Monday, November 2, 2009

Cycle 17 Miles Creek Turnpike & Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

Our new kitchen in our 5th wheel Titanim RV

Sunday, November 1, I was up at what my body thought was 7:00 a.m. but it was actually 6:00 a.m. I work on Earthlink journal pages as I'm still blocked out of my new Good Sam site. So I decided to post Jan. 2009 on Earthlink and at least make some progress. The low was 45 and later today it gets up to 83 degrees! The sun is bright and the skies are a glorious blue. After a light breakfast and a stretch we make Ham Hodge-Podge Soup, one of our favorites.

Ham Hodge-Podge Soup

Makes 6 to 8 servings

In Dutch oven combine first 8 ingredients, 3 cups water, ½ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cover, simmer 1 hour. Add undrained beans; cover and cook 10 to 15 minutes. (Add more water if desired.)

5 cups chopped cabbage
6 large carrots, cut into 1-inch or ½ inch pieces (1 pound)
2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped (3 cups)
1.2 cup turnip, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cups diced fully cooked ham (10 ounces)
½ cup chopped onion
½ to one teaspoon seasoned salt
1 15-ounce can Great Northern or white beans


The galley aboard The Titanic!

It is much easier to cook in our new RV kitchen. We have way more counter space and work area. And it is much easier for the two of us to move around and do things without being in each other's way.

The streetside Class C next to us packs up and then they leave in their toad (maybe for church?) When they return they pull out lock, stock and barrel in a 30 seconds. Now that was being ready to go! After a bowl of our hearty soup we load the bikes around 12:30 and head to Turkey Mountain trailhead just down the road. They have rerouted the trail around the parking lot for safety reasons I presume. And now there are flagstones on the terrace as the top of the mountain. A snappily dressed guy and gal are chatting at the top. He is saying that the old path will be removed and a new, terraced one built. I'll have to be sure and tell Marty that the Turkey Mountain hill might be easier to get up next time!

We have fun zooming down Turkey Mountain but I dread coming back up. It has been awhile since we've ridden but I always get a thrill when we hop on our bikes. The trail is closed at the bottom by Bear Fountain in Riverside Park. There is a rocky temporary path to go under the street. Strong winds are against us along the Arkansas River. We cycle past the new River Spirit Casino; now open since we were here last year.

The trail is extremely busy today. I keep saying everyone is out on a gorgeous day to cycle/jog off all that Halloween candy. We cycle past our usual resting bench before Suicide Hill and tackle it without a break. Bob makes it to the top but I had to get off and walk halfway up. We make it out 8.5 miles. Bob's game for the next big bill but I peter out at Memorial. We turn around and head back but not before I snap a picture of this delivery truck waiting at the stoplight. These hills are a challenge since we haven't ridden in over a month. And all of our riding in Ohio was pretty flat this summer.

I can't stress enough what a beautiful fall day it is. This is why we come to Tulsa in the fall. Going back down Suicide Hill three young boys almost wipe me out. 1) A five-year old on a small bike turn is sideways at the bridge after the hill, supposedly to play a trick on his friends behind him but it almost killed me; 2) Fifty feet later a seven-year old on a scooter going the opposite direction stumbles onto my side of the trail and I narrowly avoid him; 3) a seventeen-year old is walking three abreast with his friends playing 'miss-the-cracks' and steps in front of me. Geez!

We rest on the bench at the bottom and decide to have a dinner break at Camille's Sidewalk Cafe.We have always wanted to try this place. We abandon their bike rack after I sue the restroom and leave the bikes in front by the windows. Their Sunday Special is two entrees for the price of one. I get Tuscan Tomato Soup and half an Apple Walnut Tuna Sandwich on homemade marble rye with a side of tortilla chips and salsa. bob gets Bankok Thai Salad. I have a huge cup of coffee; and all for only $8.83.

Refreshed, we head for the dreaded Turkey Mountain. I only need one rest on the way up; Bob makes it the whole way that showoff. At the top, two seventeen-year old guys crowd me off the trial. They are talking and riding on both sides of the trail and don't see or hear me when I call out. I can't decide if I'm upset that I'm invisible to these guys or happy that I cycled so much I'm too thin to see coming down the trail:)

Dad, Mom and Bob get ready to dig into a huge Stefanina's Pizza

We cycled 17.01 miles and I for one am glad to be back at the truck. We get a Sunday paper at Union on the way home. We chain the bikes on the patio since we have a concrete site here. It was sure fun to ride on such a glorious fall day. Everybody else thought so too! It's 4:55 p.m. CST and 81 degrees. The humidity is only 16%! What a difference from cycling in Ohio's 85% humidity! We read the paper, have snacks and watch the Phillies lose again. I'm posting a picture of our visit with Mom and Dad in St. Charles recently. We enjoyed a local St. Louis-style pizza-Yum


OsageBluffquilter said...

I am going to try that soup. It sounds delicious. I can never go wrong with your recipes. However, I have no ham :( today!

Rita said...

It really is good. I left the recipe with my Dad when we were in St. Charles. He's becoming quite the cook. He made a cake right after we left.