Many of us have seen The Trolley Bike sauntering around downtown Springfield, MO., hitting up spots of interest and local eateries and pubs, but not everyone has taken a ride on this intriguing contraption. Lucky for us, the kindly people at The Trolley Bike teamed up with WeDames so we could experience a leisurely pedal-powered ride of our own. I have to say, no one was disappointed.
Before we share any juicy deets about our alcohol-laden, group bike-riding adventure, it is of the utmost importance to reveal that the people riding with us had entered into #thetrolleybikecontest a few short weeks before. While some of the winners couldn’t make it, we luckily had backup riders in place. There were several people who didn’t know each other as the night began, by the end of it we were all long-lost friends. It was as if we bonded together after that magical excursion through downtown Springfield. I am happy to say I have made a few new friends.
#WeDamesAdventures – The WeDames Trolley Bike Ride
As with the start of any adventure involving people you don’t know, there was a sense of nervousness in the air as people trickled into Lost Signal Brewing Company to meet up with our party. There were a few introductions, a few pictures taken in front of the Trolley Bike and then we were off!
First Stop – The Golden Girl’s Rum Club
Our first stop was at the Golden Girl Rum Club – a few members of our party sat at a table while the rest sat at the bar. Being my first time there, I was impressed with the quality of liquors they had on their shelves, and their happy hour was attractive – as luck would have it, we landed here just in time to enjoy it!
2nd Stop – Ebbett’s Field!
By now, the party was a bit more lubricated and people were becoming chatty and breaking out of their boxes. Our next stop was Ebbett’s field…another first for me. In fact, as this article goes on it is important to note that ALL the stops we made were firsts for me. I enjoyed Ebbett’s field – we were hanging out outside in an open-air bar when someone had the bright idea to order a round of “Trolley Roger’s” for our crew.
The “Trolley Roger” is a purple $2 shot specifically for those gallivanting around town on The Trolley Bike. It wasn’t half bad – and after we all had a round, we were off again! This time to the Flea.
3rd Stop – The Flea!
The Flea is a cozy hole-in-the-wall kind of bar where everyone seems to know each other – we ended up meeting a friend or two there while waiting for our “Ray Charles” shots.
For those of you who haven’t frequented this awesome dive bar, a Ray Charles shot is when a person ordering said shot puts on blackout glasses, and throws 3 ice cubes behind the bar…whatever 3 ingredients are hit (and yes, they put condiments up there as well), that’s your shot! While I can’t remember what exactly Greg hit (he was the one charged with blindly selecting our concoction’s ingredients), I do remember that, while it wasn’t the tastiest shot I’ve ever had, it certainly was the funniest. The whole bar got into it and was cheering Greg on!
4th Stop – The Vandivort Bathroom!!
After leaving the flea, and feeling slightly blinded by that last shot, we trollied over to The Vandivort for no other reason than to all pile in the bathroom and take a #WeDames selfie. It was hilarious – as you can tell by some people’s heads being cut out of the picture, this was no easy feat. It’s all good though, we also did a selfie picture with some of the ladies in our entourage.
We left Vandivort and pedaled our way back to Lost Signal Brewing Company where we splurged on some much-needed sustenance… namely pulled pork, fries, coleslaw and more. We bid our wonderful Trolley Bike Captain (none other than Brian Ash, the owner of The Trolley Bike and Calibrated Digital Marketing) adieu and went in for some munchies!
The WeDames Review on OurTrolley Bike Excursion
10/10 would ride again!
I had so much fun…it was an amazing evening. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting that level of entertainment – the riders were amazing, our Trolley Bike Host was even more so, and the sights and sounds of downtown Springfield on a warm spring evening came to life. Ah yes Springfield, this should be on that list of “things to do in Springfield, MO.,” you’ve been ignoring.
The Trolley Bike is great for bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, corporate team-building, family outings, or just for fun! Even if you don’t have a full 14 people to ride with you, often times smaller groups can join together. Believe me, you will all be friends at the end of the evening!
In summary, it was a much-needed mini-holiday from an otherwise work-filled week. I can’t wait to go again!