Always be #coffeeneuring

Always be #coffeeneuring!

Our fifth coffeeneuring adventure was riding to meet a friend at Seattle Center. Coffee was tiny for a hefty price but I hear that the “shop” rotates monthly so they may have better options another time.

  • Where: KEXP
  • When: 10/27/17
  • What you drank: cafe au lait
  • Observation: it was an amazingly beautiful fall day! Our way home was through South Lake Union at rush hour so we ended up on the sidewalk because people driving had taken it upon themselves to block the bike lane in places (“if I have to wait in traffic so do you”).
  • Theme: (SUPER) skeptical baby
  • Total mileage: 12 miles

 

Coffeeneuring number six was on a train! We drank coffee on our way to Portland!

  • Where: Amtrak Coast Starlight
  • When: 11/2/17
  • What you drank: home brewed coffee with milk
  • Observation: this train is so fun! We spent our whole trip in the observation car because windows are like baby tv. Plus there’s no wifi so watching the scenery kept me entertained as well.
  • Theme: skeptical baby
  • Total mileage: 1.1 miles of riding to the link station and then we took the bike on the light rail to the Amtrak station in Chinatown

 

For our last official event of the challenge we had coffee with a friend who just moved to Portland. What could be better?

  • Where: Spielman Bagels (SE Division)
  • When: 11/4/17
  • What you drank: cafe au lait
  • Observation: babe was conked out when we arrived so we wheeled the bikes onto the back patio. It was pretty chilly so we were the only ones outside. The owner (?) brought out chairs for us but in his desire to inspect the baby (he’ll be a first time grandpa in January) he woke him up. Oh well. No bike racks out front but there’s a nice deck in addition to the patio space.
  • Theme: skeptical baby
  • Total mileage: 9.5 miles or so total since this was a stop on our way to the train station

 

Because I totally lost count (and not because I have a coffee addiction) we continued on our coffeeneuring challenge for number 8!

  • Where: Roxy’s Diner
  • When: 11/10/17
  • What you drank: coffee with cream
  • Observation: the latke sandwich is amazing. Why don’t I put sour cream on my eggs normally?!
  • Theme: skeptical ( dragon) baby
  • Total mileage: 6.5 miles

 

On a very cold and wet and genuinely dreary day babe and I rode to Montlake to meet up with friends for a walk around the arboretum. But first, coffeeneuring number 9!

  • Where: Fuel – Montlake
  • When: 11/16/17
  • What you drank: chai tea latte
  • Observation: I forgot how much I loved chai tea lattes! Babe fell asleep on our ride over and despite making a detour wherein we rode downhill only to find our way blocked off for construction and had to ride back uphill (being passed by 2 women jogging), we were still quite early to meet our friends. So I rode many loops around and around and around until babe woke up and I determined it was time to get inside to warm up.
  • Theme: skeptical baby (not so skeptical anymore)
  • Total mileage: 4.2 miles not including our many laps near the arboretum


And for a super spontaneous extra coffeeneuring we stopped to grab a coffee on our way home from an errand!

  • Where: Seven Cafe
  • When: 11/19/17
  • What you drank: chai tea latte
  • Observation: a sleeping baby should not be woken! I left babe in the trailer to snooze while I ordered. It was easy to keep an eye on the trailer & then we sat outside (he was still sleeping🙌) on the cute chairs on the sidewalk.
  • Theme: sleeping skeptical baby
  • Total mileage: 3 miles

More Adventures in #coffeeneuring

More #coffeeneuring!

For our second outing we actually made the coffee at home but I’m counting it because we biked far away and drank it once we got where we were going (which did not GASP have coffee).

  • Where: PEPS group meeting – Matthew’s Beach
  • When: 10/17/17
  • What you drank: home brewed coffee with cream
  • Observation: the rainy season has begun and there was a LOT of debris in the road. Also it’s really hard to walk backward with the trailer attached.
  • Theme: skeptical baby
  • Total mileage: 13.5 miles

For our third adventure we rode to #coffeeoutsideforher at Gas Works park but we were the only ones so we abandoned our post to ride on to Ballard for errands and coffee inside!

  • Where: Ballard Coffee Works
  • When: 10/19/17
  • What you drank: cafe au lait
  • Observation: This place is super expensive & what I thought was a plain croissant turned out to be meat filled. Also babe was very content to coo & watch me knit!
  • Theme: skeptical baby
  • Total mileage: 10.2 miles

 

Our fourth ride was to a new-this-year home coffee shop! We brought bread and butter and our sewing project and drank coffee & had someone fix out sewing mistakes! It was a party! Coffee! Mimosas! Glow sticks for the children! Acro yoga for the babies!

  • Where: Anny’s Cafe and Dance Club – Crown Hill
  • When: 10/21/17
  • What you drank: home brewed coffee with cream
  • Observation: we totally rode out of our way to meet up with someone but she had assist and we did not & HILLS BABY HILLS. There was much walking.
  • Theme: skeptical baby
  • Total mileage: 8.6 miles

Coffeeneuring 2017 Has Begun!

Every year I say I will successfully complete the #coffeeneuring challenge put on by Mary at Chasing Mailboxes, but I don’t know that I’ve ever done it.

So here’s to another year of starting off strong and probably not living up to expectations!

Babe and I rode to the Top Pot in Ballard for coffee and donuts before our grocery shopping adventure. In the spirit of taking things much too far I’ve made a giant spreadsheet to track how much we spend on specific items in order to reduce our food costs. Fun fun fun!

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But back to the coffeeneuring:

  1. Where: Top Pot Donuts – Ballard
  2. When: 10/13/17
  3. What you drank: cafe au lait
  4. Observation: my rear fender kicks up a lot of debris into the trailer (which babe loudly protested) so I really need to get a mud flap put on!
  5. Theme: skeptical baby
  6. Total mileage: 8.6 miles

The ride there was uneventful if chilly. People walked in front of me when I had a green light because they were texting. I was annoyed. I moved my safety cone back into position. Some dude passed us super close and fast on the trail at Stone Way. I’m still super paranoid about turning across the railroad tracks to get from the “trail” to TJ’s.

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SAFETY CONE MAKES EVERYONE SAFER

I’m 90% sure someone dumped a cup of water (I HOPE) on the trailer because it was the only thing wet & the sidewalk elsewhere was dry. Good thing I thought about rain & closed the plastic rain cover. WHO DOES THIS?!

I bought a lot of beer and the bag was super heavy so I stuck it in the trailer behind the child seat. I made it up our hill faster than usual, although I still took my requisite break by my favorite fire hydrant half-way up.

Some dude in a giant truck waited and waited and waited in a driveway until I was *right* in front of him before pulling out. THANX.

As usual babe woke up on the way up the hill so he could scream us home (I wish I could harness this energy to propel us). He continued to cry in the elevator so an ever helpful neighbor asked super helpful questions like: why is he crying; do you think he’s hungry; is he wet? This culminated in my favorite thing, which was patting babe on the arm and saying “baby don’t cry” over and over. Note to self: don’t get in the elevator with this guy again. Walk up the 9 flights of stairs.

Overall an outing much like many of our outings: we bought stuff, we cried, we forgot essential items, we smiled a bunch, and we got a little nap in.

Coffeeneuring suggestions welcome!