I’ve been dreaming of Euphoria. Mexican-style bliss may possibly bring myself the closest to that state. Infusing ingredients. Confusing palates. Enthusing and bemusing, let’s tip one back and have fun.
This Chilaquiles concept has evolved from its original normality. I baked Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread pieces taking away the fried corn tortillas to be flavorfully healthier.
Water was heated and seasoned with bay leaves (later removed), SeaSalt/Pepper/Garlic, Cucumber, Cocoa, Tomato Paste, Chipotle Powder, a drop of Vanilla, Meatless Crumbles, Tofu, Onion, Green Pepper, Jalapeño, Cilantro, Chocolate, Lemon & Lime Juice, Corn and Sugar.
Interlaying baked Lavash pieces with the Chipotle Chocolate Cucumber Sauce like a pyramid ready for demolition. Garnishing with Lemon and Lime slices, the dish was destroyed along with the plate and fork and table.
A cluster of letters compressed into various words immediately pressed ever so tightly to form images to be read through the universe of the human eye ampersand absorbed into aspirations of your own dreamt culinary adaptations. I press these words into developed photographs of Vegan Mexican-style street corn, Ⓥ Elote.
While enjoying a delicious Craft Beer, Water was seasoned with SeaSalt/LemonPepper/ Oregano and the Corn was slightly cooked in that seasoned water. A skillet was heated with Canola Oil. Garlic was tossed in followed by Corn on the Cob to be tossed around generously. Patrón was added to the corny hot garlicy skillet and continuously tossed.
In a mixing bowl, Tofurky ‘chorizo’, Vegenaise, Cilantro, BBQ Sauce, Chipotle Powder, Lemon & Lime Juice and Corn Meal were mixed together, happily.
Corn Husks were saved and rewrapped the Corn on the Cob and placed back into the cast iron skillet and dressed with the Chipotle concoction to be roasted in the oven. After a few minutes of roasting, Daiya shreds were added and then the Elotes were Ⓥeganly broiled. Ⓥegan Elotes were devoured before even plating. They were damn delicious and held immense attitude.
Aldi Veggie Patties
My link above dives deeper into the quality of these Veggie Patties:)
Using prepared dough, I seasoned with Onion & Garlic Powder and Crushed Red Pepper before infusing/confusing with slices of Tofurky & Daiya.
This concoction was rolled up and formed into a croissant form, topped with Sesame Seeds and then baked.
BBQ Sauce was lightly added to this ordeal.
Veggie Patties were also involved.
Pitas are great. They are PITAful. Whole Wheat Pitas were purchased, utilized and enjoyed recently.
They were lathered generously with Earth Balance and lightly grilled before adding BBQ Sauce, Tofurky, Pineapple, Cilantro, Onion and Green Pepper.
With an outstanding Rice concoction on the side, titled Meatless & Potato, this plate was furiously Vegan. Meatless & Potato consisted of Mini Red Potatoes, Carrot, Onion, Serrano, Rice Wine Vinegar, Broth, Jasmine Rice, Wild Rice, Cilantro, Sea Salt, Pepper, BBQ Sauce, Tomato, Fennel & Mustard Seed And Meatless Ⓥ Morning Star products.
As always, this plant-based greatness was surrounded by Good (Surly) Beer, Cycling and FUN.
Unfortunately, my rear wheel broke at some point yesterday. The hollowing wind may have silenced the noise of a usual broken spoke for a good while. Not too far from civilization, I brainstormed a way to somewhat secure it so it wasn’t just flopping around. A pre-glued patch mended the floating broken spoke to another. I rode to the nearest town and rode in around 6:30pm. This is where things sprinted downhill. The closest bike shop was 10 miles without any posted hours online nor reviews. My reserved hotel room was 40+ miles south with horrendous headwind remaining.
There were hotel options 5-10 miles from where I was, but do I trust riding on a broken bike? Do I trust riding a broken bike at night? If I stay in a hotel, will this bike shop be open on Easter? Are they able to repair a broken spoke?
I weighed my options and decided to not risk incident nor further damage to the bike and stranding myself further away from civilization in the dark. The decision to cancel the remaining hike of my soloCUBSparade and arrange teleportation home was made. My hotel reservations were non-refundable. My Amtrak ticket was refundable after a fee.
To recap, I went pretty far in a few days as quickly as the elements allowed. I may not have completed, but wow, did I overcome difficult obstacles. I’ve gained knowledge, as well, to better prepare my next bike hike:
- Do not make hotel reservations. Make sleeping arrangements on the road.
- Bring battery backup.
- Carry backup water, always.
- Do not get caught up in tinkering every single road while losing sight on the bigger map.
- Always bring rear lighting.
Check out “soloCUBSparade I” on Relive!
Check out “soloCUBSparade II ” on Relive!
My Garmin died 37.4 km prior to my arrival. I used Strava to map it out exactly. Ride II totaled 192 km (roughly 120 miles), 796 m (2,612 ft.) elevation gain and I’m going to guess around 12 hours of ride time – 14 ish hours of elapsed time.
Check out “Morning Ride” on Relive!
Take the harder road. Strengthen your mind and body by avoiding pampering. Be optimistic and have fun. Life is what you make of it.
RIP, Mike Hall
You truly are an inspiration.
Originally today was going to be my 100+ mile day to honor Mike Hall. This has changed due to the chaos from yesterday. My garmin died, so it’s just my word to prove it. My garmin died around 155 km and the sun died shortly after. It’s easy to quit. It’s easy to think negative. It is difficult to overcome obstacles. Yesterday’s obstacles were sunlight, rain, headwind, traffic, dogs, battery life, mud, wet and loose gravel, boulder loose gravel, Apple maps, and thirst. Mike would be proud.
Apple maps saved my ass taking me away from heavy traffic in heavy rain to take a mud/grass road to safety. Apple maps also helped me get lost and waste time. Apple maps did tell me how to get to my destination.
Not a lot of hope remains after your garmin bike computer dying and a sunset almost simultaneous. There is not a lot of hope of being 20ish miles still from your destination.
Something happened that I have never experienced before. I’m not sure if it was survival mode or if I’m finally on a new level. I overcame complete exhaustion and marched on. My saddle sores stopped hurting and I felt absolutely comfortable on my bicycle, in the dark with my light dim to conserve battery life battling vehicle traffic.
Garmin shows 155 km. I rode roughly 185 km in 14 hours. I had many stops and I did walk a few spots to ensure my wellbeing.
My ride could’ve been better, but the challenges overcome like a surviving soldier sprinting into battle, was damn victorious.
I slept in this morning until 8:09 am. I will ride out around 11am. I need battery life for my phone, garmin and light. My goal for today is to find sunscreen!