The Biker Chef awoke Sunday morning with a need for some wind time. After many, many long days and hours in the kitchen at a local resort, no doubt the Chef was feeling about as dull as his knives in the final third of a busy summer season. The sun was shining, the roads were dry, we both had some time to spare, so we hit the dusty trail, riding through Duluth and up the North Shore of Lake Superior, past Two Harbors, which was overflowing with tourists, past the Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls, and finally stopped for lunch at Cove Point in Silver Bay. We started the ride at 9:30 am, stopped once for gas in Two Harbors, and didn’t take a break until we hit Silver Bay at 1:30. The Chef said it’s a nice place to stay, but we had only one day to play, so we’ll save that for another trip. The North Shore is wildly popular in the fall. Some of the trees were already looking like the tops were dipped in paint. The sumac was flaming red, and some Maple trees were already in their full autumn dress, a deep crimson. The Birch trees flashed bits of yellow as the leaves fluttered in the wind.
We ate at the bar/restaurant at the top of the hill overlooking the Cove Point Lodge and Lake Superior. The water sparkled. The food hit the spot. They offer totchos, like nachos but with tater tots, as an appetizer. The Chef loves tater tots, so we had to try them. They are covered in cheese (although, we thought it could have had more), bacon, fresh tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream, a tasty snack. We shared a sandwich, then headed back down the shore with a stop at Betty’s Pies, which was the whole motivation for heading that direction!
I said, “Oh, we better let Mr. Happy out so he can enjoy a bite of my blueberry cream pie.”