Update Saturday: The weather forecast is cloudy this morning, so we will ride. There are a few isolated storms in the area, so bring a vest or rain jacket to keep your core warm, just in case.
Saturday, we will leave Rosemount at 08:00 and follow a 70-mile course, which is based on the Revenna Trail route that we did a couple of weeks ago, and it includes a couple of roads that we haven't been on for a few years. We are going clockwise, so even the same roads will feel like new ones. The Prairie Island route will take us through Hastings and out Revenna Trail and beyond to near the Prairie Island power plant, where there's a 2.75-mile, 383 foot climb at the half-way point and then we return to Rosemount with a tail wind. If you need to make shorter, there are a couple of good turnaround points. If it rains Saturday morning, we will do the same ride Sunday at the same time.
Melissa Hunter is also leading a somewhat-similar route on Saturday, leaving Starbucks at 06:30. Her route is 87 miles and goes through Welch, Vasa, and Cannon Falls and has a lot more climbing.
Note: CR 46 (160th St) is closed for construction, until July 20, from just east of Hyw 52 to CR 85, so we will use CR 42 and Hwy 55 as an alternate route.
If you're into watching cycling on TV, the eight-stage Critérium du Dauphiné is underway and broadcast daily on MSNBC through Monday. This race includes some of the same roads as the 2018 Tour de France.