A quick post to get a Reflections photograph in before October runs out. I have just spent two days riding in Taiwan. More detail to come. Until then, this was outside the Tea Aroma restaurant in Pinglin. Where we had lunch.
Another month has passed by. I’m deliberately not riding or using the computer much in the evenings after big days of mental exertion at work. So I’ve got a bunch of catching up to do on everyone’s adventures over the past few weeks! This also means I only rode on 10 of 18 work days … Continue reading "Cycle Days Challenge: October"
Monday, October 23, 2018 / 3 miles / Lovely day to drive about 15 minutes up the freeway to a bayside destination with the wife where she could stroll and I could roll and both end up at a cafe. That’s one good thing about the trike – you can go at walking speed without … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 3: Port o’ Call"
The Bear Creek Greenway between Ashland OR and Medford OR was always on the itinerary for this trip north, weather permitting. It rained Saturday night, but this morning the forecast promised the precipitation was done for the rest of the day. Ha! We drove up I-5 from Yreka under thickening clouds. Shortly after my ace … Continue reading "Bear Creek Greenway"
NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA: Where I Wrote a Letter Home From College Dear Mom and Dad and Sis and Grandma and Crazy Uncle Charlie, Greetings from beautiful Northfield which, as you know, is 25 miles southwest of MY Town. What you probably DIDN’T know is that I have recently become a student of sorts at St. Olaf … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Five (of Seven)"
Rather than take up a bunch of space here with all the photos I have of this outing, I will refer you to MY BLOG To summarize — I had great #6 tea outing in Eugene and have now done all outings out of my home state. #7 will have to be done in Washington and … Continue reading "TEANEURING #6: WE ARE IN OREGON"
I have intended to ride the Great Shasta Rail Trail for the past couple of years, especially since I bought the Ogre. Finally, on a drive up to Yreka today I made a point of detouring off the Interstate to McCloud and hitting the trail for a few miles. Fortunately, I had checked the trail … Continue reading "Great Shasta Rail Trail"
I have worked for this. Almost got foiled again, but NO I said, I am NOT going to THAT Peet’s. So I turned around and rode the other way until l found the real one. Not only did I get a real Sencha loose leaf tea, I got a scrumptious cranberry and walnut scone. So … Continue reading "The REAL Teaneuring #5"
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I am not numbering this (as #5) because I consider it a bit of a bust. I will hold it in reserve in case I don’t complete the 7, but will surely aim for three others first. I had this place in mind. Seems like a local place, I like the name, no chain, and … Continue reading "#No-number Teaneuring"
I like this. I like Saluzzo, I like Dolcetto, and I like the musical sound of the two of them together. And, I liked a lot of today’s ride, on what I suspect will be the last warm sunny day of autumn over here this year. After an amazing string of gorgeous late fall days, … Continue reading "Vinouring 2018: Dolcetto in Saluzzo"
An update. The initial attempt at an upgrade was unsuccessful. It has been rescheduled for Friday, 10/26, at 1 AM Pacific time, You folks are uploading too dang many photos (not really, of course – keep them coming)! The website has almost blown its space limit, and we need to upgrade the service level with … Continue reading "Announcement: A space time problem (rescheduled)"
You know some days you just shouldn’t get out on your bike?? but we did. We haven’t ridden north in awhile so we thought why not. I actually like that ride because it feels like we are out on the open road….not on the bike trail doing the same ole ride. It’s hilly, hard … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring Ride #2 -A bust"
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: Alliteration On An Autumn Afternoon I foresee fanciful fun for my fourth foray to a far-off town. I’ll be motoring to the major metropolis of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Then I’ll be back on The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong to bravely bike in the bold, brash, and brutal big town. I think it could be … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Four (of Seven)"
I took a little ride around the immediate neighborhood on yet another sunny day. And, as it turns out we will be here until Saturday so I will be getting another teaneuring outing before we leave. Though I do want to head home, our weather in Seattle is …. rain. Hoping for a decent week … Continue reading "Found a Rainbow"
