Day 45 – Andover, MN to Malaca, MN

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Day 45 – Andover, MN to Malaca, MN – 52 miles

We had the realization today that we have left most of the larger metropolitan areas that we will pass – for awhile, that is. It’s not that we will miss them, but it will mean that we have a lot of miles ahead of us with not a lot of variation in scenery for the next 500 miles, or so. We need to prep ourselves mentally for seeing a lot of the same thing for a very long time.

While the riding was rather nondescript, the route proposed by Shawn’s cousin, Adam was great – quiet country roads. Not much notable except we had fun talking to three different groups of people about our trip. We heard so many “no way”‘s and “I can’t believe it’s” to make the conversation very fun. It’s nice to get these little reassurances that we are doing something special!

Lunch was at the K-Bob Cafe in Princeton. It was a nice lunch and the blackberry rhubarb pie was fantastic. Oh yeah – they had hot meat loaf sandwich on the menu…

HMLS review – K-Bob Cafe, Princeton, MN: First, this HMLS gets bonus points for coming from a Restaurant with a very cool name! Hot, translucent gravy with a bit of a “fresh-from-the-can” taste smothering mashed potatoes without lumps, a disappointment. The bread was “Wonderbread” soft, but a bit lightweight, I was confused by the round shape. Nice flaky soft meatloaf, but it had a Ketchup topping – the red and brown clashed. (Actually, Shawn likes the red, but this is Jim’s thing) So far it’s the second place HMLS.

We had a decompression night at a Super 8 motel. Time to catch up on a World Cup highlights and HGTV episodes. We will also try to get an early sleep for an early start to hopefully miss some afternoon rain that is in the forecast.

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4 thoughts on “Day 45 – Andover, MN to Malaca, MN

    Brianne Pitchford said:
    June 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Whew, I had fell behind a bit in reading the blog updates, but I am all caught up now. Here you guys are biking across the US, and I can’t keep up with reading about it! I just wanted to add my little reassurance too, that what you are doing is absolutely special! The road ahead may seem daunting, but it sure beats reading about it from behind a desk!!!!

      rathbike responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      I need to keep remembering that when the bike seat starts hurting…beats a desk!!

    Libby South worth said:
    June 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    How are you missing all the floods I’m MN that’s all they talk about on the news MN is floating away

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      rathbike responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      The floods are mostly south if us now. We have had to reroute from two bike paths we were planning on taking. But so far we have avoided any problems. We can see all the streams and ditches are over flowing.

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