Got into Lanesboro, MN today at 2 after a very nice drive. Lanesboro is at the heart of the Root River Trail system. This is a paved trail with a flattish middle section of about 40-45 miles with two very hilly sections on each end.
I was feeling a bit tired but decided that since I'm here for 4 days that I'm going to ride. So I got out for an afternoon 25 miler. It was a great ride. The mid-section has just enough up and down to it to get a bit of a workout. There's an early autumn tinge of color. Weather was excellent, mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s. The trail was fairly busy, with a lot of 50+'ers out for rides. This area caters to recreational trail riders, Lanesboro has 3 bike rental shops. Everyone was very friendly, I chatted with several people along the trail. Some of the 50+'ers looked pretty serious, riding expensive road bikes and in cycling kit.
Highlights were all of the bridge crossings over the Root River, the river bluffs that lined the trail for miles, the wildlife - saw a couple of deer, some geese, squirrels, and a large flock of turkeys that were attempting to take over the trail, and the look & feel of early autumn. After getting back to town, I found a restaurant with an all you can eat taco bar for $5.95. And it was very good. The icing on the cake was when a guitarist sat down and started playing.
Hope to get in a longer ride tomorrow, if my back doesn't act up. I had to skip my trip to Yellowstone because of it. And I'm riding only my recumbent on this trip because of it. The bent was perfect today, as it gave me a great view.
Have no internet access from my motel (and my cell gets no signal). But I found a cafe that has wireless and even though it is closed right now, their wireless is on. So I'm in my car, parked in front of the cafe, checking on things. As I type this, a couple of 50+'ers are putting their bikes up on their roof rack, I see that one bike is a lugged steel 80's Trek road bike and the other is a Colnago. So I guess the place isn't reserved for us fuddy-duddies.
I think I'm going to like it here. Maybe I will stay until someone comes and gets me.