Coffeeneuring Challenge

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Pseudacris
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I can usually get a decent cup for $2 or less. A little harder on the egg and soup challenges

Yes, but still do-able. I think some fun surprises might come up in this regard, though the days of the 99cent breakfasts at the old basement counter in the Kenilworth Pharmacy @ Center + Negley have long passed.


salty
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(!) I mourn the pharmacy lunch counter every time I go through that intersection… One of my fondest (?) memories is stopping there for a bite during one of those hazy walks home after waking up in a strange place. Exactly what I needed, plus you could buy a bottle of aspirin while you waited.


StuInMcCandless
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I could bike waaaay around the block to end up at Adzema Pharmacy’s lunch counter (0.36 miles from the house), but it might make more sense if I biked to someplace and stopped there on the way back.

The drugstore breakfast/lunch counter is not dead, just very hard to find. And yes, they do do bacon-and-eggy type things, and soups, if someone needed a reason to ride north.


Vannevar
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you said “do-do” lol


Vannevar
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reddan
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Numbah 7: Lemonade (or at least tea) from Lemons

Due to some delightful digestive complaints, I had to hand over leadership of the Dirty Dozen scouting ride to Nick G. (Thanks, Nick!) Instead, I made my tentative way to the Market Square Starbucks and enjoyed a peppermint tea to settle the tummy before heading home.

-11/4/2012, Starbucks (7 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222)

-Grande (that’s pretentious for “Medium”) peppermint tea with a squeeze of honey

-11 miles


Pseudacris
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Congrats on finishing the challenge & thanks for posting it here in the first place: it was a lot of fun. Hope the tea worked on your innards!


Vannevar
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Yes indeed, Congrats Reddan. Hope you feel better!


Swalfoort
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Not that I am going to meet the challenge or anything, but I want to point out that the current challenge window is still open. Up to two more options for submissions — today and tomorrow (especially if you are a veteran, for which special rules have been added.)

I’ll be posting mine later today, as I make a swoop that I think will cover both wheelset of fortune tags and a submission for this challenge.


Swalfoort
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Yesterday I stopped by the Fire House in Ben Avon.

A nice, locally owned coffee shop on Church Street (the extension of Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue).

I enjoyed my standard….. a delicious biscotti with a drip coffee.

Delicious does not have to be fancy!

Among the things I love about this place are the chairs outside, the dog hitching post (a hydrant) and the collection of books and magazines available in the bookcase.

Crap! I was in the tag mindset, and got a photo of the exterior, but not of my coffee and biscotti. I might have to go back tomorrow to rectify that photographic omission!

Total miles ridden: 3.6, mostly scoping out abandoned or closed roads in the ara for wheelset or fortune. Found 6 to choose from!

Coffee at the Firehouse


Anonymous
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Emma and I finished this up yesterday. Here’s my account:

http://truespies.org/torleymanor/2012/11/12/coffeeneuring-2012/


Swalfoort
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Wow! I come away from that account with a couple impressions. 1. Emma works too hard. 2. You read a lot! 3. You can go a lot of places in Pittsburgh with very moderate total mileage, if you live/start in the right places.

Very cool! Congratulations for completing the challenge. Keep your eyes open for upcoming challenges in November through the Winter….they should keep you riding through the next few months.


Anonymous
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So now that we’ve hit the end of the Coffeeneuring, do we have a decision on what our follow on challenge is? Is there consensus here to set the next six weeks Soupneuring followed by six weeks of Eggneuring? Further discussion? All those in favor?


Vannevar
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I’d like to mention that if you complete the Challenge, you’re supposed to email MG with one message containing the details of all seven coffeeneuring stops.


Pseudacris
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Yes to both Soupneuring and Eggneuring! Some padded time would be good to account for the onslaught of “winter holidays”. I have offered to make a Eggneuring prize/patch. Does someone else want to make a Soup Prize?

Also, in my brief correspondence with MG after completing the coffeeneur challenge, she mentioned the possibility that she might cook up another winter challenge. I sent her a link to this thread.


Vannevar
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MG tweeted a very 0.5 graphic of the states represented by Coffeeneur Completeurs:

I think it’s a welcome tonic after all the swooshing transitional high noise-to-signal entertainments of the recent election.


Mick
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“Beerneuring” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?


Anonymous
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MG just tweeted that Pittsburgh is leading the coffeeneuring submissions! Anyone that hasn’t sent in their info yet, don’t forget to do it. We might end up finishing on top!


Vannevar
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SOrry for an almost-repeat, but I had an email from MG: >em>please ask everybody who completed the challenge to email me the details at gersemalina@gmail.com


Pierce
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I’d also like to propose a bookeneuring challenge; that being a challenge to go to bookstores


edmonds59
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Add libraries and I think that would be a great challenge.


Swalfoort
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Ok folks, if we are going to get in TWO eight week-ish cold weather “….neuring” challenges, someone needs to get the first one going!

Decision A: Eggs or Soup for Round 1?

Ballot is open until 6 p.m. Friday. Most votes determines the foody challenge.

Decision B: Timing

My proposal is that the first challenge starts Saurday, December 1st, runs through January 31st.

The second challenge can then run from February 1 through the end of March.

Rules as posted by Vannever a month ago. Unless altered by popular vote prior to start of challenge on Saturday.

Work for everyone???????


StuInMcCandless
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I’d do soup first, then eggs. It’s gonna be cold for the first round. In fact, historically it is the coldest toward the end of January. By the end of the second round, we’re brushing up against Easter, so, eggs then.

Timing is fine.


Pseudacris
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^Sounds good to me.


Anonymous
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^^agreed! Bring on the hot soup!!


Vannevar
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soup rocks. I’m in.


