Category Archives: Coffeeneuring

Coffeeneuring is Coming

Save the Date: October 3 – November 21
7 cups, 7 weeks

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More details to come…

Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014: Unofficially Official

When I announced the list of 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Finishers, reader and original coffeeneur Vannevar asked me about my own coffeeneuring for the year.

While I am a big fan of riding one’s bike in the pursuit of a good cup of coffee, there is at least one year where I did not officially complete the challenge.

Too many rules! Busy weekends! Ran out of time! You know the excuses of which I speak. In those instances, I’ve quietly awarded myself an honorable mention. E for effort!

This year, though, I’m pleased to announce that I followed all the rules and successfully crossed this year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge finish line. Below is my report for your review and enjoyment. Continue reading Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014: Unofficially Official

Coffeeneuring Achievement Badges

Hi all. This post is for those coffeeneurs who ordered patches. The patches have arrived!

Coffeeneuring Patches

I will be sending them out over the holidays. If you think you earned a patch, there is still a small window of time to send your coffeeneuring documentation to me.

Continue reading Coffeeneuring Achievement Badges

2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Finishers and Honorable Mentions

The 2014 edition of the Coffeeneuring Challenge shows that people’s dedication to riding bikes and drinking coffee (or similar beverage substitutes) while also following a general set of rules remains strong.

After the homologation of results, the season ends with 175 Finishers and 4 people securing an Honorable Mention spot. Continue reading 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Finishers and Honorable Mentions

2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Update!

The final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge has come and gone, and the time to submit summaries and compile results is upon us.

Thank you to everyone who has participated and supported the challenge this year. You are awesome! Continue reading 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Update!

We Love Coffeeneuring, Featuring the Ultimate Coffeeneur for Final Weekend Inspiration

In the great city of Portland, there is a person who has coffeeneured more than anyone I know. His name is Bill, and in the course of 94 weekends he visited 110 distinct coffee shops.

That accomplishment is a testament not only to the preponderance of Portland-area coffee shops (yay, alliteration!), as well as Bill’s passion for coffeeneuring and his determination to seek out new shops.

In honor of the final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge, I share with you this interview with the Ultimate Coffeeneur. Continue reading We Love Coffeeneuring, Featuring the Ultimate Coffeeneur for Final Weekend Inspiration

We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Four-Time Coffeeneur John R. in #BikeDC

The final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge approaches, and as part of the final week festivities I took the opportunity to chat with four-time challenge finisher John of #BikeDC.

You may know John from Twitter (@dirteng) or through his blog, Portajohn. John used concepts from the Coffeeneuring Challenge and created a beer and bikes challenge known as the Brewvet. (The Brewvet is a springtime challenge so you have plenty of time to practice up for it.)

A cyclist, coffeeneur, and explorer, John loves to combine bikes and coffee whenever he can (unless he’s opting for a craft beer instead). We recently talked about the appeal and expansion of the Coffeeneuring Challenge as well as other bikes ‘n coffee-related topics. Continue reading We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Four-Time Coffeeneur John R. in #BikeDC

Coffeeneuring Challenge: 2 Weekends 2 Go

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Two full weekends remain in the 2014 edition of the Coffeeneuring Challenge. What plans have you made?

Felkerino and I will be attending the Philly Bike Expo and coffeeneuring when we can. We’ve got coffeeneuritis, my auto-correct tells me.

If you’re also heading to the Expo, say hello if you see us. Oh, and if you know of good coffee spots downtown, please let us know!

Enjoy the weekend, all!

We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Original Coffeeneurs Tara and Simon in Maryland

Today Chasing Mailboxes talks with the coffeeneuring duo of Tara and Simon. You may recognize this pair from previous guest posts, or perhaps Tara’s name rings familiar to you because of the “Tara Rule” (This year it’s Rule #16).

Tara’s suggestion that people be allowed to coffeeneur on Columbus Day sparked not only the creation of this rule, but also the approach that rules can be subject to modification (or added!) based on participants’ input and well-reasoned arguments.

Tara and Simon are the original team coffeeneurs, and have successfully reached the Coffeeneuring Challenge finish line every year that it has been offered. I’m pleased to feature them in this post. Continue reading We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Original Coffeeneurs Tara and Simon in Maryland

Big Dummy Family Coffeeneuring with Judy, DS, and DD in Toronto, Ontario

Today’s guest post may require you to employ your conversion skills, because it’s kilometers-centric. Yes! In addition, get ready to enjoy a peek into bicycling life with kids and a Big Dummy.

