Tonight we are in Mankato - a charming college town with lots of old red brick buildings, and cute places to grab a bite to eat. We had to hit the bike shop for a few little items, then went to "Tandem Bagels" for a yummy salad and bagel. We are now at our very nice hotel, City Center Hotel, and and lounging around and doing laundry.
Now when I say very nice hotel - I think both of our standards may have slipped. However, after living the dream on the "garden level" at last night's Super 8 just off I-90, where the "garden" we looked at was the parking lot and the tires of the cars parked just feet away, we are now happy to have sliding glass doors that open to the pool room, and a bathroom with a big counter for our toilet bags. We are becoming experts on three star hotels. If you want recommendations call on us. Our favorites so far: Holiday Inn Express - we each had our own room with a shared bathroom and common area. That was also true at the Best Western in Chamberlain, SD of all places. We also had good experiences at Courtyard by Marriott. Our least favorite: Super 8 - we have stayed in two so far and neither have been standouts to say the least! Both times we got the "garden" level smelling slightly of cleaner, I fear to cover up the wet smell! Budget Burley Inn (anything with the name budget in it could be dangerous) was maybe the worst. On the OK front: Quality Inn - not all the name implies, Comfort Suites, Econolodge - not standouts, but adequate. Here's a tip for ranking hotels: count how many pillows are on the bed and check to see if there is a hairdryer.
Most of the time we are just happy for hot water, a bed, and now some air conditioning! And, most of the time we arrive around 1 or 2 in the afternoon and leave by 5:30 or 6 in the morning. We don't need much for very long!
Total Miles: 2208
Elevation Gain: 1598 (loss 2405) - heading back to sea level!
Next stop: Rochester, MN
Link to Mimi's Garmin info
|Soybeans and island farm|
|Biggest hills of the day and corn everywhere!|
|Welcomed shady bike path at mile 100 and 90 degrees|
|OK - there are hills, er... mountains in Minnesota|
The obvious reason Ward, a MN native,
moved to Colorado!
|And what would a ski area be with out a ski team?!|