Day 31 - Calmar, IA to Le Roy, MN - Two Far 2020 - NTF (Not Two Far) - CycleBlaze

June 30, 2020

Day 31 - Calmar, IA to Le Roy, MN

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We left Calmar after a delicious breakfast at the lovely Lavender Fields Inn.

The bike had spend the night in the garage, but she had a nice place to wait for us this morning.
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Keith A. SpanglerNow that looks like a beautiful place%!
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At breakfast we had a medley of fried potatoes (white, yellow, purple and sweet) that came from Jeff's garden.
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Another photo of the Inn's vegetable garden. Jeff grows enough potatoes, onions and other vegetables to serve his guests year round.
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Jeff also likes flowers. He had to get permission from MN DOT to plant these along the road right-of-way.
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Our ride started with 20 miles on the Prairie Farmer Trail.

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This memorial was at the beginning of the trail in Calmar.
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It was a nice trail with a mixture of wooded and open areas. We didn't have the miles of "tree tunnels" we ride through on some trails.
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This section was beautiful, but it's nice to get out in the open as well.
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We stopped in the town of Ridgeway midway along the trail and found this yard art.

Giant rooster or miniature windmill?
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Keith A. SpanglerLove to find this kind of art!
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And we saw this in the convenience store. A nicotine delivery system just for cyclists??
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The store also had this ancient artifact.
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The trail ends in Cresco.  There was a town park with a historic home and some rail cars, but it was all closed.  We really miss visiting all the local museums and historic sights on this trip.

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After we left the trail, we were back in the midst of farms and fields.

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Between Cresco and Lime Springs, this is what the road looked like. I had to keep the speed below 15 MPH as the bike would not track well because of the grooves. (I hate having to brake on downhills :-) ) - K.
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I also very careful not to veer off onto the shoulder. The shoulder had been graded to about 1" below the road surface but not yet filled in. I have no idea when they plan to finish the job, because there was no construction activity, nor were there any Work Zone signs.
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We rode through an Amish community with a number of farms.

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We liked the wheels decorating the fence here.
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This horse ran along beside us the length of the farm.
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The last town we visited in Iowa was Lime Springs.

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A library, post office and bar - all an Iowa town needs!
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Keith A. SpanglerI’d have to make that an overnight. That is so cool
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The railroad seems to have been very important to the development of all these towns.
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A few miles before the end of our route, we entered Minnesota.  They know how to use rumble strips in a road shoulder!

I wish all main roads had shoulders like this!! Too bad we only got to enjoy a couple of miles of it before we turned off.
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Today's ride: 48 miles (77 km)
Total: 736 miles (1,184 km)

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