Category Archives: Coffeeneuring

Original Coffeeneurs: Where Are They Now?

Latte from The Coffee Bar

Yesterday someone asked me if I had numbers for those who have completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge three times, i.e., every year I have held the challenge.

Yes, I do, and it is the subject of this post. In its inaugural year, the Coffeeneuring Challenge boasted 12 official finishers. In year two, 65 people completed it and as I recently wrote, 125 coffeeneurs completed the challenge in 2013.

The 12 original coffeeneurs will always have a special place for me in this challenge because it was their participation as well as blog posts, tweets, and write-ups that kick-started this whole thing. I mean, you can’t have a very good challenge if no one is doing it.

Picture unrelated to post, but I saw these guys last week on a run and had to share.

Picture unrelated to post. I saw these guys last week on a run-commute and had to share.

While some of this original group completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge once, some have come back for another round. This year, Nicole in D.C. and Ted from Alaska returned after a year off to officially finish the challenge for a second time.

There are an additional few who have completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge each year I have hosted it. Yes, a coffeeneuring three-peat. They are the following:

  1. Tara H. (@whatsupwheaton) of Wheaton, Maryland
  2. Simon B. (@whatsupwheaton) of Wheaton, Maryland
  3. George S. (@GeorgeSwain) from the Hudson Valley, New York
  4. Vannevar (yes, a pseudonym!) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Bill A. (@tangobiker) of Portland, Oregon (phew, the Pacific Northwest did represent.)
  6. John (@dirteng) of Washington, D.C.
  7. Felkerino (@dailyrandonneur) of the Dining Room Bike Shop and Washington, D.C.

So the quick answer, which I took the long way to reach, is that out of the original 12 coffeeneurs, 9 people have completed the challenge at least twice and, of those, 7 have completed it every year.

Well done, original coffeeneurs. It’s always a pleasure to see you return for more coffeeneuring.

Coffeeneuring States and Cities

Coffeeneuring-Sipping Chocolate

The total number of official coffeeneuring finishers reached 125, with 11 of them being from places outside the United States.

Of these 11, there were three coffeeneurs from Canada, two from Scotland, two from Sweden, one from Australia, one from Finland, one from Ireland, and one coffeeneur from England.

2013 Coffeeneurs by State - Pie

In the United States, 114 people officially finished the challenge. If you include the District of Columbia as a state (which I do because a girl can dream), coffeeneurs hailed from 26 distinct states.

Below is a bar chart of the breakdown of participation by state. For all charts in this post, click to enlarge.

2013 Coffeeneurs by State - bar

States that had six or more Coffeeneur Challenge finishers in 2013 were:

  • Virginia – 18 
  • Pennsylvania – 17
  • D.C. – 13
  • Oregon – 10
  • Maryland – 7
  • California – 6

These states account for just over half of the Coffeeneuring Challenge total.

2013 - Top Coffeeneuring Cities

I also looked at participation by city.

In 2013, the top four Coffeeneuring Challenge cities were:

  1. Washington, D.C. – 13
  2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 10
  3. Arlington, Virginia – 9
  4. Portland, Oregon – 8

Together, these four cities had a combined 40 coffeeneurs. Last year, the top coffeeneuring cities made up just about half of the challenge’s total.

This information tells me a few things. Coffeeneuring is growing and it is spreading out to new areas. More states are represented in coffeeneuring than in previous years.

While the top four coffeeneuring cities had at least eight coffeeneurs, one or two people coffeeneured in several other cities and towns throughout the U.S.

I think adding the Coffee Shop Without Walls category allows the Coffeeneuring Challenge to appeal to a broader range of communities. People have more flexibility with making the challenge into something that fits their environment. Maybe that is reflected in this as well. I’d like to think so, at least.

I’m excited to see how people have embraced this fall challenge. I love seeing those who have returned each year to give coffeeneuring another go. I still plan to share more coffeeneuring guest posts as we march on into this new year. Stay tuned.

Alaska Randonneur Tom D.’s 2013 Coffeeneuring Challenge

Coffeeneuring, randonneuring, a fatbike, snow, a Salsa Casseroll, a dog, some moose, and a newly completed trail project. That’s just some of what awaits you in this fine post from Tom D., a first-time coffeeneur who has had a big year of riding in 2013, including the 1400K London Edinburgh London (LEL) earlier this year. It’s a perfect pre-holidays story. Thank you, Tom, for guest-posting today!

Tom D.’s Coffeeneuring Challenge

After reading about and seeing pictures of the last two coffeeneuring challenges, I decided that I should take the plunge this year. But I did not just jump in blindly, I sought advice and inspiration from fellow Alaskan Randonneur and coffeeneuring ancien, Ted T.

I have to say that I enjoyed the challenge. It got me out riding a few times when I might otherwise have driven, or even just stayed at home. Thanks, MG, for putting this together.

Before I get to the rides, here is some preliminary information. The first five rides were done on my Salsa Casseroll, a fine and trustworthy, if not particularly glamorous, ride. This bike has seen me through many brevets, and my first grand randonnee this summer—London-Edinburgh-London.

The Salsa Casseroll is outfitted in standard rando style with bigger than average tires, a dynohub and light. I took off the fenders and bags for the trip back from London, and never got around to putting them back on.

Also, my bike computer battery died somewhere around Pocklington on the way back to London, and since then I have enjoyed riding completely undistracted by data. I will probably put in a new battery next summer sometime, but in the meantime all mileage distances are approximate, except for Ride #6, as explained below.

The last two rides were on my Fatback—a mountain bike on steroids with 4-inch wide tires designed for snowy winter riding. Alas, it is a few years old, and the newest generation of monster truck sized tires won’t fit on it.

The Fatback goes places that used to be the sole domain of skiers and snowmobilers. Like this:

Tom's Coffeeneuring

And, before I get to describing the coffee rides, I want say thank you to MG for teaching me everything I know about riding a tandem. After LEL, my wife and I visited France. We were staying in the Loire Valley, and we did not want to rent a car, but we did want to visit some Chateaus that were 20 or so kilometers away.

My wife does not ride much, and was concerned that if we rented bikes I would get frustrated with her pace. But, I convinced her that if we rented a tandem, that would not be a problem. And, solely from reading Chasing Mailboxes, I knew enough to do a persuasive impersonation of someone who actually knew something about riding a tandem. The first kilometer or so was a bit wobbly, but after that it was smooth sailing! We are now shopping for a tandem of our own.

