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Day 31: 101 miles from Mankato, MN → Rochester, MN

This was the second long (100+ mile) ride in a row. Oddly, the distance wasn’t as challenging as the roads themselves, many of which were originally made of concrete and now have bumps every 20 feet or so at the joints between slabs. We call them “ga-dunk” roads (“ga” for the front wheel and “dunk” for the rear as they hit the bump). This is hard on the bike and even more so on the rider’s “saddle area”, so many of us are feeling a little sore this evening. Nothing like good pavement for a long bike ride!

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The roads today were mainly flat and lined on both sides with corn or soybeans. The road shown here is not a ga-dunk road.