Sunday, November 6th. I find myself jonesing for a bike ride like I've never jonesed for one before.
About a week ago, I did something...I don't know what...but it sent my back muscles into spasms. Today was the first day I've been able to get on the bike without pain since then.
And I thought, "Well, my entire day is open. Why don't I try coffeeneuring again?" So...
Coffeeneuring without a goal is probably not the way to go. I don't know if it's even possible within the definition of coffeeneuring. Fortunately, there was an actual cafe I wanted to go to. Here is a photo of the actual coffee I had at the actual cafe:
Place: Actual Cafe (yes, that is the actual name of the place)
Date: Nov 6, 2016
Observation: Bike friendly place (you can bring your bike inside if the interior racks have room). Coffee was good.
I had a comfortable table outside. It was a cool overcast day, and the combination of the weather and the lack of traffic gave the whole thing a very relaxed feeling.
Coffeneuring done, I found that I had only been out for about two hours. And I still hadn't satisfied that urge to ride. So...what to do? Did a little research, and found that there was a new coffee shop opened by Bicycle Coffee, a local roaster. (They deliver coffee by bicycle.) And it was only four miles away from where I was, so....
Here it is...the Bicycle Coffee Cafe:
It was remarkably uncrowded, considering that their coffee is some of the best in the area. Oh, yeah, coffee!
Date: Nov 6 2016
Drink: Cafe Au Lait
Observation: Very bike friendly. Below you can see a picture of my bike inside the cafe.
The barista encouraged me to bring my bike inside, then complimented me on having such a nice ride. I don't like to be smug about it, but my bike is a thing of beauty.
Total distance covered? About fifteen miles. I think I set some kind of record for riding slowly, because I was out for about five hours.
Side note: my town has loads of great murals! Here's one of the many I saw on my ride. Not bike-related, but still cool.
Finished up with a visit to the bike store (of course), where they told me that my bike had a loose rear hub. Fortunately there was no damage because of this, and the bike rode more smoothly after the hub was tightened up. I also did another test ride, but I'll talk about that at some future date.
I've read the coffeeneuring rules again, and I now realize I may have broken a rule by stopping at more than one place. I'm hopeful that this infraction during coffeeneuring training won't endanger my chances of getting a patch when I actually...um...compete?