Northern Tier Cross-country Cycling Tour, NT Section 5

July 8 to July 11, Moorhead MN to Grand Rapids MN

NT Section 5 map

7/08/05 FridayRichwood MN
7/09/05 SaturdayItasca State Park MN
7/10/05 SundayPennington MN
7/11/05 MondayGrand Rapids MN

7/08/05 Friday, Richwood MN 76 miles

Plane crop-dusting I had planned to get an early start since temperatures in the 90s were predicted for today. But a thunderstorm lasted until 7:30 or so so I hung around in the tent for awhile. Don and Brendan rode ahead to Itasca to reserve our campsites for Saturday.

We're camping at Tamarac Lodge about 20 miles past Richwood. We watched stage 7 of the Tour de France on TV. There's not much in the camp store so we ate in the camp restaurant.

7/09/05 Saturday, Itasca State Park MN 40 miles

Don and Brendan rode 120 miles yesterday to reserve our campsites at Lake Itaska park. Since it was a Saturday and they only allow 2 tents per site, we would not have gotten in otherwise.

Jim (who dropped out early in the tour) drove up to see us and took us all out to dinner.

RonP and Jeanne in the headwaters of the Mississippi Jim also drove me the couple miles to see the headwaters of the Mississippi. That's RonP and Jeanne in the photo wading across the Mississippi River. Jim will camp with us overnight if the camp cops don't notice we have 3 tents on one site.

Last night I finally broke free the adjusting bolt on my Brooks saddle and was able to tighten it up a bit. For the first time on the trip I have been having some saddle soreness lately which may be due to the sagging saddle.

7/10/05 Sunday, Pennington MN 56 miles

Maddy on bridge over the Mississippi, a small stream here We crossed the Mississippi several times today. A fellow stopped us to warn about a torn-up road and discuss alternate routes. Later a lady stopped to suggest a side road and found that Don and she had a common acquaintance.

Statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe Bemidji MN claims Paul Bunyan for its own.

We're camping at Pennington (MN) Campground. It has a laundry, nice showers, and a screened room with tables for dinner.

After dinner the owners opened up the bar/store/lounge for us and we chatted with them and hung around. They love having cyclists. They've owned the place 5 years.

7/11/05 Monday, Grand Rapids MN 70 miles

I rode with Don and Maddy again. It was hot but not as bad as yesterday.

Library in Grand Rapids MN with bikes out front Brendan is writing a detailed history of this trip and sends installments home by email almost every day. We have found that most towns have libraries with free Internet access. If you're looking for Brendan, just head for the library. (Photo thanks Brendan)

RonE and I made fruit salad and bought BLT pasta salad and cole slaw. We also bought a cake with a bicycle on it to commemorate the half-way point (in days) of the trip.

Tomorrow we start the "Hayward Sortie" a shortcut from the official Adventure cycling route to save a couple days.

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