Judy, of Toronto, completed the challenge this week, managing several rides with DS and DD. Thanks so much, Judy (and DS and DD, too!), for the great guest post! Continue reading Big Dummy Family Coffeeneuring with Judy, DS, and DD in Toronto, Ontario

Coffeeneuring Challenge Announcements and… More About Maps!

Hello, everyone. I hope you enjoyed Vannevar’s recent guest post, and that your coffeeneuring exploits are going well.

The Northeast Regional Office of Coffeeneuring and I have been putting together some maps to show where the year’s coffeeneuring activity has been occurring.

For 2014, we created three maps.

  1. Coffeeneurs in the U.S. by state
  2. Cities where there was at least one coffeeneur
  3. Coffeeneuring Destinations Map (by the people, for the people, updated by people! See more info below.)

Continue reading Coffeeneuring Challenge Announcements and… More About Maps!

We Love Coffeeneuring: A Chat with Original Coffeeneur Vannevar in Pittsburgh, PA

The Coffeeneuring Challenge kicked off four years ago as a small affair with 12 finishers. Thanks to their efforts, word of mouth, and I’m not even sure what else, coffeeneuring is now an annual event that keeps expanding in popularity.

Some don’t know the history of coffeeneuring, and that’s okay. There are enough of us around to write the Wikipedia entry if and when that time comes, including Vannevar from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Vannevar, who writes the blog Type 2 Clydesdale Cyclist, has successfully completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge all four years. In today’s guest post, he shares his reflections about about coffeeneuring in Pittsburgh, the overall appeal and growth of this evolving annual fall tradition, and coffeeneuring as a form of bike advocacy. It’s great stuff. Thank you, Vannevar! Continue reading We Love Coffeeneuring: A Chat with Original Coffeeneur Vannevar in Pittsburgh, PA

Coffeeneuring with MrTinDC around Washington, D.C.: Bikes, Coffee, and Good Friends

This weekend, the first two official Coffeeneuring Challenge submissions arrived in my mailbox. The first was from #bikeDC’s own MrTinDC. In the next weeks I expect many more to make it to the official finishing line.

I am a big fan of MrTinDC’s photography and his work is frequently featured in some of the on-line publications in our area. I asked if he would share his 2014 outings and photoset with us as well as a little bit about why the Coffeeneuring Challenge appealed to him. As you can see, he agreed.

Congratulations, MrTinDC, and thank you for the guest post! Continue reading Coffeeneuring with MrTinDC around Washington, D.C.: Bikes, Coffee, and Good Friends

Coffeeneuring with Paul and Maureen on the “Great White” Santana Noventa Tandem in Lynchburg, Virginia

How is your coffeeneuring progressing? Leaves might be falling and temps dropping, but I have a great story that might motivate you to step outside on these shorter cooler days of fall. 

By the way, if you have not yet added your stops to the Coffeeneuring Destinations Map, please feel free to contact Daniel in the Northeast Regional Office of Coffeeneuring and do it! The map is shaping up nicely, thanks to everyone’s input.

Now back to our guest post. Last year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge saw the first tandem team participants, Paul and Maureen out of the Lynchburg, Virginia area.

Never having visited that area before, and being a tandemnista myself, I was captivated by their coffeeneuring rides and asked if they’d be up for sharing their story. They agreed and here is the final product for your vicarious coffeeneuring pleasure. Thank you, Paul and Maureen! Continue reading Coffeeneuring with Paul and Maureen on the “Great White” Santana Noventa Tandem in Lynchburg, Virginia

A Coffeeneuring Destinations Map for Everyone: Your Help Welcome!

Hello, coffeeneurs (and other readers, too). I hope you were able to enjoy the weekend and perhaps even a cup of coffee (or tea) or two.

I’ve been talking with Daniel in the Northeast Regional Office of Coffeeneuring about setting up a map that includes coffeeneur ride destinations. He is the person behind last year’s World Coffeeneuring Map (mine was the colored pencils-based creation).

If you want to participate in shaping the Coffeeneuring Destinations Map, please contact Daniel via email.  Daniel does a better job than I do in explaining the mapping process in this post on his blog–yay, cartographers– but for the basic version, read on. Continue reading A Coffeeneuring Destinations Map for Everyone: Your Help Welcome!