For the past couple of years, I've participated in the Coffeeneuring Challenge put on by Chasing Mailboxes. It's one of the signals that fall and cooler weather is here to stay... at least until March or so.
Here are the basic rules, copied from CM's blog post:
- between October 7 through November 20, 2022,
- ride your bike to 7 different places,
- at least 2 miles round trip each time,
- drink 7 cups of coffee (or another fall-type beverage), and
- document your coffeeneuring (either photos, Strava tracks, journal entries, control card, etc.).
1. Quarter Note @ The Loading Dock
This was a surprise! I had expected to drink the Loading Dock's regular brewed coffee, but this little pop-up car happened to be there. Weather was relatively warm and very muggy, since it rained a good portion of the early morning.
2. Greenbrier River Trail MM20
3. Greenbrier River Trail MM28
Both of these were part of the bike camping trip I took with a few other folks. Wasn't really sure how to count the mileage since they were spread out over two different days, but hopefully this is coffeeneuring kosher!
4. Lucky Tree
I met up with a couple of folks from Triangle Bike Camping for this one. A guy heard us talking about bikes, so I got to spread the good word about the meetup. Weather is definitely starting to get chilly.
Another Triangle Bike Camping meetup! This one with a few new folks. This happens to be one of my favorite coffee shops in town, and they have a really cool bicycle mural made out of coffee beans (yoinked from their website).
6. Dix Park
This was a "coffee outside" event put on by Oak City Cycling. Got to see some old friends and make some new ones. Learned that one of the guys at the shop has been building frames for awhile now, and I got to see one of the bikes he'd put together, which was neat! Apparently he wants to start selling them through the shop at some point, which would be really rad.
Yet another Triangle Bike Camping meetup, woo! Met up with some chill folks, plus a couple of friends. Watched a bit of the holiday parade, then got lunch at Weaver Street Market before meandering over to the queer art market put on by Ruby Deluxe. Been awhile since I've had such an extended downtown hangout, and it was really, really nice. Forgot to take a pic for this one!