It was 48 miles on a quiet rural road today, followed by some city miles in Grand Rapids, for a total of 54 miles, and I feel good.
This is important, because there is a tailwind forecast for tomorrow, and I’m within reach of Bermidji, which is the last stop before Lake Itasca and the headwaters of the Great River.
The river was within sight of the road many times today, and the scenery was trees and bush, interspersed with farms and houses. Quiet and soothing ride, and I enjoyed the day.
The highlight was seeing the Itasca County sign. The word means “true head” in Latin, because this is where the Mississippi truly starts. At one time, there was some doubt.
I’m camped beside the Mississippi River at the US Army Corps of Engineers Pokegama Dam Campground.
And I found my second live turtle, in better light than last time, so you too can take a look at the little guy.