Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Finished the year with a 37 mile loop around Seattle, including visits to Golden Gardens, Magnolia Bluff and Leschi, all of which were dominated by the clear, cold, dry weather and views of Rainier.
During the year, I rode more times than the previous year, as well as more miles (about 2,750), 117K ft. elevation gain and 12.1 mph average speed. But, no century ride this year, as the longest ride was 97 miles on CTS #12 (the Flaming Geyser out and back). Greatest elevation gain was on the CTS #10, Renton-Black Diamond-Issaquah Loop, topping out at 3,757 ft.
And, I can count the 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge as another significant accomplishment, for the 2nd year in a row!
2015 plans include GR2R, CTS again, STP, RSVP, weekly commutes, more coffeeneuring, and keeping the rubber side of the bicycle in contact with the planet while doing so.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Completed the challenge, two years in a row! After a clarification of the rules by the Chief Coffeeneur, the 47 mile Magnolia>Alki>Leschi loop qualifies as the 7th in the series. A crisp, cold day, a hot mocha, homemade PB & J, and a chance meeting with a Cascade Group on the Magnolia Bluff made for a great day in the saddle.
The 6th ride was on Veteran's Day, a 24 mile jaunt to Golden Gardens, with a stop at the Phinney Ridge Starbucks to sip a 2x Americano and admire the destruction caused by a runaway truck that plowed through the guard rail and into the plate glass window. When asked about the incident, the barista, obviously tired of being questioned, said no one was hurt and the driver got away. Such is life in the big city.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Leisurely 28 miles today down the Burke Gilman Trail and around Magnolia, with a stop at the Magnolia Starbucks for coffeneuring. This particular Starbucks attracts a number of riders who make the circuit on the bluff for the views and the climbs. The double tall mocha hit the spot and provided enough spark to get me back up to the Chittenden Locks and then a return trip on the north side of the ship canal while the sun was still out. In November, those of us in Seattle need to grab the warm and dry while we can!
Sunday, November 2, 2014
We're getting into serious autumn up here in the Great Northwest, but it was dry this morning and the BGT beckoned with another coffeeneuring adventure to be had. This time, a traditional counterclockwise North Lake Washington Loop took me around the top and down into Kirkland. There Caffe Ladro served up a terrific double-short latte. There's plenty of room inside and out, bike, dog and kid friendly, a good stop about a third of the way on a 40 mile circumnavigation. A fine ride and made even finer as the rain held off until I made it home.