Big day today for a couple reasons. First of all it is my 9th consecutive riding day and tomorrow is a rest day! Secondly, and most important is that we will hit the 2000 mile mark at mile 43 of todays ride. Supper excited about that. Hopefully that means we are over half way completed but as we've seen so far, with changes to the route and my poor sense of direction we may be over 4000 when it's all said and done! Though there are many more miles to ride and memories yet to create, it is a time to reflect and celebrate where we have come. I never said this was going to be "fun," I always said it was going to be an "experience." There have been some unbelievably fun times, but a few challenging times to be sure but overall I wouldn't trade the past 34 days for anything. Again, special thanks to my colleagues at Nike, my kids at home and most importantly, the MVP Cheryl, for making this trip a reality.
The route was a little longer than expected. We had to change direction part way through because the RV park we wanted to go to was full (probably should have call earlier I know, I know) and then we hit road construction and got detoured. When driving, a detour is a slight annoyance, when riding your bike it is a pain in the butt (literally) because even a 8 mile add makes big a difference. The good news is weather was perfect and the roads were good and scenery was beautiful. The 76 miles went by quickly. I did notice that today was barn and silo day. I must have seen 50 along the way. I never get tired of looking at them as they are classic Midwest Americana.
As mentioned, we hit the 2000 mile milestone mid ride and the entire crew stopped to document and recognize the moment. Creative use of the hood of the car and antenna for the self timer I must say. Not surprisingly and appropriately, we were at a corn field.
We reserved a spot at the Dakotah Meadow RV Park which is right next to the Mystic Lake Casino. After a little relaxing and of course opening up the much anticipated and appreciated milestone box from the kids, we thought we would check out the casino. The milestone box included a delicious red blend from the Les Lunes Winery and the highly coveted 2000 mile shirt. Thank you so much kids!
Tomorrow is a rest day and we decided that Mall of America is a must see. In addition, my hair is getting a little shaggy so I will strongly consider a haircut. I'm betting they have a salon at the mall!