Coffeeneuring 2017, Part Two

Coffeeneuring 2017, Part One outlines my first rides of the year. Below are the final outings of the challenge.

Ride #5 to Conjure Coffee. This was a very special ride. I played a very small part in the story here, and am very proud and grateful to know this crew. A team of hardworking volunteers has been planning a pop up bike lane/traffic calming elements, block party, art show and more at this intersection. We rode over the day before the event to check out the progress and lend a hand.

We won a grant from AARP to bring Team Better Block for consultation as to how we could make this particular intersection more pedestrian and bike friendly. I pass this multiple times a week, it’s a main artery into down town from my neighborhood. Because it’s a main artery, traffic often exceeds the 30 mph posted speed limit by 10-15 mph. To some it’s a necessary pass through, but it’s also a true neighborhood with kids walking to school, greenway trail access and, to the coffeeneuring point – a perfect neighborhod coffee shop!


Date: Friday November 2nd

What I Drank: americano

Mileage: 3

It’s kinda hard to get to (thus the catalyst for this event!) by bike. Recent remodeling added bike parking and racks were brought in for the event as well.

Ride #6 It’s early, and cold, but today my city is celebrating 100 miles of greenway. Trail advocates gathered to mark this occasion with a pre-dawn bike ride! The news was there to capture our excitement!

November 13, 2017 at 0837AM

Date: Monday, November 13

What I Drank: pour over, with 1/2 and 1/2

Mileage: 8

No bike parking, but we were on the trail

Ride #7

I didn’t expect to end up finishing the challenge in another state, but between weather and schedule I couldn’t complete the challenge before my vacation. What’s a girl to do? Well obviously, make time for a coffee shop with out walls on vacation. My parents live in a nice suburb, with the beginnings of a Greenway Trails system. So, my sister and I went out exploring. We took our parents new puppy to see what we could see. Crunchy leaves and a good cuppa joe. Much warmer temperatures than we normally see back home around this time of year.

Datr: Saturday, November 18th

What I drank: pour over with half and half.

Distance: 2.4 miles


Home location: Fort Wayne IN (with one control in Memphis TN!)

I didn’t find coffeeneuring until just a few years ago, but, I have unknowingly been coffeeneuring since my first adult bike ride. I love coffee, and my city has lots of local shops to choose from.

Bikes are another thing that I like. As President of our local advocacy organization, bikes have introduced me to a whole network of community and city leaders.

Combining the two is perfection!

My theme within a theme became “local shops only”, and that was nearly effortless.

Coffeeneuring 2017, Part One

Drink coffee, ride bikes. Pretty simple, and pretty perfect.

Like any other -neuring, there are rules, but they are easy to follow. By telling the story of each visit, the rules are covered. The story, the spirit of coffeeneuring is pure. Spend some time for yourself, ride your bike, drink something tasty and warm – and be happy. There are days when a cold wind makes you rethink a zip around the block, but then you get some sun on your face, some rosy on your cheeks and you know it was worth it.

Ride #1 was a double shot of early morning meetings at one of my favorite places, Fortezza. I often laugh that it’s ‘my office’ with as many meetings as I seem to have there. The first meeting was to help plan upcoming bike education classes (!!!) with a mentor, fellow advocate and friend. 20171014_184644-COLLAGE

The second meeting was about volunteering, and life, and our city, and making things cool and talking about everything that pops. This was about as perfect a morning as I could create.


Date: Opening Day, Friday October 13th.

What I Drank: meeting #1 – latte, meeting #2 – black coffee

Mileage: 8.7

Plenty of bike parking, bike lanes on both side streets


Ride #2 was a quick stop at another favorite cafe, Old Crown. The coffee shop is named for a brewery that was popular in our city from 1862 – 1973,  they do the old name proud. I was meeting Mona for a sip before we headed out for a morning of exploring. We wanted to see a couple of things. One stretch of trail had some repairs that had been recently completed, a brand new stretch of trail was just finished,  connecting a park with the rest of our greenway trail system – and a brand new trail in progress.

But first, coffee. Ah.

We rode all over, chatting about this and that, enjoying the expansion of our  trail system. We found the new Pufferbelly Trail in progress. It’s been cleared, and some gravel has been laid out. We found some ‘adventure’ too….

20171105_092522So, that sign is a warning that an ‘aggressive coyote’ had been reported in the area. This is part of the brand new trail in progress, it should be complete soon and will connect downtown to northern suburbs.

Date: Saturday, October 14

What I Drank: a breve with four shots – hey, I had to keep up with Mona!

19 miles

2/10 bike parking at Old Crown. I tried locking up to a fence rail, but it was quite challenging. The parking lot is small, but a bike rack would be much appreciated by the neighborhood.

Ride #3 I didn’t really have a destination in mind, I just headed out in a direction, hoping to find something and enjoy the warm fall morning. Rolling downtown, I saw groups of people heading toward the baseball stadium. I followed, and found a party! It was a fundraiser for cancer research, so the parking lot was full of food trucks, music, vendors and supporters. I took the opportunity to try a new coffee truck, Amanda Lee Coffee  and an old favorite for pastries, Hetty Arts.


Date: Saturday, October 21

What I Drank: Americano, with a perfect almond croissant.

Mileage: 5

no real bike parking – but this was a walk/run event. I could have found bike parking closer to the stadium,


Ride #4 was by far the coldest. The wind was very sharp, but this pumpkin pie chai was exactly what I needed. It’s pretty famous in these parts, and for good reason. ahhh, I need another……Firefly Coffee is right in the neighborhood.20171105_131031

Date: Saturday, October 29th

What I Drank: pumpkin pie chai, hands down my favorite drink of the fall season

2.7 Miles

6/10 bike parking – they normally have a rack up, but the tubing has a really wide circumference and my ulock doesn’t fit. In the winter, they take the rack down for more car spaces.


Halfway through the challenge, keep a lookout for part two!



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