Incredible things may consequent from a responsible day drinking day. Open your mind. Open a Good Beer. Ride a Bike.
Washing dishes is one of my least favorite things to do. A bagged coleslaw mix literally was my mixing bowl for this concept. The mixture included diced Green Peppers, Tomato, Onion, Coleslaw mix, French Dressing, Vegenaise, Sunflower Seeds and SeaSalt/Pepper.
Lavash Bread is amazing and extremely versatile. Lavash Bread was lined peppered Tofurky slices, the Coleslaw mix and then rolled up to served cut in half with a Good Beer or three:)
Chopped Asparagus, Red Quinoa, Sunflower Seed, Garlic, Broth, Lemon Pepper, Sea Salt and sliced Tomatoes were roasted before topping with Daiya and Dill Weed and Roasted again, melting the Daiya perfectly.
Simple, yet delicious. Have fun with your food.
Every single opportunity prior to yesterday has been an impossible mission to partake in an organized ride. Weather or job has disrupted every ride. Somehow, someway this weekend that I normally work was ironically switched to work more in my favor. Yesterday, was a perfect day in Northern Central Illinois. The day finally reached mid eighties when our 5-10 mph wind metric century (65 ish miles) was complete. I rode with a great group of guys and had a lot of fun. Z Tour 2017 was my first ever organized ride.
Vegan food/snacks were consumed, multiple beers were enjoyed and a curious kitten was saved from bicycle trampling by yours truly.
I dare you to diffuse normality, confusingly infusing uncommonly concocted ingredients. Mexican-style ingredients and dishes are most comforting, to me. Also, usually inexpensive. Dream it up, prepare it and destroy it. Learning, adapting and evolving the realm of thought that went into an adaptation. Here are a few pictures in attempt to inspire others to make something differently delicious.
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.
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.