Coffeeneuring 2013

by nicole on 2013/11/14

IMAG0487Some recent changes to the Trucker!

 

I participated in the first Coffeeneuring Challenge in 2011, but sat out on the challenge last year. This year I decided to do it again! Instead of seven individual entries, here are all my stops.

Stop 1

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where you went (address and website, if possible): Coffee Without Walls! Growl Cold Brew Coffee at the DC Meet Market
the date you went there: Saturday, 10/5/13
what you drank: Iced Pumpkin Spiced Latte
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: The weather was fabulous! So much different than the first weekend of coffeeneuring in 2011! I did a lot of riding today, enjoying the weather. First I went on ride organized by the Coalition for Smarter Growth to talk about bike infrastructure in D.C. (not part of the total mileage!) then I got my haircut, stopped by the Meet Market and the District Flea, before heading off to my knitting meet up then finally home.
total mileage: 9.3 miles (end of organized ride, way points, home)

 

Stop 2

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where you went (address and website, if possible): Tryst 2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
the date you went there: Saturday, 10/19/13
what you drank: Pumpkin Spice Latte
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: There is not much point in having laws against cars parking in bike lanes when the people paid to enforce the laws insist people can park in the bike lane because there is a meter there and flat out refuse to read the sign showing the parking lane is adjacent to the bike lane. Which reminds me, I still need to email DPW and follow up on that. *sigh*
total mileage: 8.5

Stop 3

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where you went (address and website, if possible): GBD 1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
the date you went there: Sunday, 10/20/13
what you drank: a brewed cup of Ceremony Coffee Roasters coffee, but I did not note which bean (bad coffeeneur!)
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: I was really sad when the yogurt/ oatmeal place in Dupont circle went out of business. I regularly stopped there in the winter to get oatmeal on Sundays after going to the farmers market. But, it was a shop that sold yogurt in oatmeal in a high rent district of the city… I am surprised it lasted as long as it did, really. Now it is a fancy chicken and donuts shop. That’s right- not waffles but donuts. When chefs do donuts, it can’t become your regular Sunday post-farmers market breakfast stop, no matter how much you ride your bike and pull home on it (a huge haul of plums for canning this day, and the last of the paw paws for the season). There is just too much yeast and cake evil in those little calorie and fat bombs (chocolate pudding and pumpkin, just to confirm this can’t be a regular thing… wow.).
total mileage: 6.9

Stop 4

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where you went (address and website, if possible): Pound 621 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
the date you went there: Saturday, 10/26/13
what you drank: Latte
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: Everyone was at Pound today! It was a beautiful day but I am not sure what was up here. I ended up having to change my breakfast sandwich order to a muffin once I found out it could be over 25 minutes for my sandwich!! I was on my way to help ride marshal the Kidical Mass Cider and Sliders Ride so I did not want to be late. It was also quite beautiful out and my first day of my Trucker overhaul so riding was much preferable to sitting inside with coffee. As shown at the top of the post, I have changed Gene, my Trucker, a bit. I have a Masi road bike that is now my fast distance bike so I decided Gene needed more of a bike-about-town look. I changed the handlebars to Nitto Albatross bars, swapped out the black plastic fenders for some Velo Orange Stainless Steel, and am just waiting on my made-to-order Pass & Stow front rack. It has been a great change. I love it and can’t wait for the front rack!
total mileage: 2.4 (home, to Pound, to ride start)

Stop 5

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where you went (address and website, if possible): Lot 38 1001 2nd St SE, Washington, DC 20003
the date you went there: Sunday, 10/27/13
what you drank: Cappuccino
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: The absolute closest coffeeneuring location to my house without throwing in extra riding! On my way there I saw BicycleSpace Erik walking his dog so stopped to chat for a bit. The Marine Corps Marathon was happening so I was pretty limited on options for leaving my neighborhood. East was pretty much it. They don’t make the best cappuccino, it is usually more latte like and the milk always tastes slightly burned if you get one too large, but the upstairs is nice, the people that own it and work here are always really friendly, and I always seems to overhear some local neighbor politics stuff that is interesting.
total mileage: 2.01

Stop 6

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where you went (address and website, if possible): The Coffee Bar 1201 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009
the date you went there: Saturday, 11/2/13
what you drank: Cardamom Latte yumminess
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride:I have started to notice I have developed a preference for taking 11th St when I have to go through Downtown. There is still some construction that gets in the way and a lot of people still don’t quite get the bike lanes, especially how to properly merge across them to turn right, but 11th seems to work best. I am a bit hesitant to give up my southbound use of 9th… I feel like we really need to “use it or lose it” on that one. But I really can’t deal with the evening commuters there any more. The lack of enforcement is going to lead to me doing something quite stupid to the people that refuse to follow the rules so it might be time for me to just give up the fight there.
total mileage: 8.7

Stop 7

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where you went (address and website, if possible): Buzz 300 Tingey Street SE
the date you went there: Sunday, 11/3/13
what you drank: Cappuccino
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride: I was really looking forward to having Buzz close to home. I stop at the Alexandria often on my way to my favorite knitting store. A lot of times I will knit at Buzz instead of the knitting store. This Buzz was a buzz-kill. It is a store front with some seating, not the cozy hangout I was hoping for. The cappuccino was great, definitely better than the ones at Lot 38. But I finished it quickly, rode over to Lot 38, had a second inferior cappuccino and enjoyed the view from the upstairs while eavesdropping on some conversations about plans regarding the (hopefully) future Half Street Market.
total mileage: 2.4

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