Friday, November 4, 2016

Running Around Denver

I arrived in Denver on Tuesday evening and Dom, aka Charlie6 on the Internet, picked me up at the airport. He had generously offered the use of one of the rigs. This is the one named Fiona with the BMW engine. It was quite a hit at the meeting especially since it is parked right in front of the door of the Polar Field Services office. There are quite a few other riders though this was the only bike there. Something about rain makes them not want to ride. And these are guys who spend months of a time at remote locations such as Greenland supporting research. A very interesting group.  

On Wednesday, I rode back to Dom and Martha's home and we went to an all-the-schnitzel-you-can-eat place. This was something new as I've never had schnitzel before. It was very good as were the side dishes and the company was great. Dom generously offered his newer rig to take to the meeting the next day. Nothing like shaking things up by showing up with something different. On Thursday, quite a few noticed the slight change and many recognized this one as a Ural. Many just assumed that the other rig was an old BMW. Interesting.
 
Dinner on Thursday was at a Vietnamese place in the mini mall next to the hotel. Pretty tasty and since the same broth is used for all of the pho dishes, it came out of the kitchen in literally minutes. True fast food. You add in the fresh vegetables yourself choosing how many jalapeƱo slices and chili paste you think that you want and dig in. It was very good.

To finish off dinner, they brought out Vietnamese coffee and a glass of ice. I haven't had this for a while. Actually, since the last time I was in Denver for an Internet2 meeting. The very strong coffee slowly drips into sweet, condensed milk. It takes quite a while for the coffee to make it through the thick pad of coffee. You then mix and pour over ice for a nice strong iced coffee. 

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  1. The Vietnamese coffee looks lil sit would be interesting to watch brew/drip.

    I have never heard of an all you can eat schnitzel buffet. I did work at a german deli right out of high school and we sold a schnitzel sandwich. We made the schnitzels from scratch each morning. I have made way too many of those........

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    1. The Vietnamese coffee was a nice treat. Pretty similar to the coffee in Singapore though the coffee is not drip but closer to Turkish coffee.

      I had heard of schnitzel before but wasn't sure what it was.

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  2. That looks like mighty phine pho there, Richard. I've made a note about Vietnamese coffee--to try it next time I see it on a menu.

    Did you get a chance to ride Dom's old Beemer (he still has it, right)?

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    1. The pho was good with a very tasty broth.

      Dom did generously offer his R80 but it has been years since I've ridden on two wheels. I think maybe 2013 on a BMW demo ride. That's a long time.

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  3. Ry Austin, Brigitta, the R80 has been offered. :)

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    1. Yes, and thank you. But it's been a long time since riding on 2 wheels especially with the Denver traffic.

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  4. How I miss Vietnamese food, the bowl looks delicious... culinary choices are very limited where I live.

    Awesome that you got both rigs to try. Dom is a very generous person.

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    1. We have a pho place in Fairbanks but the prices are too high. Over double what they were here.

      Dom is a very generous person. I've been wondering about the BMW engine conversion. It seems to eliminate one of the weak points of the Ural.

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  5. Thanks. Now I have a craving for schnitzel. There's a great schnitzel restaurant about 40 miles from here - not all you can eat, but the servings are more than enough for a meal. Must add it to the must-do-soon list.

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    1. Your welcome, glad to help with your craving. I think the all-you-can eat thing isn't an every day thing.

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  6. Richard,
    Absolutely love Vietnamese food. We drew the line at stuffed fish bladder whilst we were there but everything else was delicious! Made Pho for dinner the other evening and it looked just like yours. Making myself hungry....

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    1. I had looked up pho before and the broth had something like a couple dozen ingredients. Vietnamese food is a real treat.

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