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ROAD FOOD–Breakfast

October 1, 2012

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One of the best parts of being far away from home on a motorcycle is having an opportunity to eat, and eat well.  I was outside of Bakersfield, California camping at a large KOA campground.  The area was fairly remote but had a singular destination – a fantastic breakfast diner.  The building was pink concrete stucco in the shape of a huge jukebox.  The parking lot – truck lot size.  This place did one thing and one thing only – breakfast. 

The décor was completely 1950’s with Elvis paintings, waitresses in period costumes and absolutely huge portions of everything.  I had a massive chicken fried steak, ate a fantastic meal, paid the check and waddled into the bright early morning California sunlight knowing that no matter what the day brought it would be good. 

That’s the power of a good on the road breakfast.  It sets the tone for the day.

The all time champion of a good breakfast is the late Gonzo Journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Whose breakfast choices were the stuff of legend. 

Hunter, in an interview with Esquire Magazine described his typical choices:

“I usually start with four Bloody Mary’s, two grapefruits, a pot of coffee, something called "Rangoon crêpes," a half-pound of either sausage, bacon, or corned-beef hash with diced chilies, a Spanish omelette or eggs Benedict, a quart of milk, pie, two margaritas, and six lines of your finest Colombian marching powder for "dessert."

Now that’s a breakfast of champions – but not something I’m inclined to follow – especially if the rest of the day involves operating a two wheeled machine in remote high desert areas.

When I first started riding long distance across the United States, I chose the most awful and obvious of choices – McDonalds.  Now before you start flaming me with hate mail consider the following.  It’s CHEAP.  It’s CHEAP and, It’s CHEAP. When you are on the road for a year or several months, cheap is important.  I can’t afford $10.00 per breakfast plus tip.  And, brother, there are tons of places – little cute hipster joints that have no problem charging that for a few eggs and toast.

I eventually settled in to a routine of splurging for breakfast after a particularly hard time on the road. After an entire 48 hour period of non-stop soaking rain, being so cold in my tent that I had to put my riding gear on top of all the clothes I had and still nearly freezing to death, or just anytime I knew I had a 700 mile plus day in questionable weather.

Here are a few fantastic breakfasts to prime your riding appetite.


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No, the frigging pink IPhone is not mine.

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Below – If you don’t know what this is let me explain.  It’s a Scotch Egg.  It’s a soft boiled egg, encased in sausage, rolled in flower and egg wash and coated with bread crumbs or Panko.  Cooked properly the center will be perfectly done and it’s the stuff of the gods. 

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It’s fall in New England now.  The leaves will be turning soon and it very well might be the best time of the year to get out and ride somewhere.  100, 200, 500, miles – whatever you like.  Just remember to take time to stop and have a meal that’s memorable. 

Get out and ride!

Eric

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