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
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
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
For 26.2 miles this past Sunday, I was a spec in a mammoth event, one of more than 27,000 people who swarmed the Washington, D.C. area for the opportunity to be part of an annual two-footed tour of the city—the Marine Corps Marathon.
For 26.2 miles, people’s cheers and encouragement seeped into my heart, propelling me forward. Spectators use poster board and glitter paint to make clever signs with messages like “I’m Feeling 26.2,” “You’re Running Better than Government” (still a popular one), “Go Random Stranger!” and “Joe Biden thinks your marathon is a BFD.” Continue reading Marine Corps Marathon: Celebrating Runners for 26.2 Miles
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!
Lots of us ride to coffee (or tea), but only during this seven-week sliver between October and November do we officially coffeeneur.* Coffeeneuring is when bike rides to coffee (and other beverages) are shared and enjoyed by people far and wide.
Start this weekend and you can still officially complete the challenge of 7 rides to 7 distinct places. And even if you don’t, you can still have fun trying. The challenge ends November 16.
Why should you think about joining the Coffeeneuring Challenge? Here’s what some of the participants from last year’s edition had to say: Continue reading Coffeeneuring: More Than A Bike Ride in Search of a Hashtag
Blend together, bake for an hour for at least two miles or to your taste at dipping seasonal temperatures. Repeat seven times. Coffeeneuring. Continue reading Coffeeneuring Rewind in Pittsburgh with @rfglenn
Recollections of the harvest and farmers working fields long past sundown. Walks across campus, heavy book-filled backpacks on our shoulders, feet drifting through drying leaves. The donning of long sleeves to absorb the chill of mornings that advise of even colder times to come.
It’s odd how this time can feel like a stopping point. The end of one cycle, and the beginning of another. Continue reading Contemplative Fall