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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bikes! Chai! Artsy concept bike racks! BikeDC cameos! Knitting! Today’s Coffeeneuring Challenge guest post from BikeDC’s own @jerdlngr has a little bit of everything for your entertainment.
What a wonderful (and delicious) challenge. I hope I got things down properly.
A few things to help clarify… I used Saturdays and Tuesdays as my “weekends.” I also used two “vacation” instances (#3 and #6) instead of my usual Sat/Tues for those weeks, and I used a Vermont ride (#4) where the coffee shop was right across the river in New Hampshire.
I was originally hoping to get a theme, like maybe only food trucks (surprisingly, not many carry hot beverages!), or stories about the servers/barristas, or maybe places that sold only great coffee here in NYC. But as with everything, life got in the way, and I ended up at places like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts!
Hope I got all the info here!
Today’s guest post is from a father-daughter team out of Minnesota. Charlie’s regular beverage was a latte while Emma (who, at 13, is the youngest female Coffeeneuring Challenge finisher so far) went the hot chocolate route.
By the way, what is the difference between hot cocoa, hot chocolate, and hot milk chocolate anyway? If anyone can answer my question, I’d love to know.
In the meantime, here is the coffeeneuring recount from Charlie and Emma.
We head to Ohio today with a guest post from the first Ohio coffeeneur in three years of the Coffeeneuring Challenge.
Jerel, who completed all of his rides on a vintage 1978 Schwinn Traveler III, gives us an inside look at his city of Toledo and bookends his coffeeneuring with two very sweet experiences. I’ll let you read about them for yourself, and hope you enjoy this recap as much as I did.
Submissions are steadily flowing in to Coffeeneuring World Headquarters, and the New England Regional Office and I are working together to keep updating all the exciting visuals that help illustrate the scope of coffeeneuring. Keep those entries coming!
In the meantime, I have another excellent guest post for you, this time from @nycbluegunnar out of New York City.
While one of the original coffeeneurs hails from the Hudson Valley in New York, this is the first time someone from New York City.
Come take a virtual coffeeneuring trip with @nycbluegunnar. You’ll be glad you did, although it might make you hungry for a treat and thirsty for a latte.