In Which I Try Coffeeneuring

I’ve secretly been a bit envious of the intrepid Coffeeneurs who, every fall season, bike to far off destinations in search of coffee to share in the Coffeeneuring Challenge. This challenge, organized by Mary at Chasing Mailboxes, is only in its fourth year but seems to have somehow become elevated to a cult-like following. Maybe it’s the coffee? Yet, I’ve never tried to join in, just read triumphant stories with some mild jealousy.

This year, I decided to try it. So far so good – this weekend was the initial weekend, and I think it went pretty well. A group of us from work decided to coffeeneur together, so we met at the Ballston Metro Station and biked to Java Shack. We were somehow the first bike-y people there, so we got the good spots on the bike rack, and we watched as a while later all the Revolution Cycles Sunday morning group ride cyclists started pouring in.

After hanging out for a while, we set off on our Part Two – biking to Falls Church to go to Mike’s Deli at Lazy Sundae, a family-owned sandwich and ice cream shop.

I had iced tea and a dee-lish veggie sandwich, but it was not exactly a “coffeeneuring” defined stop. Right off the W&OD Trail, and not far from the West Falls Church Metro Station, I’m surprised I’d never discovered this place before. Apparently they make their own ice cream, and I noticed that pumpkin pie was one of the listed flavors. My other challenge this month is All Things Pumpkin, so I might have to go back soon!

We decided to stop and play on one of the children’s playgrounds on the W&OD Trail on our way home. Ignoring the “Designed for Children 5-12 Years Old” signs, we tested out everything, even the log run thing, that was much harder than expected. Thank goodness for the slide.

Really, they should make playgrounds for adults. We need them too!

We headed back to Ballston, and our various homes, feeling much happier for having been out on such a gorgeous (albeit a bit chilly) fall day. Was it the coffee? The biking? Or playing on the kids’ playground? Who knows! It was fun.

I got about 12 miles in all together, which is nothing compared to the other people who participate in the Coffeeneuring Challenge, but it’s more than I’ve done in a while, so I was pretty happy about that. But now the pressure is on to keep this up for the next 6 weeks! The Mechanic and I are returning to Shepherdstown, WV, next weekend, and are taking our bikes, but the coffee shop is pretty close to the Bavarian Inn. Maybe we can take the long route? Then after that, well, there are so many options! Where to next?!


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