The bike ride began on the gravel road for 2.5 miles. Slow and challenging, but not treacherous – and some did a little more distance in the wrong direction, but were rewarded with a beautiful view for doing so.
We skirted storms all day – they could be seen in the sky, but never caught us other than light sprinkles. Paul D took a photo of Paul T and Mindy with storm clouds in the background that somehow made it onto the Pioneer Press website.
From Redwing to Welch we followed the Cannon Valley Trail – a beautiful bike trail along the Cannon River. As we arrived at the trailhead we were greeted by a sign from Dee and Dan. What a fabulous sendoff!
A climb out of the Cannon River valley then relatively flat for the rest of the day. We slowly made our way back into the suburbs the across the Mendota Bridge again then down into Fort Snelling State Park and through the woods to Minnehaha Park. Back to our sendoff spot 4 days ago.
A crowd of 25 greeted us with cheers and applause as we entered the community room at Gandhi Mahal. Thanks to the hosts MN350 and MNIPL for welcoming us back and giving us an opportunity to share a bit from our journey!
Well, the biking is over for now, but the journey and experience is far from finished. Stay tuned for more reflections and pictures.