“I haven’t ridden to the Cafe at Hazelbrae” I thought. “Must be about 60k there and back, let’s give it a go”. The first part I have ridden many times but the second part not for a few years and never on Magnum. All went well until the road was closed and a detour was … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring in Tasmania #3"
Biked at least two miles. Check. Purchased and consumed qualifying beverage. Check. (Also purchased and consumed glazed donut. Yum.) Documented with photograph of beverage and bicycle. Check. (Bicycle requirement added for Cycle365 per Kathleen.) I think that qualifies as another Coffeeneuring ride. And, while I was at it…. Photographed reflection of self and bike in … Continue reading "Donut, tea, and reflectie"
A ride along the Isar Monday October 22, 2018 — As the season advances, we feel we want to catch every ray of sun. It was sunny alright, but cold as well, 5°C when we left and 10°C when we returned. I dressed warmly but my fingers and toes felt the nip of the cold … Continue reading "Kaffeenierung in Bavaria – Ride 6"
Discerning viewers will note that this isn’t a standard half bottle. It’s a half liter, which is just a sip or two larger. It was all that was available though, and will have to do. It just seemed to fitting to have a Barbera in Asti, so I bent my own rules a bit. before … Continue reading "Vinouring 2018: Barbera d’Asti in Asti"
It was back to the Parklands for Ride #3, my third straight ride on the Louisville Loop. This one crossed Broad Run Park and continued on into Turkey Run Park for a mile or so. Even though the place I parked was closer to my house than Ride #1, this was the first time I’d ridden … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring – Ride #3 – Oct 22"
I hadn’t thought I would find any more reflecties for this month’s challenge, but lo! While meandering around waiting for Kaitlyn’s gymnastics class time, I passed a few windows in the business park that beckoned to me,
We have just a few more days in sunny Sacramento and this will be my last chance for a teaneuring outing before heading back to Seattle. Next one may well be in the rain ;’-). OK so, I took my paper cue sheet along to finish the route I attempted yesterday, and was able to … Continue reading "TEANEURING #4: Last one in Cali…"
Well, actually time for two. One is the featured image, because I like it best. You won’t see a bicycle in it though, because despite some intense wheedling the hotel manager wouldn’t let me bring the bike up the hotel stairwell for this shot. There is a qualifying photo though, reflecting TWO bikers and their … Continue reading "Time for one last October selfie"
October 15, 2018 / 7 miles / … not to mention turkey cow deer pig. Saw them all today. Well, not the coyote. Or the bear. But I rode in Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, which they refer to as Coyote Bear. I’ve been meaning to try riding at Coyote Bear for years. … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 2: Coyote Bear"
HISTORY AND BEAUTY INSPIRE ME RIGHT INTO THE GUILELESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS Today I decided to drive northward to “the birthplace of Minnesota.” Apparently, Stillwater had the first settlement of white men in the territory now known as Minnesota. Unfortunately, five other settlements beat Stillwater in the race to be officially incorporated as cities in … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Three (of Seven)"
On Friday, I traveled to the opposite side of the county to ride the Levee Trail. It’s another part of the Louisville Loop. My car was left in the parking lot at Riverside—The Farnsley-Moorman Landing, a historic farm on the Ohio River in southwest Louisville. When I saw (and heard) a school group, I decided … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring — Ride #2 — Oct 19"
This morning was the second time in a row that I got completely confused and off route by RWGPS. The voice cue would tell me things like continue on this road, make a U turn and turn left. Wouldn’t that seem to mean that I could simply turn right from where I was?? But when … Continue reading "RWGPS has flaws: Or is it me…"
NWS wasn’t joking about a windy Saturday It had been predicted for a few days ahead of time — cold front would bring strong winds. It did. Steady winds 20+ and gusty, and at least one blast that had to be 60 or even more. Venturing out for a very short ride on a 3 … Continue reading "Windy Day!"
Autumn Glow in Westpark — Took a ride to Westpark to see what autumn is doing there. *The rose garden wasn’t what it was but the blossoms weren’t completely finished yet. Some other autumn bloomers were still showing their colors, too. *There were no more turtles sunning on the stones in the lake. *It didn’t … Continue reading "Kaffeenierung in Bavaria – Ride 5"
Following the theme I set myself – time to head to a new Cafe and some new roads. I went to Poatina and had a coffee at the Tiers Tea Lounge. Poatina is an ex-Hydro village in the foothills of the Western Tiers. The day was wonderful. The full story is on my website HERE.
