Yesterday was a banner day - went to a 6 am yoga class and then set up my other bike for my first ever century ride.  I figure, if I can comfortably do 100 miles, I can pretty much do anything :).  So I set off from my house in Bloomington, hit the Gateway Trail to Stillwater where I stopped at Nelsons Ice Cream house for the biggest and cheapest ice cream cone I've ever seen (check out the photo - and I'd already eaten 1/3 of the thing!) , then up halfway to Taylor's Falls, across to Forest Lake, down to Lino Lakes, in to Little Canada, back to the Gateway trail in St Paul, and finally home to Bloomington.

In total, I hit 104.9 miles (168.8 km).  And I felt really good when I was all done!  Not to mention there was someone trying to keep up with me at mile 95, but I wasn't going to have that, so I blasted off ahead and left him in the dust...  That wasn't very nice! Sorry guy!  Next time I'll ride with you for sure!

Once I got home and took off my socks I realized my skin wasn't actually changing color - I was just covered in a whole bunch of road grime!  I guess a layer of sunscreen and sweat doesn't work the same as the dry lube on my bike chain :) ...

And today is another wonderful day  of  sunshine in the Land of Lakes.

Peace out!
Cassándra
5/27/2010 06:00:22 am

well that does sound like a glorious day! CONGRATS! you're definitely on your way. I'm especially fond of the Little Canada sign and the grimy leg shots. Oh and the little guy you ate lunch with, the before picture.... okay so they're all great. And the Picture of the Day - Good Idea! Keep them coming Kevin. T-minus 6 days however I'm living vicariously through you now.

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Mom
5/27/2010 06:22:32 am

Since I am very Canadian, I am interested in the history of Little Canada. Was it settled in 1844 by pioneers from Canada? and where did they come from? That ice cream cone sure looks good on such a hot day here.

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Dave Schaal
6/1/2010 07:09:15 am

Kevin,

Good luck on you ride. If you drank 2.5 gallons of water without a stop, you sweated it all out. You may not have been drinking enough. Drink more! Use those kidneys!

p.s do you realize that is 20 POUNDS of water?

Dave

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Jen
6/2/2010 03:30:55 am

Godspeed to you Kev! Or should I say bikespeed? :) Be safe and drink more water - Dave is correct - you weren't drinking enough! Looking forward to all of your updates along the way - what a wonderful journey you're going on!

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Trevor
6/3/2010 01:51:11 am

Boa sorte! Eu to no liste de The Minneapolis / St. Paul Portuguese Language Meetup Group.

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Aunt Linda
6/3/2010 03:36:03 am

What an adventure...I'm excited for you. All the best as you pedal your way across the country. Looking forward to your updates. Will follow you as you travel.

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Courtney
6/8/2010 01:47:42 am

Ahh Nelson's Ice Cream! You discovered our Stillwateran secret!
Keep safe!

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