Back in Minnesota (again)
Idly, I wander to the flowering peak.
Morning sun: its glory blazing
All around, in sunlit emptiness
White clouds, and cranes, fly.
Wisconsin, no Minnesota, aaaarrrrggg
The heat wave continued on though it had been forecasted to break today. There were high thin clouds as I left camp and that seemed to have increased the already high humidity. Plenty hilly on this day as well, first just getting out of Afton State Park, then the route was rolling hills and bad pavement. After a dozen miles or so I crossed the Mississippi and was in Wisconsin again. This visit would be even shorter, about 25 miles. This though was among the toughest riding I’ve done this tour. It was so hot and the route was very hilly with some long steep sections. I ran into another touron pulling a Bob from a Bianchi Volpe and he’d been pushing it up these hills. At the summit of one of these was the Oasis restaurant and it truly was. The owners were very sympathetic to tourists and were super accommodating. From there the route was mostly downhill back to the river which I recrossed and was back in Minnesota at the town of Red Wing. Yes where the shoes are made. A long, long climb out of Red Wing and it was now over a 100 degrees (F). Finally turned east again (been mostly southward into a bit of a headwind) and descended into farmland. Finally I arrived at Frontenac State park. There was a brutal climb into the ‘grounds but finally I was into trees and shade. A short day mileage wise but 100 degree weather kicks it up a notch. The heat wave is supposed to break later tonight – we shall see.
Lying in my tent
flashes of light, loud rumbles –
Long legged spiders
crawl over my tent –
hot summer night