As part of our training for our fifty-mile ride next weekend, Sarah and I determined that we needed to ride at least forty miles yesterday. Conveniently enough, the town of Mt. Horeb is roughly twenty miles from our house and a cafe there serves excellent lefse, a traditional Scandinavian flatbread made from potatoes.
Since the Madison area was expected to see temperatures in the nineties with a fair amount of humidity later in the day, we made an effort to get started early. The plan was to get up early, walk the dog, hit the road on the bikes, eat breakfast in Mt. Horeb, and arrive back in Madison by 11:00. Unfortunately, we didn’t hit the road until just after 08:00, and the temperature was already approaching 80 with a cloudless sky overhead. Regardless, we had a decent ride out to Mt. Horeb without any real complications. The last two miles into town are all uphill and the thought of eating tasty lefse is what kept me pedaling towards the top.
However, after reaching the outskirts of downtown, we noticed that traffic was being detoured, and the side streets were all filling up with parked cars. The town was having an arts fair! We’re suckers for arts fairs, so we happily strolled the streets looking into booths knowing that we couldn’t buy anything larger than a deck of cards because we were on our road bikes with extremely limited carrying capacity. In addition, whatever we bought would have to be pedaled twenty miles back to Madison, rather than simply being thrown in a car trunk and driven back.
Eventually, we found ourselves in front of the Blue Sky Cafe, which was our lefse destination. Unfortunately, the art fair had drawn a fairly large number of people downtown and so there was quite a line outside the Blue Sky Cafe.
All was not last, however, as we noticed signs for Kaffee Stue, which was inside the Community Center. The food at Kaffee Stue had all been prepared by the members of the local Sons of Norway lodge, Skjold Lodge, and it was all traditional Norwegian fare. There was smørbrod, lefse, krumkakke, a variety of sotsuppes, smultringer, rosettes, and a number of other treats. We loaded up our trays (though we passed on the hotdogs wrapped in lefse) and enjoyed an even better breakfast than we had anticipated.
Our stomachs full of tasty Norwegian victuals, we headed back to Madison. The ride back to Madison was scorching, but we arrived back in town shortly after noon. We had such a good time on our ride that we decided to make it an annual event. Skjold Lodge, keep the lefse grill warm because we’re already looking forward to next years Kaffee Stue.