Tom'2 Coffeeneuring

Now for the actual rides.

Coffeeneuring Ride #1. A Meetup with Ted T.

When you posted the challenge this year I sent a message to Ted T., and asked if he was up for coffeeneuring this year, and if he wanted to meet for a cup of coffee. He was and he did. Ted lives in Eagle River, which is about 20 miles by bike trail from my home in Anchorage.

On Saturday, October 5 we agreed on a plan where Ted would head towards Anchorage, I would head towards Eagle River. After meeting on the bike path somewhere in the middle, he would turn around and we would head back up to Eagle River for coffee. The plan worked great.

I enjoyed a fine coffee with Ted at Jitters in Eagle River, and we got to trade stories from our respective big summer rides. Ted had done the Alaskan 1200k, the Big Wild Ride, this summer. I then hit the trail back home for a round trip of about 40 miles. My longest ride since LEL ended in early August.

Tom'3 Coffeeneuring

Things got a little soggy on the way back, but it was good to be out riding. You can see the empty computer bracket on my bike there.

Coffeeneuring Ride #2. Fire Island Bakeshop and a Meeting of the Moose

The following weekend, on October 12, I met Ted for coffee again. We had similar plan, but after meeting in the middle between Eagle River and Anchorage, we headed back towards Anchorage for another excellent cup of coffee at the Fire Island Bakeshop.

Tom'4 Coffeeneuring

The distance for me was about 20 miles on this trip. On the way back into Anchorage along the Ship Creek and Chester Creek trail we encountered six different moose (meese? mice?) Including this pair:

Tom'5 Coffeeneuring

Coffeeneuring Ride #3. Alaska Day.

This one bent the rules a little bit. Friday, October 11 was Alaska Day—- a state holiday and I am a state worker. I know it is not technically a weekend, and not my regular day off either, but putting in a ride still seemed well within the spirit of the endeavor.

Even though it was a day off I had to head into the office to finish up a few things, so I road the Coastal Trail downtown and stopped at Side Street Espresso for a latte before heading into the office.

George, the owner and for reasons too numerous to go into here a generally amazing human being, even put a “T” in the foam for me (Tom). Normally I am only drink black coffee, but I thought I would give the latte a try. I decided I preferred the plain stuff.

T is for Tom

T is for Tom

After a few hours of work I headed home. Total distance was about 6 miles.

Coffeeneuring Ride #4. The Campbell Creek Trail

This was a special ride. Anchorage is not otherwise a model of urban planning and design, but the one thing we do have here is a fantastic network of paved bike trails all through the city. Beautiful, scenic trails along the ocean and creekbeds throughout town.

For years though, one link has been missing. The Campbell Creek Trail which runs diagonally most the way across town from the Northeast corner to the Southwest (or I guess, Southwest to Northeast, depending on which way you are going) was bisected by a major highway, with no practical way to get across. It continued on both sides of the highway, but you could not get across without a major detour on busy and dangerous streets.

Finally, the weekend of October 12, the connection was made underneath the highway and a new way across town by bike opened up. It now makes for a great loop around town connecting the Campbell Creek Trail, various trails, with only a few, not unpleasant on road segments.

I rode the half mile from my house to the Coastal Trail at Lyn Ary Park, took the Chester Creek Trail out to Elmore, got on the Campbell Creek trail to 88th, took some streets to reconnect with the trail along Sand Lake, and from there into Kincaid Park and back on the Coastal Trail to home. About 30 miles total. Here is the new segment under the highway.

Tom'7 Coffeeneuring

The metal things are to protect the trail and people from snow thrown by snowplows over the side of the highway. Oh, and I stopped at one of Anchorage’s ubiquitous roadside coffee shacks for a truly vile and bitter cup of some sort of black sludge.

Tom'8 Coffeeneuring

Still, I was extraordinarily pleased with the whole ride.

Coffeeneuring Ride #5. The Coastal Trail to Kaladi Brothers Coffee

The following weekend, October 20, our beautiful (for us) fall weather had still not morphed into winter yet, and I decided that I should get out for at least one more pavement ride. I took the Coastal Trail (which had been closed for much of the summer for repaving) from my house down to Kincaid Park and out to Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Jewel Lake and Raspberry for a fine espresso, and wound my way home through the streets.

Some pics from the trail:

Tom'9 Coffeeneuring

Tom'10 Coffeeneuring

Kaladi, a local roaster and chain makes excellent coffee. Note the chain ring burn in the table top. Total distance was about 15-20 miles.

Tom'11 Coffeeneuring

Before we get to ride #6, I need to insert a picture of Django, our Small Munsterlander, and the finest four-legged beast there ever was. Just because I feel like it. He turned two on Veteran’s day and this is the birthday portrait I took.

Tom'12 Coffeeneuring

Coffeeneuring Ride #6. Fatbike Modifications

I decided to make some modifications to my fatbike (note: the general type of bike is a fatbike, the particular brand I own is a Fatback) this year. I put on new, wider handlebars–Jones loop bars. Not only are they wider, the loop part gives lots of extra real estate for lights and accessories, which had always been crowded out by pogies before. But, my cables were now just a bit too short, and I could not turn the bars fully.

On Saturday, November 2, I hopped on the bike and rode 1.4 miles to Speedway Cycles, and asked them to replace the cables. I checked the mileage on Google maps to make sure the round trip would be a full two miles.

I had hoped to get a coffee while they worked on my bike and then ride home, but they said I would have to wait until Tuesday to pick it up. So, much to the confusion of the mechanic, I said fine, but I needed to go ride around for a bit first.

I rode around for what I estimated to be at least ¾ a mile, then brought the bike back to the shop. I dropped it off and went across the street to the Kaladi Brothers there (different shop from the last ride), had yet another excellent coffee, and then just walked home.

Unfortunately my phone battery died, so I don’t have a picture from this ride. But, if you look carefully in the picture from ride #7, you can see the little claim tag Speedway put in front wheel. Not much evidence of the ride, but it will have to do.