Not much to report about the ride to the Corner Bakery. Took my usual route from the house to get there. There was more traffic than I had expected on a Saturday mid-morning run. My destination was the Bakery that Sarah had suggested for my teaneuring challenge. She was very right! This was a great … Continue reading "TEANEURING #3 A New Week, another Tea ;’-)"
It’s not all that easy, finding restaurants that serve half bottles. I’ve had my eyes out all week, and finally scored again last night. Nice that they had a variety I like too, but the main thing was diversity. I’m starting to wonder how hard it’s going to be to meet my goal and find … Continue reading "Vinouring 2018: Pinot Grigio in OSG"
Who Needs Flowers – Today’s ride was again to the Botanical Garden. My annual pass has certainly been worthwhile. We have a light morning fog, and it’s a little cooler than in the past days. I am wearing gloves and a buff under my helmet to keep my ears warm. We take our usual route … Continue reading "Kaffeenierung in Bavaria – Ride 4"
Its here! My new, made-to-measure ride from Cycles Cattin in Grenoble. 650B wheels with 35 mm tires, Velo Orange randonneur bars, Shimano 2×11 drivetrain, SON lights and dynamo hub, Tubus front rack and custom rack for bar bag, steel tubing throughout, filet brazed frame, plate fork crown, steel fenders (mud guards), custom paint, Brooks B17 … Continue reading "A long way to go for coffee on a New Bike!"
I walk around Spring Lake far more often than I pedal around it, but—given the opportunity—the Ogre always encourages me to explore some of the hidden parts of the park on two wheels. Back in July, the air was suffused with smoke from wildfires burning in the north, and the park wasn’t very inviting. Today … Continue reading "No reflection, no beverage"
Today’s destination wasn’t a pretty park, a palace or an interesting cafe – it was to the junkyard. More precisely, I rode to the nearest hazardous waste disposal and recycling center. I didn’t have a lot to get rid of, it was very easy to transport on my bicycle. You can read more here on … Continue reading "Kaffeenierung in Bavaria – Ride 3"
This poster we found in Folsom is a perfect opener… I took myself on a tea search from the house. Well, maybe I cannot call it a “search” as I found a route on RWGPS (Ride With GPS) titled “Elk Grove Starbucks”. For a long while I was wondering if I was on the correct … Continue reading "Teaneuring #2 — still in Cali ;’-)"
We are indeed appreciating the weather down here even though Seattle has been having some gorgeous sunny days as well. But here we are riding in shorts! We did get to the American River Trail and did most of it. It is a great trail and we will do it again on one or our … Continue reading "Old Town and The River Trail"
Fresh coat of Color Magic and the Raleigh is ready to go While others are enjoying the beauty of their regions — I took the opportunity on a windy, cloudy, cold day to ride south of town and visit the bucolic crossing of: 4000N (aka Lovers Lane) and CSX railroad JR’s Salvage is just out … Continue reading "CSX and a Frosty Ride — (NWS photo added)"
We’re off…..today is beautiful! Summer has finally arrived on the Central Coast! Fog ….GONE! For today anyway. We haven’t ridden our “Normal” ride since I last posted here….it’s been awhile. So we headed out to see what we could find and see if we could do 30 miles?? We found this parked in one of … Continue reading "Coffeenuring 2018 #1"
No, not the Windsor where the Queen hangs out. Windsor, California, north of Santa Rosa. Took off from Jeff’s and rolled north. Wandered around familiar quiet roads. Saw two coyotes cavorting in a field. Talked to a retired couple (she on an ebike) from Cameron Park (in the foothills east of Sacramento) who were pedaling … Continue reading "Windsor with Jeff"
Sunday, October 14, 2018 / 10 miles / Ever see Charlie Chaplin in “The Tramp”? It was filmed in the little town of Niles, California in 1915. Niles was Hollywood before there was Hollywood thanks to Essanay Film Manufacturing Company opening an operation where the weather was more favorable than Chicago. Starting in 1912 lots … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 1: Queen of de Niles"
The weather here in Burgundy has been unseasonably warm of late. So why not take advantage of it, I asked myself, especially since Sundays are so slow and I have cabin fever? So it was into the saddle and off to the center of town. Mattieu’s bar is open to catch a few late season … Continue reading "Gonpher Coughie"
