SoCS: There’s Always Another

One last post about September biking vacation and then I’ll shut up.

The aftertaste, the honeymoon period, has been sweet.

On the Sunday of that glorious week, biking buddy and I were on the trail during most of a Green Bay Packer vs. Minnesota Viking football game that started at noon. However, in doing so, we were burning a lot of calories and around 1:00 pm, our tummies told us it was time for fuel. Carbs and protein. We decided to stop at a local micro brew pub in Preston, MN, where we had a nice oatmeal stout two days before. No beer on Sunday, but still a nice pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, chips and a few extra carbs in the form of something sweet. Tasty! We talked further with the owners, a husband and wife team, retired from their regular jobs and in cahoots with a son that makes craft beer. Very nice people who treated us well, even though they knew we were Packers fans (respectfully cheering for our team, from the corner table). It would have been nice to stay and have a beer or two, but we were driving and had to complete our time on the trail without fuzzy heads or blurred eyesight.

We would later learn that our beloved Packers won the football game. Distasteful to the Vikings fans, yummy for our side.

Sunday evening, when riding was done, we checked into a lovely bed and breakfast in Peterson, MN. The trail was conveniently a half block away. Another couple had also checked in shortly after we hauled our many things up two flights of stairs into the “attic,” which was like a small apartment without a kitchen. Lovely.

In the town of Peterson, there isn’t much available in the evening regarding dinner. The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) was the only place open as the other restaurant, Burdy’s, served breakfast and lunch. So, biking buddy and I went to the next town over and found a bar/restaurant that served great burgers and fries, and craft beers. We ate too much but our tastebuds were pleased. There are no photos of this event because…too busy feeding our faces.

The Old Barn Resort in Preston had a great atmosphere, but dinner was just okay.

Funny, the couple that checked in after us picked the same place to have dinner. There was no one else in the bar except the four of us, so we had a pleasant conversation, talking about where we were from, what we were doing in the area, and other sundry topics. Nice people, which seemed to be the norm during the week, regardless of birthplace, politics and football fandom. We enjoyed talking with the locals and other tourists and never had to deal with unpleasantness from anyone. In leaving the bar, the couple asked us if there was a place in Peterson that served breakfast and we told them about Burdy’s. We had planned on going there ourselves Monday morning as the intent was to have a good, healthy meal that would survive the biking miles until dinner time.

Monday morning, we walked into Burdy’s and who was sitting at a front booth but none other than the couple from the previous night. We wondered if they were stalking us, except they were there first and had already swallowed the tastiness of breakfast.

While chit-chatting with the couple, a woman came over to our booth who we would determine was the wife of the chef in the kitchen and that they were the owners of the establishment. After checking on coffee needs, she asked us where we were from. We told her Appleton, Wisconsin. She said, “You’re kidding, my husband used to work in Appleton. Lived up in Green Bay.” We asked if she was from Wisconsin or Minnesota and she said, “Minnesota.” I asked her to go back in the kitchen area, which was an open concept in plain view, and tell her husband, “Go Pack go!”

Owner wife gave me a disconcerted look and jokingly exclaimed,

“Not on your life!” (This would have made a great one-liner.)

Remember, the Packers beat the Vikings the day before and she is Minnesota born and raised.

Nonetheless, owner wife went back to the kitchen and gave owner husband the message. Biking buddy and I heard a commotion and turned to see Mr. Green Bay Packer Fan giving us a big smile and two thumbs up. He later came and talked to us for a bit, telling us how he met his wife why they opened the restaurant. Super-duper nice couple and the breakfast was fabulous. If you don’t like what’s on the menu or have special needs, just tell them what you want and chef will make it. My buddy was courageous and simply told him “surprise me.” I was a little less courageous, but you can see that my plate held a very yummy and nutritious breakfast. Almost too much – we were both stuffed before it all ended.

Good thing we biked 29 miles that day.

And met up with our couple friend again, in another town, as they were getting ready to load up the bikes and go home.

We were there first. The stalking thought entered my mind once again, but they were too nice to take that nonsense seriously.

And this is how it went for most of the trip – Fabulous rides, nice people and tasty food.

Best ever deep-fried, balsamic glazed brussel sprouts at Pedal Pushers in Lanesboro.

