People picture me on the road every day, biking without relent. More often I’m enjoying somewhere I’ve reached. Seeing friends, making new ones, writing in the sun.
Here’s a day by day log of my trip so far—and maps of each leg.
Day 1 (July 7)
Itasca State Park to “abandoned” garage off Hwy 9. 34 miles.
To Ball Club, MN. Stayed in woods owned by Native American family. 46 miles.
To Grand Rapids. Worked at coffee house, cute Lutheran girl, retired forester & wife. 21 miles.
To cabin on Big Lake near Cloquet. Greeted with beer. 66 miles.
Spent helping the Hagens.
To woods north of Pine City. Bike trail, camped in thunderstorm. Hinckley terrible. 68 miles.
Map of the first six days.
To Saumya and Urban’s farm. Biked through two thunder storms. 90.9 miles.
Map of Day 7.
Day 8 (July 14)
Saumya’s party! A good time was had by all who were not injured during sex.
Days 9 – 17
Funeral detour. Left Minnesota evening of July 15; reached Pittsburgh afternoon of July 16; funeral July 18; arrived Wisconsin morning of July 19; arrived St Paul evening of July 20; back to Saumya & Urban’s July 23. These miles done by car and not included in Great Adventure mileage (obviously).
Days 18 – 20
Writing sabbatical at Saumya & Urban’s.
Day 21 (July 27)
To Beth’s place in St. Paul. Evening bike ride. Suburbs bad, ghetto lively, riverfront beautiful. Arrived precisely sunset. 33.6 miles.
A map of Day 21.
Meetup at Uptown Cafeteria for all my friends. Had a good time! Cemeteries, bike trail. Tired.
Days 22 – 34
Hang St. Paul with Beth. See friends, road trip up the river, photography/hiking trip, magical cathedral woods. Bike minimum of 12 miles most days (not included in mileage).
Days 35 – 39
Apartment sit for Beth while she is away. Writing sabbatical.
Day 40 (August 15)
Depart Saint Paul (forever?). Look to Great River Road in Wisconsin. Great Adventure continues.
Total distance biked through Saint Paul: 359.5 miles.
Now I’m on the Wisconsin side of the great river, facing golden land with merciless hills. The wind is my brother. You’re all with me as I go.