Being on tour, I’m a bit constrained in how to approach Coffeeneuring this fall. In the past I’ve taken solo day rides to beverage outlets about town, but that doesn’t really work that well when we’re on tour. I don’t really want to take off on my own that often, as it cramps how we … Continue reading "Vinouring 2018: Valpolicella in Varenna"
Doing a bicycle challenge is a new adventure for me. I may not be able to complete seven rides, but even the one ride I did on Friday, Oct. 12th, is more than I’ve done all summer. There won’t be any coffee drinking by me. I have never liked the taste, but I’ll try to … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring — Ride #1 — Oct 12"
As (I think) we all know, I live in the Seattle area and we are here in Sacramento CA (actually Elk Grove, a bit south of Sacramento) to visit the Grands. We will be here for at least another week, and maybe more. My first few teaneuring outings will be around here. I have not … Continue reading "A Stranger in a Strange Land Goes Teaneuring"
Today I managed a twofer: a ride with reflectie and beverage. I accomplished those tasks by visiting the annual Fall Festival at Shone Farm. (I’ve pedaled out to that festival before, although I think it was cancelled last year due to the fires.) The farm is where agricultural classes are taught at our local community … Continue reading "Reflective Coffeeneuring"
Being new to the site, I’m not sure if it’s standard to post your Challenge of the Month in the same post as the Coffeeneuring Challenge, or not. At least this time, I’ll do them separately. I thought cycling along a stream for seven miles, I’d have plenty of opportunities to catch a reflection of … Continue reading "An October Reflection"
This is my fourth year of Coffeeneuring. The previous three were great, but they were spent primarily within the safe geographical confines of MY Town while drinking nothing but straight-up black coffee. BORING! Well, NOT NO MO’ as the kids say these days. This season, I will be traveling to seven different towns and exploring them … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part One (of Seven)"
A warm October day, wow, I’ve never seen October weather like this. I hopped on my bike for a short ride, my goal today was Nymphenburg Palace. On a lovely Saturday there were plenty of people there. Janos didn’t want to get trampled and stayed home. But it wasn’t that bad. Behind the palace is … Continue reading "Kaffeenierung in Bavaria – Ride 2"
I’ve been meaning to ride out the Greenway for the last couple of days, but various chores prevented me from mounting the Ogre. Finally made it today, and I stopped by the bank building about a half of a block from the downtown terminus of the bike path. I knew the mirror-like windows on the … Continue reading "Greenway reflectie"
During our visit with the Grands, I got out for at least a little ride this morning. It was not the greatest ride as I joined too much auto traffic along a Blvd. Behind a shopping mall I saw a trail and took it. One way and it ended in about a mile and a … Continue reading "A Round Reflectie"
The Navigator will likely be amused to hear that I thought the Italian city of Brescia was the source of the name for a type of conglomerate. I even took a photo of a block of rock in one of the city squares, thinking it was an example of the rock, until I researched … Continue reading "Reflecting on Brescia"
No theme this time around, just seven rides (I hope). A gorgeous warm sunny day for the first day of the challenge. We rode our bikes to the Deer Park Beer Garden and ate our picnic there, accompanied by a Radlermass (shandy). It was certainly beer garden weather, but the season is over it seems … Continue reading "Kaffeenierung in Bavaria – Ride 1"
Sir Issac Newton had much to say about reflections. That he chose to do so in colloquial English rather than the stilted Latin used in his university tells us that he was not particularly worried about an international audience nor was he concerned with issues of acquiring tenure, otherwise known as “publish or perish”. But … Continue reading "Reflections on a fall day in Burgundy"
The very gentle approach to energy use continues. We rode a grand total of 51 kms over two days last weekend. There are some pictures from a short gentle ride we did on Monday in the national park at the end of my latest website post here.
