We left Sioux Falls this morning shortly before 7:00 AM for a leisurely ride to Worthington, Minnesota. It was close to 80 degrees but there was a nice breeze. We got off the main road in ½ mile on to a bike trail for 9.5 miles. The bike trails ran through the city and along the Big Sioux River. Actually the bike paths are pretty extensive and if the ABB had not marked the turns, we could be still riding the trails. I felt a little bad that I did not take the time yesterday to explore more … guess I must have been tired. Our bike route ended at Sioux Falls …a pretty area but nothing spectacular. Old Indian burial mounds in the rocks (and not enough time today to learn the history.)
Our ride along Route 262 was essentially miles and miles of corn on one side of the road and soybeans on the other. Today they were both gorgeous wavering in the breezes. The volume, mile after mile, is just astounding and I don’t even think we are in the corn belt. We saw intermittent processing plants and grain storage and all we could think of was the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan. I don’t think much of farming run by industry.