iowa, planking, cycling, rootbeer and chicken livers

Iowa was so friendly, and the Wabash Trace so nice that it needs a second post. In Shenandoah at the restaurant called the Depot – you can get a locally crafted root-beer. Rich and smooth with just a hint of anise it was a treat.

Root beer from the Depot in Shenandoah - served in a frosted mug.....

Root beer from the Depot in Shenandoah – served in a frosted mug…..

We stopped at several other nice restaurants, but I couldn’t find one that sourced local Iowa beef, maybe that’s something to find in nearby Omaha which is a larger city, but when I asked the waitress what they recommended everyone said “Onion Rings” and “Chicken Livers”.

Now that's an Iowa onion ring, served at J Brunners

Now that’s an Iowa onion ring, served at J Brunners

I have to admit that all my life I’ve never tried a chicken liver, though my mother a farm girl loved them. So to honor Mom’s memory we tried the chicken livers and they were very tasty.

Breaded hicken livers, mushrooms and provolone - rich and tasty

Breaded hicken livers, mushrooms and provolone – rich and tasty

Maybe this is Iowa foie gras? It was pretty good but very rich.

So, if we’re going to enjoy the table – we’d better do some extra along the trail…

My favorite oldest daughter planking on a break in the trail

My favorite oldest daughter planking on a break in the trail

Well, we can’t let youth have all the fun….

planking on the bridge over the Nishnabotna river

planking on the bridge over the Nishnabotna river

Safe riding everyone!

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23 Comments on “iowa, planking, cycling, rootbeer and chicken livers”

  1. Bodhirose says:

    I enjoyed your travelogue and everyone’s planking pose! And I like that you call your daughters “favorite”…whether younger or older…sweet. My father always referred to me as his “eldest” daughter…and I was.

  2. susank456 says:

    Those onion rings look amazing

  3. nokotahorse says:

    Tried rootbeer in Tooele UT long time ago. Here in scandinavia we can sometimes find the imported canned type in supermarkets, but it is a very superficial beverage with strange chemicals. I really must go to Iowa to try that genuine homemade rootbeer!

  4. elainecanham says:

    I was doing planks this morning. I’m still aching. Still, I feel smugly healthy, which is the important thing. Loved your pictures; those onion rings were enormous.

    • billgncs says:

      cool! My youngest daughter, of the six-pack abs, convinced us all to plank every day for 30 seconds and then do 10 pushups. It’s like the kick-start for a more active day, and if we don’t do anything we still have the habit of the plank πŸ™‚

  5. ManicDdaily says:

    So charming. I used to spend a part of every summer in Iowa. Looks pretty darn nice! k.

  6. Chatty Owl says:

    Jealous! Looks like you had fun!!!!!! And i LOVE chicken livers. Spicy. *thumbs up*

  7. I love that your daughters love to hang out with you. That says something about the kinda dad you are… ❀
    Diana xo

  8. Resa says:

    Nice planking! Is America the home of root beer?

    • billgncs says:

      It was invented here, originally as a tea from a blend of herbs and roots. Later they served it with carbonated water and Voila ( did I mean wala ) – so it goes right back to Philadelphia and the independence movement

      I like it because there are many small places that make their own, giving it a local flavor – it isn’t completely dominated by the mass producers.

  9. lynndiane says:

    Glad you enjoyed Iowa’s hospitality…i’ve never tried chicken livers but we’ve grilled plenty of home-raised steak. Root beer simply must be served in a frosty mug!

  10. Kristi says:

    Looks so fun. And that beer….looks too good. You do yoga? πŸ™‚

  11. Cara Thereon says:

    Very yoga like in that last shot. Namaste.


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