The landscape along Titus Canyon Road continued to surprise and please with its constantly changing colors, shapes, and textures. The one parameter that didn’t change was the grade of the road. It swept steadily downward. After catching a glimpse of the distant Panamint Range on the far side of Death Valley, I figured I must … Continue reading "Titus, part 3 of 3"
We are driving to Sacramento for a visit with the Grands, and I am adding the trip to my blog. Rather than try to recreate it here, I am trying something new — adding a link!! Am not sure I will be successful. But here is the try. First here is a photo from the … Continue reading "Riding for covered bridges"
Seeing all of the interest in the upcoming Coffeeneuring season, and thinking about how positive and encouraging everyone is to one another, made me think of this oldie-but-goodie of a video on youtube. At the very end, when it talks about how life is about the people you meet and the things you create… I … Continue reading "The people you meet… and the things you create"
After my ace support crew pushed me out the door on one-way Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley National Park, I had 18 miles to pedal through empty desert and raw mountains. Nothing but a rough road through arid terrain. Other than a few puddles in the first couple of miles from an overnight thunderstorm, … Continue reading "Titus, part 2 of 3"
The boundaries of Death Valley National Park encompass the geographic feature known as Death Valley, which in turn includes places like Badwater, Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, the Mesquite Sand Dunes, and so on. Outside the low-lying bounds of Death Valley itself, the eponymous park also includes places such as Telescope Peak, Aguereberry Point, Darwin Falls, … Continue reading "Titus, part 1 of 3"
I read that the general rule of thumb is that you retain endurance for about 2 weeks, but by the 4-week mark of inactivity you are back to baseline. I put that to the test over the weekend with a pair of 70+ kilometre rides. I’m not sure those rides meet my doctor’s definition of “gentle.” … Continue reading "RIDE #139: 07 OCTOBER 2018"
Hello my darlings. My apologies for the late notice, but the 2018 Coffeeneuring Challenge starts this Friday, October 12. I checked the Chasing Mailboxes website too early in September to learn this year’s dates for the Coffeeneuring Challenge, and I forgot to look again until today. We expect all of you to have a great … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring Challenge 2018"
Hoping to have influence on the upcoming elections for the Bavarian Landtag on October 10, a large demonstration was held here in Munich. The title was “Mia hams satt”, Bavarian dialect for “We’re fed up” and was to call attention to environmental issues. Most of the slogans revolved around factory farming, bee mortality, air pollution … Continue reading "Reflecting on the Environment"
Reflection Ride The last ride I posted, the one about the “Do Not Feed The Monkeys” sign, was punctuated by a crash. A motorcyclist turned across my path from the right without stopping at the T-junction or looking left before rolling into my path. I rode home with sore right-side ribs, scrapes on my right … Continue reading "Ride #137: 05 October 2018"
I have some reservations about this October Challenge submission. I have a terrible record at complying with the Challenge rules, so I’m doubtful. The rules this month are precise: the selfie must include the biker, and the bike. My submission pushes the definition though, and in fact is a selfie for the ENTIRE Anderson Team … Continue reading "Team selfies: OK or not OK?"
Hello cycle365ers Well today promised to be the best day of 2018. The gallant lads of the West Coast Eagles were playing against the evil force of Collingwood (Australia’s most hated football team) in the 2018 Grand Final. Australian rules football began as a way to keep cricket players fit during winter and involves lots … Continue reading "West Coast Eagles Ride"
I got caught in that rain yesterday and this morning the temp was about 41 when I wanted to get out for a ride in the dry. I waited for it to warm up to a balmy 45 before getting into my more winter cycling wardrobe and out on my bike. Like Suzanne, had I … Continue reading "WINDOW REFLECTIES"
It had to be a good challenge to get me out on my bike today – grey in grey. But as is usually the case, once I was out I had a good time. My first destination was the Olympic Park where I expected the panels of Olympic swimming pool building must make for some … Continue reading "Reflecties from Munich"
Bonus Photo: No, thats not a bicycle, thats a dog. Meet ‘Copper’ the newest member of the team at JR’s Recycling. Now, for the frightening part — only thing more frightening than one reflective of yours truly is two reflectives in the same photo.
A Muddy Puddle Reflection … A Black Puddle Reflection .. My head is at the bottom middle by the leaf. These are not easy to get! One must just about stand IN the puddle! And these that I took are surely not great, but I think the meet the criteria ;’-). I may try for … Continue reading "PUDDLE REFLECTIONS"
They are beginning to pop up around here. On my ride yesterday to find a reflection, I came upon this completed display and others that were in the beginning stages, to be captured on a later ride. A little skeleton family… I shortened my ride quite a bit as after just about 10 minutes the … Continue reading "#2 HALLOWEEN SIGHTING"
I appreciate and like all the challenges that Bill puts up for us, but I think this one may not be a favorite for me ;’-). The others were just out there and I had to find them. This one is different as there are not many places I can even think of that will … Continue reading "CAR REFLETION"
Just wondering if there will be a Fall Cycle Life Challenge. So far I have been participating in the challenge over on Bicycle Life, but no more. I too have come under Neil’s line of fire in the forum. I won’t be posting there any more. He so misconstrued some of my very harmless and … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge aka Coffeeneuring?"
Signs? Easy. Trees? Easy. Bridges? Easy. But for October, unlike those previous months, the Challenge is a little more challenging. To qualify, you need to photograph the reflection of yourself AND your bike. You’ll need to be a little more creative in order to find a suitable venue, line up a shot, and snap a … Continue reading "A challenging Challenge"