Coffeeneuring 2017, Part One outlines my first rides of the year. Below are the final outings of the challenge.
Ride #5 to Conjure Coffee. This was a very special ride. I played a very small part in the story here, and am very proud and grateful to know this crew. A team of hardworking volunteers has been planning a pop up bike lane/traffic calming elements, block party, art show and more at this intersection. We rode over the day before the event to check out the progress and lend a hand.
We won a grant from AARP to bring Team Better Block for consultation as to how we could make this particular intersection more pedestrian and bike friendly. I pass this multiple times a week, it’s a main artery into down town from my neighborhood. Because it’s a main artery, traffic often exceeds the 30 mph posted speed limit by 10-15 mph. To some it’s a necessary pass through, but it’s also a true neighborhood with kids walking to school, greenway trail access and, to the coffeeneuring point – a perfect neighborhod coffee shop!
Date: Friday November 2nd
What I Drank: americano
It’s kinda hard to get to (thus the catalyst for this event!) by bike. Recent remodeling added bike parking and racks were brought in for the event as well.
Ride #6 It’s early, and cold, but today my city is celebrating 100 miles of greenway. Trail advocates gathered to mark this occasion with a pre-dawn bike ride! The news was there to capture our excitement!
Date: Monday, November 13
What I Drank: pour over, with 1/2 and 1/2
No bike parking, but we were on the trail
I didn’t expect to end up finishing the challenge in another state, but between weather and schedule I couldn’t complete the challenge before my vacation. What’s a girl to do? Well obviously, make time for a coffee shop with out walls on vacation. My parents live in a nice suburb, with the beginnings of a Greenway Trails system. So, my sister and I went out exploring. We took our parents new puppy to see what we could see. Crunchy leaves and a good cuppa joe. Much warmer temperatures than we normally see back home around this time of year.
Datr: Saturday, November 18th
What I drank: pour over with half and half.
Distance: 2.4 miles
Home location: Fort Wayne IN (with one control in Memphis TN!)
I didn’t find coffeeneuring until just a few years ago, but, I have unknowingly been coffeeneuring since my first adult bike ride. I love coffee, and my city has lots of local shops to choose from.
Bikes are another thing that I like. As President of our local advocacy organization, bikes have introduced me to a whole network of community and city leaders.
Combining the two is perfection!
My theme within a theme became “local shops only”, and that was nearly effortless.