The morning was beautiful and clear in La Crosse, but a storm was on the way. Prepped for rain, I took out on I90. This stretch of highway is rather scenic, starting by the river, then ascending through lush greenery to the river bluffs.

As the rain approached in the distance, I filled up with gas. A farm implement mechanic shot the breeze with me for a good bit… From his military background, his love for Minnesota, and the 200K miles he put on Kawasaki bikes, he is an interesting man. This kind of random interaction that makes me love motorcyling.

I pressed through the rain for hours to Blue Earth. I had to get a photo with the Jolly Green Giant.

As I was just an hour away from a friend’s childhood home, I took the detour to Le Sueur. It was great to see the house and town where my friend grew up. While we have had many conversations, it made the day special.

I rode through the rain for a long ride mostly on 14. It is a nice scenic route with little in the way of motels. I pushed on to make it to Sourh Dakota at Brookings for a nice hotel room.

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