|"Finally! Where are we going? Are there curves?"|
"Yes, Triumph. I think you'll like it."
As eager as we both were to get out there and tear up the roads, it seemed prudent to take it easy at first, to make sure everything was in order before trying to scrape the foot-pegs on the pavement. So the ride to lunch was rather leisurely, but a leisurely ride is better than no ride at all so I won’t complain.
Sometimes, along the byways and back ways, you might see a bar/restaurant with a sign out front that says, “Bikers Welcome!” The Lion’s Tap, notably, does not have a sign like that. They’re an establishment in their area, having existed in one form or another since around the 1930’s. You might expect a place that has won awards for their burgers, a place that brews their own beer, a place that is right along a pretty pleasant ride, to have a line of motorcycles outside.
|Turns out you have to wrestle that lion before he'll|
give you a burger and a beer.
The bar is wood-paneled – like any good bar ought to be – and there was a decent crowd taking up stools at the bar, as well as filling most of the booths around the bar. None of the servers said hello, or so much as made eye-contact as I walked in.
I hung up my jacket on the back of a bar-stool and I guess I must have sat in the “No Talking Allowed” section. The bartender gave what I would call Bare-Minimum-Service, but I guess that's OK, since bartenders are there to pull beers, not make friends with random bikers. None of the patrons cared to talk either.
|Don't worry, though. The lion is a wuss.|
The burger was totally decent. I’d recommend them as long as you don’t arrive geared up on a motorcycle. Lunch passed quietly, and since I’d given up on making friends at the bar, I paid my tab and split as soon as I could manage.
|I asked Triumph if she wanted to purify herself in |
the waters of Lake Minnetonka. She told me to get bent.
Nothing in reply. It didn't do much to lift my funk.
|"What are we doing here, Lucky?"|
"Check out the water tower, Triumph."
|"Oh. Well, that's nice."|
The weather this week has been cold with rain and more rain, and I don’t have the gear to deal with this chilly weather yet (all of my gear is desert-ready), so the Triumph is staying parked. There’s a chance of decent weather this weekend though, so with any luck I’ll be able to get out riding again then. Fingers crossed!