Randonneuring, transportation cycling, coffeeneuring, and bike touring. Since 2010, Chasing Mailboxes has been a space to share the joys and travails of time on two feet and two wheels.

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My husband and I regularly ride with our local club, the D.C. Randonneurs. In 2011 and 2019 we completed the famed 1200K Paris-Brest-Paris on tandem, and have completed a few other 1000K and 1200K rides together as well. Sometimes we participate in non-rando cycling events, and escape the city from time to time to go bike touring.

I also run-commute and have completed over 26 marathons.

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Coffeeneuring and the Errandonnee

Chasing Mailboxes is home to the occasional utility cycling challenge, including Coffeeneuring, the Utilitaire (which was too complicated and thus retired), and the Errandonnee.

These challenges come to life through social media, and participants’ excellent guest posts.



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Thanks for reading! Have a comment, but don’t want to post it? Get in touch with me via the “Contact” tab. You’ll also find some of my randonneuring thoughts and experiences over at The Daily Randonneur.

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    1. Having not toured cross-country, I can’t make a recommendation. My husband do most of our touring on tandem. I have friends who could give you ideas; one I recommend is Nicholas of Gypsy by Trade: http://gypsybytrade.wordpress.com/.

      If I were to set out on a solo tour tomorrow, I would take my Surly Long Haul Trucker. It is moderately priced, rides great fully loaded, and fits me well.


  1. Thanks for the feedback. Is the Surly Long Haul
    Trucker available at local bike shops, or only via mail order? Thanks for the link to Nicholas…very interesting blog, photos and narrative.


    1. I test rode and purchased mine from a local shop here in D.C. a few years back– City Bikes in Adams Morgan. I believe that BicycleSPACE also carries them.


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