July 19th: Red Wing to Winona, MN
July 19th Statistics – Red Wing to Winona, MN:
- Today’s Biking Distance – 83.9 miles
- Today’s Average Speed – 14.9 mph
- Today’s Time In Saddle – 5.9 hours
- Today Ascent – 2,391 feet
- Total Trip Biking Days – 28
- Total Trip Biking Distance – 2,224 miles
- Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 79.4 miles
- Total Trip Ascent – 64,214 feet
Long ride ride today and surprising amount of climbing in the hilly Minnesota countryside, but the weather was very accommodating (cloud cover, moderate temperatures and humidity, and no rain or threat of rain. Paralleled the Mississippi most of the day, but alternated between riding along the river and on the nearby bluffs through the farms. Had a tough 2 mile climb out of Lake City at a 10%-11% grade to get to the top of one of the bluffs. However, the rode was smooth and when we arrived at the top of the bluff it was beautiful rolling farm country. Overall a beautiful day to ride and great roads – thank you Minnesota.
Everyone else in the group missed one of the turns after Frontenac, MN and I ended up as the only person to ride the entire route today. Lake City was an interesting river resort town I would liked to spent more time exploring.
Over lunch in Kellogg (another great hamburger) Diane shared that she lowered the mileage per day for the tour this year based upon feedback from last year’s group only to find that our group is the strongest group of riders they have had and we could have actually done more. It works out fine in that I have more time for taking pictures, posting the blog and sightseeing. They other riders seem to feel the same.
Saw my first fields of corn damaged by drought – very sad.
The hotel in Winona (which was not an impressive city based upon my ride through it), Plaza Hotel and Suites, was the best lodging of the trip so far – I even had a flat screen TV in the bathroom. The restaurant attached to the Plaza Hotel was also outstanding.