We were biking with fish.
Writing can be organic and surprising when we stay open to synchronicity and juxtaposition . It's the brave writer indeed who treads into unchartered waters and allows their characters and stories to show them the unexpected and unforeseen. What about your characters sets them apart? (Despereaux was a mouse with "obscenely large ears." Matilda had extraordinary mental powers. Harry Potter ... well, you know.) Maybe they have a suppressed dream, or - most illuminating of all - a secret kept ... There are many, many ways that characters can come alive on the page for writer and reader. Our task is to search out the unexpected, and welcome it onto the page.
Here's a link to the Explore Minnesota bike trail information site. You know, in case you need a fish fix.