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Coffeeneuring 2013: Oct4 – Nov17

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reddan

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Oct 20 2013 at 5:30pm #

I love that you’re coffeeneuring family style.

Gotta get ‘em thoroughly brainwashed as early as possible.


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 21 2013 at 6:35am #

Cross-posting the tweet, with photo.

#coffeeneuring #3 Buena Vista Café, in Mexican War Streets. Mocha & an English muffin. pic.twitter.com/avnvbV8Y06— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) October 20, 2013


hardtravelin

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Oct 23 2013 at 9:00pm #

so yeh, Roboto folks are gonna do a little coffeeneuring-themed zine reading on saturday around 2pm. Unless it’s real shitty, we’re gonna do a little pre-reading ride. Meet at Roboto around 1pm and we’ll come back, sip beverages and some folks will read from zines about coffee and bikes.

FB event

https://www.facebook.com/events/155421688000434


Vannevar

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Oct 24 2013 at 8:37pm #

Coffeeneur 5 of 7, Thursday 10/24 (eight weeks till Christmas Eve!)

with SR and RC. Tazzo D’Oro, Highland Park.

http://type2-clydesdale.blogspot.com/2013/10/coffeeneuring-5-of-7-rule-9-sleet-thick.html


srpit

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Oct 25 2013 at 4:56pm #

Found a great Coffeeneuring spot today on Mt Washington. Corner of Bigham and Virginia… Cafe Cravings.

Real ham in the breakfast sandwich – not deli meat or Canadian bacon. Probably the best I’ve had in a long time. The hot chocolate was about perfect. Service was great. Nice and cozy inside on a cold morning. Highly recommend!


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 25 2013 at 10:48pm #

Weekly cross-post, Coffeeneuring trip #4, Dobra Tea, 1937 Murray Ave at Beacon, Squirrel Hill. I rode five miles from Forbes and Grant, downtown, to here, mainly using Forbes. Didn’t get a nibbly, but did meet up with my wife (it’s our anniversary) for a nice evening of storytelling. Spook-story storytelling!

This will have to serve as #coffeeneuring #4: Dobra Tea, 1937 Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill. Spook storytelling! pic.twitter.com/QhEnaqJt0R— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) October 25, 2013


reddan

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Oct 26 2013 at 2:46pm #

Kids and goodies at Delanie's Coffee

Coffeeneuring #3
Delanie’s Coffee, South Side, Pittsburgh
10/26/2013, ~3 miles

Hot chocolate all around, plus homemade oatmeal cream pie and a peanut-butter-and-chocolate brownie aptly dubbed “the brick.”

Chilly day, but pleasant trail riding. A few folks out and about in costume, affording much amusement to the kids. “Look, a ghost!” “Look, a spider!” “Look, a Minion!”

Also spent a few pleasant minutes riding and chatting with srpit and Marko, as they were providing volunteer services to an event at the time.


Vannevar

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Oct 27 2013 at 7:31am #

@RedDan, when you send your CoffeeNeur report in to MG, will you report with names for three participants? You, and your two junior partners?

It would be a significant boost to the Pittsburgh count, plus I believe you could claim to usher in a whole new dimension: FamilyNeuring.

Cheers, V.


reddan

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Oct 27 2013 at 1:49pm #

Kids doing their best not to pounce on the goodies whilst Dad screws around with the camera

Coffeeneuring #4
La Prima Espresso, Strip District, Pittsburgh
10/27/2013, ~4.2 miles

Macchiato for me, another hot chocolate for the kids, plus white chocolate macadamia biscotti. In the expert opinion of my youngest spawn, “Best hot chocolate ever!”

More brisk than yesterday’s ride, but still pleasant. The kids and I initially headed for Klavon’s, but found them closed for undisclosed reasons. Undaunted, we made our way to 21st St and La Prima Espresso to salvage our coffeeneuring plans, then to the river and followed the trail most of the way to the Point and back.

@Vannevar: I fully intend that the kids earn their coffeeneuring badges, and be entered in the roll of honor thereof. Owen and I are at four outings, but Elaine is at only three, so she and I will have to find an extra opportunity in the near future.