Coffeeneuring Ride #7. Five Inches of Snow

Winter finally arrived in Anchorage this weekend. On Sunday November 10th we got snow, and to celebrate I took the fatbike down the Coastal Trail, through about five inches of snow, and into downtown.

Tom'13 Coffeeneuring

The only place I could find that was open at 5:00 on a Sunday evening was the Starbucks near town square. I got my coffee, and contemplated the end of my biggest summer of riding. Three 200Ks, a 300K, (I missed the 400K) my first 600K, the 1400K LEL, and lots of other shorter rides.

What a great year you’ve had, Tom, and I’m so glad that you made the Coffeeneuring Challenge part of it. Thanks for sharing your corner of Alaska with us!

Coffeeneuring Challenge: Put it on the Map

This year an unprecedented 125 people successfully finished the Coffeeneuring Challenge while another 13 earned the “I Was Going to Complete the Coffeeneuring Challenge, but…” Honorable Mention award.

Coffeeneuring Maps 2013

To provide readers with a visual representation of the coffeeneuring community I created the Magic Coffeeneuring Map, a paper map where all illustration is done in colored pencils (not crayons, as some have suggested).

Here is the 2013 edition of the Magic Coffeeneuring Map, which includes all geographic areas where someone completed the challenge.

Magic Coffeeneuring Map 2013

As a point of comparison (geography-wise, not in terms of the decline or improvement in my skills at coloring inside the lines), below you can see the 2012 edition of the Magic Coffeeneuring Map.

2012 Magic Coffeeneuring Map

2012 Magic Coffeeneuring Map

We did not stop with the Magic Coffeeneuring Map. For those who wanting a more precise depiction of where coffeeneurs reside and ride, the Regional Office of Coffeeneuring (i.e., Daniel) and I developed two additional maps. Okay, Daniel developed them, and I helped fill them in.

Daniel used Google Fusion Tables to create the two digital maps you will find on his site and which I have included as images in this post. Both of these maps include Coffeeneuring Challenge finishers and those achieving Honorable Mentions.

The first map I’m going to show you is the World Coffeeneuring Map for 2013.

2013 Coffeeneuring World Map-Finishers and Honorable Mentions

2013 World Coffeeneuring Map-Finishers and Honorable Mentions

If you go to Daniel’s page, you can click on the dot representing each coffeeneuring city and see if anyone in that location blogged their adventures. If you coffeeneured and blogged about it, but it does not appear on his map please let me know and we will make sure add it onto the World Coffeeneuring Map.

Some of you may recall seeing Google Fusion Tables in 2012. Andy, of the Regional Office of Coffeeneuring in North Carolina, created a similar World Coffeeneuring Map to the one you see in 2013.

51 States of Coffeeneuring, 2013

51 States of Coffeeneuring, 2013

In addition to the World Coffeeneuring Map, we created another digital map specific to the United States. This map has 51 states because, when it comes to all things coffeeneuring, the District of Columbia is also a state. Woo hoo! Dreams coming true!

It gives you a general idea of the numbers of participants by state. Those with the highest numbers of participants are highlighted in a gold-orange-ish hue.

Great job to all who took on the Coffeeneuring Challenge, and I hope you enjoyed looking at these maps as much as we’ve enjoyed working on them! There’s more to come regarding the coffeeneuring results and participation so be sure to stay tuned to this channel.

Coffeeneuring Challenge Results Part 2: Finishers!

Coffeeneuring

It’s a great day here at Chasing Mailboxes as I am announcing the official finishers of the 2013 Coffeeneuring Challenge!

The 2013 edition of the Coffeeneuring Challenge is the largest yet, with 121 122 123 125 coffeeneurs following most  all  the rules and completing 7 rides to 7 different coffee shops over a period of 7 weeks.

I have more to share about this year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge participants, including more fabulous guest posts, but for now I want to recognize each individual who finished the challenge and tell you what they’ve won.

