Coffeeneuring rides 4 and 5

I’m finding it a little hard to hit the coffeeneuring groove this year, I have to admit. Last summer, we were winding down a pretty heavy summer of riding. We were tired, and it was still pretty hot outside. A break to do some shorter rides seemed like just the thing. This year, on the other hand, the weather is perfect, we’re tapering up in our riding, and shorter city rides are not quite hitting the spot.

That said, we have had some really nice rides.

Starting with #4 last weekend, which I let slide by the blog:

Croissant!

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Latte!

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Bike rack!

Coffeeneuring weeks 2 and 3

This is one of the few shops that’s a moderate distance from our house and on a safe route through a nice neighborhood, so you’ll see almost these exact pictures from last year. But it’s a good place, so I don’t mind.

Total distance: 5.85 miles.

Next up is a new-to-this-year place, with donuts for ride #5.

Maple donuts!

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This coffee was, alas, terrible, and there was no bike rack.

Total ride distance for this one: 3.5 miles, with a bit of a detour on the way home for the sake of traffic. We are having fits from road construction right now, since some of the best bike able routes through our neighborhood are completely closed.

Two rides to go!

Coffeeneuring Week 2, belatedly

These are the rides I did last weekend, and just never got around to posting. Somehow I managed to not get any bike paraphernalia in any of these pictures, so you’ll just have to trust me that I biked there.

Ride Two

I was somewhat ambitious this year, thinking that we would try to do different places than last year. That ambition lasted until the exact second that I got my “Kolache Saturday” e-mail from the local coffeeshop/restaurant/grocery store. They have special chef’s choice Saturday breakfasts every week, most of which are out for us because they heavily feature sausage and ham. But their Kolaches are great.

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Kolaches, if you don’t know, are a basic yeasted dough with a fruit filling. You can start fights here by suggesting that some kolaches have meat–for the diehard, meat “kolaches” are called something else. The fillings these days are all over the place. These two are apple spice and pumpkin pecan. (There’s a place between Houston and Austin that makes some with cream cheese and a mini Hershey bar in the middle. They’re kind of my favorite.)

Plus some latte art:

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This place has the best coffee in town, but their bike parking is crap. We had to stash our bikes in a hedge and then only go in one person at a time to order.

Total ride distance: 9.26 miles.

Ride Three

Next up (cue angelic chorus) is a beloved Indian restaurant. It is more authentic in spirit than in fact, and one of the ways they’ve branched out is by offering a great breakfast menu.

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Breakfast-sized dosa, anyone? This is amazing. The coffee’s good, too.

This cafe wins my vote for strangest bike parking. You go into the parking garage, and then in the corners they have these vertical bike hooks:

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I wouldn’t have even recognized them, except we used to have a similar set in our garage. Yes, I know my bike locking is average at best, but this is a very low-risk area.

We were on the bikes by 7:15 in the morning, because this place really crowds up for Sunday brunch. We’ve had to leave empty handed before, and I wasn’t sure exactly when they would start to get busy. Not at 7:30, it turns out, because just that week they had started opening at 8 instead. Sad face.

Total ride distance: a little over two miles.

These two rides were a study in our bizarre “fall” weather. Saturday morning was 75 degrees and 99% humidity. Really 99. Most people who say “It must be 99% humidity out there!” have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s really miserable, even at 75 degrees. Sunday morning, on the other hand, I was huddling with my coffee cup for warmth.

Coffeeneuring 2014: Ride #1

I mentioned in my last post that I had basically ruined my summer of biking. I’m happy to say that the situation is much improved. Still a work in progress, but much improved. Maybe the saddle and I are finally seeing eye to eye.

On Saturday, we went out for our first Coffeeneuring ride of the year. I wanted a moderately long ride with no stress, which means the bagel cafe at the end of the bike path. This place thwarted my efforts last year by closing early on Sundays, so it seemed like a great starting point.

The weather was perfect. It was so good I didn’t even want to get off the bike. I spend a lot of the year complaining about our weather, but when it is good, it is so good. And that’s what we had this weekend.

So, the bagel cafe. I love this place, but I have to confess that I find bagels a little hard to digest on the bike. I would probably be better with half. Alas, you can’t get half of a bagel.

Last time we were there my typical bland, sweet bagel was at least 75% sugar, so I switched over to a cheese model. Delicious. The cheese was perfectly crunchy on the outside. (This is not New York; plain bagels here tend to be not so great.)

Coffee at this shop is usually good, but on Saturday it was a little weak. That’s probably good for my biking stomach, even if it was sad for my taste buds. I have no idea why my husband felt like we needed five coffee stirrers in two cups of coffee; there’s not even any sugar in mine.

Coffeeneuring 2014, ride 1

Bonus points for getting a table right next to the bike rack. You can see my new-ish Jandd bag here, which is the perfect size for rides that don’t require stowing layers of clothing. It’s taken me years to find a bike bag I like this well.

Coffeeneuring 2014, ride 1

Total distance: 12.73 miles.

We were planning to front load our rides a bit and go out again on Sunday, but when the time came there were some maintenance issues on my city bike and I was hungry. We did do some riding that evening, but no coffeeneuring.