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Coffeeneuring Challenge Pop Quiz!

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!

C&O Freedom's Run

Freedom’s Run Marathon: Finding Flow on the C&O

If you ride or run in D.C., you’ve probably had your share of conversations about the C&O Towpath, a hardpack multi-use and car-free path that starts in Georgetown and extends all the way to Cumberland, Maryland. The C&O: sublime urban escape or an exercise in monotony? Tooth-jarring nightmare or just what the doctor (not your dentist) ordered? I meander from one side of the argument to … Continue reading Freedom’s Run Marathon: Finding Flow on the C&O

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Remembering Michael Prater: Cycling Fed His Soul, Coffee Fueled His Ride

The Coffeeneuring Challenge allows for an appreciation of cycling different from the oftentimes more active spring and summer months. Slow down. Relax. Spend time with a friend and drink a cup of coffee (or similar). Such was the case with Michael and Chauncey – best friends and riding buddies – who took on last year’s challenge together in Cincinatti, Ohio. As Michael wrote in his submission: “We had … Continue reading Remembering Michael Prater: Cycling Fed His Soul, Coffee Fueled His Ride

No people, but helmets, treats, and coffee. Photo by Bret and Maria

Coffeeneuring Rewind: Rediscovering a Passion for Bicycling with Marya and Bret

Perhaps I’m a bit biased, being an Iowan and all, but the simple beauty of cycling expressed by Marya and Bret pulled at my heart when I read it last year. I think many of us can relate to growing up with bikes, and then setting them aside in favor of other pasttimes and transportation modes when we reach our teenage years. Rediscovering a bicycle can … Continue reading Coffeeneuring Rewind: Rediscovering a Passion for Bicycling with Marya and Bret

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6th Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge: The Spirit of Coffeeneuring

Now in its sixth year, the Chasing Mailboxes Coffeeneuring Challenge is a relaxed cycling endeavor for people everywhere. If you like riding a bike and enjoy drinking coffee or tea (or even hot chocolate or cider), consider this challenge. In a nod to the French as well as randonneuring, the Coffeeneuring Challenge has its share of rules. Don’t let them intimidate you, though. As those who have successfully completed … Continue reading 6th Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge: The Spirit of Coffeeneuring

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A Theme Within a Theme Coffeeneuring Rewind: Visual Journaling with Kathy

Last year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge introduced a new option for participants: the theme within a theme. The idea took off with quite a few, including Kathy, the author and illustrator of today’s post. Kathy took on the theme of visual journaling, and the result is a vivid set of watercolor pieces Kathy painted during the course of the challenge. Many thanks to Kathy for today’s post! Remember, … Continue reading A Theme Within a Theme Coffeeneuring Rewind: Visual Journaling with Kathy

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The Capital City of Coffeeneuring: Pittsburgh, PA

When the Coffeeneuring Challenge first began, I had no idea who would participate and what cities would be represented. Over the years, Pittsburgh has consistently emerged as the city with the most participants. Last year, Pittsburgh coffeeneurs put together a poster announcing the challenge, and also worked with a local bike shop to coordinate both a kickoff and a closing event. Curious about the Pittsburgh … Continue reading The Capital City of Coffeeneuring: Pittsburgh, PA

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Coffeeneuring 2016: Save the Date and Rules Comment Period

Time to make a couple of announcements for the coffeeneuring register. First, the 6th Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge is a go for 2016. If you want to keep your official coffeeneuring streak alive, or if you want to give the challenge a whirl for the first time, the time for action is soon. The 2016 Coffeeneuring Challenge will take place from October 7-November 20. Next, if you would like … Continue reading Coffeeneuring 2016: Save the Date and Rules Comment Period

Always Be Coffeeneuring

The Always Be Coffeeneuring Club

Do you ride your bike to drink coffee or tea? Or even hot chocolate? Do you not care about rules, or perhaps not care for rules? Are you in training for the upcoming 2016 coffeeneuring season (coming soon, dates being decided by committee as we speak!). If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then perhaps you should consider joining the Always Be Coffeeneuring … Continue reading The Always Be Coffeeneuring Club

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Coffeeneuring is Coming: An Inside Look at Coffeeneuring in Milwaukee

After five years in existence, the Coffeeneuring Challenge is becoming a fall tradition. For most of us, coffeeneuring never truly stops, but there is something especially enticing about the cool fall air, crunchy leaves under our wheels, and rides to coffee (or other coffee-ish) beverages with friends. This year, I talked with people in a couple of cities about their coffeeneuring exploits. The first is … Continue reading Coffeeneuring is Coming: An Inside Look at Coffeeneuring in Milwaukee

C&O Canal

Ride Your Bikes, People

I’m fond of my active commute routine. My regular commute to work is predictable,  pleasant. Over the years I’ve devised a sweet route that minimizes high-volume car traffic, and I store a nice selection of seasonal work clothes in my office. This week I’ve been thrust outside of my routine, which is pretty much a theme of 2016. Who needs routine? Routines are boring! Due … Continue reading Ride Your Bikes, People

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Area Woman Stops Blogging for One Month. Here’s What Happened…

Lately it feels like life is running on ahead of me at a pace I cannot match. I try to catch up, and my life skips easily away. Just as my life reaches the other side of the street, the stoplight turns red and halts me. Life ambles forward. Optimal velocity is difficult to achieve and sustain. Rather, it happens for me sporadically, and the … Continue reading Area Woman Stops Blogging for One Month. Here’s What Happened…

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Making the Experience Yours: Randonneuring

A while back, I wrote a post called Randonneur- and Real-Life Spouse, which attempted to articulate my frustration about feelings of exclusion from a particular brevet experience (the #randbro adventure). This piece also discussed some of the demeaning comments we have received over the years from men who think that my willingness to stoke a tandem was my partner’s way of motivating me to ride. I probably shouldn’t even … Continue reading Making the Experience Yours: Randonneuring

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Acclimation Frustration in DC: Passing Out

“Ma’am, are you okay?” I realize a teenage boy is talking to me. “Yes, yes, I think so,” I answer, confused how the three boys came to be standing in front of me. Last I looked, they were several feet further down the path. I’m standing too, but a quick body check reveals that I wasn’t upright a moment ago. Blood flows out of my … Continue reading Acclimation Frustration in DC: Passing Out

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Sierra Cascades Day 11: Detroit to Portland

If I don’t write about this day, I can pretend we will ride on to the next destination. Our tour won’t have ended, D.C. won’t be calling me home. But our final day on the road is over. We are in Portland now, our journey from Sacramento to Portland complete, and Felkerino breaks down the bike as I type.  I began our 11th day of … Continue reading Sierra Cascades Day 11: Detroit to Portland