ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA: Where I Tested the Limits of My Coffee-Tasting Tolerance
This morning I drove up to the bustling suburb of Roseville which abuts the northern edges of both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Roseville has lots of restaurants, the very first Target Store, and not one, but TWO enclosed shopping malls. At 40-degrees (F), it was slightly cooler than average for this time of year, but at least the drizzly rain had stopped.
I wanted to get my last Coffeeneuring ride in before tomorrow’s elections because I didn’t want to be distracted while performing one of my most important duties as an American citizen. Plus, I didn’t want the rest of America to miss out on voting just because they were too busy reading my awesome account of today’s bike ride. That would make me feel very guilty.
I did things a little differently today by going to the coffee shop BEFORE the bike ride instead of afterward. I mainly did that because shortly after parking my car and unloading my bike I came across one of those cute little drive-thru coffee huts. I’ve always liked those things. I’ve driven through them a few times and I have walked up to them even more times. This was my first bike-thru visit.
I only had to dump out the last couple of ounces of the “Awake!”, so I guess you could say it was better than the Pumpkin Pie Latte from the first day–but not by much.
Next, I continued on for my bike ride around Roseville. Before long I had arrived to the Har Mar Mall. The Har Mar Mall was built in the early 1960’s, got wrecked by a tornado in the early 1980’s, got rebuilt, had some good times and some bad times, but most importantly it inspired the name of the cultishly famous musician, Har Mar Superstar. Some people know him as simply the guy who used to perform shirtless and in his underpants. Some people know him for his persona as the chubby singer who thinks he’s a sex symbol. Some people see him as a musical genius on par with such Minnesota greats as Prince and Bob Dylan. I see him as a pretty creative musician and a very funny satirist. He has some videos on YouTube so you can watch them and see what you think. (Note: Some of them are pretty risqué.)
I did it! I completed all seven Coffeeneuring rides before the first snowfall.