Today was a journey along I-25 through Pueblo, Walsenburg, and Trinidad. We looked for businesses in the area that have products and services that we can appreciate and use throughout the campaign. Here is a highlight of what we found:
1. Bingo Burger: Delicious all-natural grass-fed beef patties served with house-made fries and custom dipping sauces – DELICIOUS! Their meat is sourced locally from Cattlemen’s Choice Beef, and they make their fries using San Luis Valley potatoes. No start of a journey is complete without a resounding protein-filled snack that you can trust where it came from. In addition to this, they offer a lamb-burger and eggplant (vegetarian) option.
2. HopScotch Bakery: Close to Bingo Burger in more ways than one, we had to top that burger off with a classic “Mary-O” cookie. Another business in Pueblo that sources some ingredients locally, this is the place to stop for a sweet treat in the downtown area.
3. Cigars Limited: Another specialty store on Union Street, our trek would not be complete without a cigar. We were now off to Trinidad.
While driving south and enjoying the cumulus clouds that signal Spring thunderstorms, I did a lot of thinking about the state of the economy in Southern Colorado. I have heard that Colorado lags behind other states in recovering, however, the southern part of the state is in even worse shape. As I drive with a full belly, I think of so many people who are having to make choices between feeding their family and paying their utility bill – it is a story I am hearing more and more of. It is a story that needs a happy ending.
Once to Trinidad, we find a great location to host a “Coffee with Casida 2012” – a fine coffeeshop and diner called “What A Grind“. Here, we enjoy some espresso and coffee and plan additional parts of our journey.
While on the road again, I contemplate the 200,000 people we hope to touch with our journey, and how many people so far have shared their story and their passion. I believe that we are all here on this planet to learn about ourselves and each other, and that freedom is the best medium to make that happen. And I am so blessed to live in a free country.