Just flew back from an epic vacation to the mid-west with Pete.
I flew to Minneapolis last Monday morning and after a shitty flight and brutal Greyhound experience, spent a few days relaxing in Alexandria: Birthplace of Autumn Peterson and Olof Ohman; finder of the runestone. Quite the controversy.
We stayed at the house Pete grew up in. I met her dad for the first time, very nice. Hanging out with Pete is pretty much a non-stop joke fest anyways so hanging out with her mom and sister turns in to a make fun of Autumn session. We gave her enough shit to last all year. Satisfying.
We rode our bikes around the lake and played a round of mini-golf in which I trounced AP and enjoyed the local culture. We went to Fleet Farm. Which is like a bigger version of FredMeyer and Homedepot and a bait and tackle shop.
I went to Cars R Coffins and One on One bicycle studio. Discovered that most bike shops in Minneapolis have full service cafes in them. And most are heavily lacking in the vegan baked goods dept. though.
Did not touch my bike all week.
I take that back. AP and Katie Peacock forced me to ride all over Minneapolis. We did a huge loop of the city met up with Anni K and played a mini-mini golf round at the Walker art museum. There was this huge bike powered pinball sculpture/hole and I got a f’ing hole in one on it. It blew my mind, you had to be there.
Pete and I made our way down to Quality Bicycle Products before dropping me off at the airport this afternoon. My new sales rep Justin accompanied us on a tour of the AMAZING facility. I now bike and bike industry stuff can be mind numbing for non bike industry folks and Pete was a gracious companion. I think both of us were floored by the company and business practice.
She dropped me off at the airport, we made out and I went into the French Meadow bakery for a vegan reuben sandwich and rasberry chocolate bar. I’m going to pen a letter to the owner of French Bakery. Offering vegan options in an international airport is brilliant. Not just a few options, 1/4 of the menu was veg.
They are way ahead of the curve with that one. So I spent a lot of money there. And was more stoked than I was at one of the bikeshopcafes when the barista went in to the tired story about: “we tried selling vegan stuff, and how they did not sell, and she was sorry, and they have clif bars that are vegan” I don’t want a sob story, I just want a snack.
A clif bar is not a snack, a clif bar is what you eat when you have nothing else left in your jersey pockets on long rides.
I know, I know she was being polite and helpful… but, come on!
Vegan cookies are pretty easy to make and stock, it can not be that hard to find a decent supplier in Minnesota. right?
Kinda backwards to me that the punky bike shops frown on the vegans and the big corporate business chain in the airport meets my needs.
I bailed on a vtt ride with pals today to spend another few hours in the Stumptown on pine and belmont to plug away at editing images and content for my website.
Now you need to ask yourself. Will you or won’t you?