Vannevar

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Oct 31 2013 at 9:23pm #

Coffeeneur 7. North Park Boathouse – OTB Cafe w.SR

SR had tea and chowder, I had a latte and black bean cake. Tremendous. Better than at the southside location. Seems like a few shakedown – growing pains – opening month issues, but on their way to excellence. Quite a crowd for Thursday lunch. Fewer piercings in North Park than Southside.


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 2 2013 at 8:46pm #

In a Twitterversation a couple days ago, we decided that my Amtrak trip counts, so today’s trip to Espresso a Mano is #6.

#coffeeneuring #6, Espresso a Mano, Butler St, Lawrenceville/Pittsburgh. Macchiato pic.twitter.com/NlosBNQZRd— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) November 2, 2013


reddan

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Nov 3 2013 at 3:06pm #

Elaine apparently still has lots of energy.

Coffeeneuring #5
Big Dog Coffee, 2717 Sarah St, Pittsburgh
11/3/2013, ~5.3 miles (Elaine’s longest ride ever!)

Another Oakland->Hot Metal->Southside trail ride, with various and sundry digressions and side trips. Hot chocolate for the kids, mocha for myself, and some form of lemony vanilla home-made stuffed cookies which, if there were any justice in the world, would put the Oreo brand out of business in one fell swoop.

Totals now stand at 5 coffeeneuring/cocoaneurring trips for Owen and myself, 4 for Elaine. With five potential riding days left for the challenge, things are looking promising for all three of us.

I’ve got an REI gift card to burn, so may well invest in a decent camping stove and make at least one Coffee Without Walls trip.


srpit

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Nov 3 2013 at 4:57pm #

Go Elaine! That’s awesome.


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 3 2013 at 5:55pm #

I wonder how many kids her age can say they rode more miles in a day than they are years old. Frankly, I wonder how many any of us can say that.


reddan

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Nov 10 2013 at 3:32pm #

Coffeeneuring #6
Peet’s Coffee, Southside Works, Pittsburgh
11/10/2013, 2.2 miles.
Dark roast for me, cocoa for Elaine, and a slice of gingerbread loaf to share.

Owen was a bit under the weather yesterday, so Elaine and I went coffeeneuring without him. We delayed our departure until late morning, as the skies were a bit ominous; then over to Elaine’s favorite starting point at the Swinburne St trailhead.

While no rain manifested, the headwinds were significant; steady 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 30s. This was Elaine’s first experience with headwinds…she held up well, but was a little dismayed when she stopped pedaling and found herself rolling backwards. I encouraged her to get behind me, and had her “draft” me until we crossed the river and got out of the full force of the wind.

We encountered @srpit and @Vannevar on the Hot Metal Bridge; they, while already done with their formal coffeeneuring, were on their way to Big Dog, site of our coffeeneuring trip last weekend.

We made our way to the Peet’s Coffee (formerly Caribou) on Carson in the SouthSide Works, enjoyed our warm beverages, then meandered back to the trail. After crossing the river again, Elaine discovered that tail winds are lots more fun than headwinds…she was spinning out at a blistering 7-8 mph the whole way back to the car. :-)

All in all, an excellent, albeit short, trip together.

Totals now stand at 6 coffeeneuring trips for myself, 5 for Owen and Elaine. 3 more potential days to get in two more trips for the kids, and one for me.


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 11 2013 at 1:22am #

Trip #7 of 7! I went out of state for this one, a little jaunt to Athens OH to visit my daughter at college. We took a nine-mile trip around campus, town and nearby trails, ending up at a little place called the Athens Book Center. Lots of new and used books in the place, lots of stuffed animals on the couches (note the three-foot high giraffe at right edge of pic), and of course, coffee.

#Coffeeneuring trip #7: Athens OH, Athens Book Center, choc espresso for me, chai tea for daughter. 6 mi out & back pic.twitter.com/hqgvM9njEh— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) November 10, 2013

(It felt like six when we were just riding around, but when I reconstructed the trip on MapMyRide, it came up as nine.)

