Tuesdays are unloved. You’re one day into the week with 3 full workdays staring you in the face. They don’t inspire the same levels of Garfieldian hate that Mondays do, but we can all agree that Tuesdays are not good. While we are in agreement, tacos and bikes, we can all agree are excellent.
With that in mind the Tuesday night ride, starting at 3, to the Cumming Tap for Tacopocalypse tacos is one of the best things going on that unloved day. The ride out to Cumming is an 8 mile ride on the Great Western Trail from the Izaak Walton League. The ride traverses city and countryside and it’s as easy to spot deer as it is planes flying low into the Des Moines Airport.
But don’t spend too much time looking away from the trail; on most Tuesdays it is full of bikers as diverse as their bikes. I’m never surprised when a Spandex clad group blows by me or I pass a group of bikers with a cooler that doubles as a boom box. I’m definitely not surprised when I spot a group of bikers kicking back with Fat Tires on one of the benches along the path.
The ride out to Cumming is generally more uphill on the way out. No problem though. If it becomes to difficult there is a refreshment stop, Bambino’s Restaurant, five miles in and right off the trail.
Upon rolling up to the Cumming Tap the yard of the bar is littered with road bikes, mountain bikes and beach cruisers. While we may never reach a consensus on bike styles, we can all agree on tacos. The clientele inside is even more diverse than the trail, as bikers mingle with overall clad farmers all sort of paying attention to their friends and sort of paying attention to Wheel of Fortune.
Of course the tacos provided by the Tacopocalypse guys don’t disappoint. The guys cook up flavors such as Korean Chicken, Vegan Chorizo and Braised Pork. My advice is to go for the Wasabi Brisket. The tacos are 2 for $5 which makes it a great, cheap meal for Tuesday. And considering there is an 8 mile ride back to Des Moines, it’s not a bad idea to grab four tacos.
The ride back is generally much easier than the ride out. The belly is full of tacos and probably beer and the trail slants downward making it much easier to ride back. Upon rolling back into Des Moines many riders choose to grab a nightcap at Orlondo’s. Then the bikes are loaded back up and riders might even start looking forward to next Tuesday.