All you-can-eat crab legs

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by quota, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    Every 6 months, Col. Bob and Doug throw a party at the Airport Restaurant in Sedona, Arizona. Carpenter Mike and I were fortunate enough to be invited to the last bash that went on last Thursday night. For those who are not familiar with the restaurant, here is the deal: Every Thursday night you can eat as many King crab legs as you can for $28. Bob starts to look forward to this event as soon as the last one is over. He left on Tuesday so he was certain to not be late for our 1630 reservation time. Mike and I left the following day in the afternoon.

    Leaving later in the day, we had decided to put miles on and take I-15 to St. George, UT. That is typically not a very eventful ride, so we thought we should start off with a big event at the start of the ride.

    Mike twisted my arm and we ended up at his favorite Utah dining establishment.
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    One look and you can see how much these visits mean to Carpenter Mike.
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    I had this to smile about. A chili-cheese dog.
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    After all of this excitement and a true culinary experience, we rode through to St. George and tried to fall asleep. We were like kids trying to sleep the night before Christmas. Instead, we had crab legs to look forward to the next day.

    We decided to put a few miles on the next morning before breakfast. We stopped at the Merry Wives Cafe in Hildale, Utah. Hildale is home to a community where the population practices polygamy. Yes, more than one wife, hence the name of the cafe.
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    We were both surprised by the cafe. I usually order and omelette, and this one was the best one I can remember eating. I ordered peppers in the omelette and was expecting green peppers. Instead of just green peppers, they added red, orange, and yellow peppers. The food was excellent and plentiful, and our total bill for two people came to $10.70. Our young waitress may have been new at the job. When I ordered my omelette, she asked how I would like my eggs cooked. I've never been asked that before when getting an omelette.

    Since Mike and I had both previously purchased National Park passes, we thought it appropriate to get our money's worth out of the passes by checking out a couple of National monuments.
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    We arrived in Sedona at Doug's estate about an hour before our dinner reservation.
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    Doug and Bob look ready to take on what they have been waiting 6 months for.
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    Finally the first round of crab legs show up and everyone is starting to smile.
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    We all watch Bob to see how to maximize our $28 admission fee.
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    Carpenter Mike looks pleased with how this experience is starting out. Notice the kitchen shears in the foreground of the photo. These are used to cut the shell on the crab leg. The shears really speed of the process of getting the meat out so we can get the most of our investment.
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    An hour or two later and it is starting to get dark. Bob doesn't let that slow him down.
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    This is where I give up. I'm done.
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    Bob keeps instructing the waitress to keep the legs coming. And "more melted butter please".
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    Finally, after dark, Bob gives up. We go back to Doug's to watch a movie. I'm not much for movies. I usually try to sleep through them since they are usually lousy. Doug has great taste in film, and we watch "Little Big Man".
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  2. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    The pink Jeeps drive tourists up and down Doug's street every day. Some of the residents seem to tire of these Jeeps, but we go out and cheer them on.
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    Since a number of hours had passed since our previous feeding, we were hungry again. We went to the Coffee Pot. How can we go wrong with a place that serves 101 different omelettes.
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    Good food but the omelettes aren't quite as good as the Merry Wives serve up.
    Notice how Mike is always happy with food in front of him?
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    After reading iDave's ride report, I just had to see the Gold King mine and ghost town at Jerome. I won't add all of my photos, because iDave had so many good ones, but I will add a few for the benefit of those that may read this that are not regular advrider readers.

    Mike can feel the excitement in the air as we arrive.
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    Bob spots an old tracked vehicle
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    Trucks
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    Don Robertson is the owner, and is one of those guys that knows something about everything. I listened to everything he had to say.
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    Don seemed to like the selection of motorcycles that we had ridden to Arizona. When he found out that Bob was on a BMW, he had to show us his old boxer engine lawn mower.
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    Harley 250, by Aerimacci
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    Indian trail bike
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    Don getting ready to fire up his nitrous powered Harley. A few kicks and it fired up.
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    Boar's head and old boat motor collection
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    1954 Dodge 5-ton truck. 413 cubic inch flathead six with dual carbs. Only made in '54. It fired right up and purred.
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    Rare International KB-12. Don uses this to pull his trailer when he goes to find new collectibles. This truck has something like 76 forward gears.
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    Petting zoo for the kids.
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    Don invited Mike and me inside of his home where he keeps his 1952 Harley KR750. Here he shows Mike how light it is. With one hand, Don lays the bike over on it's side and then picks it back up.
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    Studebaker Lark
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    Studebaker truck
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    1926 Dodge truck on the left, 1960 Studebaker Champ pickup on the right.
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    Federal brand truck on the right
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    Nash tow truck that was only sold to Nash dealers.
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    Packard truck
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    quota Been here awhile

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    International 3-windshield model
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    Kaiser
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    The old Suzuki on the left, uses a 359 cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine.
    Don could use a new one if you know of one sitting around.
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    Chainsaw collection
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    International
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    Adventure camper
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    A couple of old Marines.
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    1902 Studebaker Electric car. 13 mph for 40 miles
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    Shell tanker
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    With sleeper in the rear of the trailer.
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    1937 1/2 Ford 136 cubic inch V-8, 60 HP, sold for $470.
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    The blacksmith shop
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    Don's mill
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    One of many walls of old tools
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    Back to Doug's estate, and the pink Jeeps and us entertain each other until dinner.
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    Dinner was at the Oak Creek Brewpub.
    After dinner and before the movie, it was more pink Jeeps.
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    The movie of the night was "Midnight Run". I'd not heard of it before, but it was a good choice
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    quota Been here awhile

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    Saturday morning, we got ready to start the ride home. Doug's new scooter on the right was staying put because there was no key to start it.
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    Great view as you look up Doug's street.
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    To get points for one of the local shop's riding contest, we went from Sedona, AZ. to northern Utah by way of California.
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    Up to Boulder City, NV. where Mike and Bob take a break while overlooking Lake Mead.
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    We make it back to St. George, UT on Saturday night. The movie that night was "Silverado". Another new one for me. Sunday morning and weather weather forecast going north is terrible. Bob can't wait to start riding.
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    While Bob takes this photo of his arrival at home,
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    Mike and I stay south where it is warm and take a ride to Zion National Park.
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    We spent time on Sunday shopping at Sportsman's Warehouse preparing for the cold, but dry, ride home on Monday. Mike bought a new wrist rocket slingshot and long underwear. Sorry, no photos.

    Riding conditions on Monday were dry with temps in the range of 33-42.

    Thanks for the party Bob and Doug. Can't wait for more crab legs!
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  5. Moms

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    Jeez, why didn't you say you were going to Sportsman's Warehouse? I'd have stayed the extra day!
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  6. GB

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    Lookin' good.. gotta love those antique vehicles now! Thanks for the fun report and pics :thumb
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    Hockley Boy Been here awhile

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    Nice report and pics, what a great vehicle collection.
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