The ride from Tyler to New Ulm was fairly easy given the high mileage.
New Ulm, Minnesota has a German influence. Population: 13,522. This little town was established by German immigrants and is home to the August Schell Brewery. The town center has a 45-foot tall glockenspiel bell tower with 37 bells that chime throughout the day, and play beautiful music at noon, 3 and 5:00. In addition, it has what any good German town must have, polka music — playing all day in the downtown area.
The hills were gently rolling with a lot of farm country in between. There are acres and acres of corn and soybeans growing in lush green display. The state of Minnesota had a lot of rain this spring so it appears to be a bumper year for crops with large yields. The only downside that I can see is the mosquitoes and gnats…lots and lots of bugs.
The custodian of the Miller High School said the mosquitoes were so big this year that we could skin them and filet them for dinner. Now that is a big mosquito. All joking aside, it’s pretty buggy this time of year. We started the day out with moist conditions as it rained hard overnight, but lucky for us, no rain for the ride — the clouds opened up and blue sky came in. Another blissfully excellent day on the Big Ride Across America!
MapMyRide Stats: 94.04 Miles | 15.4 MPH | 6 hours and 7 minutes
There is a big promotion on Mapmyride.com for the Tour de France: once entered into the contest, within the smartphone application, all your mileage is automatically logged into the online race. With all this high mileage on the Big Ride, I happen to be in 31st place. Woot Woot! I already won a jersey for 500 miles. This makes me want to sing….do do doit do do do do, do do doit do do do do do ( my fellow riders know the tune).
With all the cornfields here in Minnesota, it’s only natural that we would come across one of these ethanol processing plants. The smokestack was not quite tall enough as the odor of fermenting corn was quite heavy as we passed by.
The team from VeloSante Cycling Services create a wonderful experience for us each day. They feed and water us every 20 miles (and we love it), they rescue us when we have technical difficulty (flats, broken chains, derailleur issues etc.). What is really cool about this organization is that we get the fix we need and they put us back on the road. What a luxury to ride with such an outstanding organization. If you are reading this and are thinking about a bicycle tour, they are awesome!