Final Coffeeneuring Ride – #7

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.

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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.

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Coffeeneur #7

  1. Sheetz, Route 11 Bloomsburg, PA
  2. 11/14/15
  3. Sheetz Bros. French Roast coffee, black, to go
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 7 miles on my Trek 520 touring/commuter.

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Bike friendly? No.

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Into the thermos for the ride home.

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I wish I was headed the same way that flag is blowing.

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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.

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Coffeeneur #6

Coffeeneur #6

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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.

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Coffeeneur #6

  1. Retherford’s Village Produce on Rt 487 in Benton, PA
  2. 11/7/15
  3. Apple Cider, cold
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 48 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike

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Heading back to town.

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Coffeeneuring #5

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The jackets are all puffed up from the wind. It was a struggle at times going against the wind.

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Coffeeneur #5

  1. Bloomin’ Bagels II, 7th Street, Bloomsburg, PA
  2. 11/1/15
  3. 1854 Dark Roast, black and a PB & J on a blueberry bagel. To go.
  4. 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.
  5. Not really bike friendly. There is no bike parking. I lean my bike out front and keep an eye on it from inside.
  6. 37.5 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike

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Watching them prepare my bagel.  They just remodeled the serving area to keep the customers flowing through more efficiently.

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Coffee to go in the bottle cage and a bagel in my jacket pocket.

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Coffeeneuring Ride #4

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Happy Halloween

The window of the bike shop painted by local high school students for Halloween.  They paint windows downtown every year.

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Coffeeneur #4

  1. Briar Creek Farms, 7th Street Bloomsburg, PA
  2. 10/31/15 HALLOWEEN
  3. Apple Cider, cold
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 42 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike

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Inside Briar Creek farms.

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Cider!

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Coffeeneuring Rides #2 & #3

Coffeeneur #2 – Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Riding into town for coffee.

Coffeeneur #2:

  1. Fog & Flame Cafe on Main Street in Bloomsburg, PA
  2. 10/17/15
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I had to park and lock by a pole out front; not really bike friendly.
  6. 3.83 miles on my Trek 520 commuter followed by a 40 mile ride with the ladies (on my Trek 1.2 road bike).

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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.

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We headed up Austin Trail then looped back the same way.  We rode about 40 miles at a leisurely pace.

imageThe 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.

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Coffeeneur #3 – Saturday, October 24, 2015

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Ride #3, 10/24/15

  1. New Freedom Rail Trail Cafe.  Along the Heritage Rail Trail in New Freedom, PA.
  2. 10/24/15
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The rail trail cafe is very bike friendly.  It’s on a bike path and there’s a bike shop about 200 yards away.
  6. 8.8 miles on my Trek 520 commuter

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Uninspiring coffee at the cafe.

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Straddling the Mason-Dixon Line.

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Mini Tour Day 3

10/1/15, Day 3 – Elkton, MD to Salisbury, MD. 99.1 miles.  (271.68 total miles)

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I woke up to rain. Again.  The complimentary breakfast was a joke. Vegan choices were: banana, white bread (?) and peanut butter.  I took all three then went back to pack. 9:00am was my goal time again to roll out. The rain almost stopped by 9 so I left.

The start of the day included the only “hills” of the day. It was gently rolling for the short ride to Delaware. Finally, a sign at the state line.

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Next I got to ride almost the entire length of Delaware.  I had to go over one sketchy bridge on a canal.  Flat landers would call it a climb.  It was not bike friendly and I was glad to get over it.

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Then the terrain went flat.  I made it on to 13 which is a busy highway, but there’s plenty of shoulder and a bike lane on some stretches. The rain was off and on, but usually light.

I was keeping an eye out for a bike shop because I only had one spare tube left and no patch kit.  I detoured about a mile off the route when I found one close-by on Google. I bought two tubes, a patch kit, a new pair of (dark weather) glasses and used their restroom.  Back on route.

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My next stop was at a Wawa where I discovered their soft pretzels; yum!  I live in Sheetz country and never had a Wawa pretzel.  I was hooked.  I also started to watch for my parents and my son.  They were driving down to Ocean City today on the same route as I was headed and they would be driving me back to their house on Saturday night.

Sure enough, they soon passed me. We all pulled over and stopped to chat. They started the day in a downpour; luckily, I avoided that so far.

As I got close to Dover, DE I got off 13 and took 13Alt.  Dover is already a high traffic area and there was a NASCAR race coming to Dover Downs over the weekend.  I went through a quaint little town and passed Wesley College. Then it was back to 13 for a while.

