ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA:  Where I Tested the Limits of My Coffee-Tasting Tolerance

This morning I drove up to the bustling suburb of Roseville which abuts the northern edges of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Roseville has lots of restaurants, the very first Target Store, and not one, but TWO enclosed shopping malls.  At 40-degrees (F), it was slightly cooler than average for this time of year, but at least the drizzly rain had stopped.

I wanted to get my last Coffeeneuring ride in before tomorrow’s elections because I didn’t want to be distracted while performing one of my most important duties as an American citizen.  Plus, I didn’t want the rest of America to miss out on voting just because they were too busy reading my awesome account of today’s bike ride.  That would make me feel very guilty.

I did things a little differently today by going to the coffee shop BEFORE the bike ride instead of afterward.  I mainly did that because shortly after parking my car and unloading my bike I came across one of those cute little drive-thru coffee huts.  I’ve always liked those things.  I’ve driven through them a few times and I have walked up to them even more times.  This was my first bike-thru visit.


Mudslinger’s Coffee


I got in line behind a car and a pick-up truck. Can you tell I’m excited?


While the drive-thru barista prepared my “Awake!”, I surreptitiously snapped this photo.


Then I rode to this park across the street from Mudslinger’s. I could not wait to try this most exotic coffee drink.



I only had to dump out the last couple of ounces of the “Awake!”, so I guess you could say it was better than the Pumpkin Pie Latte from the first day–but not by much.

Next, I continued on for my bike ride around Roseville.  Before long I had arrived to the Har Mar Mall.  The Har Mar Mall was built in the early 1960’s, got wrecked by a tornado in the early 1980’s, got rebuilt, had some good times and some bad times, but most importantly it inspired the name of the cultishly famous musician, Har Mar Superstar.  Some people know him as simply the guy who used to perform shirtless and in his underpants.  Some people know him for his persona as the chubby singer who thinks he’s a sex symbol.  Some people see him as a musical genius on par with such Minnesota greats as Prince and Bob Dylan.  I see him as a pretty creative musician and a very funny satirist.  He has some videos on YouTube so you can watch them and see what you think.  (Note: Some of them are pretty risqué.)


Har Mar Mall


Har Mar Superstar


The only other thing I found to be picture-worthy today was this tree.


I did it!  I completed all seven Coffeeneuring rides before the first snowfall.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

3 response to "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Seven (of Seven)"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 5, 2018

    Now THAT is like Java Joe’s in Whitefish MT — great coffee — only to be outdone by my Aunt Amma in Bement, Illinois.

  2. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 6, 2018

    Hi Greg,
    You say its “not that bad” but you look like you are about to hurl. I played the clip twice to be sure that is what I saw. And you DID throw some of it away. I’ll stick to coffee flavored coffee.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: November 6, 2018

    Love the sense of humour in the video 🙂 I like the wealth of caramel-flavoured options, too. Sorry to see you are heading back into the grey and gloved season.

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