Also bought a book! A nice way to end a visit.


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 11 2013 at 1:47am #

Paging back through this thread, looks like I didn’t cross-post Trip #2 from back on October 12, so here it is:

#coffeeneuring #2 Perry Perk, Perry Hwy, Ross Twp. Latté & biscotti. Early on the trip, only 1mi out but closes 3pm pic.twitter.com/ir0PVQHRbC— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) October 12, 2013

Perry Perk is only a mile and change from my house, but this ended up being about a 25-mile day, after riding out to the Glenwood Bridge.

So, here’s the summary
1 – Carnegie Library, Oakland, after riding 11 miles from home
2 – Perry Perk, 25+ miles
2A – Amtrak to Connellsville, then 65 miles back on the GAP
3 – Buena Vista Café, 15 miles
4 – Dobra Tea, Squirrel Hill, 4-mile ride from Downtown
6 – Espresso a Mano + Reverse Keg Ride
7 – Athens Book Center, 9 miles


RustyRed

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Nov 11 2013 at 8:42pm #

I only have one more trip to make!

http://rustyredriding.blogspot.com/


Vannevar

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Nov 12 2013 at 5:48am #

it’s never over until the paperwork is finished, right?

Remember that when you’ve completed your Seven Stops, you need to send MG an email marygersema at-thingy gmail-dot-com

For each stop, the email should list:

date, distance, shopName (or withoutWalls), shopCity, typeDrink,
link to a photo if one exists, link to an online report if one exists.

and please tell her that you’re a Pittsburgh coffeeneur!
thanks, V.


reddan

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Nov 16 2013 at 3:00pm #


Coffeeneuring #7
Lofts Cafe, Heinz Lofts, Pittsburgh 11/16/2013, 3.2 miles.
Institutional coffee for me, cocoa for the kids.

Per recommendation from @Vannevar and @srpit, we parked in Millvale and rode down the Three Rivers Heritage Trail to the Heinz Lofts, former manufactory site of world-renowned Heinz 57 Varieties Ketchup.

Unfortunately, they were out of/didn’t carry any hot chocolate; fortunately for the kids’ coffeeneuring ambitions, I had an emergency package of Starbucks cocoa in my bike bag. We enjoyed our beverages, shared a pizza for lunch, then headed back up the trail.

That’s my seven; tomorrow, I think we’ll do a Coffeeshop Without Walls ride to wrap things up for the kids.


Vannevar

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Nov 17 2013 at 9:49am #

@RedDan, I’m very sorry about the Heinz Loft Cafe not having hot chocolate for your sidekicks – we went in and specifically asked them about it, I’m sorry to have misled you. Those people at the Cafe at Heinz Lofts are now hashtag-DeadToMe.

I am very impressed at your robust plan-B capability (which doesn’t surprise me)

Heinz Loft Cafe, Cafe at Heinz Lofts

This graphic is my small penance, and I really sincerely hope it doesn’t end up in the google-image results when somebody searches for “Heinz Loft Cafe” or even for “Cafe Heinz Lofts”, because that would be terrible and anyway they are now Dead To Me.


reddan

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Nov 17 2013 at 12:33pm #

@RedDan, I’m very sorry about the Heinz Loft Cafe not having hot chocolate for your sidekicks – we went in and specifically asked them about it, I’m sorry to have misled you. Those people at the Cafe at Heinz Lofts are now hashtag-DeadToMe.

I am very impressed at your robust plan-B capability (which doesn’t surprise me)

Heinz Loft Cafe, Cafe at Heinz Lofts

This graphic is my small penance, and I really sincerely hope it doesn’t end up in the google-image results when somebody searches for “Heinz Loft Cafe” or even for “Cafe Heinz Lofts”, because that would be terrible and anyway they are now Dead To Me.

*giggle* Thank you for the lovely image..

