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Pleasant Knoll Inn
I'd certainly recommend it! Nice sounds of trains and tows
Good to meet you Bill
Where I sat processing pictures. Good food, great service,
reasonable prices. And they have a regional favorite - Spotted
Heading to the entrance of Perrot State Park
Looking over to Iowa - nice tree covered bluffs
Passing this side road over to Winona, MN I couldn't pass it up - the
look of the steel bridge and the fact that a sister attended college
there. Since I'm there - I'll see about finding the bluff
Ah, found it - Garvin Heights
20+ years ago the guy in the bicycle was me - pedaling hard to get up
the hill. It's a fantastic coasting ride down though!
Panorama view from the top
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Look at how wide the river basin is!
College of St. Teresa buildings?
Heading North along the river, MN side.
The skies are getting threatening...
So I headed for cover under a fuel awning.
Chatted for a few minutes with a gent, Bill
, who drove
is Valk in for a gent to take a pre-sale test ride on.
He said that the Minn/St.Paul area was getting heavy rain.
Nothing much were I'm at - but where I want to go is where
Do I head further south (opposite direction from where I want) or wait.
I waited for an hour then headed west.
But not without grabbing a picture of the falls at Cannon Falls, MN
So about 30 minutes later - a dark line of clouds - glad I'm not
heading NORTH where the rain is - yea right.
Running West - blue sky to my left, dark storm to my right (and a bit
in front) - but right in front there's a nice golden glow of sun.
Yep - off to my left - nice blue sky
The view to my right (north) is quite ominous - lightning bolts galore,
BUT aside from the dark cloud there's light on the horizon - all I need
to do is see if I can get under the
cloud w/o getting wet - and there
is no rain falling where the light is - but such is not to be.
While I have the camera in hand...
How's this for a shot!
|Since the storm was approaching instead of "letting" me
head under the
clear end of it - I had to search for shelter. Passing by one
open garage (didn't see anybody around) I came by Joel
out cutting the grass at his place. He didn't notice the
approaching storm due to the wooded nature of his property - nor did he
flinch when a suited cyclist rode up asking for shelter - QUICK!
It only took a moment to get the car, mower and my cycle into the
garage and shut the door. While we waited for the storm to
we watched the weather reports on TV and in that time one, possibly
two, trees came down and power went out a couple times. About
minutes later I headed out. The below picture is looking from
driveway to where the storm went.
This shot shows some of the tall trees on the property and nice blue
skies where I want to go.
|Destination for the day is a county? park / campground
on the western edge of Diamond Lake near Kandiyohi, MN (Hi Kurt/Curt!).
I've a bit of trepedation as to camping - I've never set up
new tent - never even taken it out of the package to ensure it's all
there. Checking into the campgound about 45 minutes before
was a risk - can I get the tent assembled before it gets too
dark? If it's not all there I'll have to re-pack and find a
hotel (and I can't keep ducking out to a hotel every night - I gotta
get this camping routine going). Well, all in all - it worked
OK but not without some
comment: I started by pulling things from the package - and
laying them out as directed - so far so good. Then to
the poles and slip them through the needed loops - several tries later
and they were 'good' but things didn't look quite right. Dark
clouds were gathering to the west with nice rolls of
campground was hopping with RV's to which comments of the little tent
being blown away, or welcome offers of knocking on a door if it gets
too bad were heard. A couple guys even came over asking if I
wanted some help - sure - but all was somewhat lost - the tent was not
what I was assembling - but rather the RAIN FLY that goes over the top
of the tent. There was no FLOOR (aside from my plastic tarp
ground cover) - DOH. It'll have to do - it 's somewhat dark
the skies are nasty. Staked down I hoped it would stay up (the
poles were more or less correct so I didn't think it would collapse in
that regard). Quickly pulling things from the cycle I stashed
them under the rain fly as the winds picked up and the temps changed
(warm > cold > warm > cold). The clouds
were swirling -
again a bit of concern. Lightning and more lightning -
(was great!). Finally, with little rain produced the storm
blew and gave an hours long light show.
Check in at the next days page for a shot of "The Tent"