A warm sunny day ride from Grand Rapids to Cloquet Minnesota with a bit of a tailwind all day. Grand Rapids is home to the source of the Mississippi river and it was kind of sad to see that just as the river gets started there is a huge paper mill, very likely beginning the pollution and sediments that are dumped into this river. This is the first time I have seen piles of logs since British Columbia.
And right next to them a huge paper mill.
In any case, another psychological milestone to now be east of the Mississippi river.
I make my way to Cloquet to keep just south of Duluth having heard that Route 2 and the big Interstate highways join on the bridge heading into Duluth. Took Route 33 south to Cloquet and encountered a bathtub sized sinkhole on the shoulder but saw it in time to save myself from what certainly would have been a head over heels fall. I needed this reminder to stay totally alert even when I have good sized shoulders to ride on.
I enjoy the sag wagon and Leisa for a drive into Duluth for dinner. Found the area around the canal surprisingly alive and hip. Duluth is making a real come back with lots to do outdoors. It has used its Industrial history like an artistic backdrop for its revitalization.
Stats -for Sunday 8 July 2012
Start: Grand Rapids
Finish: Cloquet, Minnesota
Distance: 115 km
Time on Bike: 4 hrs 40 min
Average Speed: 24.6 km/hr
Distance to Date: 4,223 km