Given the less-than-friendly demeanor of the counter staff (I suspect they were having a day where customers were regarded as more of an irritation than a source of revenue), it may well have been a case of someone who simply didn’t care to look in the back room. No harm done.


reddan

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Nov 17 2013 at 1:36pm #


Coffeeneuring #8 (Coffeeshop Without Walls)
Gillot Field: 100 Davis Ave, Pittsburgh
11/17/2013, 1.5 miles.
General Mills French Vanilla Cafe for me, Swiss Miss instant cocoa for Owen

Given the rain, Elaine was not terribly interested in going for a bike ride (demonstrating once more that, even at the age of four, the female of the species possesses significantly more common sense than the male); so, Owen and I girded our collective loins and ventured off into the steady rain. No specific destination…we merely hopped on the tandem and started cruising some of the less-traveled roads in our area, looking for a sheltered spot to set up coffee camp.
After a minimal amount of aimless wandering, we found a shelter at nearby Gillot Field in Bellevue, just across the valley from our house.
This was our inaugural use of the Jetboil stove I just picked up at REI; I was quite pleased with how rapidly it boiled our water, less pleased with how poorly the spark igniter worked. All in all, though, it could have been far worse.
This was Owen’s seventh coffeeneuring trip, so I’m happy to say he’s official. I’m even happier to say that, while riding back home in fairly heavy rain, he asked me “Can we do this again next year?”


RustyRed

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Nov 17 2013 at 1:55pm #

RE: Heinz Loft Cafe is an odd place, I think it caters to the residents who need a snack and are too lazy to go anywhere or make it themselves. When I went (also on a rainy day, which may tell you something about my level of common sense) I was the only customer and I had to rustle about to catch the attention of a pre-occupied employee in the back. They didn’t serve anything in the way of caffeine other than pre-made coffee out of a pump-operated thermos thing. I’m embarrassed to say I liked the coffee (for the price), but I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not very high on the coffee connoisseur totem pole.


srpit

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Nov 17 2013 at 2:50pm #

@Reddan, so did you explain rule 9 to Owen? Congratulations to him! Sorry to hear that Elaine wasn’t able to finish, but yeah, even we canceled our ride for this morning so I get that. Very nice. Perhaps the kids would be interested in the upcoming Soupaneuring? Same idea – slightly different incentive.


reddan

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Nov 17 2013 at 3:34pm #

@Reddan, so did you explain rule 9 to Owen? Congratulations to him! Sorry to hear that Elaine wasn’t able to finish, but yeah, even we canceled our ride for this morning so I get that. Very nice. Perhaps the kids would be interested in the upcoming Soupaneuring? Same idea – slightly different incentive.

THANK YOU for the rule 9 reminder! The tandem doesn’t have a computer, so I was lazy and guesstimated. Due to your reminder, I actually mapped the route we took, and found that it was 2.1 miles…just over the wire for Owen’s completion! Otherwise we would have had to run out this evening, and I would have felt very silly…

As it happens, I had mentioned soupaneuring to him on today’s ride…I think it may be on the agenda this winter.


Vannevar

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Dec 14 2013 at 7:39pm #

Congrats to the 11 cyclists that MG has listed as completing the 2013 Coffeeneuring Challenge. If you completed the Challenge and aren’t on the list, check this URL for contact info and let her know so she can add one to Pittsburgh’s count and send you your super-duper schwag patch!

http://chasingmailboxes.com/2013/12/14/coffeeneuring-challenge-results-part-2-finishers/

Colleen S. http://rustyredriding.blogspot.com/
Dan B
Dan D
Vannevar http://type2-clydesdale.blogspot.com/
Maija http://theairgonaut.blogspot.com/
Margaret
Mike http://notdistancebutdepth.wordpress.com
Owen B.
R.F. Glenn @rflgenn
Stuart @bus15237
Susie http://pghtrailtales.blogspot.com/


Mikhail

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Dec 14 2013 at 9:14pm #

So, we got 11 this time out of 133? Good! 9% and 16 out of PA.


RustyRed

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Dec 15 2013 at 7:58am #

You mean, we all get one of those awesome embroidered patches? SWEET!

Oh, heck… now I need to get a pannier to sew it onto.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 15 2013 at 8:38pm #

I believe all of us who finished were emailed a request for a USPS street address. Please get in touch with her if you qualify and did not.

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