Last winter I decided to try Gypsybug’s Utilitiare ride challenge. This involved using your bike for routine trips to the store, the movies, the barbershop etc. It did not end well. I rode my bike into the back of a parked car while fighting a nasty headwind. I was awarded an Honorable Mention by Her Highness, Princess of Utility. The Utilitaire was a spin off of her Coffeeneuring Challenge. A few days ago she rang the bell of Coffeeneuring II.
Basically, the idea is you ride your bike to coffee shops on the weekends. You make a record of it and submit your reports to the Caffeine Queen (that would be Gypsybug).
Today, I did my first coffeeneuring ride. I intended to ride 15 miles to Georgetown’s Bread and Circus coffee shop but an approaching cold front had me feeling like a quiche eater by mile 7 so I ducked into Perks in Old Town and knocked down an Americano and a massive chocolate chip cookie.
Perks is a bit of a zoo on Saturdays, but the coffee and cookie were tasty. So, mission accomplished. One down, six to go.
I rode another couple of miles up to the airport on the Mount Vernon Trail, then took the Anderson Trail over to Route 1 and made my way home through the streets of Old Town.
|Americano and Cookie|
|Big Nellie at Perks on North Fairfax Street in Alexandria|
So total miles to the shop was about 7. Total miles on the ride was 21.