Tam and I rode our bicycles to the Indiana State Fair yesterday. I took the day off work for it.
A quick tram ride* had us at Pioneer Village, home to a couple-three† dining tents run by various Hoosier meat producers. Lunch! Tam and I had meat (look, I'm not going to say what kind, for reasons that will become obvious) sandwiches and soft drinks. I added a condiment from a big pump jug; Tam did not.
Once we were fed, we ventured out to look at steam tractors -- one running a sawmill, with the sawn hardwood boards offered for sale -- a one-cylinder gasoline-powered field tile machine, old quilts, chipped-flint knives and other delights.
About fifteen minutes after lunch, I suffered, ahem, "acute gastrointestinal distress." The fairgrounds are very well supplied with washrooms, no problem there; but it kept happening, every twenty minutes or so. Our general route was toward the exit anyway, so I made frequent stops while Tam enjoyed the fair and we left early.
The bike ride home was a character-building experience for me. Once home, I changed into my nightgown and took to my bed. By this morning I was well over it.
Not at all fun and I'm blaming the condiment (which happened to be one that didn't contain a significant amount of vinegar). Other than a different choice of soft drinks, it was the only thing we didn't both eat that day.
* Indiana State Fair trams are a remarkable institution, consisting of medium-sized tractors (running on soy diesel!) pulling three or four trailers that consist of outward-facing wooden benches with footrests on each side. A narrow aisle between the seat backs leaves room for a conductor, one per trailer; it's a dollar per ride, no matter how far or short you go. With a top speed of perhaps ten miles an hour, they run a big loop through the fairgrounds, making frequent stops at marked locations. It's about as Hoosier a mass-transit system as could be, and it's both effective and popular. Each tram train -- there are several -- runs at or near capacity, with trains being added or removed from circulation as demand warrants.
† Usefully, a number between two and six depending on how you parse it. We did not try the mutton.
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