Monday, October 8, 2012

Coffeeneuring #1

Coffeeneuring:  A relaxed weekend cycling endeavor involving coffee, bicycling, conversation, good friends and -  because it's inspired by randonneuring - a wee bit of paperwork thrown in for good measure.   

This past weekend marked the start of the 2nd Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge .  Being a lover of all things cycling and all things coffee, it seems like the perfect way to celebrate the end of the official randonneuring season and the beginning of the winter training season.

Having roped the always game Lynne into the idea of taking on the Challenge, we published our intentions on the facebook page for the Oregon Randonneurs.   Bill, the ultimate coffeeneur (having coffeeneured for more than 60 weeks in a row to date) decided to join us, as did my partner, Jeff, who can always be persuaded to come along if there are pastries and coffee involved.

I suggested this week's destination, Insomnia Coffee, because I knew I'd be tired after riding John Kramer's 2012 Bikenfest 200K the day before.  Insomnia is less than 3 miles from my house; a perfect "recovery ride" distance!

Accordingly, the four of us descended on Insomnia at 10am on Sunday morning.

  The place was hopping, with a long line to order.

Sugar-free vanilla latte, please!  I had fun composing my lame version of an artistic coffee montage.

Being mindful of the "bike riding with paperwork" aspect of Coffeeneuring, we were all careful to document the experience, per the Coffeeneuring Challenge Rules.

Photo courtesy of Lynne Fitzsimmons

Documenting the documentation
Documentation completed, we commenced relaxing in the unseasonably warm October sunshine!

Bill, the ultimate Coffeneur
Mileage for the day: a whopping 7.1 miles.  
Enjoyable company: priceless