Great Alaska Adventure: A Deep Breath and Another Slice of Pie

This was our final day in Bloomer with daughter Heather and granddaughter Lucy. It was also Hanna’s last chance to say goodbye to friends and get in one more practice with her band. She, by the way, is a talented vocalist who would like to parlay her talents into a music career. Anyone out there have any contacts with record companies?

Over the next 30+ days you’ll learn more about 18-year-old Hanna and you’ll discover why we’re so delighted she’s joining us on the Great Alaska Adventure. After today, most of the pictures you see on this blog will come from her. I’ve seen her photographic work and she has an exceptional eye for composition and unique views. Having her along is going to be special.


Marilyn and I said goodbye to Heather and promised to take good care of her middle spawn. We don’t know when we’ll be back this way or when she’ll make another trip to Florida, but hopefully the gap between visits will be short. Marilyn also got to spend additional time joyfully fulfilling her grandma duties with Lucy, who is growing up much too fast.


I need to apologize for an untruth in yesterday’s blog. I said the Main Street Cafe produced 30 different pies. In fact, they have 50 pies on their menu as the attached photos document.


Of course, I had to go back to the MSC and, after thoroughly enjoying the Wednesday lunch special of pork roast, potato dumpling and sauerkraut, I tried in vain to satisfy my pie craving with a honkin’ big slice of transcendent banana cream pie. It was outstanding. But, I said to myself, is that all? Was this to be my final Main Street Cafe delight? The end of the Bloomer pie road?


I offered up a “Pastry Noster” and my prayer was answered when Lucy was unable to eat more than a few bites of her vanilla ice cream-topped Caramel Apple pie before succumbing to satiety and giving me a pieful reprieve. So, for two consecutive glorious days I gorged on two different kinds of peerless pies. I may have to put some more air in the air shocks to accommodate my growing girth.

Tomorrow, Marilyn AND HANNA and I will set out on Wisconsin and Minnesota back roads, heading west until we enter North Dakota at the Fargo portal.

“I can’t wait to get on the road again.”

Location:Bloomer, WI

4 responses to “Great Alaska Adventure: A Deep Breath and Another Slice of Pie”

  1. Shortkid says :

    I think you know need to find pie at every stop. Have fun in the wilderness of Canada. Make sure no one, not mentioning any names mom, leaves their passport. Love you and have a great ride in the morning. Kick stands up!

  2. Ski says :

    The journey really begins. Ride safe my good friends.

  3. Ron McCain says :

    Dennis,

    I have spoken with my Brother-in-Law, he is a retired VP from MCA Records (Sony), and currently works for himself as noted below, Dale Libby is his name and he is willing to speak with Hanna and give her some guidance or help with the record industry. I have included his contact information below and he is expecting a call of email from her. Hope this is helpful.

    Turn By Turn
    Artist Career Guidance

    Dale Libby
    1212 Liberty Lane
    Gallatin, TN 37066

    Cell: 615.504.9771
    Dale.Libby@comcast.net

    Thank you,

    Ron McCain

    • hdriderblog says :

      Ron, Thanks. And Hanna says thanks. Probably won’t get in touch with him until after this trip, but really appreciate the contact information.

      Sent from my iPad

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