Seven weeks, cycling to seven different coffee spots…
When I first set out to take on the Coffeeneuring Challenge, I didn’t really know what to expect. Would it be difficult? Fun? A chore? I’m happy to report, that though I wasn’t always able to bike under the best circumstances, every ride was enjoyable and something I looked forward to completing every week.
The majority of the places I visited were both interesting and delicious, though there was one spot did leave something to be desired (I’m looking at you Starbucks). All in all, this was a wonderful series of little bike adventures. Though I bike often, almost every day in fact, I’m often in a hurry (commuting to work) or on a long training ride, and this leaves little time to enjoy things like stopping for coffee. Coffeeneuring allowed me to take slower, more relaxed rides than I normally would, and I can say that my life is all the more better for it!
What I rode
More often than not, I rode my Trek 7.2 hybrid bike on the Coffeeneuring rides. This is my everyday, commuting bike, and it’s set up with a rack and a set of panniers which makes transporting things very easy. I prefer not to bike while wearing a backpack, so I tend to ride my Trek whenever I have to carry anything.
There were a few rides, though, where I left the Trek in the garage and instead rode my Fuji Sportiff. This is a new bike for me, having acquired it just a few months ago. I’m still getting the hang of riding a road bike (so different than my Trek!), but it’s super zippy and fun to cruise on.
Where I rode
Coffeeneuring #1: Atlas Coffee Co.
Distance: 11.2 miles
Coffeeneuring #2: Tin Roof Bakery
Distance: 4.9 miles
Coffeeneuring #3: Spring Lake Regional Park
Distance: 25 miles
Coffeeneuring #4: Holy Roast Cafe
Distance: 5.2 miles
Coffeeneuring #5: Empire Coffee
Distance: 2.2 miles
Coffeeneuring #6: Peet’s Coffee
Distance: 8 miles
Coffeeneuring #7: Starbucks Coffee
Distance: 2 miles
What was my favorite ride? Definitely the Coffeeshop without Walls at Spring Lake Regional Park. You really can’t beat making coffee while sitting on the edge of a lake!