Friday, October 24, 2008

Trip story for the Black Hills

Finally! I have completed the story for our trip to the Black Hills and the Buffalo Roundup. Perhaps down the road I will put up a slide show of more pictures. For now, I am glad to have it completed. Click on the picture on the left or here if you want to read about a fun trip.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gourmet meal on the road-it's true!

We seldom eat out when traveling in the Roadtrek. Instead we visit grocery stores all over the country, buy local food and find creative ways to cook it.

One standby cooking accessory is the trucker’s oven or lunch box oven which plugs into a cigarette lighter (12 volt) socket. It heats to 300 or so degrees.

Since it most likely uses quite a bit of battery power, we only use it when driving. I make up a big packet of the old Boys Scout tin foil dinner. It consists of hamburger on the bottom, covered with slices of potatoes, onions and carrots. Season well and seal. Place it in the little oven and plug in. I usually allow 2 ½ hours. You will know when it is close to done as the smell is fantastic.

I have used frozen hamburger and waited until later to plug it in. The frozen meat keeps everything cool enough.

It is handy to bake potatoes as a side dish also. One time we actually baked bread. Little tin foil pans fit perfectly inside. Meatloaf is delicious.

Add freshly baked bread and a bottle of local wine--who needs a fancy restaurant.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Am I showing my age here?

I have trouble riding the current popular models of bikes. First, the handlebars are short which causes my back to hurt if I ride too long. Second, the middle part is too high, even on the ladies models. If I stall out on a hill, I need to bale quick. These wide handlebars and the wide, soft seat pictured as an accessory look perfect. I am thinking of purchasing this retro type bike as a early Christmas gift to myself. Then I could ask Santa for all kinds of accessories.