We are getting later and later starts which is not a good habit to get into, but the extra sleep feels good! We had an excuse today though as we had to refill the propane and the station didn't open until 8:00 am. Sheesh propane is a scarce commodity in Willmar as there are only a couple places you can fill up and we were down to the last molecule so we had no choice.
I suggested to Cheryl she go on to Hutchinson and check out the town.
Being the perfect SAG wagon, Cheryl sensed this and had stopped in a neat little town called Cosmos to wait for me. The town is based on, you guessed it, the Cosmos and all things cosmic related. Streets at named after planets, the water tower looks like a flying saucer and they even have an annual Space Festival that starts Friday. Damn! We missed it by 2 days!!!
There was a neighborhood bar and grill called Mug Shots which we thought would be a good place to grab some lunch and wait for the storm to blow over. It was the classic establishment you would expect in a town of 473 people. Matt, the owner, knew everyone that walked in (except us of course) and everyone knew Matt. The lunch special was scalloped potatoes with chopped ham which most everyone ordered. It sounded great (and unique) so count me in! Being raining and a little cold, Cheryl opted for the soup. "What's the soup today?" she asked. "Sorry, soup is only offered in the winter." was Matt's response. "Same for the Chili?" "Yep." "OK, I'll have a salad."
At about 2:30 pm the rain cleared and I changed into some dry clothes and continued the ride to Hutchinson. It's funny how things work out. Immediately outside of Cosmos the shoulder widened and with it not raining, it was a very enjoyable 20 miles.
Tomorrow we are in Bloomington. Since we skipped a rest day to catch up to the schedule, I've ridden 9 straight days. My body (and mind) is telling me I need a break so that's what we are doing. I'm thinking "Mall of America" may be in our future but you never know.