A peek into Chef Allison’s kitchen

Washington DC’s Walker Jones Education Campus kitchen was bustling with energy when I arrived during the lunchtime rush. Students waited with dancing feet for their meals as the cafeteria staff efficiently served and approved each tray. Preparing 3 meals a day along with Pre-K and the DOD Fresh Fruits & Veg program, the kitchen is in a constant whirl of activity. Chef Allison’s passion for feeding students was obvious as we toured the facilities. She bounded from feature to feature, making sure to point out the abundance of fresh produce in their walk-in fridge.

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After getting the lay of the land, I hung back and watched the magic happen. While there was much to take in,  the individuals at the registers were particularly impressive. The staff knew each of the 400+ students by name and were attentive and encouraging when the young eaters expressed apprehension at trying one of the menu items.

This experience emphasized the important role that cafeteria workers play in cultivating an atmosphere of health within schools. A smile and a kind but firm word might be all one kid needs to expand his or her culinary preferences. Keep up the great work, Chef Allison & crew!

Cycling Math

Question: How many communities can a girl visit during a 6,000 mile bicycle tour?

Answer: It depends on how fast she rides!

In case you were curious: Planning a 6,000 mile, 9 month bike tour is a complicated endeavor!  I have been poring over maps, rereading emails, crunching numbers with the calculator and creating draft after draft of Tour calendars… A finalized route and timeline is almost ready. My most recent revelations:

  • Washington DC is a go!
  • 30: # of official Tour locations I will have time to visit
  • 50 miles/day is a conservative estimate of average cycling rate
  • What if it snows in Atlanta again next year?!

I will be posting a tentative list of communities soon. In the meantime you can see my detailed proposed route in segments*:

Oregon to San Fran

San Fran to Arizona

Arizona to Texas

Texas to South Carolina

South Carolina to Ohio

Ohio to Michigan

*note – the markers on the map are completely arbitrary and do not necessarily indicate Tour stops.