Our town is blessed with numerous outstanding breakfast eateries - Places such as Milton's, Global Cafe, and Myrth are just a few, not to mention great local coffee shops, The Bourgeois Pig, La Prima Taza, and Z's Espresso, to name a few. They would be great moto gathering spots but for me they are too close to home. I need some distance between my domicile and my Sunday moto-gathering spot of choice. There needs to be a great ride between my garage and great food! Plus, I need other riders to show up too! Am I asking too much? I don't think so!
So, today I begin the quest the moto-cafe-quest! Volume 1: Elle's Diner in Tonganoxie, KS.
|The Farmer's Platter|
The Farmer's Platter was a thing of beauty and a culinary delight as well! - it will definitely bring me back to Elle's! The one thing missing however, and this was a big one... was the absence of moto-brethern. The dining room I chose had a long table that seated a dozen or so Tongi good-ole-boys deep in their morning chatter. The room silenced as the stranger clad in riding gear conspicuously entered their domain. I tried making eye contact thinking I'd get a "hi" a "howdy" a "nice bike" , or even the overly obvious "you 'aint from 'round here are ya"... but sadly no. It had more the feel of a verse from Bob Segar's "Turn the Page" ... you know the one. Too bad...
As I stood to leave I grabbed my riding jacket made one last attempt at eye-contact with the group. I was able to force a smile upon one once cold set of eyes giving me a sense of real accomplishment! Finally, some acknowledgement of my existence. Baby steps...
Aside from the cold cafe reception by the locals, the ride was beautiful... Any day riding is a good day!
My moto cafe-quest this morning was a success. It was a great morning for a ride and I don't think I will eat another thing the rest of the day! At least that's my story for now!!
|Downtown Tonganoxie, KS|