And the Minnesota lakehopping continues

Today, the team endeavored 71 miles from Rochester, MN to Albert Lea, MN. The temperature was a little cooler and we experienced rain for the first time in weeks! Although normally this weather might be viewed as a burden, the team viewed it as a refreshing change from the hot days in Wisconsin. We really enjoyed seeing a few of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. About 55 miles in, at Shaw Automotive in Geneva, MN,¬†two of the ride groups met Tracy Shaw, who lost her four-year-old son to cancer. Another ride group connected with motorcyclists who were also riding across the country to help fight cancer. All in all, the team collected a total of $195 in donations on the road today, our most lucrative day of the ride so far!

A big thanks to Shaw Automotive for letting us chill in their shop for so long, for sharing their story, and for allowing us to play with their dog Sam. Another thanks to the Geneva Foods and Deli across the street for their kind conversation and great coffee. We’d also like to give a shoutout to the Illinois alumni we met at the Dairy Queen in Albert Lea. And of course, a huge thank you to First Lutheran Church on Clark Street in Albert Lea for generously providing us with a pizza dinner and for hosting us for the night, as well as to all of the community members who came out to the church to say hello and talk about the cause with us.

Peace, love, and tailwinds!

~The Illini 4000 Bike Team

Fun fact: Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined! The more you know, I4K style.

Leave a Reply