Food Related Pictures From Our Road Trip

The Feeshko and I took our time driving out to Spokane, WA for her niece’s wedding, dividing the 1500-mile drive into four days and three nights. The first night was spent in Bismarck, the capitol city of North Dakota. You might recognize the capitol building pictured in the featured photo. Once I wrote extensively about how North Dakota’s capitol building is the most un-capitol-building-like state capitol building in the U.S. It looks more like senior citizen high rise housing than a grand statehouse.

Nevertheless, it IS a state capitol building and its grounds are probably the most interesting to explore by bicycle in the city. That’s what I did. On the way back to the hotel, I passed a bakery. As I’ve said before, I pass up almost all bakeries because I don’t particularly care for baked goods. In this case, however, I had to turn around to make sure the name of the place was actually the name I thought I had seen on the sign.

Yup, the sign said what I thought it said. Who would eat at a place called “Bearscat Bakehouse” I wondered? But I assure you, the smells emanating from the place smelled nothing at all like bear scat.

The next day we got to see some of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (for the umpteenth time) before reaching our destination of Billings, Montana. After a short bike ride in Billings, I don’t have much to say. It ain’t pretty, but you’ve got to give the city credit for having two huge oil refineries and for charging exorbitant rates at its motels and hotels.

The Feeshko ate a bunch of vegetables from our cooler for dinner. Of course, gourmet that I am, I headed out for something more exciting. I ended up at a place called “Popeye’s Chicken.” I had heard of that restaurant before, so I figured it must be something pretty special.

All I can say is that the chicken was dry and the red beans and rice were boring and Popeye’s has a lot to learn before it can live up to its claims of being “Cajun.” I have no pictures of that culinary mess, so I’ll just show a picture of the badlands of Teddy Roosevelt’s park instead.

Not sure if these folks are Amish or Mennonites or some other sect, but they seemed to be enjoying the scenery as much as I did.

On the third day, we made our annual stop at Joe’s Pasty Shop in Butte, Montana. Joe’s pasties are not nearly as good as my homemade pasties or those of any pasty shop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. But they’ll do in a pinch, and they’re better than food from a fast-food chicken joint.

A Montana pasty.
The crust is too thick. There aren’t enough onions or spices. No rutabaga (swede.) Chunks of steak vs. the U.P. ideal of ground beef. Other than those complaints, this pasty was okay.

This morning we made it to Spokane and I went for a bike ride. Here are two pictures:

The Milk Bottle is a local eatery. It’s shaped like a milk bottle, in case the name didn’t give that away.

The rooster and I are cock-a-doodle-doooooing. We are equally afraid of becoming the main course at the local Popeye’s.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "Food Related Pictures From Our Road Trip"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 26, 2021

    You can’t say they were mean with the portions of that Montana pasty, Never tasted a bearscat before, have you tried the Rocky Mountain Oysters.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: August 27, 2021

    Glad you got a pastie fix that you didn’t have to make. I actually think I might like beef chunks better than ground beef, but it does seem it’d be missing something without the swede. And yes, that capitol building does not look like a capitol building – and I almost expect the Stay-puff marshmallow man from Ghostbusters to appear from behind it. Enjoy your family time and safe travels!

  3. By: BobinVT Posted: August 27, 2021

    I’ve only seen the Badlands once before, but I’d love to see them again. Great to see that photo. And I’ve never even heard of a pasty until I joined this group, but I think eating one has now been added to my bucket list.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 28, 2021

    Bearscat Pastries, do they have Beaver Tails too I wonder?

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