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I couldn’t believe how flat it was. Nothing but farm fields and trees. The rain continued off and on all day.  I was getting closer to Salisbury and my cousin’s house.  She sent me a text to see where I was and offered to come get me.  No thanks! I’ll ride.

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I got 13 again and stayed on back roads. I crossed into Maryland again, but no Welcome to Maryland sign in sight. Again. More farmland; melons.

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When I was just a couple miles away the rain picked up. I got to Salisbury and then to my cousin’s street.  Google maps kept telling me to turn the wrong way.  My cousin got in her car to look for me as I was going in circles near her house. We met in the pouring rain about 200 yards from her house.  My odometer read 99.1 miles.  Normally, I wouldn’t stop on such a number, I’d go get the 100. This time I didn’t.  I was soaked and ready to dry off.

I pulled into her garage and started getting my wet gear. Just as I was ready to get a shower my cousin told me the Seagull Century was cancelled due to the weather, flooding, safety reasons….I just pedaled almost 300 miles to a ride that was cancelled!  Though I did have a great time getting there.  It’s the journey, not the destination.

I showered, put some laundry in the washer and we went for food.  Indian food.  We enjoyed dinner and catching up with each other. We stopped for coffee then went back to her house and turned on the Steelers game.  We both stayed up way past our bed time only to see Baltimore win in OT.  Grr!

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My home for the next two nights.

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Oh well.  The tour to get there was fun.

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They mailed shirts to us and gave the option to roll-over registration to next year.  I plan to tour my way down again next year.

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Mini Tour Day 2

9/30/15, DAY 2 – Harrisburg, PA to Elkton, MD. 90 miles.  Total miles – 172.58

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My goal was to hit the road by 9am.  I sat and reviewed my route on Google maps and made some notes.  After eating some breakfast I got all packed up and ready to go.  My brother had some contractors at his house and they had to move their stuff for me to get my bike out.  They were very impressed about my trip.  They figured I was headed to work, but my brother told them I was on a 300 mile trip to do a 100 mile ride.

I got my bike and gear outside and noticed I had a flat front tire.  Bummer.  I pulled all the bags off my bike and changed the tube.  There was a wire stuck in the tire.  It was almost 9:30 until I left.  There was a slight drizzle when I took off.  I was on the Capital Area Greenbelt again, but riding reverse direction that I usually go.

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I stopped under a bridge and took a picture of my favorite trail art then kept going.  As I was leaving the city the rain picked up a little.  I made my first stop at a boat launch area by the river and used the port-o-pot.  I had to wait for a (long) train to pass before I could keep going.  A young man in a truck waiting for the train started conversation with me.  He asked where I was headed and I told him Maryland.  We chatted until the train passed.

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I soon found myself on a paved bike trail that I wasn’t expecting.  It was a peaceful retreat from the roads for a few miles.  I was in Lancaster County now.  The rain stopped again.

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I was still on the bike trail and came upon this bridge.

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It had a nice covered area to look at the river.

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Back onto roads I soon stopped for some lunch.  I stumbled upon this Turkey Hill Experience place.  I’ve never heard of it before.  I took a picture of the big cow, went into the convenience store for some quick food, ate some chips and a PB&J, then headed out.  I was already running behind even though I didn’t really have a deadline.

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I got lost briefly after lunch.  The directions wanted me to go on another trail.  The only trail I could find looked like a mountain bike path.  I looked at the map and continued on the road I was riding.  I got a little turned around and wasted more time than mileage (1 mile).  later, I came upon this road (below). This was the worst section of road on the entire trip.  It was 1.4 miles of a goat path through farm country.  There were sections of thick gravel, big rocks, sand and ruts.  I rode most of it and almost crashed several times.  I finally decided to walk the really bad parts.  Thank goodness it was only a short stretch.

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If I remember correctly, this dam and covered bridge were right on or around the PA/MD line.  I never saw any signs telling me I was leaving PA or entering MD.  This was my only covered bridge since I left home yesterday and went through the Rupert bridge like I always do.

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It wasn’t too much longer until I got to the hotel in Elkton, MD.  It started raining again shortly before I got there.  The room wasn’t bad considering I was going for cheap.  I was soaked and my butt hurt when I got there.  I was also starving and decided to order Dominos.  I like their thin crust pizza with veggies and no cheese.  Normally, I can eat an entire large by myself.  I was so hungry that I ordered two!  I don’t’ know what I was thinking. I couldn’t eat it all.  After the pizza finally arrived, I took a hot shower and got into clean dry clothes.  I spent the rest of the night looking at maps, contacting people to let them know I was okay,  watching TV and snacking on junk.

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My home for the night.

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