Anonymous
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@pseudo Egg Drops Soup!


Pseudacris
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^ ha! good one, Mikhail!


Pierce
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Well, I could sit and stew about the challenge of this for vegans, or I could get out there find stuff


buffalo buffalo
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Given the use of tea, cocoa, cider, etc., for coffee, I’m sure the substitution of alternative-diet-acceptable foodstuffs would be well within the spirit of the game.


Pseudacris
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Yep! Vannevar already has that in the modified rules. Hello scrambled tofu at the co-op!


Vannevar
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I’d like to restate a slightly revised set of rules/vision, given the timeframe and the change from eggs to soup:

Yinzer Soupaneuring Challenge v1.3

Rule 1: Make Six SoupBikeRides between Dec 16 to Feb 23 (9 weeks).

Rule 2A: Definition of an SoupRide: You Ride your bike somewhere and eat soup-based food. Could be a residence, restaurant, your Mom’s, a campground, a soup kitchen, etc. Can be in combination with work, errands, or group/organized rides.

Rule 2B: Substitutions such as Broth, Chili, Tofu Juice, etc are acceptable. If it’s soup to you, it’s soup to me. We are encouraging and not judging. Hot, cold, it’s cool.

Rule 3A. No More than 1 SoupRide per week Except as specified in 3B.

Rule 3B. Except: If Family/Religion/Events preclude you from making a SoupRide in any one week, you can claim one week as a WAIVER WEEK and then ride two EggRides in another week. Only one waiver week per challenge. It is, after all, a challenge.

Rule 4A : Min Distance to qualify as an Egg Ride: Two Miles total distance.

Rule 4B : Persons who prefer Kilometers may substitute an equivalent distance in Clicks but should, for consistency, report the price of their soup in Euros.

Rule 5: No Repeat Destinations/Eateries. Multiple locations of chains are begrudgingly tolerated.

Rule 6: Take a digital photo of your soup-related food, along with some identifying aspect of the location if possible. Extra obsession points awarded to those whose photos involves bike stuff in the photo.

Rule 7: Post the photo and the some of the following details online via the BikePgh forum. Location, website?, date/time, type of food, brief synopsis, total mileage of the ride, type of fun (1,2,3)

Rule 8: If you tweet, tweet the ride and include the #Soupaneuring thingy.


Swalfoort
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@Van – I like everything EXCEPT the dates.

Why wait until December 16th? That’s 3 weeks from now!

And, February 23rd is relatively too late to start the egg challenge.

Any objections to December 1 (that’s Saturday) to January 31?


Pseudacris
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I agree w/ Swalfoort about the dates. I’m ready to start! I think it will be helpful/motivating that the ride can be any time during the week. Who knows what will be going on with the weather? The flexibility will be conducive to more people joining the challenge during cold months. Let’s make a few soup meet-ups!


edmonds59
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Not being a foodie, what is/are the technical difference between soups and stews, if any? Viscosity? Aggregate size? Because I’ve had some pretty viscous soups, as well as some stews with pretty tiny bits.

Also, will caviar be acceptable?


Vannevar
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I concur with 12/1 to 1/31, I think that’s great. Isn’t a soup just a thin stew, and isn’t a stew just a hearty soup? It’s a spectrum? You start talking viscosity, then you’re talking couscous, then it’s hell in a handbasket. Stew is good. Ergo, Stu is good.

Caviar is something I don’t know much about. Fish eggs, eaten on crackers, right?

Updating to Vision 1.4:

Yinzer Soupaneuring Challenge v1.IV

Rule 1: Make Six Soupaneur Bike Rides between Dec 01 to Jan 31, inclusive. Because we’re inclusive.

Rule 2A: Definition of an SoupRide: You ride your bike somewhere and eat soup-based food. Could be a residence, restaurant, your Mom’s, a campground, a soup kitchen, etc. Can be in combination with work, errands, or group/organized rides.

Rule 2B: Variations such as Broth, Chili, Tofu Juice, Vichyssoise, Borcsht, Gazpacho, Stew are acceptable. Stu is good. If it’s soup to you, it’s soup to me. We are encouraging and not judging. Hot, cold, it’s cool.

Rule 3A. No More than 1 SoupRide per week Except as specified in 3B.

Rule 3B. Except: If Family/Religion/Events preclude you from making a SoupRide in any one week, you can claim one week as a WAIVER WEEK and then ride two EggRides in another week. Only one waiver week per challenge. It is, after all, a challenge.

Rule 4A : Min Distance to qualify as an Soupaneur Ride: Two Miles total distance.

Rule 4B : Persons who prefer Kilometers may substitute an equivalent distance in Clicks but should, for consistency, report the price of their soup in Euros.

Rule 5: No Repeat Destinations/Eateries. Multiple locations of chains are begrudgingly tolerated. “Ride globally, soup locally”

Rule 6: Take a digital photo of your soup-related food, along with some identifying aspect of the location if possible. Extra obsession points awarded to those whose photos involves bike stuff in the photo.

Rule 7: Post the photo and the some of the following details online via the BikePgh forum. Location/website of soup supplier, date/time, describe the soup, mileage of the ride, type of fun (1,2,3), brief synopsis.

Rule 8: If you tweet, tweet the rule7 details and include the #Soupaneuring #hashtag #thingy.

Rule 9: On the matter of interpretations: You who bike on the road must have a code that you can live by. Use your judgement. We support you.


Pseudacris
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Well done! Stick a spoon in it!


Pseudacris
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Anonymous
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Blast, there goes my idea for opening up a good coffee shop in Regent Sq


Pseudacris
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I wish there were a coffee shop somewhere on that corner of Forbes @ S Braddock.

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