Becky and Laura’s First Coffeeneuring Challenge: Seattle, Washington

Time to highlight some of the coffeeneuring activity from the other Washington. Becky and Laura, two trail runners and cyclists out of the Seattle area, worked as a team to successfully meet the Coffeeneuring Challenge last year.

Cats, llamas, looky-loo loops, and yes, coffee too. They gave each of their rides titles, like chapters in a book. Lovely! Continue reading “Becky and Laura’s First Coffeeneuring Challenge: Seattle, Washington”

A Coffeeneuring Diary through Finland with Jussi

Jussi’s Coffeeneuring Challenge submission is a wonderful tour through his part of the world–from old forgotten places, fat bikes, meanders through forests and by rivers, to pastries I can’t even pronounce, and even a kuksa for coffee outside. As he writes at the post’s conclusion, “For some reason, these logs turned to journals and almost travel brochures.” It made me put Finland on my list of … Continue reading A Coffeeneuring Diary through Finland with Jussi

From Randonneur to Coffeeneur: Putting South Carolina on the Coffeeneuring Map

Last year’s edition of the Coffeeneuring Challenge welcomed the first finisher ever from the state of South Carolina. Very exciting!

The triumphant coffeeneur is Tom, a randonneur turned coffeeneur for at least seven weeks, who used both his Soma Grand Randonneur (affectionately nicknamed the Grand Coffeeneur) and a 1970s Raleigh Olympian, to help him cross the finish line. Continue reading “From Randonneur to Coffeeneur: Putting South Carolina on the Coffeeneuring Map”

Family Coffeeneuring in St. Petersburg, Florida: Downhill or Uphill, Coffeeneuring is for Everyone

With the Coffeeneuring Challenge approaching, it seems a fine time to revisit some of the travels of last year’s coffeeneurs. We kick off this year’s look back with the family Coffeeneuring Challenge team of Paul, Sally, and Joe. Continue reading “Family Coffeeneuring in St. Petersburg, Florida: Downhill or Uphill, Coffeeneuring is for Everyone”

Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014: Unofficially Official

When I announced the list of 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Finishers, reader and original coffeeneur Vannevar asked me about my own coffeeneuring for the year.

While I am a big fan of riding one’s bike in the pursuit of a good cup of coffee, there is at least one year where I did not officially complete the challenge.

Too many rules! Busy weekends! Ran out of time! You know the excuses of which I speak. In those instances, I’ve quietly awarded myself an honorable mention. E for effort!

This year, though, I’m pleased to announce that I followed all the rules and successfully crossed this year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge finish line. Below is my report for your review and enjoyment. Continue reading “Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014: Unofficially Official”

Coffeeneuring Achievement Badges

Hi all. This post is for those coffeeneurs who ordered patches. The patches have arrived!

Coffeeneuring Patches

I will be sending them out over the holidays. If you think you earned a patch, there is still a small window of time to send your coffeeneuring documentation to me.

Continue reading “Coffeeneuring Achievement Badges”

2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Finishers and Honorable Mentions

The 2014 edition of the Coffeeneuring Challenge shows that people’s dedication to riding bikes and drinking coffee (or similar beverage substitutes) while also following a general set of rules remains strong.

After the homologation of results, the season ends with 175 Finishers and 4 people securing an Honorable Mention spot. Continue reading “2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Finishers and Honorable Mentions”

We Love Coffeeneuring, Featuring the Ultimate Coffeeneur for Final Weekend Inspiration

In the great city of Portland, there is a person who has coffeeneured more than anyone I know. His name is Bill, and in the course of 94 weekends he visited 110 distinct coffee shops.

That accomplishment is a testament not only to the preponderance of Portland-area coffee shops (yay, alliteration!), as well as Bill’s passion for coffeeneuring and his determination to seek out new shops.

In honor of the final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge, I share with you this interview with the Ultimate Coffeeneur. Continue reading “We Love Coffeeneuring, Featuring the Ultimate Coffeeneur for Final Weekend Inspiration”

We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Four-Time Coffeeneur John R. in #BikeDC

The final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge approaches, and as part of the final week festivities I took the opportunity to chat with four-time challenge finisher John of #BikeDC.

You may know John from Twitter (@dirteng) or through his blog, Portajohn. John used concepts from the Coffeeneuring Challenge and created a beer and bikes challenge known as the Brewvet. (The Brewvet is a springtime challenge so you have plenty of time to practice up for it.)

