On paper, today did not look that much different than yesterday. Ten miles less distance, but with a bit more climbing (2350 total vertical feet). “Net/net”, that shouldn’t make that much difference, right? And since yesterday was relatively “easy,” how bad could today be? Well, the answer is remember that these days are not determined entirely on distance: have I mentioned wind, hills, and road conditions? I think today was the second hardest day of the ride yet (after ride into Casper). And with back to back centuries, I feel pretty wiped out tonight. The road was in horrible shape at many points with continual bumps, the wind was often in our face, and there were some “annoying” up an down vertical hills that were not welcome, especially given the heat. I finished just before the skies opened up with a thunderstorm…

Rochester is famous for being the home of the Mayo clinic. The Mayo Clinic is world famous for specializing in treating difficult cases. Patients are referred to Mayo Clinic from across the U.S. and the world, and it is known for its innovative treatments. It is distinguished by integrated care, and a strong research presence is evidenced by the fact that over 40% of its resources are devoted towards research (rather than just medical practice). It is a major employer and economic driver for Rochester and this part of Minnesota. Biking by the campus I was impressed by how big the complex is.

I caught up this evening at the hotel with an Allison’s first cousin, Bill Oehler, who lives here in Rochester. We hadn’t seen each other in more than 20 years, but it was fun to swap stories about our families. And, of course, I got to talk about the cause of my ride and get assurance from him that most people here seem opposed to the ballot amendment this fall. Yeah!

We went thru this anyway…

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