I almost didn’t run the Coffeeneuring Challenge this year. Really, I was on the fence about it. While gratified to see the challenge grow over time, I was also concerned it would be too much to manage, especially the way my year has gone in other areas.
Felkerino convinced me that I should run the Coffeeneuring Challenge in 2016, and said he would help in any way he could (I’ll let you know how that goes). Doug said he would design this year’s patch. The Northeast Regional Office of Coffeeneuring advised that he would help me put the maps together again. The coffeeneurs said that they would coffeeneur. “You gotta do it,” people told me.
Soon after launching the Coffeeneuring Challenge, I realized that the challenge has been one of the best uses of my time in 2016. Seeing everyone’s creativity in their approach, photos, and write-ups, their fellowship toward one another, and the contagious affinity for a bike ride to coffee touched me in an unexpected way.
The Coffeeneuring Challenge reaffirmed that it is indeed through simple activities that magic happens. We share an intimate moment with a friend or family member. Our tastebuds explode from a perfect cup of coffee. A bike ride immerses us in the world around us, and in that moment life is just as it should be.
This year, coffeeneurs pedaled as a way to connect to each other, to aid in healing from a serious health issue, to contemplate the world over a good (or even not good) cup of joe. And in doing so they became part of a community. Magic.
I’m still going through submissions and reading them is a bright point of the day. Some people suggest that the Coffeeneuring Challenge might have become burdensome, but I don’t see it that way. The Coffeeneuring Challenge is full of people who understand the simple moments that bring magic to our lives, and I love reading each write-up.
I’ll be back again soon with a full list of participants and finishers, but until then, thank you to everyone who has taken on the Coffeeneuring Challenge. We have created something very special here. Everyday magic.