Some shots from yesterday's Gravel Fondo in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. The weather ended up being great and the course was a fine mix of scenery and hurty climbs. Big thanks to the dudes that marked the course, threw the event and got pizza after.
This thing is happening and I'm pretty sure I'll be there. Trying to assemble cohorts as we speak. Over the past couple years my on/off cycling habit has become a more consistent way to get to work and/or stay sane. More riding has yielded the desire to do more miles and this Fall's coffeeneuring ride #4 was my longest ride to date. This Gravel Fondo deal is about that distance, has quite a bit more climbing and should be fun. Discovered via AHTBM.
This was an awesome weekend to be on a bike. Two more coffeeneuring rides happened in the same fashion as last weekend: a good long ride on Saturday and something a little more relaxed to stretch the legs and get a drink on Sunday.
Yesterday a friend and I headed out from the BWI loop and took the B&A Trail South to Annapolis. Once I heard about the coffeeneuring deal I knew that City Dock Coffee would have to be included. I also knew that I would order hot Jamaican Tea, the only one of these trips where I didn't order some sort of black coffee drink. My wingman made up for it by ordering the straight espresso.
This was followed by great lunch at Stan & Joe's. Good food, but also...Pumking...on tap. They also have one of the best bar signs ever.
After lunch we cruised through the Naval Academy and headed home. Great day, 41 miles total.
For today's final coffee trip we rode back down Harford Road, the scene of ride #1. Green Onion in Hamilton was the destination, but unfortunately their coffee machines were out of commission. Clementine, their parent restaurant a block away, was brewing Zeke's so we were set. I went with the black coffee and Nate "Big Ring" lightens his coffee up a bit. 14 miles total, very good coffee, and a 60° day was a good way to wrap up the coffeeneuring.
Coffeeneuring ride #4 made for my longest cycling trip to date. A friend and I did a 60 miler on the NCR trail in nice 50°ish weather. Rail trails aren't always the most exciting but spending over four hours in the saddle, drinking coffee, and watching Fall unfold is always good. The image of bare trees might be cliche but it's something I've always been addicted to. Between the miles, colors, espresso, the occasional trail goat, and good company, I'd consider heading up PA route J again for a good long trip. The Americano, Red Eye, and snacky things shown below were on our first stop. We hit the Rail Trail Cafe again on the way back and downed espresso shots/more gingerbread muffins too quickly for photography.
Ride #5 was a cool night cruise with Chef and Big Ring. I was trying to keep the mermaid coffee-mart out of this coffeeneuring affair but she proved too difficult to avoid. A good little 11 miler helped the legs recover and a quick double shot made it coffeeneuring.