CLC 2018 #2: The OENA file

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I head out on bike for what has become an annual ride for me the last 5 years or so. It’s the Annual St. Patricks Ham Dinner at the St. Patricks Parish Hall in Montrose. It’s about an 11-mile ride over to Mon-trose (that’s how I pronounce it) or the Mont-rose (that’s how some others pronounce it); it’s about 11 miles either way you pronounce it. Whatever. It’s about 37F when I head out. The forecast says it should be about 42F by the time I’m ready to ride back home.


I made to the Parish Hall in Montrose. I’m assuming that is St. Patrick I’m parked behind. I didn’t use the valet parking. I found this spot on my own and it’s right by the door. The people in the background are waiting for their car to be brought around.


I forgot to take a picture of my meal ticket ($10 to the local economy). This is a blurry picture of the salad table—my phone was still fogged up. This is my favorite part of the meal.


A foggy picture of the eaters. I think they run around 500+ people through the line each year. Note: 2010 US Census population of Montrose is 472; it’s probably a few less than that now.


My haul for this year’s entry in the Over Eatering, Not Anonymously file. Note: the ham is local, there are over 50,000 pigs that “live” in McCook County South Dakota. However, almost every one of these pigs is an indoor pig. I see cattle all the time on my rides around McCook County, but I can’t remember ever seeing a pig.
I think this is pig operation. It’s between Montrose and Salem. There can be some pretty foul air If you are downwind of one of these. Today, the wind is such that I don’t get the foul air on the ride over or on the ride back.


I heard lots of honking on the ride over and on the ride back. Here’s a short video of one such honking incident:

Fowl Air. Geese, lots and lots of geese today.

It’s was a cool, gray day. It’s wasn’t any warmer on the ride back to Salem. It felt good to be out on the bike, though.

5 response to "CLC 2018 #2: The OENA file"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: March 19, 2018

    Wonderful clip of the geese, Gregg. Good on the pigs too, of course.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: March 20, 2018

    The geese formations were really interesting!

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: March 20, 2018

    Looks like spring is coming with those flyovers! Your pics remind me so much of my youth in Indiana. The landscape, the houses, the food, the people. Was that seven-layer salad over there on the salad and deviled eggs plate? I can’t recall having that kind of salad anywhere but in the Midwest (granted you are technically in ‘the Plains’). IN and IL have plenty of those stinky pig barns, too!
    Thanks for sharing the ride and meal 🙂

  4. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 21, 2018

    Gregg dearest,

    Wow. Haven’t seen that many geese fly over in a hundred years. But then in these here parts the Canada geese are now resident year round, making for a lot of goose butter on the trails we like to ride.

    That was some meal.

    Well done on the ride, dear.

    -Yr Goddess

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