Day 29 July 16, 2012 Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Worthington, Minnesota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Beautiful greenway!

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.

So, all in all a good day.  We have a 108 mile day tomorrow so up at 4:30 to get on the road early while it is cool.  Our destination is Mankato – the 4th largest Minnesota city outside Minneapolis-St Paul with 39,00+ population.  We are hoping for clouds and a tailwind but mostly for a safe ride.