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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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Coffeeneuring 2015 – #1

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.

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Coffeeneuring – 2014

I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this challenge this year, but after a quick run to Dunkin’ I’m done.

Coffee #1 –

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1. Fog & Flame Cafe, Main Street Bloomsburg, PA
2. 10/04/14
3. Guatemala Roast (black) and a Vegan Whoopie Pie
4. This was actually my second coffee ride of the day, but only one can count. Jacob and I rode into town to one of few real coffee shops nearby. Jacob came along for hot chocolate, cookies and WiFi. I enjoyed a dark roast and sinfully rich Vegan whoopie pie! The location is not really bike friendly. You might be able to glimpse a tiny peak of our bikes in the upper left corner of the shot. They are locked around a light post out front.
5. 4.3 miles, Cannondale Commuter

Coffee #2 –

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1. Bloomin’ Bagels II, Locust Court Bloomsburg, PA
2. 10/11/14
3. 1854 Roast (black) and a PB & J Bagel
4. The Saturday morning ride was rained out so I met my friend Mary for one of our weekly coffee talks. She’s been watching her carbs, but indulged this day (hence the picture). Not really bike friendly. Once again I’m locked to a light post out front. Shortly after we were seated the college students started pouring in for their breakfast bagels.
5. 2.7 miles – light rain, Cannondale Commuter

Coffee #3 –

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1. Panera Bread, Buckhorn Shopping Plaza Buckhorn, PA (Bloomsburg)
2. 10/18/14
3. Dark Roast (black) and a Green Power Smoothie
4. Again, this was my second coffee trip of the day. We did coffee and bagels after the morning ride, then Jacob and I rode to Panera Bread in the early evening. This time we are locked to a sign post out front (bikes visible through the window).
5. 8.9 miles – in the dark on the return trip, Cannondale Commuter

Coffee #4 –

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1. Sheetz, Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, PA
2. 10/26/14
3. Soy Cappuccino
4. It was such a nice weekend. Saturday I did a ride through the Gettysburg Battlefield with the Philly Bike Club and today I toodled on my bike after doing a short run. I got a nice shot of an old railroad bridge and the covered bridge that I ride through every day on my work commute. I decided to try something different at Sheetz as we are severely lacking in coffee shops around here. I had a soy cappuccino and it wasn’t awful. I also ran into a former co-worker as I was sipping my caffeine outside. She reminded me of how happy I am that I quit that job. My bike was locked to one of the outdoor tables….nothing bike friendly around here.
5. 11.4 miles, Cannondale Commuter

Coffee #5

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1. Bloomin’ Bagels, Main Street Bloomsburg, PA (different location than #2)
2. 11/8/14
3. Dark Roast (black) and a PB & J blueberry bagel (seen in the picture)
4. I rode to the bike shop to meet a few people at noon (no more 7:30AM rides since the time change) for a short ride. We did the Berwick/Nescopeck loop and then got bagels. This is our routine. Meet at the shop, ride and then get bagels next door after the ride. Everyone else changes out of their bike clothes to eat except me because I ride to the shop and have to ride home after our coffee. I don’t remember what was going on during this picture; it looks like Bob is having a “Doh” moment and Tom is laughing at him. This place is only bike friendly in that it’s next door to the bike shop. My bike is parked at the shop.
5. 35.41 miles, Trek road bike

Coffee #6

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1. Unity Mart, corner of East and 7th St. Bloomsburg, PA
2. 11/15/14
3. Green Mountain Coffee Dark Espresso Roast (black)
4. I stopped for this coffee for two reasons – I was frozen and I needed to do a coffeeneur ride Saturday and Sunday to officially finish. I rode to the bike shop earlier to meet two guys from my regular Saturday group. The rest of the usual gang didn’t want to ride because it was pretty cold. We ended up going with three other guys that were at the shop….. some of “the maniacs”. They told us to come along with them because they were going easy and we’d be able to keep up. They went just a couple miles further than we were planning, but did much more climbing. I kept up, except for a couple bigger hills. They waited for me at the top since I wasn’t too far back. We rode out to Slabtown, on to Ringtown Mountain, all through the area where my husband grew up and back to the shop. Low temp of 33. I was cold and my toes were numb long before we got back. I stopped for a coffee on the way home from the shop. Not a bike friendly convenience store, but I didn’t need to worry about not having a lock. A guy I know was out front filling his diesel truck while I went in for coffee. He kept an eye on my wheels.
5. 41.74 miles, Trek road bike

Coffee #7

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1. Dunkin Donuts, Columbia Blvd. Bloomsburg, PA
2. 11/16/14
3. Dark Roast (black)
4. America runs on Dunkin…..I don’t really like their coffee, but now that they have the dark roast I’m in. Crunch time to do the last Coffeeneur ride. I spent the day shopping…I hate shopping. As soon as it started getting dark, I started getting tired. Time for coffee. I made the short ride to Dunkin for a dark roast and got a bagel (their bagels are no where near as good as Bloomin Bagels – true NY bagels, but oh well…) for dinner. It’s barely a two mile round trip, but I stretched it out to stop for the Sunday paper. And once again, not a bike friendly place. I’m locked to a light post.
5. 2.39 miles, in the dark, Cannondale Commuter

Thanks for the motivation to get out for a few extra rides. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.

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