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05/14  It's peanut butter jelly time
05/15  Military Ridge
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05/17  Geologists fed me watermelon
05/18  Big Rocks
05/19  The sneaky hills
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05/21  Whole lot of bluffs
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05/22  Smells like the North Woods
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05/25  Solitude and Dragonflies
05/28  Big timber
05/29  Not too proud to push
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05/31  There be dragons here
06/02  Duluth
06/03  Cruisin' the coast
06/04  I am so biking through the North Woods in a cold rain!
06/05  International Wolf Center
06/06  Finally heading west
06/09  Home on the Iron Range
06/10  Rain and loons
06/11  West of the Mississippi...I think
06/12  No more forest
06/13  "Thank you for not wearing spandex"
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06/16  Flat
06/17  Ticks, rain and work
06/18  Wind
06/19  Deer and hawks
06/20  Perfectly centered
06/23  Peace and Turtles
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06/25  Push up, roll down, repeat
06/26  Rain Delays
06/27  I must be getting "west"
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07/03  Duct tape, hose clamp and a big iron bar
07/04  The Enchanted Highway
07/06  Something good comes of the rain
07/07  "Do not feed the prairie dogs"
07/08  Biking with bison
07/10  Yellowstone River Valley
07/11  A scarcity of roads
07/15  Tongue River Road
07/16  Reservations
07/17  A short unremarkable day
07/21  "I'm done when I'm done"
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Home on the Iron Range


Sitting in a hotel in Virginia MN all of Monday watching the sun shine in through the windows was a real bummer. Tuesday not so much, because it rained the entire day. Today was cold and windy with a bit of rain, but I was on the road.

This part of Minnesota is known for iron mining. The landscape of the 60 miles of twisting Mesabi Trail that I followed between Virginia and Grand Rapids was pocked and ridged with the detritus of past, present and future iron mines. Giant pits and abandoned mining equipment were abundant. At every turn were massive (really really huge) jumbles of piled rock. Every lake seemed a slightly different color -- a result of runoff I assume. The entire economy seems based on mining, like logging in northern Wisconsin.

Congratulations AT&T! For the first time this trip I never lost coverage all day.

I probably spent about 10 hours in the saddle, but I only managed a little over 80 miles. Not a great MPH average. Bucking a strong wind didn't help. And the Wesabi Trail is designed for fast peddling the way a querty keyboard is designed for fast typing.

I hit the road around 6am. Sometime around 6pm I wanted to stop for the day, but I knew it would not be dark yet for four hours. Eventually I did camp along Highway 6 in the Chippewa National Forest.

I think I must be entering a less tourist dense area, because nobody tried to run me over today. Well I see the correlation.

there was supposed to be a giant floating loon in Virginia

Mesabi Trail

mining leftovers

Ironman Memorial in Chishom (look for the bike)

Hill-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine in Hibbing

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