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Lou the Fish

July 20, 2012

Today (July 19), we rode from Waterton, South Dakota, to Montevideo, MInnesota.

After riding about 40 miles, I crossed the Minnesota border at around 11 am. Here’s the proof.

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Shortly after that, we had lunch in a park in Marietta. These silos towered over the park. I tried to imagine how many pounds of grain they hold or how many people could be fed for how long from them, but it was beyond my ken.

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After lunch, I got back on the road heading for Madison, Minnesota. Around noon, I spoke with Bill Werner, a Minnesota News Network radio reporter who interviewed me about NAMI, mental illness, and my reasons for doing the ride. I just stopped under a tree by the side of the road and did the interview on my phone!

Then I started out again toward Madison, which bills itself as “Lutefisk Capitol of the World.” Lutefisk is dried cod, treated with lye, a traditional Scandinavian dish. Frequently on “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor jokes about the Sons of Norway and their annual lutefisk dinner. In a park in Madison, I found what I’d been seeking. There was “Lou the Fish,” who’s been on the job for 25 years commemorating Madison’s claim to fame.

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After riding through about 30 more miles
of gently rolling hills, I arrived at our destination for tonight, Montevideo.

In the evening after dinner, some of the guys put one of the rider’s bikes up on a basketball net. It will be interesting to see his reaction when he discovers it. Tune in tomorrow to find out.

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