It’s been a fun couple of days in the twin cities, with delightful weather, a nice respite from life in the saddle. I stayed in a B&B next to Lake Como in St. Paul, recommended by a fellow cyclist we met on the road north of town, and it turned out to be an ideal location for lots of city adventures. Wednesday included a movie, visit to the nearby conservatory and zoo, followed by a St Paul Explorers baseball game. The team is owned by Bill Murray, so the game was full of comedic touches, like a live pig on the field (their mascot), and a karaoke sing along with a gentleman with a strong Japanese accent during the seventh inning stretch.
Thursday was the first day of the state fair, which was almost next door. I ate fair food, learned the pros and cons of various dairy cows, and participated in a sing-along art installation done by a couple of other B&B residents.
Minneapolis was also full of good food: Ethiopian, Asian and Afghani (thanks for the recommendation, Eric). There was, of course, the obligatory ice cream as well.
I’m now on the train to Chicago. Part two of this adventure begins tomorrow morning in Michigan City, Indiana.