I ride my bike….a lot. I keep track of the mileage all the time. I don’t know why I track it, but I do. It’s kind of an ocd thing.
In 2014 I rode 8300 miles. In 2015 I wanted to beat that number. As the year came closer to the end I knew I was going to beat that 8300; in fact, I had it beat in November. Now what?
Try for 9000? December mileage in PA depends heavily on the weather. I got lucky. It was mild. Hell, it was 60 degrees on Christmas Eve, but the holidays also make it difficult to get out and ride. I rode steadily all month. My longest ride was only 39 miles and by New Year’s Eve day I only needed 14 miles (to reach 9000) and I had to work that day. My commute is about 24 miles round trip. I did it! And I came home the long way. 9013 total miles for the year.
My biking friends knew I was going for 9000. Most of them (the hardcore bunch) rode around 4000-6000 miles for the year, so some of them thought I was a little crazy for going for 9.
We all met for bagels on a Saturday morning in January and they presented me with the tacky trophy and a Shut Up Legs t-shirt. I ride with a great group of people.
So, now what? 10,000?
I had a mission for this ride; bike shop then coffee. My work bike has been making all sorts of noises lately. The kind of noises that scream “clean me!” while also slowly driving you nuts. I cleaned the bike in the basement then headed to the bike shop to deal with disc brake noise.
They have been doing some remodeling at the shop and it’s looking great. Ronnie took care of my squeak and I browsed around the shop before heading out for coffee.
- Sheetz, Route 11 Bloomsburg, PA
- Sheetz Bros. French Roast coffee, black, to go
- I was going to get Dunkin Donuts coffee, but there was a huge line. I went further East and got a Sheetz coffee knowing that I would get to fight the headwind coming home. My husband and I already drank a pot of coffee in the morning, but I wanted more. He remarked that he didn’t want anymore so I went for my cup while he was (asleep) on the couch watching football.
- Sheetz isn’t really bike friendly. There’s plenty of stuff to lock to, but no bike rack. I just leaned my bike against a wall where I could keep an eye on it. I wasn’t in there long and I brought my thermos to carry the coffee home.
- 7 miles on my Trek 520 touring/commuter.
Bike friendly? No.
Into the thermos for the ride home.
I wish I was headed the same way that flag is blowing.
Back home to watch some football on the couch with my coffee. And wouldn’t you know it, my husband wanted another pot of coffee later in the day.
Another year of Coffeeneuring done. Thanks to Chasing Mailboxes for hosting again.
My regular riding partner is finally back. She was in NC with her husband and they rode the Hincapie Gran Fondo and the Bookwalter Binge. I’m glad they are back. We decided to ride on our own since the other choice was with a bunch of A group guys. We’d rather our own pace.
- Retherford’s Village Produce on Rt 487 in Benton, PA
- Apple Cider, cold
- We did our favorite ride climbing up to Waller. We have a pit stop at the top for a snack and restroom, then we drop into Benton and loop back. I was hoping to find cider at a local farm on the way through Benton. They had fresh cider signs! We asked about the cider and they only had gallons. The owner offered to sell us whatever we wanted (smaller amount). We each dumped one of our water bottles and filled them with delicious cider. Cider is my new favorite drink.
- It was a bike friendly stop because it was outdoors. We rolled right up to the stand. Really nice people too. Their son wrestles for Penn State and their daughter plays field hockey for another college (which I can’t recall).
- 48 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike
Heading back to town.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
The jackets are all puffed up from the wind. It was a struggle at times going against the wind.
- Bloomin’ Bagels II, 7th Street, Bloomsburg, PA
- 1854 Dark Roast, black and a PB & J on a blueberry bagel. To go.
- I met a few of the guys at the park for a club ride. We did the Catawissa rollers, went into Mifflinville then looped back up on a ridge and into Lightstreet instead of the flats. We fought the wind most of the way. We had a couple steep kickers too. It was a tough weekend for me. Two club rides with guys only. I have to work a little harder to keep up. I stopped at the bagel shop to get a coffee and bagel to go.
- Not really bike friendly. There is no bike parking. I lean my bike out front and keep an eye on it from inside.
