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I arrived at Itasca State Park after a long (230 mile) trip. It was a pretty day for the trip with blue skies and 70 degree temperatures.
|Good travel weather and road|
The main reason I came to this park is to see the beginning point of the Mississippi River. The beginning of this big river is a small stream that leaves Lake Itasca. About 2,500 miles later that stream empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it collects water from 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces and passes under about 170 bridges. The first bridge is a log that has been cut in half and spans the stream about 50 feet after it leaves the lake. The water I saw yesterday leaving the lake will not reach the Gulf of Mexico for another 90 day; first week of December.
|To the headwaters|
|A bench to rest and read|
|The very beginning of the |
Mississippi River as it leave
|Lake Itasca is in the background|
|The first bridge to span the |
|This is the Mississippi River about|
200 feet after it leaves the lake.
It will take about 90 days for this
water to make its way to the
Gulf of Mexico
I also rented a bicycle and rode around on some of the bike trails in the park. I asked for a bike with an old fashioned tractor seat but they didn't have one. I wasn't sure the woman knew I was joking. She picked out a bike she said was a Hybrid with a wide seat and 3 gears on the left handbar and 7 on the right. Yesterday was the second bike I've ridden with gears. Towards the end of the ride I finally found the old fat man gear which was 2 on the left and 3 on the right. I only rode for about 45 minutes but that was long enough to know I will be getting a bicycle when I get back to Louisiana in November.
There is a cold front that is pushing through this area today. The temperature is suppose to drop and rain is on the way. The low tonight is predicted to be 42 degrees with a high tomorrow of 53 degrees. Tomorrow is moving day and I will be heading south about 125 miles. There won't be much of a change in the weather so I'll be getting my long pants out of storage. The low for Wednesday night is to be 38 degrees. The leaves are starting to change with this cooler weather. In another few weeks the trees should be very pretty up here, but I'll be long gone by then. I'm as far north as I'm going this year and tomorrow will begin a 6 week trip back south to Louisiana. I'm not exactly sure which route I'll be taking but I do have reservations at two more Minnesota state parks that have things I want to see before leaving the state.
|It was a good day in a nice campground|
with perfect weather.