It was pretty chilly again last night. I actually zipped up my sleeping bag for a change, which I’ve never bothered to do before on this trip. Unfortunately, we didn’t get up in time to say goodbye to Jeff and Dodie this morning. It was nice staying with them. The morning fog was burning off and it looked like was going to be a nice day for biking. After a stop at the grocery store we headed west to cross the Mississippi River.
I was afraid the other side of the river would have bluffs as steep as above La Crosse, but thankfully the road wasn’t too bad climbing away from the river. We crossed through La Crescent, the self proclaimed apple capital of Minnesota. Along the road we passed a small car dealership and I was eyeing a cheap van and thinking how I’d like to buy it and drive it west. Caroline vetoed that idea and so we pedaled on.
My new saddle didn’t feel too bad today. It definitely feels better than the last one I used while we rode across Wisconsin. I had put some leather conditioner on it last night so maybe that will help soften the leather and break it in.
We reached the town of Houston in the late afternoon. This is where we get on the Root River Trail, which is a rail trail through southeastern Minnesota. We had planned to bike several miles on the trail to a private campground, but the town of Houston allows camping in their small city park near the trailhead. We decided to stop here for the night since Houston looked like a nice small town. We’re still in the Driftless area and so the scenery around here has nice hills and bluffs surrounding the town. After dinner we walked into town for some ice cream bars (of course) and also stopped at the library to use their free wifi before going to bed.