Ending Point: St. Croix Falls, WI
Via: Cambridge, North Branch, Almelund and Taylors Falls
Vertical climbing: 1,454
Temperature High: 84
Temperature Low: 77
Lunch: cheese/turkey and PB&J sandwiches
Weather: intensely sunny
Lodging: Interstate State Park
Cumulative Mileage: 2,171
Miles to Go: 1,929
Projected Distance: 4,100
Days completed: 45 including 4 rest days (53%)
Distance Completed: 53%
Days to Go: 40
To pledge: http://pledgejohn.lungne.org
Just as we were preparing to leave the comforts of the bicycle bunkhouse, Donn (I misspelled his name yesterday) came in and offered up a huge pan of frosted chocolate cake commenting that this would give us instant extra energy. His whole operation is just unmatched. We haven’t ever found such unbounded generosity and willingness to help in any way at all anywhere. Many people have certainly been generous and open, but Donn is in a class all his own. He absolutely refuses to accept any money for staying at this place. Joe wanted to sneak a $20 donation into the soda donation can, but Donn was right there keeping an eye on it.
He told us the story of how it got started a few years ago. There was construction on the road right in front of his farm; there was dust and lots of activity. Two high school students stopped in and asked if they could have a drink of water. It was then he found out that the road his farm was on was on the official Adventure Cycling Association map and he decided to create a comfortable place for cyclists to have a night’s rest.
|St. Croix River and the Wisconsin State Line|
I was looking forward to staying at the park again and getting a second look at the famous potholes formed by geological forces thousands of years ago during the Ice Age. I never did get a chance to do so mostly because of a late dinner and trying to avoid getting caught in a rainstorm in the morning.