As a result of a long (44!) post thread on the Oregon Randonneurs Facebook Page, a nine person-strong group of coffeeneurs descended on Blend Coffee Lounge on a fabulously sunny morning. We came from all points on the Portland compass. Bill, Lynne & I from the west side, Ken from Multnomah Village, Jeff from southeast, Theo & Asta from close-in to town, Steph & Ryan from North Portland. Bridging the Trans-West Hills Cultural Divide for coffee!
|Some interesting menu choices.|
|Best dressed barista in town. Pretty pleated dress and all!|
I ordered a Harvest Moon Latte, which was a delightful combination of espresso and Chai Tea. Beautiful latte art by the barista. And of course, I couldn't resist a peanut butter cookie.
|Harvest Moon Latte & Peanut Butter Cookie|
|Documenting the documentation.|
|Conveniently located bike corrals|
|I dare you to jump on this wifi network. Go ahead. I'm sure it will be fine.|
Put this many cyclists in one place, and the conversation is sure to meander. We sat gabbing at the coffee shop for three or four hours!
|Jeff brought along reading material to share.|
|Asta's star-struck bicycle|
|Asta & Theo|
Eventually, we decamped to a nearby restaurant and had an early dinner. By the time I got home, it was nearly dark, and I'd been gone the entire day on this coffeeneuring adventure.
Total distance ridden: 13.3 miles, courtesy of using MAX for the lumpy commute over the west hills.