Last night we loaded the bikes into the truck and this morning we took off early in order to try to beat the heat of the day. Andrew's best friend was able to join us and the two of them were angels, chattering in their own secret best friend language all the way there, during the whole 20 mile ride and all the way home, saddened only when told that they'd have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to see each other again.
I'm not gonna lie to you, this workout crazed chick was T-I-R-E-D at the end of the ride and happy to get home to a bath and a nap. The Cannon Valley Trail is such a gift though. Nearly perfectly flat, surrounded on both sides by lovely mature trees of many types and tons of wildflowers, surrounded mostly by protected lands, this was a nice long morning and early afternoon with nature. Andrew caught many toads, including this giant, and we encountered road delays even on this protected trail as they pulled down a tree across the path and quick cleaned it up. Only in Minnesota!
The boys were thrilled with our lunch at Culvers in Red Wing and then we stumbled across a lovely sculpture garden at the top of a cliff on our way back to the car. IT was a hot, hard climb, but worth the effort.