I Submit To You My Picnic Ride

One of the sub-challenges to my August food challenge was to take a picture of yourself having a little picnic while on a bike ride. I had forgotten about that sub-challenge until today. So I quickly packed up my picnic food, threw it into my pannier and headed down to MY Town’s park down by the Mississippi River. Along the way, I took a picture of an enormous crane.

You probably thought I was talking about a big aquatic bird. Wrong. I was referring to this this thing. It’s certainly not the tallest crane I’ve ever seen, but I think it might be the most powerful crane I’ve ever seen. If it’s not the most powerful crane I’ve ever seen, it’s DEFINATELY the most powerful crane mounted on a barge I’ve ever seen. It’s here to lift two 300,000 pound replacement gates at Lock & Dam #2.

I didn’t want to dilly dally at the lock & dam too long because it was getting close to 90-degrees with 49% humidity and my lunch is perishable.

So I proceeded to the riverside park a quarter-mile away. While en route, however, The Feeshko called me and said she was locked out of the house. Hmmmm, now what do I do? Stop to enjoy my picnic as planned while she sat on the porch in the hot sun? Or race to her rescue while my lunch wasted away in my pannier? I did the latter, the chivalrous thing.

Twenty minutes after the rescue, I was cycling once again to the nearest park. It had a clean picnic table in the shade.

No doubt you’re wondering what’s inside the pannier.

It’s leftover salad that The Feeshko made last night. I’m the chef of the household, but she can assemble an outstanding tossed salad.

Romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, cherry tomato, cucumber, broccoli, cabbage and a little apple cider vinaigrette.

The good news is that the salad was still fairly cool, and it was most enjoyable. The bad news is that my picnic is pretty fraudulent. I never actually eat a meal while on a bike ride, and my picnics generally involve grilling chicken, or pork chops, or other meat products thrown onto a bun. Maybe some kind of potato dish, but rarely any other vegetable. So this picnic was kind of unique. I liked it.

Thumbs up to healthy eating!

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 "I Submit To You My Picnic Ride"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: August 20, 2021

    I liked it too — your picnic. Really nice looking salad there. Lucky you to have someone else make your lunch choice ;’-). Good entry for you picnic photo. I stand with the one I had on the bench at the Banks-Vernonia Trail ;’-).

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: August 22, 2021

    That does look like a very tasty salad. I would be really into that. I agree, I don’t picnic and ride on day rides very much at all. I do have a picnic post to do from last week, I just haven’t had time to upload the video to youtube yet.

    Crane drivers earn big bucks. I wish that seemed like an interesting job to me. I’m sure people who work on cranes on a barge earn an even greater premium!

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 23, 2021

    I can’t nit-pick about your picnic, healthy and tasty, just no ants.

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