Coffeeneuring Quickbeam in fall

Coffeeneuring Challenge Update: Late to the Party? Start Now Start Now!

Coffeeneuring friends and scenesters! Have you wondered if it’s too late to participate in the 2015 Coffeeneuring Challenge? Wonder no more, you’re right on time. Continue reading “Coffeeneuring Challenge Update: Late to the Party? Start Now Start Now!”

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Day 3. Challis to North Fork, Idaho: Salmon River Serenade

Today’s episode in bike touring found Felkerino and I sidling along the Salmon River for most of the 82 miles we covered. Our route was via highway Idaho 93, but it was quiet except for the perpetual singing of the Salmon River. Now that’s the kind of highway noise I could get used to. Continue reading “Day 3. Challis to North Fork, Idaho: Salmon River Serenade”

Coffeeneuring patch

Coffeeneuring Housekeeping: Patches

This note is specifically for the Coffeeneuring Class of 2014. All patches were mailed on December 30, both to those living in the U.S. as well as the International Cadre of Coffeeneurs. What I’m saying is everyone should have received the patches they ordered/earned (unless you are a D.C.-based person, in which case I should have already spoken with you to figure something out). If … Continue reading Coffeeneuring Housekeeping: Patches

Broken crankarm

CO Tour Day 9: Las Cosas Se Arreglan: Cottonwood Pass and a Broken Crankarm

“Las cosas se arreglan. La gente no.” Things can be fixed. People can’t. Someone I used to work with told me that, after I had been in a fender bender.

That phrase keeps running through my mind as I reflect on our day from Gunnison to Leadville, 105 miles via the big meandering Cottonwood Pass and another intersection with the Continental Divide at 12,000-plus feet. Continue reading “CO Tour Day 9: Las Cosas Se Arreglan: Cottonwood Pass and a Broken Crankarm”

CO Tour Day 5: Bike Tour Magic: 83 Miles from Ouray to Durango

Felkerino said that today is when the mountains embraced us. I said it was a day of bike tour magic.

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Part of the reason for that, of course, was the beautiful climbing on the Million Dollar Highway for the first 38 miles. We ascended from Ouray at 7,800 feet to over 10,000 feet and crossed three passes in the first half of our ride: Red Mountain; Molas; and Coal Bank.

The other reason we felt so inspired by our day was the people we had the chance to meet. We were held up at the top of Red Mountain Pass because of road work (blasting!) and chatted with several people touring the area (in their cars, but I guess it’s okay this time). Continue reading “CO Tour Day 5: Bike Tour Magic: 83 Miles from Ouray to Durango”

Mancation, All I Ever Wanted

Quickbeam on Hains Point. No mancation here.
Quickbeam on Hains Point. No mancation here.

I overhear our friend talking to Felkerino about his upcoming bike trip, a multi-day self-guided tour in Europe.

“Mancation,” he tells Felkerino. I turn my head at that.

“Just me and my bike,” he adds.

Surprised, I say, “Wait, you’re going by yourself?”

“Good job, Mary. You got it on the first try.” Continue reading “Mancation, All I Ever Wanted”

Happiness

Dandelions on a spring morning run

Recently, a friend recommended Willa Cather’s My Ántonia so I have been reading it. I’ve always avoided this book because it sounded too much like required high school reading. Now I understand why that is so, although I don’t know that I would have appreciated all this book had to offer had I read it earlier in life.

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Happy Holidays (and a Book Recommendation)!

Happy holidays! If you have any breaks from the hustle and bustle this week, I recommend a read of this lovely book, The Velocipede: its History, Varieties and Practice , by J.T. Goddard. Written in 1869, The Velocipede offers an informative look back at the bicycles and bike culture of the time. It even includes a chapter of comprehensive instructions for the beginning rider, and … Continue reading Happy Holidays (and a Book Recommendation)!