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Coffeeneuring Challenge Recap and Guest Post!

Hello friends, it’s been a little while. I’m still here, though, and I hope to return to a more regular schedule of blogging soon. Tooday features a guest post from fellow coffeeneur, blogger, and six-time Coffeeneuring Challenge finisher, Vannevar, who has put together some intriguing facts and figures about the latest edition of the challenge. Patches for this year’s challenge have been sent. If you did not … Continue reading Coffeeneuring Challenge Recap and Guest Post!

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Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First

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

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Running Down the Hits: 12 Months on 2 Feet

The year winds down, and the lull in normal activity opens up time for reflection. The last 12 months have signified intense growth for me, but not in the areas that I write about here. I tried some new things I wanted to do, and learned a lot about the importance of incremental progress and a good sense of humor. Both running and cycling remained foundational activities to my … Continue reading Running Down the Hits: 12 Months on 2 Feet

2016 Friday after Thanksgiving

Opting

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

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Coffeeneuring Challenge: Final Weekend, Coming Up!

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!

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Heavy Hearts and Bicycle Breezes

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

Fall century ride - Jerry and Felkerino

Coffeeneuring Challenge Prize Reveal and… Maps!

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!

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The Coffeeneur Behind the Coffeeneuring Patch Designs: Doug of Umbrella Works

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

Latte art, and see, that's my bike out there. Photo by Bill Alsup

How to Take a Coffeeneuring Photo

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

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All Coffeeneuring All The Time: 2016 Blogroll

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

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Mind Over Matter: the Des Moines Marathon

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