The ride isn’t so much about riding as the experiences along the way. And this being Brenna’s first big ride, we’ll take several breaks to keep it comfortable.
We last ate together at the Prairie Y-Stop about one year ago with our French exchange student Alexis.¹ “Do you remember eating here?” I ask after we come to a stop in the dirt lot aside the corrugated blue metal building.
“Yeah,” Brenna answers.
We walk in past store shelves to the restaurant in the back and find the lone proprietor, a grizzled man, tapping away on an old laptop. He hops cheerfully to his feet and hands us menus before disappearing into the kitchen to ready the grill.
“He was singing while you were in the bathroom,” Brenna tells me under her breath when I return to our table from rinsing off ATV dust.
“That’s good,” I suggest. “I’m glad he’s happy!”
¹ Trail Image, “Fathers Day Prairie Loop”: www.trailimage.com/fathers-day-prairie-loop