Sunday, 23 Jun 2013
Brandon, SD to Marshall, MN
84.7 miles, 5h49m, 14.5 mph
Elapsed Time: 7h29m, Max speed: 31.6mph
Total Cimbing: 1552ft, Max elevation: 1807ft
Total mileage: 964.2
One of the fastest average speeds I've ever had on a tour. A
beautiful day to be riding in a northeasterly direction in
A quick ten miles from Brandon to Garrestson. Garretson was having
it's annual Jesse James Days
this weekend. I don't know what this entails because I got there
kind of early on Sunday.
Apparently, Jesse James escaped a posse at a place in Garretson
called Devil's Gulch after
he robbed a bank in a nearby town. I saw a train.
I got a flat tire trying to get there. First ever flat while using
the legendary Schwalbe
Marathon Plus touring tires. Very disappointing. At least is
was a front tire. Quick change and on I went.
All to see the famed Devil's Gulch.
This was the best "Welcome to Minnesota" I could get. I promise I
will not build without a permit.
I planned to ride the rest of the way to Marshall on MN 23. But
when I got there I saw this.
An empty road under construction and a bunch of trucks lined up to
So I had the road all to myself for about 10 miles.
Pipestone, MN. The next place worth seeing. Neat little downtown.
I stopped at the Pipestone National Monument to do the tourist
Pipestone was a place where Native Americans mined Sioux
Quartzite, from which they made
pipes...like these. There was a guy there carving pipes (or
something) in the visitors center.
Apparently the stuff is really good to work with.
Careful! That floor could be slippery!
Yeah, it's been raining a lot.
You could only do about half of the walking tour because of raging
waters. But you could see
most of the cooler quartzite cliffs.
After finishing the tour, I stopped in town for lunch--which I ate
while riding. There's my
little lunch set up. I was going about 16mph when I took this
The last 40 miles were nice and fast. Tailwinds. Nice shoulder.
Windmills. Oh yeah.
Tomorrow should be a short day to Redwood Falls. I'll end up in a
casino. Pay for the trip.
"Great Plains Tour 2013"
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