Left for Oakes by way of Hwy 55. Of course, lots of lakes in Minnesota, but also a lot of fields in the western part of the state. It was a cool 95 degrees for most of the day's ride of 300+ miles. The rides have been going very well and we've managed to stay on course except for one wrong turn today that we corrected immediately.
Staying at the Twin Pines Inn this evening, which is the old E&I motel where Robert Pirsig stayed with Chris on their trip. Will be heading to Lemmon tomorrow but will stay in a hotel instead of camping out at the reservoir as Pirsig did since I'm with my pop.
The bikes have been running fine except yesterday mine kept dying each time I would put it in gear. We were somewhere in western Minnesota and after grabbing some ice cream and trying to start the bike, it kept dying every time I'd put it in gear. As I began to get worked up about it, thinking where in the world am I going to find a mechanic in a town of 50 people, I looked down and noticed my kickstand was down which automatically shuts off the bike if you try to put it in gear! My pop has enjoyed sharing that story.
We've made pit stops about every 1.5 - 2 hours of riding time. By the way, thanks a ton to Rob Nichols who suggested the tactical use of talcum powder (in some parts known as Monkey Butt). It has really saved my tush. Have made sure we stop and have ice cream each day, I don't think I could survive a day without it. Today had some great mint chocolate chunk from a shop in one of the many small towns we've visited. It was excellent. Tonight, we ate ribs at The Angry Beaver (Craig, this made me think of your work retreat story!). Gonna miss my pop paying for dinner when he leaves, it'll be back to hamburgers.