Coffeeneuring

2013 Coffeeneuring Challenge Finishers

  1. Adam G. @Graffic Red. Santa Barbara, California
  2. Anders L. Märsta SWEDEN
  3. Andy W. awilliams53. Seattle Washington
  4. Anne R. Oakland, California
  5. Annie F. Annie Bikes Burlington, Vermont
  6. Bear T. Thousand Oaks, California
  7. Beth H. BikeLoveJones. Portland, Oregon
  8. Bill A., the Ultimate Coffeeneur, @tangobiker Portland, Oregon (Original Coffeeneur, Three-Time Finisher)
  9. Bob @nycbluegunnar New York City, New York
  10. Bob E. Classic Three Speeds. Purcellville, Virginia
  11. Bryan R. Miles to Go Before I Sleep. Garner, North Carolina
  12. Brook, VelowanderingDC Washington, D.C.
  13. Charlie T. @chasthos Arlington, Virginia
  14. Charlie W. @cdwilson68 Plymouth, Minnesota
  15. Chris R. @readinger11 Arlington, Virginia
  16. Chris R. High Above Ponce. Atlanta, Georgia
  17. Christine T. @CJTrefethen Bethel, Maine
  18. Cindy C. Wendell, North Carolina
  19. Colleen S. Red Riding. Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania
  20. Corbi B. Running and Riding on Nuts & Berries Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  21. Corey. @cp California
  22. Crystal B. Aesthetics of Everywhere. Santa Barbara, California
  23. Dale C. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  24. Dan B. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  25. Dan D. Dan’s Rando Adventures. River Falls, Wisconsin
  26. Mr. Bike Snick. McLean, Virginia
  27. Mrs. Bike Snick. McLean, Virginia
  28. Darin G. Northwoods Trekkers. Duluth, Minnesota
  29. Dave H. Bikes ‘n Coffee. Baltimore, Maryland
  30. David H. Chevy Chase, Maryland
  31. David K. Out and About. Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
  32. Deb D. Debiguity. Arlington, Virginia
  33. Dennis H. Bikes and Beans. Portland, Oregon
  34. Felkerino. The Daily Randonneur. Washington, D.C. (Original Coffeeneur, Three-Time Finisher)
  35. Vannevar. Type 2 Clydesdale. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Original Coffeeneur, Three-Time Finisher)
  36. Emma W. Plymouth, Minnesota (13 years old!)
  37. Enid K. Biking Yogini. Arlington, Virginia
  38. Gary S. Topsham, Maine
  39. George H. Pennsville, New Jersey
  40. George S. The Hudson Valley Randonneur. West Park, New York (Original Coffeeneur, Three-Time Finisher)
  41. Graham R. Portland, Oregon
  42. Gray. Me and the Mundo. Fort Collins, Colorado
  43. Hanna. Hannan pyöräilyblogi. Helsinki, FINLAND 
  44. Heather D. River Falls, Wisconsin
  45. Jan B. Arlington, Virginia
  46. Jason I. @BoyOnABikePA Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  47. Jean R. @jerdlngr. Washington, D.C.
  48. Jennifer T. Everyday Cycling. Leavenworth, Kansas
  49. Jerel F. @yesreallyJerel. Toledo, Ohio
  50. All Kinds of Bikes. Texas
  51. Jim R. Bethel, Maine
  52. Joe P. Bellevue, Washington 
  53. Joe R. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  54. Joe Flood. Washington D.C.
  55. Ms. Birdie. Chicago, Illinois
  56. Rootchopper! A Few Spokes Shy of a Wheel. Alexandria, Virginia
  57. John E. @capn_rando. Asheville, North Carolina
  58. John R. portajohn Washington, D.C. (Original Coffeeneur, Three-Time Finisher)
  59. Jolene I Live. I Write. I Ride. Eugene, Oregon 
  60. Joyce G. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  61. JP. Arlington, Virginia
  62. Kate @PirateQueenKate. Washington, D.C.
  63. Kathleen O. Experiential Urbanism. Richmond, Virginia 
  64. Katy C. The World As I See It. Ottawa, Ontario CANADA
  65. Kayoko N. Märsta SWEDEN
  66. Keith M. Keithmo Bikes. Woodenville, Washington
  67. Kristin. Arlington, Virginia
  68. Lauren M. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  69. Linda. The Surly Chronicles. Albany, New York
  70. Lisa M. @LDMay Takoma Park, Maryland
  71. Lisa S. Rambling Rider. Washington, D.C.
  72. Lynda T. Thousand Oaks, California
  73. Lynne F. Lynne’s Mostly-Cycling Blog. Portland, Oregon
  74. Madeleine Family Ride. Seattle, Washington
  75. Maija. Shank Rides Bikes. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  76. Marcello N. Co Laois Ireland
  77. Margaret. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  78. Martin. @martinbrice1 Kent, England GREAT BRITAIN
  79. Maureen W. Lynchburg, Virginia
  80. Michal. Melange. Eugene, Oregon
  81. Mike T. Cruisin’ Downhill. Edmonton, Alberta CANADA
  82. Mike @HRDTRVLNQ. Not Distance/But Depth. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  83. Nathan. Clodhopper Rides. Sioux Center, Iowa
  84. Nick B. Arlington, Virginia
  85. Nicole. Pedal ‘n Purl. Washington, D.C. (Original Coffeeneur)
  86. Nigel G. Iron Rider. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  87. Owen B. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (7 Years Old!)
  88. Patrick. Forest Hills, New York
  89. Patti B. Newark, Delaware
  90. Paul W. Lynchburg, Virginia
  91. Pete D. Back In The Saddle. Falls Church, Virginia
  92. Rebecca. Musically Middlebrow. Seattle, Washington
  93. Rob. The Eleven Point-Five Gulf Breeze, Florida
  94. @rflgenn Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  95. Rosie R. windowseatview Irongray, Dumfries SCOTLAND
  96. Rudi R. randomduck Washington, D.C.
  97. Ryan Dupre. Kingsville, Maryland
  98. Ryan G. Captain Hairdo. Portland, Oregon (Lanterne Rouge!)
  99. Sally H. Town Mouse. Irongray, Dumfries SCOTLAND
  100. Sally. St. Petersburg, Florida (5 years old!)
  101. Sara H. Lanterne Rouge. Topsham, Maine
  102. Sarah. I Have Ideas and I Like Stuff. Washington, D.C.
  103. Shawn G. Urban Adventure League. Portland, Oregon 
  104. Shawn L. Washington, D.C.
  105. Simon B. @whatsupwheaton Silver Spring, Maryland (Original Coffeeneur, Three-Time Finisher)
  106. sprite. sprite writes. Washington, D.C.
  107. Steve A. @bikeska Burtonsville, Maryland
  108. Steve. Singularity. Madison, Wisconsin
  109. Steve. @getzow Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  110. Stuart S. @bus15237 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  111. Susan O. Small Engine, Big Tank. Portland, Oregon
  112. Susie. As Seen From My Bike. Pittsburgh, Pennylvania
  113. Tara (Tara Rule) H. News & Commentary. Silver Spring, Maryland (Original Coffeeneur, Three-Time Finisher)
  114. Ted T. Banking Time. Eagle River, Alaska (Original Coffeeneur)
  115. Ted @MrTinDC Washington, D.C.
  116. Tom D. Anchorage, Alaska
  117. Tim. An Old Guy on Two Wheels Austin, Texas
  118. Tim S. Tex’s Luavull Cycling. Louisville, Kentucky
  119. Tom H. Bicycling Bonanza. Billings, Montana
  120. Tony. Del Ray to DC. Arlington, Virginia
  121. Tracy H. I Like Bikes. Denver, Colorado
  122. Trish P. Northwoods Trekkers. Duluth, Minnesota
  123. Vance. Irrelevance. Greensboro, North Carolina
  124. Vicki C. Bicycles in Newcastle. Newcastle, AUSTRALIA
  125. Will @Will_Lynn McLean, Virginia

Coffeeneuring patch

What Did I Win For Finishing?

This year’s premium is a custom patch in the shape of a coffee cup with the title “coffeeneur” embroidered in black letters along the bottom of the cup. I will be mailing one to each finisher and you may expect to receive yours around the new year. I will let you know when I send them out so you may know when to expect them.

Hey, I Should Be On This List!

Did I miss you? Was your submission lost in the ether? Let me know via the “Contact” tab and I will adjust the results accordingly.

In addition, if there is any change you would like to make to how your name is displayed, please inform me of that as well.

Congratulations to everyone who finished!

Coffeeneuring Challenge Results Part 1: Honorable Mentions

It’s taken a while, but the time is now right to begin announcing the Coffeeneuring Challenge Results for 2013. Ta Dahhhhh!

