Ride 1, October 5 2014 (2 miles)
We each had caffé latte, and shared a piece of chocolate cake.
Hideaway has pretty good bicycle parking. It's on the other side of the building from the cafe and bakery, but visible enough to seem reasonably safe.
After coffee, I rode along with Adrian to her home to deliver a few jars of applesauce, and saw a couple fawns on the way back.
I had a hot chocolate. I think it was pretty good, but unfortunately I didn't drink much before I accidentally set the paper cup down on the lid and spilled the rest.
The library is quite bicycle friendly. I leaned my bike against the window because I didn't have a lock with me, but there is quite a bit of bicycle parking. Eugene is the sort of place where you needn't feel weird about walking around with a helmet on. (In truth I don't feel weird walking around with a helmet pretty much anywhere, but that's me.)
Ride 5, October 25, 2014 (4.25 miles)
|Nice weather for napping|
Ride 6, October 26, 2014 (21 miles)
Earlier today the rain was quite impressive, and yesterday was windy. This afternoon, though, it was lovely. I decided to stop for a few more pictures than usual.
|LeBleu, just off Macbeth near the top|
|Sheep and alpaca on Fox Hollow. The sheep are wearing blankets because they have been recently shorn. The alpaca look short-haired as well, but seem to be doing fine without blankets.|
At Allan Brothers I had a choice of three hot chocolates: semi-sweet, Mexican, or white chocolate. I chose semi-sweet. It was probably the best hot chocolate of the series so far, although the hot chocolate at the library was close. Allan Brothers wins out for making better whipped cream.
Ride 7 Verboort Populaire aftermath (2.5 miles)
My normal rule is to avoid driving to a ride that is shorter than my drive, but I occasionally have reason to make exceptions. I discovered that I had fulfilled all the requirements for a "RUSA Cup" award (every distanced of calendered RUSA event from 100k to 1200k in a 2-year period, totaling at least 5000k) except for the shortest, a 100k populaire. So, off to ride the Verboort Populaire, a 100km (63 mile) triangle from Forest Grove to Vernonia and back to Verboort, timed to coincide with the annual Verboort Sausage Festival.
|(Banks-Vernonia trail, photo by Keith Moore)|
|(Verboort Sausage Festival, photo by Keith Moore)|
Ride 8: MacBeth and Fox Hollow to Vero, Sunday Nov 16
This is my extra credit ride ... just in case! Or just because.
We're having a cold spell in Eugene, and in paranoia of ice I didn't even commute by bicycle Thursday and Friday. By Sunday it had been a few days since rain, so I figured roads would be clear, and took a short training ride (but at a less-than-training pace) up MacBeth and down Fox Hollow.
I had been to Vero earlier in coffeeneuring season with Bill Alsup, but on a weekday ... coffeeneuring for him because he was on vacation, but not for me. So, back to Vero to make it official (or rather "official"), and to check out their hot chocolate. Worthwhile!
|Hot chocolate at Vero Espresso|
Summing up: Hot chocolate in Eugene
Although I started with (surprisingly good) tea at Market of Choice, my coffeeneuring series this year was basically a chocolateering series. I learned that surprisingly good hot chocolate can be found in unlikely-seeming spots (Eugene Public Library, for example), while a really first-rate bar can offer sub-mediocre hot cocoa (16 Tons). The best:
- Market of Choice. I didn't log my hot chocolate at MoC above, since I had already logged a coffeeneuring visit for hot tea (also excellent), but I did have hot chocolate there as a starting control for a permanent brevet. And, remarkably, it was the best hot chocolate I had this season: ganache, not overly sweet, mixed into steamed whole milk. This is a supermarket, and it's beating the socks off coffee bars in Eugene. The only downside is that it comes in a paper cup.
- Vero Espresso. Also ganache in steamed milk, and with latte art (see last photo above). Approaching the quality of MoC hot chocolate, but a little on the over-sweet side.
- Allann Brothers. I didn't see how it was made, but it is probably also ganache in steamed milk. Choice of Mexican, white, or semi-sweet. The semi-sweet is on a par with Vero, but in a paper cup (because I was in cycling gear?) and minus the latte art.