Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mickelson Rail Trail (MRT) Day 2: Rochford to Hill City

America's Smallest Mall is located in Rochford and is actually fairly well stocked for cyclists -- snacks, souvenirs, a few tools, and various things that you might need on a bike trip. 

Today's ride was much easier. More Dayquill (the whiskey didn't seem to have cured my cold) meant that I had no body aches from Day 1.

Our destination was Hill City, which had been hit by the snow storm and was followed by some pretty intense flooding. At one point, the Facebook page had basically said, "don't come here - no power, flooding,..."

Hill City had great services — we took full advantage of the little hardware store, grocery store, and small museum. 

Flooded road across from the trail.
So we called the campground where we had reserved a little cabin and the lady on the other end of the line had assured us that we would be able to access the campground and that the bridge was just fine.

Oh brother. What we should have asked was, "have you walked from the trail, over the bridge, to the cabin?" What we found was that there was a rushing river, and yes the bridge was above water, but there was no way to get to the bridge on eithe side. Sigh. It had been a long day and I felt crappy. No amount of DayQuill was going to make this better. We ended up passing the campground and then crossing over a bridge on private property (not our typical M.O.) and then riding back up the highway. Aside from being misled about the flood level, we were delighted to find an amazing little cabin -- super cute and clean.

Total mileage for the day: 26.5 miles

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