Coffeeneuring Challenge-Honorable Mention

First up are the “I Was Going to Complete the Coffeeneuring Challenge, but…” Honorable Mention category. These nine 10 12 13 15 coffeeneurs were unable to complete the full seven trips, but each person you see below completed four or more outings. Pretty good, I’d say.

“I Was Going to Complete the Coffeeneuring Challenge, but…” Honorable Mention Awards

  1. Bob K., Port Washington, New York. Completed 5
  2. David R., Bellevue Washington. Completed 4
  3. Elaine B. Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Completed 6 (Four years old!)
  4. Ryan S., DCyclist. Washington D.C. Completed 4
  5. Arthur J. Winston, North Carolina. Completed 6
  6. Daniel S., Bike Rides Around the Neighborhood, Arlington Massachusetts (also the Regional Office of Coffeeneuring). Completed 6
  7. Kellie S., Richmond, California. Completed 6
  8. George B., Glendora New Jersey. Completed 5
  9. Maryann B., Glendora New Jersey. Completed 5
  10. Emma. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Completed 4
  11. Bike Tinker. Completed 5
  12. Tanoshinde. My Beautiful Machine. Louisville, Kentucky. Completed 6
  13. Andrea, PhysicsGirl on the Loose. Toronto, Ontario  CANADA! Completed 5
  14. Katrin T., Arlington, Virginia. Completed 5
  15. Leigh Ann, Washington, D.C. Completed 5

Congratulations to all who earned the Honorable Mention award!

Special Shout-Out to the Regional Office of Coffeeneuring

I’d like to take a minute to recognize Daniel, who writes the blog Bike Rides Around the Neighborhood, and helped with the Coffeeneuring Challenge by putting together the digital Coffeeneuring Challenge maps. More about these maps in an upcoming post.

Many thanks to Daniel and the Regional Office of Coffeeneuring in Massachusetts!

What Did I Win?

You may be wondering what the prize is for Honorable Mention. This year’s Honorable Mention prize is a coffeeneuring mystery surprise from me! It will be coming your way soon, likely toward the end of this month or beginning of the New Year. So you will know what you won when you receive it in your mailbox.

Why Am I Not on This List?

If you think that you should have received Honorable Mention and I somehow missed you, please send me a note via the “Contact” tab on this site. Please do the same if I misspelled or otherwise misrepresented your name.

Why Are You Taking So Long to Post Results?

Normally, I would not mention anything about timeliness of postings. It’s a blog, after all, and the beauty of blogging is that it does not have to adhere to a strict schedule. However, I had hoped to post results sooner.

My excuses as to why this is taking longer than I hoped are that I have had more than double the participants from 2012, work has been busy, and some tendons in my right hand are giving me the business and that makes typing more difficult.

What’s Next?

More results, map talk, and coffeeneuring guest posts!

Coffeeneuring Rewind with Linda in Albany, New York

Given the little smack of winter we’ve had in the Washington, D.C., area the past two days I thought that a guest post from upstate New York would be a perfect match.

Linda, who resides in Albany, participated in the Errandonnee earlier this year and also completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge for the first time.

While the majority of Linda’s rides occurred around Albany, her coffeeneuring also includes a visit to Massachusetts and the town where she first learned to ride a bike.

Enjoy!

Ride/Cup 1

Destination: Tierra Coffee Roasters, Delaware Ave. Albany, NY
Date:  October 13, 2013
In the Cup: Full City Decaf
Distance: 2.3 miles

Revised McCracken Coffeeneuring Challenge 2013

Full City Decaf at Tierra Coffee Roasters, Delaware Avenue

The Ride: I hopped on my bike after a 2-hour drive home from Vermont. I had hoped to ride across dirt roads for a cup of coffee in Benson, Vermont, but a few miles into that ride, I remembered that all of the farms I had to ride past would have free-roaming dogs. I chickened out and turned back.

The Tierra Coffee Roasters on Delaware Avenue in Albany is just around the corner from my house. I extended the ride by a couple of miles to be sure it would qualify as a coffeeneuring run. It was nice to stretch my legs after the long drive.

Ride/Cup 2

Destination: Dunkin Donuts, Norfolk, MA
Date: October 19, 2013
In the Cup: Decaf Iced Coffee – to go, in the Portland Design Works Bar-ista
Distance: 3 miles

1970 Fleetwing with PDW Barista

1970 Fleetwing with PDW Barista

The Ride: Norfolk is the little town I grew up in back in the 60’s and 70’s. I got this Raleigh-made three-speed almost new when I was ~12 years old. We rode like the wind together for some years.

My father installed a speedometer/odometer for me. Back then, speed was my priority, and if I remember correctly, I could get up to 30 mph going down the long hill near my house.

A few years ago, when I retrieved the Fleetwing from my parents’ basement, I was surprised to see that I had put over 1000 miles on the bicycle during those few years. This may not sound like an impressive distance to a serious cyclist, but I accomplished this without ever leaving the town of Norfolk!

Coffeeneuring Ride/Cup 3 was my first ride to the center of town on this old bicycle in close to 40 years.

Ride/Cup 3

Destination: McDonald’s, Millis, MA
Date: October 20, 2013
In the Cup: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Distance: 5.1 miles

The Surly Disc Trucker parked outside of McDonalds in Millis, MA– drop bars are visible at the bottom of the window on the right.

The Surly Disc Trucker parked outside of McDonalds in Millis, MA– drop bars are visible at the bottom of the window on the right.

The Ride: Rolling hills, windy road. I didn’t encounter any disrespectful drivers. I’ll bring my bike(s) here again when I come to visit.

Ride/Cup 4

Destination: The Daily Grind, Albany, NY
Date: October 26, 2013
In the Cup: House Blend Organic and Fair Traded Coffee
Distance: 2.8 miles

The Surly Disc Trucker parked outside of The Daily Grind. The House Blend is saving the table.

The Surly Disc Trucker parked outside of The Daily Grind. The House Blend is saving the table.

The Ride: This was my first chilly ride of Autumn 2013 and the dropping temperatures and blustery wind brought back fond memories of the Winter Errandonnee earlier this year.

The Schwalbe Big Bens are a new addition to my Surly that I am enjoying very much for city riding.

