Are you ready? Monday we Errandonnee! Perhaps you’re concerned you haven’t adequately planned the next 12 days of errands. Don’t fret, dear errandonneur, the errand categories are broad so that you can customize them to your errand ways. Still looking for ideas? My birthday is this week so one of your errands could be mailing me a birthday card. Boom! One down, eleven to go. … Continue reading Errandonnee 2017: Starts Monday March 20
Let’s run out the month of March with an annual tradition. It’s the Errandonnee, a challenge designed for the utility cyclist and transportation runner with errands to do, no matter the season. The short version of the Errandonnee is: Errandonnee: Complete 12 errands in 12 days, and ride or run a total of 30 miles between March 20-31, 2017. Since we must run errands anyway, let’s … Continue reading The Errandonnee 2017: Out Like A Lion
12 days, 12 errands, 30 miles. Ride or run and get stuff done. Details by the weekend; watch this space. Continue reading The Errandonnee/Errundonnee Is On: March 20-31
It’s a new year, time to stop eating all the holiday M&Ms and candy canes I bought for 80 percent off at CVS. Ready to start 2017, I tell myself. Just two weeks ago I set aside time to consider my goals for the year, but did so in front of the computer interspersed with way too much refresh of the national news, where uncertainty about what’s … Continue reading Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First
The trees outside my window waved vigorously, their movement dissuading me from any outdoor time. I checked the weekend temperature, and 30s looked back at me. But with my cycling partner Felkerino under the weather this weekend, I was left with a window of time to do as I pleased. While the lure of the couch was strong, I struggled into my workout clothes and threw … Continue reading The Running Drug
The last couple of days, my Instagram feed has filled with the #optoutside hashtag, as Insta connections spend the day in nature and the outdoors instead of dedicating time in retail spaces or in front of their computer. Part of me is glad for that, although I suspect that most of the people I know would choose the #optoutside path. Not in response to Black Friday. It’s just what … Continue reading Opting
Coffeeneurs and scenesters, it’s been quite a whirlwind of a season! Thanks to everyone who has participated in this year’s activities, and good luck to all who are fitting in their final rides before closing time comes to the Coffeeneuring Challenge when the clock strikes midnight (or so) on Sunday, November 20. The latest issue of Bicycle Times includes a feature about coffeeneuring and some words from … Continue reading Coffeeneuring Challenge: Final Weekend, Coming Up!
Heavy hearts are the worst. A heavy heart burrows into your stomach and crowds other organs, causing discomfort. A heavy heart – being so burdened – needs extra oxygen to function, which can leave a person deflated and lethargic. It takes a lot of energy to endure a heavy heart. While it seems counterintuitive, a bicycle breeze may help temporarily lighten a heavy heart. Especially an autumn bicycle breeze. Unlike a … Continue reading Heavy Hearts and Bicycle Breezes
The Coffeeneuring Challenge continues to be in full swing, and riders have until November 20 to complete 7 rides to 7 different places for 7 cups of coffee. That means if you have completed at least one ride, you can still successfully complete this year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge. As submissions arrive at Coffeeneuring Challenge Headquarters, they will be reviewed and verified. In addition, the cities and states where coffeeneuring … Continue reading Coffeeneuring Challenge Prize Reveal and… Maps!
It’s been years since I was in Iowa during the fall, but in an effort to avoid the harsher months of Midwest weather, I scheduled an October return to my home state. I arrived during the sweet spot of harvest, when farmers work all hours to remove the crops that have been growing all summer and just before any pungent natural fertilizer has been spread over these same … Continue reading Harvest in Iowa
The 2016 Coffeeneuring Challenge prize is about to be revealed, but before the grand unveiling, I’m featuring the man behind the excellent coffeeneuring designs of the past two years. Doug of umbrella works stepped forward last year to offer his skills in creating the Coffeeneuring Challenge patch prize, and we’ve been working together since. Many thanks to Doug for being part of coffeeneuring. His involvement … Continue reading The Coffeeneur Behind the Coffeeneuring Patch Designs: Doug of Umbrella Works
While there is no shortage of rules for the Coffeeneuring Challenge, there is nothing specific in the rules about what constitutes an acceptable coffeeneuring photo entry, only that your ride must be documented in some way. Even so, people regularly ask me what sort of photo will pass muster. Does your coffee mug have to be in the photo? What about your bike? The simple answer to both … Continue reading How to Take a Coffeeneuring Photo
In contrast to previous editions of the Coffeeneuring Challenge, where official coffeeneuring was limited to weekend days except in a few limited circumstances, this year there is no such restriction. As a result, every time I check a social media outlet, someone somewhere is out on a coffeeneuring ride. It’s an unexpected benefit of the any day is a coffeeneuring day rule change (provided you adhere to … Continue reading All Coffeeneuring All The Time: 2016 Blogroll
I spent the latter half of my 20’s living and working in Des Moines, Iowa. These were years of mixed experiences. I secured gainful employment, began living on my own, and gradually grasped the expectations of post-college life and a professional work environment. This was also a time of testing boundaries, and learning through some embarrassing situations. Maybe that’s what it took for me to … Continue reading Mind Over Matter: the Des Moines Marathon
Alright, coffeeneurs and scenesters, put your thinking caps on for this very important pop quiz about the Coffeeneuring Challenge! 1. When does the Coffeeneuring Challenge start? Answer: This Friday, October 7! 2. True or False, I can go coffeeneuring on a weekday in 2016? Answer: TRUE! 3. What is the minimum distance I have to ride for a ride to count toward the Coffeeneuring Challenge? … Continue reading Coffeeneuring Challenge Pop Quiz!