Our only regret is that we decided to visit the Aroma Pie Shoppe on Monday. They were only open Saturday and Sunday due to it being after Labor Day. Ugh! The two guys on bikes that stopped before us were just as disappointed. I had my heart set on lemon meringue pie or blueberry pie, or pumpkin pie, or french apple pie, or any pie.

Oh well, that’s the way it goes. You miss out on one tasty treat, but there’s always another…

Raspberry Pull-Apart from the Lanesboro Pastry Shoppe.

And another…

Best.lunch.ever. Asian shrimp and coleslaw lettuce wraps with fries at Estelle’s in Harmony.

And…anoth…thanks, but I’ll pass on the free zucchini.

The Norwegian community in Peterson have a great sense of humor and too much zucchini.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook, ambling stream or running river. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-tast-.” Find a word that contains “tast” and use it in your post. Enjoy!

34 responses to SoCS: There’s Always Another

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing these stories. With all the articles we read about people not getting along, it’s good to see that the world isn’t as bad as the news. I’m so glad this trip was such a success. Great job with the prompt!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan. We met and talked with many others during the week – other tourists, bikers, locals and shop-owners that were so friendly. My girlfriend and I agreed that this was an unexpected part from the trip that we enjoyed immensely. It helped soothe the pain of no pie. 😉

      • Dan Antion says:

        I imagine you a felt part of every place you visited – that’s always a good feeling.

  2. M-R says:

    “deep-fried, balsamic glazed brussel sprouts” – oh, you Americans ! 😀

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Of course! I love me some brussel sprouts, M-R, and these were fabulous. Vegetable candy on a plate. They seem to be a current foodie trend and that makes me happy because I’m so over the bleu cheese and goat cheese on everything trend.

      • M-R says:

        Be triffic is these food trends never happened, M-J – but they will forever, alas !

  3. Shelley says:

    A very tasteful post-Mary! Your trip looks like a great time and full of calories to burn on the miles you covered. Let’s hope the Packers are feeling your support and win today too!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Shelley. I’ve been craving the shrimp wraps and raspberry pull-aparts since I’ve been home. I wonder if a four-hour drive is too far to go for a nice lunch and dessert… :-p

      Go Pack Go! They will need our support against the Cowboys.

      • Shelley says:

        I’m so impressed with the variety of food you found on your trip. My mouth is watering too. A day trip for shrimp – heck yeah!
        I know the Pack needs lots of positive vibes from fans this week!

  4. J-Dub says:

    Thanks for taking us along on your wonderful vacation. I feel like I was right there with you. Maybe I’m the stalker. Lol 😂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I haven’t done much exercise since the trip, but it seems like I can’t let go of the eating. 🤐😁

  5. marianallen says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time all around. But I do think you and your biking buddy need somebody to hold your restaurant places for you. Test out the appetizers and beer, you know, to make sure they’re up to your standards.

  6. JoAnna says:

    Your trip sounds like an idyllic adventure in the best possible way. You were definitely meant to make a connection with that couple. Thanks for sharing these moments with us.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Joanna. Idyllic is a great word for the trip. Even the times of rain didn’t keep us from enjoying the week.

  7. Boy, I’m glad I ate dinner before I read this. But I still have cravings for craft beer.

    I will.definutely build up biking skills before I come visit one day so we can go biking to beer.

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    I haven’t yet decided if you were eating to support the cycling, or cycling to support the eating 😉

    All around, this sounds like it was a wonderful trip. I am curious about how you handled the logistics of this trip though – maybe I missed it in another post. Were you cycling end-to-end? How did you do the car shuttle thing?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m not going to answer your first comment because I’m not sure myself. Maybe a little of both?

      My friend and I stayed in three different towns along the trail. We would bike out in the morning, then turn around and bike back. A couple of times, we drove to where we wanted to start and did the same thing – bike out and back. We managed to do the entire trail twice, except for one stretch that was unshaded and along the highway. Boring! We also covered part of the trail a second time because it was so pretty and scenic and led us to our favorite brew pub. 🙂

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Ahhh – the out-and-back method 🙂

        I used to cringe at the thought of out-and-back and now I’m starting to really appreciate its benefits. You can go as long or as short as the day warrants. However I also discovered that a trail looks different depending on which way you’re going. I’m constantly surprised by things I see on a return trip that I didn’t notice on the way out.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        That happened to us too…seeing the trail and landscape in a different light, figuratively and literally, on the way back. That’s part of the reason why I have so many photos. 😁

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