Saturday, November 2, 2013

Coffeeneuring # 2 - A Trans-West Hills Divide Cultural Exchange - Sunday, October 6th

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.
One of the great things about Portland is the proliferation of bike corrals.  I read that the city just installed it's 100th corral!   They really are a boon to bike friendly businesses.  And as a cyclist, I love having my bike nearby where I can keep an eye on it.  With the rampant bike theft in pdx, it was awfully nice to not have to worry about it.

Conveniently located bike corrals
The locals have a sense of humor too.   At least, I'm assuming they are joking....

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.

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