Ride/Cup 5

Destination: Honest Weight Food Co-op
Date: October 27, 2013
In the Cup: Pumpkin Chai latte
Distance: 6.6 miles

Early 90’s Trek 850 Mountain Track/Commuter parked just to the right of the Honest Weight sign. Pumpkin Spice Latte, trunk bag and treat in foreground.

Early 90’s Trek 850 Mountain Track/Commuter parked just to the right of the Honest Weight sign. Pumpkin Spice Latte, trunk bag and treat in foreground.

The Ride: My destination was the spiffy new facility and location of the Honest Weight Food Co-op; I pedaled here by bicycle many times this past summer.

Riding across the city of Albany is moderately challenging, mostly because we are still working on getting motorists and cyclists to play well together. The city has been working hard with local cycling groups to make the city streets bicycle friendly.

I chose to ride my early 90’s Trek 850 Mountain Track bicycle that had just been returned to me by the 13-year old who borrowed it for the summer. I’ve been spoiled by the Surly.

Ride/Cup 6

Where: Tierra Coffee Roasters, Madison Ave. Albany, NY
Date: November 3, 2011
In the Cup: Café Latte
Distance: 4.7 miles

At the Madison Ave Tierra Coffee Roasters. Bike helmet and gloves are in the missing (and woefully underexposed) foreground; this part of the photo is available on request.

At the Madison Ave Tierra Coffee Roasters. Bike helmet and gloves are in the missing (and woefully underexposed) foreground; this part of the photo is available on request.

The Ride: This was another cross-city ride, this time to the sister store of the Tierra Coffee Roasters on Delaware Ave that I visited for Ride/Cup 1.

When I arrived, I discovered I had left my iPhone at home. I ducked into the CVS on the same block and bought an old-fashioned disposable film-based camera so I could snap a few official photographs.

Note to self: Next time, ride home and get the iPhone!

A photo of the disposable camera that contains the photo associated with this ride!

A photo of the disposable camera that contains the photo associated with this ride!

Ride/Cup 7

Destination: Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY
Date: November 10, 2013
In the Cup: Freshly steeped Chai Tea
Distance: 2.6 miles

Freshly steeped Chai tea, ice cream and bicycle gear at Emack and Bolio’s – Delaware Ave. Albany.

Freshly steeped Chai tea, ice cream and bicycle gear at Emack and Bolio’s – Delaware Ave. Albany.

The Ride: Emack & Bolio’s is within easy walking distance of my house, so I took the long way around several neighborhoods to pull off a qualifying ride.

It was chilly enough to don gloves and headband, but not too chilly to forego ice cream!

Thank you, Linda, and congratulations on going two for two with Chasing Mailboxes challenges this year! And P.S., my Surly has spoiled me, too!

The Spirit of Coffeeneuring: JP and Kristin in Virginia

Today I was pondering the spirit of coffeeneuring. Coffeeneuring is about encouraging people to celebrate the simple act of riding a bike and enjoying a beverage either alone or with friends.

It’s about getting out on our bikes at times when we otherwise might not, and being glad we made the extra effort. When you coffeeneur it does not matter how far you went (okay, you should go at least two miles). Really, the important thing is that you rode your bike somewhere.

As we head into the weekend, I’m pleased to feature this guest post from JP and Kristin, a coffeeneuring team from Arlington, Virginia, as I think their photo set  and write-up capture many of these aspects.

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Ride #1, 10/13/13 

High Bridge State Park, VA
Starbucks VIA made in the Jetboil
18 miles on the High Bridge trail

We had planned to stay the weekend (hotel not camping) but due to weather only rode one day. Upside of the weather meant the trail was mostly deserted. Saw a lot of deer and birds.

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Ride #2, Columbus Day (Tara Rule)

Starbucks @ Virginia Square, Arlington VA
3.7 miles

Quick run for tea and a soy latte. First attempt at using handlebar box for beverages. The tea was ejected on a bump and run over by a car shortly after this photo was taken.

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Ride #3, 10/19/13

Lee Highway 7-11, Arlington VA
2.1 miles

Night ride to get snacks and check out Halloween decorations. Uneventful, overall good use of plastic skeletons was observed.

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Ride #4, 10/20/13

Marvelous Market, The Palisades, Washington D.C.
9.1 miles

Ride across Key Bridge to the Palisades Farmer’s Market. Coffee from Marvelous Market, bread from farmer’s market, guac and hummus from Safeway. Amazing weather.

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Ride #5, 11/02/13

South Street Under Coffee Shop,* Leesburg VA
21.2 miles

Really windy and cool day on the W&OD Trail. We parked in Leesburg and rode to Purceville and back. The fall colors were awesome and the trail wasn’t crowded at all. Lots of horses and a skittish poodle.

*Editor’s question: How is the coffee at South Street Under? I might have to add it to my Coffeeneuring World Tour Wish List.

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Ride #6, 11/16/13

Northside Social, Arlington VA
2.6 miles

Late night coffee run. We sat outside and did some people watching since Clarendon was in full weekend effect. Had a good conversation about heavy metal with the guy making coffee.

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Ride #7, 11/17/13

Java Shack, Arlington VA
8.1 miles

We capped off a neighborhood exploration/errand ride with lattes at Java Shack. Hit up the library, checked out some houses, stopped for beans and rice.

Thank you to JP and Kirstin for your guest post and congratulations on completing the Coffeeneuring Challenge!

Coffeeneuring with Graham in Portland… Featuring Randonneur Cameos!

Today’s coffeeneuring guest post comes from the coffee-loving city of Portland. Graham, randonneur and coffeeneur, put together a succinct summary of his coffeeneuring with a memorable self-portrait at the end to round out his photo set. 

After seeing his as well as other Portland coffeeneurs’ contributions, I have put this city on my coffeeneuring tour wish list.

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1.  Saturday 10/12

Oblique Coffee Roasters
3039 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

Mocha.

This ride was a familiar one. I was with my wife, as usual, in July. I was going to Oblique, as usual, in July.

The difference was that it wasn’t July, it wasn’t 6 a.m., and they weren’t going to be showing the Tour on the big screen.

Total 4.0 miles.

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2.  Sunday 10/13

The Block House Cafe
302 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114

Mocha with whipped cream.

Dayton is a small town and this is the best place for miles around. I was on my way to lunch with my daughter in Salem where she is a college student.

