Summary

So I’ve created this summary so you don’t have to read every single entry in my blog to make sure I’m not trying to weasel my way into getting a patch without actually doing the work. I didn’t do a ‘theme within a theme’ unless you consider bad writing a theme. I drink coffee every day and I ride my bike most days but I rarely combine the two. Coffee for me is to have something warm to drink in the morning and I like the ritual of grinding beans and boiling water and it’s even better when I’m out camping as it’s nice to be doing something I do every day in a new somewhat challenging environment. Riding my bike I do most days as I ride to work on weekdays and on weekends I run errands or go for a longish ride on the mountain bike or the Fargo. I don’t really like purchasing a cup of coffee, as I think it’s a waste of money and I think I make a decent cup on my own although my taste isn’t very refined. I do know the coffee at my office is horrible. Combining these two things in the Coffeeneuring Challenge was kind of fun. I get to recalibrate my coffee taste buds with coffee brewed by professionals and ride my bike to somewhat different places around town and it was cool that I got to get a few others to come along, some even to finish the challenge and earn their badge. There were several places I wanted to ride to that I didn’t get the chance. One was Fort Pickens out at the beach but Hurricane Irma messed up part of the park road and there is new bridge construction that has messed up the traffic patterns through Gulf Breeze. I’m hoping to get out there some cold miserable Sunday in December when the road opens and traffic is low to do an Always Be Coffeeneuring ride. The other place I didn’t get to was Bamahenge. Some guy over in Alabama has recreated Stonehenge in the pine forest along with some dinosaurs and various other things. It’s about 60 miles round trip but I haven’t been feeling like riding that far this season. Again, I’ll save it for an ABC ride. Thanks for hosting this event. I’ve enjoyed the simpleness of the rides and the rules and I’m looking forward to next year’s challenge. Thanks again.

Number 1

where you went: Fosko Coffee Barre, 8 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Saturday, October 14th

what you drank: Just a regular coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Ten of us had an easy ride downtown. Good parking. Barbara got an award.

total mileage: Somewhere around five miles round trip.

Number 2

where you went: The Leisure Club, 1151 Office Woods Dr a, Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Sunday, October 15th

what you drank: Just a regular coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Three of us rode some cyclocross trails and some urban singletrack. We met three others at the place. Plenty of room to park but no racks.

total mileage: 15 miles round trip more or less.

Number 3

where you went: Drowsy Poet Coffee Company, 86 Brent Lane, Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Sunday, October 21nd

what you drank: Just a regular coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Seven of us rode into uncharted territory. We met two others there. Did some vegetable shopping on the way back. No good bike parking.

total mileage: About 11 miles round trip.

Number 4

where you went: Bagelheads, 916 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Sunday, October 22th

what you drank: Just a regular coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Solo ride due to plans going awry. No good bike parking.

total mileage: Five miles round trip give or take.

Number 5 & 6

where you went: Bear Lake, Blackwater River State Forest, Santa Rosa County, Florida

date you went there: Sunday, October 27-29th

what you drank: Just a regular pour over coffee without walls Saturday morning, Sunday morning and Sunday mid-day on the way back.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Two of us did a bike camping trip. Paul’s first time bike camping. Dramatic weather. Yummy beer at the end.

total mileage: 26 miles up and 32 miles back.

Number 7

where you went: Bodacious Brew, 407 South Palafox Street C, Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Sunday, November 4th

what you drank: Just a regular coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Two of us rode downtown and met two others. Lots of events going on including the Slow Ride.

total mileage: Around five miles, not including the Slow Ride.

Bonus Number 8

where you went: The Bluffs, Scenic Highway, Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Sunday, November 5th

what you drank: Just a regular pour over coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Three of us did a coffee without walls ride to the Bluffs overlooking Escambia Bay. A bit foggy but nice and cool. Easy bike parking.

total mileage: 7.5 miles round trip.

Super Bonus Number 9

where you went: Maximilian Coffee 3419 N 12th Ave Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Saturday, November 11th

what you drank: Just a regular coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Five of us did the easy ride through the neighborhood. Found a turtle on the side of the road. Good bike parking.

total mileage: 4.08

Super Mega Bonus Number 10

where you went: Red Rock Road Mountain Bike Trail, Blackwater River State Forest

date you went there: Sunday, November 12th

what you drank: Just a regular pour-over coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: A loop of the trail with a coffee stop down by the creek. Then exploring some new ground for an additional section of trail.

total mileage: about 25 miles total.

Super Ultra Mega Bonus Number 11

where you went: George Artisanal Bistro and Bakery, 1124 W Garden Street, Pensacola, Florida

date you went there: Saturday, November 18th

what you drank: Just a regular coffee.

a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Ran some errands. Noisy patio but warm sunshine. A trip to the market and then home. No bike parking.

total mileage: about 7 miles.

 

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