Sunday, June 14
Albany to Willmar
Mileage: 49.43 miles
Ride time: Four hours, 50 minutes
Looking out at the long hilly stretch that is Stearns County Road is what JP called a “soul sucking” sensation.
We saw as we rode out of Albany a sign stated that it’s 14 miles to Roscoe. All of those miles and steep climb out of that town make up the most challenging portion of the final ride of this year’s Pedal for Project Impact.
Bob got up and was making coffee by 5:20 a.m. according to JP, who shared a room with him.
He was on the road an hour before us with the goal of mowing the lawn and heading out with his wife, Carla, for Indiana where their daughter and family live.
That left four of us: JP; Gabby, my daughter; and Daven, Gabby’s fiance.
Gabby said she’d drive our gear to Willmar and pedal up the Glacial Lakes State Trail and meet us, She said she was our Uber.
Daven, who races for an amateur team in the Twin Cities, took off as if he was in a race.
That left two of us.
Once we climbed out of Roscoe, JP and I rode Highway 23 to Paynesville where we took a connecting path to the Glacial Lakes Trail.
An hour later we met Gabby and Sofia, my wife, in Spicer.
As we continued down the trail, JP and I were soon about a quarter mile ahead of Sofia and Gabby.
At the trailhead, JP and I shook hands as he headed home and I waited for the pair behind us.
The three of reached home at about 1:45 p.m. bringing another Pedal for Project Impact to a close.