Total 64 miles.

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3.  Saturday 10/19

Saint Honore Bakery
2335 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210

Coffee (never disappointing at St Honore)

The only boulangerie in my collection, this was the fueling stop for a solo ramble exploring the “nosebleed” section of Portland (>1000′ above downtown).

Picture is of the wife and son of a co-worker, whom I ran into there.

Total 52 miles.

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4.  Sunday 10/20

Ristretto Roasters
555 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232

Doppio espresso.

My only intentionally randosocial event of the coffeeneuring season. I met four other randos there.

The photos are on Facebook, for crying out loud.

Total 17 miles.

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5.  Saturday 10/26

Bipartisan Cafe
7901 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

Decaf doppio espresso.

Late night coffeeneuring outing with my wife. Trouble finding a table. The place is deservedly popular.

Total 4 miles.

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6.  Sunday 10/27

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

“cold brew” coffee, iced.

This stop was part of a short, solo urban ramble.

Total 15 miles.

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7.  Saturday 11/2

Starbucks
102 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Doppio espresso.

This was a fueling stop on the way to the start of the Oregon Randonneurs’ Verboort Populaire. It was not part of the Populaire.

Picture is of Kelly and Chris, a rando couple who had the same idea, and were, like me, headed to the start of the 100k.

Total 12 miles.

Thank you, Graham, for your guest post. I particularly liked the guest appearances of other Portland Randonneurs in your photo set. Nicely done!

Coffeeneuring with Sally: She’s Five. She Rides a Pedal Bike. She Coffeeneurs.

Welcome back from the holiday weekend, coffeeneurs and blog readers. I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I’m homologating coffeeneuring results like a madwoman and will have many exciting updates for you about the Coffeeneuring Challenge results later this week.

To celebrate this final month of the calendar year as well as coffeeneuring accomplishments, I will be dedicating much of this first part of the month (it’s a blog so these timeframes are estimates) to the stories and photos submitted by coffeeneuring participants. To kick off these December posts I am featuring one of the youngest coffeeneurs to complete the challenge.

Sally completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge with her dad Paul, who is the Regional Brevet Administrator for the Central Florida Randonneurs. He is also the ghost writer of her coffeeneuring submission.

Sally and Paul did patronize one coffeeneuring locale more than once, but as it was due to her father’s lack of reading the rules with greater scrutiny the Coffeeneuring Challenge Committee agreed to invoke the “Dad Read the Rules Wrong Exception” and award Sally an official finish.

Congratulations to Sally and without further ado, here is her Coffeeneuring Challenge report.

Introduction

Sally’s only been riding a pedal bike since August, having graduated directly from a Strider balance bike, so the Coffeeneuring Challenge was a late add-on to her 2013 cycling season.

I got the idea that coffeeneuring could be a fun father-daughter adventure when I did my first coffeeneuring ride on October 14. I was in the middle of working the Central Florida Randonneurs 1000K finish control and had about 4 hours’ down-time between the rider who had just come in and the next group of riders.

I wanted to take a little ride in that time and I’d been seeing all the coffeeneuring Tweets from the weekend. “This looks like fun,” I thought. “Maybe I’ll do one of these.”

I researched an eclectic coffee shop/local market in Melbourne Beach, hopped on the bike, and an hour later was enjoying a cup of brew and contemplating how Sally and I might manage something like this.

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Sally’s first day on a pedal bike, August 4, 2013.

We had a few challenges to overcome, mainly that we don’t live anywhere near a place you can buy coffee. Although we’re in Florida’s 4th largest city and in its most densely populated county, our neighborhood is uniformly residential.

The nearest commercial area is on US 19, which is a major 6-lane highway. Downtown St. Petersburg has many delightful, unique coffee shops and it’s only 5 miles away, but for a five-year-old who has been riding bikes for only two months, it might as well be on the dark side of the Moon. Or so I thought.

Like all things cycling (and in life, in general), combine enough desire, planning, enthusiasm, dedication, patience with incremental progress, and expectation management, and you can accomplish nearly anything.

Prior to the Challenge, we’d ridden to Sally’s preschool and back, a total of five miles, managing a variety of neighborhood challenges successfully.

If we could get her range up to about 8 miles, that would get her over to the businesses on US 19. Leave at day-break so the sidewalks are clear of people and the intersections are empty, chart a round-about course through a quiet golf-course community, and this might just be doable.

Ride No. 1

October 19, 2013
Dunkin Donuts
3850 34th St S, St Petersburg, FL ‎
9.03 miles

Creative routing and the promise of hot chocolate resulted in this initial outing. On the way home, Sally announced she wanted to swing by her school. This was “off route,” but she was insistent nonetheless, so we cautiously began adding bonus miles with bailout options constantly in mind.

A rest at the playground and another snack provided the boost necessary to make it home and enthusiastically declare the ride a success.

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That yellow water bottle was given to me by a French rider on PBP ’07 as a finish-line souvenir. It’s my favorite one.

Ride No. 2

October 27, 2013
Dunkin Donuts
3850 34th St S, St Petersburg, FL ‎
11.12 miles

The first ride was a smashing success and a repeat performance was requested. I was thinking at this point about how to increase Sally’s range to where we might attempt a ride into downtown St. Petersburg to a “real” coffee shop. Of course, our riding was first and foremost focused on being safe, learning and consistently following the rules of the road, and having a good time.

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Trip No. 2 to Dunkin Donuts.

Sally knew the Dunkin Donuts, and keeping the destination the same while increasing the mileage seemed to be the way to go. I didn’t think there was any possibility that we’d bag all 7 rides so repeating this trip didn’t register at the time as a bad idea for our Challenge.

After the DD stop we explored the Broadwater neighborhood, including its geodesic dome house, and once again stopped at school for some playground time and additional snacks.

Sally’s coffeeneuring bike.

Sally’s coffeeneuring bike.

After this ride, I removed the handbrake (cheap, tough for small hands to actuate) and added seat post-mounted bottle cages.

Ride No. 3

November 2, 2013
McDonald’s
4595 34th St S, St Petersburg, FL
11.60 miles

According to Sally, “Old McDonald’s” had the best hot chocolate of the places we would coffeeneur to. The whipped cream on top AND chocolate syrup seal the deal.

