browerville and Eagle Bend. Also Clarissa but I had been there before this summer on the road bike.
I really didn't have a timeline but I also wanted to be done when the kids and Jen got home. I ride with my Garmin on the map so I wasn't sure of the time. When I finally looked I was an hour over of the time I thought I should head for home...oops! I still wanted to explore but knew I needed to turn for home. Having a time crunch now I stuck to mostly paved roads with a few gravel sections too good to pass up. The wind we did have did little to aid me in my return, further extending my arrival time at home.
I was 6+ hours in when I ran out of fluids. I've yet to stop, besides to pee, so I was in search of a town. As always, when you want one they are hard to find. I eventually came upon St. Rosa. I was parched and so hungry. I've been meatless for almost a year now. The hardest part is gas stations. I didn't want more sweet stuff but small town gas stations don't have much call for veggie sandwiches, cheese pizza, or even bean burritos. Yep, another Snickers.
I made it home in 9 hours 16 minutes and 172 miles. Man I love my Evergreen. A perfect ft.
I opted for sleep this morning over an hour spin. Maybe this afternoon...maybe not.
Not 100% sure on this weekend. I have the backyard of leaves to pick up, gutters to clean, and ready the garage and shed for winter. But I'm sure there will be riding too!
I was told of the Sandhill Crane migration going on at the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge. I know that area pretty well from riding. I guess there is the perfect spot and I know where so I'm hoping I can get the girls out there this weekend too.