A cyclist, coffeeneur, and explorer, John loves to combine bikes and coffee whenever he can (unless he’s opting for a craft beer instead). We recently talked about the appeal and expansion of the Coffeeneuring Challenge as well as other bikes ‘n coffee-related topics. Continue reading “We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Four-Time Coffeeneur John R. in #BikeDC”

We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Original Coffeeneurs Tara and Simon in Maryland

Today Chasing Mailboxes talks with the coffeeneuring duo of Tara and Simon. You may recognize this pair from previous guest posts, or perhaps Tara’s name rings familiar to you because of the “Tara Rule” (This year it’s Rule #16).

Tara’s suggestion that people be allowed to coffeeneur on Columbus Day sparked not only the creation of this rule, but also the approach that rules can be subject to modification (or added!) based on participants’ input and well-reasoned arguments.

Tara and Simon are the original team coffeeneurs, and have successfully reached the Coffeeneuring Challenge finish line every year that it has been offered. I’m pleased to feature them in this post. Continue reading “We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Original Coffeeneurs Tara and Simon in Maryland”

Big Dummy Family Coffeeneuring with Judy, DS, and DD in Toronto, Ontario

Today’s guest post may require you to employ your conversion skills, because it’s kilometers-centric. Yes! In addition, get ready to enjoy a peek into bicycling life with kids and a Big Dummy.

Judy, of Toronto, completed the challenge this week, managing several rides with DS and DD. Thanks so much, Judy (and DS and DD, too!), for the great guest post! Continue reading “Big Dummy Family Coffeeneuring with Judy, DS, and DD in Toronto, Ontario”

Coffeeneuring Challenge Announcements and… More About Maps!

Hello, everyone. I hope you enjoyed Vannevar’s recent guest post, and that your coffeeneuring exploits are going well.

The Northeast Regional Office of Coffeeneuring and I have been putting together some maps to show where the year’s coffeeneuring activity has been occurring.

For 2014, we created three maps.

  1. Coffeeneurs in the U.S. by state
  2. Cities where there was at least one coffeeneur
  3. Coffeeneuring Destinations Map (by the people, for the people, updated by people! See more info below.)

Continue reading “Coffeeneuring Challenge Announcements and… More About Maps!”

Coffeeneuring with MrTinDC around Washington, D.C.: Bikes, Coffee, and Good Friends

This weekend, the first two official Coffeeneuring Challenge submissions arrived in my mailbox. The first was from #bikeDC’s own MrTinDC. In the next weeks I expect many more to make it to the official finishing line.

I am a big fan of MrTinDC’s photography and his work is frequently featured in some of the on-line publications in our area. I asked if he would share his 2014 outings and photoset with us as well as a little bit about why the Coffeeneuring Challenge appealed to him. As you can see, he agreed.

Congratulations, MrTinDC, and thank you for the guest post! Continue reading “Coffeeneuring with MrTinDC around Washington, D.C.: Bikes, Coffee, and Good Friends”

A Coffeeneuring Destinations Map for Everyone: Your Help Welcome!

Hello, coffeeneurs (and other readers, too). I hope you were able to enjoy the weekend and perhaps even a cup of coffee (or tea) or two.

I’ve been talking with Daniel in the Northeast Regional Office of Coffeeneuring about setting up a map that includes coffeeneur ride destinations. He is the person behind last year’s World Coffeeneuring Map (mine was the colored pencils-based creation).

If you want to participate in shaping the Coffeeneuring Destinations Map, please contact Daniel via email.  Daniel does a better job than I do in explaining the mapping process in this post on his blog–yay, cartographers– but for the basic version, read on. Continue reading “A Coffeeneuring Destinations Map for Everyone: Your Help Welcome!”

Coffeeneuring: More Than A Bike Ride in Search of a Hashtag

Lots of us ride to coffee (or tea), but only during this seven-week sliver between October and November do we officially coffeeneur.* Coffeeneuring is when bike rides to coffee (and other beverages) are shared and enjoyed by people far and wide.

Start this weekend and you can still officially complete the challenge of 7 rides to 7 distinct places. And even if you don’t, you can still have fun trying. The challenge ends November 16.

Why should you think about joining the Coffeeneuring Challenge? Here’s what some of the participants from last year’s edition had to say: Continue reading “Coffeeneuring: More Than A Bike Ride in Search of a Hashtag”