Yum.

Yum.

After the stop, Sally wanted to keep riding rather than return directly home, so we cautiously tacked on additional miles, exploring a new multi-use path along 37th St S.

She was handling the miles like a champ, and we continued to focus on making good stops and riding defensively all while having a good time. It was looking good, from a safety and mileage perspective, to give downtown St. Pete a shot the next time out.

Ride No. 4

November 10, 2013
Kahwa Coffee
204 2nd Ave S, St Petersburg, FL ‎
16.57 miles

All randonneurs at some point have had a ride that was “accidentally” way longer than intended. This was one of those rides.

We had an auspicious start when Sally garnered a salute from a group of female triathletes who were out training. As they saw us approach from the opposite direction, one of them sat up and shouted for all her companions to hear, “Can I just say that THAT,” pointing toward our little father-daughter sidewalk-riding duo, “is AWESOME!”

Fortified by good cheer, we traveled on until we came to the infamous Thrill Hill, named not for its hors catagorie vertical, but rather because the scarred pavement bore witness to generations of teenagers who have launched street bikes and muscle cars, Dukes of Hazard-style, over its sharp, sudden incline.

It was equally fun to hit at speed on a bicycle, but if you’re five and riding a bike that weighs half what you do, it might as well be some 5000-foot Pyrenean col. Sally managed half of it and then dismounted and walked the rest. The descent met with full approval, but Sally vehemently declared that she didn’t want to ride that hill again.

After a brief stop at the University of South Florida-St. Pete to play around the fountain, we made it to Kahwa coffee, which would rate even in the most coffee-centric environs. Note the hot chocolate complete with barista-added milk-foam heart. My latte was phenomenal, but the hot chocolate – despite the heart — lacked “stuff in it,” and was only tepidly approved-of.

I’m not riding that hill again. Period.

I’m not riding that hill again. Period.

Chief on my mind was that Sally announced that she wanted to ride home “without riding that hill again.” There really was no reasonable alternative. We needed to get south and doing so without adding lots of miles or using a route that would have unpleasant if not unsafe traffic volume meant seeing Thrill Hill again.

I could have taken us back over Thrill Hill, invoking Velominati’s Rule 5, but that violated my own Rule 1: this is all about fun.

I decided to put the choice in her hands. We could repeat Thrill Hill and get home quickly or she could do a really long ride and do an even bigger hill, although it wouldn’t be as steep as Thrill Hill.

I made this latter option sound as distasteful as possible, hoping she’d face her nemesis and elect the shorter option. Nope. Every presentation yielded the same result: Long ride. Big hill.

The “big hill” was a pedestrian bridge over a major road, which probably had 20 feet of elevation gain. The climb wasn’t the concern; it was descending it safely. As we approached the bridge, we discussed how to climb the thing (ride ‘til you can’t go any more; hop off; walk) and how to go down (look straight ahead; use the coaster brake to slow without skidding).

We took a few practice, check-out runs (complete with video to show Mom), proceeded to the top, and uneventfully made it to the other side. We then picked our way down quiet streets, sidewalks and bike paths all the way home with the obligatory playground/snack stop at school for an epic 16.57-mile day. No tears and no whining, which is a lot more than I can say for my own longest-ride ever.

Ride No. 5

November 11, 2013
Bay Vista Park
Pinellas Point Dr. & 4th St. S, St. Petersburg, FL
(Coffee Shop Without Walls)
2.1 miles

We opted for a Veteran’s Day treat: a night ride! And, best of all, 3-year-old brother Joe came along on the balance bike. I boiled water and filled a Thermos and grabbed the instant hot chocolate and we made for the neighborhood park after dinner– all with a full set of lights and reflective gear, of course. At this hour, we had it all to ourselves.

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Bay Vista Park, with Tampa Bay and the lights of the Port of Manatee in the background.

It was at this point that I reviewed the rules and realized that I’d screwed up right out of the gate with the Dunkin Donuts repeat and that there was no time left in the challenge to make it up.

Ride No. 6

November 16, 2013
Munch’s
3920 6th St S, St Petersburg, FL
8.46 miles

Munch’s is a St. Pete institution and one of our favorite places. We’ve developed enough riding experience to handle a slightly busier road and a parking lot.

Sally insisted on “more hills” so we took a post-Munch’s tour of Coquina Key – an island neighborhood — so she could ride over the canals.

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The bacon and eggs for “second breakfast” were equally popular.

Ride No. 7

November 17, 2013
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
(Coffee Shop Without Walls)
8.89 miles

We set out with the Thermos and hot chocolate mix to head to school for a quick post-nap trip but that plan went out the window when we saw our neighbors out riding. They were headed to the Skyway Fishing Pier – the longest fishing pier in the world, or so I’ve heard – and Sally announced that she wanted to “ride where Dr. Bruce and Ms. Valerie were going.”

Where they were going was a multi-use path along a huge causeway across the mouth of Tampa Bay, spanned by one of the largest cable-stay bridge in the world.

We weren’t going to ride the Skyway itself (that’s illegal), but there are two intermediate bridges one passes over, each with a height of about 60 feet. What’s life without a little adventure?

Sally walked about half of the first bridge and descended it flawlessly and then we found a nice spot to have our snack and hot chocolate.

Only thing better than the view was the company. Skyway Bridge in the background.

Only thing better than the view was the company. Skyway Bridge in the background.

We rode on a bit into the Bay to digest and then turned around. Sally proudly announced that she was going to ride the whole bridge without walking. I admired the spirit and spunk, but I’ve seen plenty of adults walk that bridge.

She hit the base of it with a nice, even cadence. I rode behind her offering words of encouragement as she pressed on. As she neared the top she beamed with excitement, “I rode the whole thing without stopping!” Yes, you sure did.

Conclusion

67.77 miles in 7 rides. Not bad for Age 5.

What will we do differently next year? Read the rules more carefully, Dad.

How do you measure success on a cycling event? This weekend Sally asked where we were riding to. Munch’s again, it turned out.

Thanks, MG, for putting together the Coffeeneuring Challenge. May you treasure the Tweets, blogs, photos, and reports for years as a reminder of the joy your event gave to cyclists the world over.

And many thanks to you, Sally and Paul. Great job, both with the riding AND the writing!