August 2, 2014
We woke at 7 and went for the contie,said good bye to Carl and then Bolze and I spent 3-4 hours getting out of the St.Paul/Minneapolis area. It is very humid today and hot. They called for thunder showers later on but early morning the skies were clear. We took a break at Subway at noon and after a few wrong turns we found our road. It was becoming clear that we would not be doing big kms today as we were only at about 85 kms at 1:30. It's nice to have a 100 kms by noon ;) We found our way to the Great River Road and started to think about where we might stay tonight. We had originally thought Alma might be good and we were making decent time by the time we reached Red Wing. I called most of the motels in Alma and they were all full. This area is teaming with motor bikes and it is the August long weekend, so in hind sight it was foolish of us not to book anything ahead. This is something Francois would have thought of last night. I managed to get the last room at the Super 8 in Red Wing which is where Red Wing shoes were made, perhaps they still are. Not sure. Will have to Google that. Our room is nice, if a little expensive, and one of the first things I do is secure our accommodation for tomorrow night in La Crosse. Now that Francois has returned home we are going to have to put more thought into where we are going to end up. I realize now that I might have taken Francois' attention to detail and planning for granted. With this in mind I have gone back to the Ride With GPS maps that he put together just to confirm that we are indeed on the right track. We are, if not a little behind schedule, and we will follow the planned route as there was a lot of time and thought put into it. We do laundry and then Trevor and I go to Godfathers Pizza for supper. We were expecting a sit down with cool atmosphere. Nope. We took our pizza to go after touring the old pottery factory building which the GF Pizza is in. See pictures. Back to the room for Sharknado 2, Some Kurt Russel movie, Minority Report and Titanic. It's worse watching TV with Trevor than it is listening to music with Ricarda. Early start tomorrow. Early to bed tonight.