- 37.5 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike
Watching them prepare my bagel. They just remodeled the serving area to keep the customers flowing through more efficiently.
Coffee to go in the bottle cage and a bagel in my jacket pocket.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
The window of the bike shop painted by local high school students for Halloween. They paint windows downtown every year.
- Briar Creek Farms, 7th Street Bloomsburg, PA
- 10/31/15 HALLOWEEN
- Apple Cider, cold
- I met a few of the guys at the shop for a club ride. We did the Millville loop. I had my mind set on apple cider the whole time, but where could I get it? I thought maybe someone at the Farmer’s Market would have it, but nope. Then I thought maybe Briar Creek Farms would have some local cider. Bingo! They had Rohrbach’s cider. We had a windy day, but beautiful skies. The apple cider hit the spot.
- The store doesn’t have bike parking. It’s kind of out of the way, so I’m content to just lean my bike against the wall outside. Not very smart on my part.
- 42 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike
Inside Briar Creek farms.
Coffeeneur #2 – Saturday, October 17, 2015
Riding into town for coffee.
- Fog & Flame Cafe on Main Street in Bloomsburg, PA
- House roast – black. Today’s brew was average. I didn’t catch the name, but no worries as I wouldn’t go out of my way for it again. I also had a vegan Whoopie pie.
- It’s a slow ride into town with a lot of ‘stop and go’. The leaves on the trees are beautiful. It was a chilly day.
- I had to park and lock by a pole out front; not really bike friendly.
- 3.83 miles on my Trek 520 commuter followed by a 40 mile ride with the ladies (on my Trek 1.2 road bike).
Coffee and a Whoopie pie. I would burn off the junk food shortly afterwards. I went for a ride with Rachel and Mary. Mary hadn’t been on her bike for a few weeks, so we went slow and waited on top of some hills. It was a little chilly, but really a great day to ride.
We headed up Austin Trail then looped back the same way. We rode about 40 miles at a leisurely pace.
The view heading up Austin Trail. It’s a gradual climb, but nothing steep. I do love this barn along the way with the license plates. I take a picture of it every time we ride past.
Coffeeneur #3 – Saturday, October 24, 2015
Ride #3, 10/24/15
- New Freedom Rail Trail Cafe. Along the Heritage Rail Trail in New Freedom, PA.
- house brew coffee – black. It was not good coffee. There were two guys eating sandwiches near me and they remarked that the food was good.
- I was at my parent’s house for the weekend so I took my commuter along. I left their house, rode downhill to get on the rail trail and then into New Freedom. I had coffee then continued on the trail until I got to Maryland. It’s only another 1-1.5 miles. I took a picture at the Mason-Dixon Line then headed back. I got off the trail and onto roads where I passed my great-grandmother’s old house ( looks very different), then my grandfather’s house ( which is now my cousin’s and very different) and then uphill to my parent’s house. It’s nice to ride around the area I grew up in.
- The rail trail cafe is very bike friendly. It’s on a bike path and there’s a bike shop about 200 yards away.
- 8.8 miles on my Trek 520 commuter
Uninspiring coffee at the cafe.
Straddling the Mason-Dixon Line.
Ride Number 1
1. Bloomin’ Bagels (Main St.)
2. Saturday, 10/10/15
3. Dark Roast Black Coffee & a PB&J on a blueberry bagel
4. The Ride – It was really cold at the start; about 40 degrees. I didn’t dress warm enough, but we were going to climb. We were headed to Eagles Mere in the Endless Mountains area. The trees were beautiful colors. We got about 32 miles out where one of my friends had planned to turn back; she didn’t want to do the big climb. I decided to turn around with her. I just didn’t feel like I had it in me to climb another 1000+ feet with the guys. We headed back for coffee and a bagel.
5. Bike Friendliness – The bagel shop doesn’t have any bike parking, but it’s right next to the bike shop. I always park in the shop and today I got a new rear tire while I was having my coffee and bagel.
6. Distance – 64.3 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike. From my house to the bagel shop and straight home is 4.9 miles (on today’s route), but we road about 60 miles up North into the hills and back in between.