I had ambitions to do more, and in particular to declare my home a coffee shop for a day (with a good story or cycling advice as the price of a cup), but in the end I am satisfied with having finished the coffeeneuring challenge successfully, boosting ever so slightly Oregon's standing as a nexus of bicycles and coffee.
My adventures are as follows:
- October 5: Mocha at Wandering Goat with Patrick Deegan and his daughters. This was a wonderful start, and I wish I had been able to turn more of my coffeeneuring outings into meet-ups with delightful people. Approximately 5 miles round trip.
- October 12: Mocha and pastry at Hideaway Bakery, with Cyndi. Bonus visit to preparations for 2013 Eugene Cargo Bike Fair and Disaster Relief Trial on the way home. Approximately 5 miles round trip.
- October 13: Hot chocolate at Allann Brothers on Hilyard. Combined with a scenic loop up McBeth and down Fox Hollow, for a total of about 15 miles.
- October 19: Caffe Latte at Vero Espresso House, with Cyndi. Combined with shopping at Smith Family Bookstore (before) and Arriving by Bike (after), for a total of about 9 miles.
- October 20: Coffee at Linda's Cafe and Deli, Lorane, OR. This was my only longish coffeeneuring expedition: Wolf Creek loop counter-clockwise. Little stores and restaurants in itty-bitty towns are such a treasure and a resource to those of who ramble. It's a great pleasure to be greeted as a regular at a place like that, some distance from home. About 70 miles.
- October 26: PC (Market of Choice) at dawn, before setting out on a permanent brevet with Lynne and Lesli. Straight espresso. Just barely over the 2 mile minimum.
- October 27: Hot chocolate at Morning Glory Cafe, by the Amtrak station, to see Lynne off to Portland. About 10 miles round trip.
- November 3: Extra credit coffeeneur (#8 of 7), a semi-successful attempt to bike in shapes. The cup, carefully designed on a map before departure, is more-or-less recognizable. The saucer, improvised at the last minute based on my mental geography of the river bike path, is a travesty. Straight espresso at Full City Coffee on the way back home. About 15 miles.