Sunday, October 30, 2016
I am a little late (a full week) late posting this, but it has been a busy week. I posted in our local Facebook riding group that I would be riding this route slowly with Tsuki and stopping for coffee if anyone wanted to join me. Gene thought it would be a great way to get back on his bike after his mini rest since his return from touring for six weeks. Wow, I love to hear about the touring stories of others, and can't wait to get some more of my own. Tsuki ran like the wind this time. We ended up riding 18 miles but she ran nearly half of it this time! She knows this route so well, and has stopped here so often, that she didn't even complain about being left outside, as long as she could see me. The weather was perfect my Sweet Emotion coffee was perfect, and I even had great company. This is what coffeeneuring is all about! Oh, and Gene hadn't been on several of my trails before, so he got to learn a new route around town.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
What a Wednesday today was! I actually was ready early this morning so I decided to stop at Panera on my way to work. My Panera Rewards card is giving me a free bagel every day in October, so I am trying to stop by every chance I get. I also had received a $25 gift card so I decided to get my Jenny (my co-teacher) a coffee as well. I try to bike commute every day on my lovely Kapua and the Panera is only about a mile away from work, but as I was approaching the store, I realized, I only had one cupholder and wasn't sure how I would make a second cup work. I started looking at my bike to find a solution and thought, I can just stick it in the handlebar bag. That should make it safe......
As I was ordering my drinks, I realized that I could count it as a coffeeneuring ride as well, so I would need to remember to take a photo once I got my drinks. Of course, when that moment arrived, I completely forgot. There were too many other things on my mind, like getting these drinks safely to work, on bumpy old roads. I unlocked my bike from the bike rake around back put the cups on the handlebars and headed off. When I had to stop at the red light, I remembered my need for a photo and quickly got it taken before the light turned green. I am pretty proud of my ability to get all the important elements included in the quickly snapped photo.
The drinks made it to work safely, even though there was a lot of coffee splashed onto the lids. Jenny was happy to see me with a lovely drink, and the day started quiet well!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Setting out on our first coffee-neuring ride of the new season. Tsuki has spent the summer resting because she tore her ACL in the spring and was ordered by the vet to avoid running, jumping and playing for 6 weeks. I have also had a busy summer and have only taken her out on a couple of short runs. She is doing much better so I decided to have her join me on the first ride. I decided to take her out to the new trail that opened up this summer that connects Southcreek trail and Wilson's Creek, which provide even more trail and less road time to my 17 mile loop.
It is a beautiful morning. The temperature is in the 70's and the sun is shinning. It rained really well a couple of days ago and the trees are starting to change color. There is nothing more to ask for to make it better.
I decided I would just make my own coffee and find a good spot for us to sit and enjoy it and the new gazebo and the new trailhead was a great spot to stop. Tsuki had already run a couple of miles at this point and was needing a break so we enjoyed the gazebo while I drank my coffee and she had some water.
Once we started back and got on the new section we had to pass the gate that kept the cows in their pasture.
Tsuki was a little nervous about the cows being so close, but she stayed and the trail and didn't make eye contact with them and they watched her carefully as she ran by. They seemed to be as cautious of her as she was of them, halfway through this portion of the trail, she really started to slow down so she spent most of the rest of the ride on the back of Kapua.