Our bike club’s annual New Year’s day get-together. We met at our host’s house where we ate and socialized before going on a short ride. Lots of great food. I made butternut squash soup.
Happy New Year!
Not our host’s house but a near-by university building.
After a miserable week of holding up in the house fighting a cold I finally got out yesterday.
We rode in to the city for lunch and beverages.
Veggie pizza for Nova and veggie sandwich for me. Each of us tried new beers. Nova had ordered a Magic Hat hefeweizen but was served a Magic Hat #9 (not quite pale ale) instead. She thought it was ok. For me it was a Ballast Point, Victory at Sea (coffee, vanilla imperial stout) which both the ABV and IBUs were too much for my taste. Ballast Point’s Calm Before The Storm is a favorite of mine though.
On the ride back home we spotted this car in the river at nealry the same spot the above photo was taken earlier in the day. Upon our return home I checked local news sites to find no one was seriously injured in the accident.
Friends of ours host an annual Bicycle Bar Tour and Cajun Fest which was yesterday. We meet at out hosts house and ride to get lunch. After lunch we ride to several bars before returning to our hosts house for a Cajun dinner they prepare. This year was the 21st annual although we”ve only participate the last few years. It”s a nice mix of great people, some of the regular bike bunch and others that probably haven”t ridden a bike since last year”s bar tour. It”s always a fun time and good food.
Yesterday some of our bike group got together for a Valentine”s Day Dinner & Ride. We had a pot-luck dinner at a members house and then rode to a 1920s house for a tour. This house was beautifully restored and furnished with so many antiques it was amazing. A couple in our club have a beautifully restored 20s house themselves and are real good about getting us into other houses like this one to tour.
Our Daughter and I made plans to get together for lunch today. In recognition of Fathers Day I suppose as we won”t see each other Sunday. We decided I would pick up Chinese and we we would meet at a park to eat.
At one time I had a basket on this bike and today I wish I still did. The tension of the bungee cords deformed the packaging and you can see where all the sauce from her Chicken with Mixed Vegetables and my Mixed Vegetables has leaked out in to the plastic bag.
It was a beautiful day. Our lunch was good and we had good conversation.
Last January we made a change to our way of eating and now try to eat a “plant based, whole food” diet which means we attempt to avoid animal products and processed foods when we eat. I took on cooking duty at that time as it only made sense, since I have the time to do it. So far I em enjoying it. At home we do really well at sticking with our plan but eating out is a little more difficult. We know that dairy, cheese and lard sometimes sneak their way into our meals when eating out even when special ordering but we don”t let that bother us too much. It”s funny, when people hear about or witness our diet they automatically assume we do this for the animals benefit and that we are now vegan, tree hugging hippies (not that there”s anything wrong with that). We changed our diet for our health not the animals. We still sit on leather in our home, car and bikes and Nova would probably wear fur if I could afford to buy it for her. I really didn”t start thinking about the animals side of the relationship until after we made the change and I suppose that maybe one less animal is killed or not tortured is a nice side benefit.
So anyway we now eat a lot of beans of various kinds and soy beans (pictured above) is one of the more versatile. What does this have to do with bikes? Well since the change of diet we”ve both lost weight (me the most because I had plenty to lose). I feel better over all and that combined has made bike riding more enjoyable. I seem to have a little more oomph and my knees hurt less since I”m not carrying around as much weight.
When I take off from home for a ride in the “country” I am immediately surrounded by agriculture. Wheat, soybean and corn. although I believe most of the corn is for animal feed. A quick search and some statistics rank my state (Kansas) first in the U.S. for wheat production and a bit farther down the list 9 – 11 for soybeans.
This past weekend we participated in our friends 19th annual Bicycle Bar Tour and Cajun dinner. From our hosts house we ride to a lunch stop and then on to several bars before returning to our hosts house for Cajun food. It was a great time. Big thank you to our hosts. Many more photos here.