I noticed something odd while enjoying a glorious day at the family cabin on Round Lake over the holiday weekend — there appeared to be a group of people sitting on a picnic table right in the middle of the damn lake.
Since I wasn’t on any hallucinogen stronger than High Life, I figured there had to be more to it than my eyes indicated, so I headed out to investigate.
Indeed, folks really were were sitting on a picnic table drinking beer. But, as you can see in the photo at the top of this post, they had the thing rigged up as a mini-pontoon of sorts.
It instantly reminded me of the pedal pub, the controversial bar on wheels that travels down Twin Cities streets much to the chagrin of Twin Cities bar workers, residents, and drivers.
But instead of being pedal powered, the Round Lake picnic table was propelled by a small electric motor attached to a piece of lumber. Here’s a couple more views:
The contraption was the invention of one of the dudes onboard, who seemed quite proud of his creation, and rightfully so.
But assuming the guy would like to make some money, I’ve got a bit of advice. Scrap the motor, add pedals, and start lobbying Twin Cities park administrators to let you offer pedal pub tours of local lakes.
We’d love to hate the thing, but my hunch is there’d be plenty of people willing to fork over a few bucks for that sort of ride. After all, what sounds more pleasant — drinking while pedaling down the asphalt of Franklin Avenue, or having beers on water while taking in awesome Chain of Lakes mansions?
That choice is easy, so get the Lake Pedal Pub patented before another clever Minnesotan does! (As Bev Luther points out, “Paddle Pub” is a perfect name.)