My favorite birthday card ever was from my seventh birthday. The card read: “Seven is a lucky number That’s what people say And so your seventh birthday Ought to be your lucky day.” The Coffeeneuring Challenge turns seven this year, surely a lucky year. Ironically, we kick it all off on Friday the 13th of October. Many thanks to all who have participated and brought … Continue reading Seven is a Lucky Number: The 7th Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge
Hello readers, the Coffeeneuring Challenge is back for the 7th year (SEVEN!) and you are going to love it! And it kicks off on Friday the 13th, too, so you won’t forget when to start pedaling. Here is a mini-Q&A teaser for you: Has the challenge changed much in the last year? No. Why no big changes? Because we need some predictability in our lives. … Continue reading Save the Date: Coffeeneuring Challenge Starts October 13
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!
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 … Continue reading Everyday Magic
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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