Coffeeneur #7.1- THE FINAL

on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
DESTINATION:  The Opera House- Rivermarket Kansas City MO
MILEAGE: Over 8 miles 
BEVERAGE: Jennifer- Cafe Au Lait Lance- Double white Latte
BIKES: Lance- The Irish Bike- Trek Mtb Jennifer- Citizens Folder
Oh man! There is NO WAY you could be in the KC area and not go to the Royal Celebration! I was almost 10 the last time they won a World Series and the electric excitement of the city was magnetic. Offices closed, schools closed, it was a day to celebrate in the city. I imagine this is what it is like in other countries when they crown Kings and Queens and such. 

Navigating the 800,000 people was a dream by bike! KC is not a big city. It's population is around 440,000. Knowing it would be difficult to navigate we drove over to Kaw Valley point in KCK where the Rivertrail begins & started our Coffeeneur there. The trail was deserted and we rode smoothly across the bridge into KCMO and the Rivermarket area. There were people everywhere hanging out waiting to move towards the parade route. We stopped in at the Opera House which is a very cool coffee/brunch place. The staff did their best to not be frazzled by the shear volume of people!
We drank leisurely and then road on toward the parade route. It was so easy that we felt like the smartest people on the planet. Traffic was bumper to bumper and we just flew on by. It was such a beautiful day and to see so many people happy (even maneuvering a large crowd) was immune boost! The players and their families were overwhelmed with gratitude. It was an amazing day. 

 Days like this make me glad I have a folder. So easy!

This parade was the best!

A sea of people and all that we encountered were kind and considerate. Amazing!

Coffeeneuring #5.1

on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
MILEAGE: Over 8 miles 
BEVERAGE: Pumpkin Spiced Latte-My first of the season & on Halloween!
BIKES: Jennifer- Surly Long Haul Trucker
For this Coffeeneur, I used the loop hole that you can combine the ride with errands. I am still grocery shopping by bike. One reason (out of 100) that I love my Long Haul Trucker is because I can carry lots of weight and my bike still rides great and I might climb hills a bit slower it doesn't feel like a slog. I loaded up with squash, 64 oz of laundry soap, 2 dozen eggs, 1 lb of butter, & 4 lbs of sugar. 

The weather was beautiful and on my way home I ran into 2 sets of cyclists that I know just returning to town from their jaunts in the country. They were impressed with my haul!

Coffeeneur #7

on Friday, October 30, 2015
DESTINATION:  Casey's #3 Leavenworth, KS
MILEAGE: Over 8 miles 
BEVERAGE: Coffee dressed up with cream & sugar
BIKES: Lance- Trek 4500 
This was Lance's final Coffeeneuring ride. Since our days off are different he is 2 ahead of me! He was headed out to the grocery store on the other end of town and stopped in for a Pumpkin spice donut and coffee. He also got to watch a building demolition. 

Coffeeneur #6

on Monday, October 26, 2015
DESTINATION: Scooter's Coffeehouse, Leavenworth, KS
MILEAGE: Over 4 miles 
BEVERAGE: Snicker's & Vanilla Lattes 
BIKES: Lance- Trek 4500 Jennifer- Surly LHT 
We headed out on a Sunday afternoon. We road to our local Scooter's which is a converted Barista's. Barista's are known for their gingerbread house look and nice landscaping. Instead of drinking on their patio we decided to ride down to the river and layout on a blanket and soak up the sunshine. We didn't quite make it to the river as a train was blocking the road and it didn't look like it was moving anytime soon. Instead we laid our blanket on a hill at the park. We hung out in the sunshine for over an hour before heading home. Very low key but very nice.


on Thursday, October 22, 2015
The first week of May our van died. We were trying to get it to the 300,000 mark and it died just shy of it. We drive very little compared to our neighbors. Most people thought we didn't even own a car, so going car-free was just the next step in this life on bikes.

Over the past 5 years we've slowly weaned ourselves off of the need for a vehicle so it really didn't seem like a big deal not to have a car. And I love a challenge. Initially, we thought we'd give ourselves until the end of July to replace the van. It would give us some time to save some more money towards the purchase and we could just ride our bikes everywhere. Here we are the end of September and we have no plan to buy anything before November. Everyday I talk about pushing that date even farther. No doubt it's the Indian Summer that has me thinking we can go without a car even longer!

Coffeeneur #5

DESTINATION: Casey's General Store 2, Leavenworth, KS
MILEAGE: Over 6 miles 
BEVERAGE: Coffee cream & sugar 
BIKES: Lance- Trek 4500  
Because not every coffeeneur ride can be sexy. Lance road to another Casey's in Leavenworth after escorting me to work on Monday. He took 2nd street and got a nice picture of the water treatment plant. It probably smelled nice too. After completing the coffeeneur he rambled home and went mountain bike riding at Swope Park in KC MO. Not a bad day off!

Casey's off 4th Street

Leavenworth Water Treatment Plant

Coffeeneur #4

DESTINATION: Bassa Prua, Leavenworth, KS
MILEAGE: Over 4 miles 
BEVERAGE: Coffee cream & sugar 
BIKES: Lance- Trek 4500  Jennifer- Surly LHT
This Coffeeneur turned into brunch! We headed to Bassa Prua on a Sunday afternoon after church. They make the best donuts and we originally were just going to get coffee and donuts. Then we saw that all you can eat brunch, to include donuts was $13.99. We changed our plans pretty quickly. It was a lovely brunch and we definitely need to make this a weekly deal. 

Coffeeneur #3

DESTINATION: Daylight Donuts Leavenworth, KS
MILEAGE: Over 4 miles 
BEVERAGE: Coffee cream & sugar 
BIKES: Lance- 29er Stumpjumper  Jennifer- Surly LHT
We road on a Sunday morning to Daylight Donuts. A nice treat before church. The weather was beautiful and we had planned ot sit on the back porch. We sat for all of 4 minutes when the bees started to swarm. We aren't sure if they were there for the sweat or the sugar. We would have waited them out but they were relentless and there were more of them than us!

Coffeeneur #2.1

DESTINATION: Casey's General Store
MILEAGE: Over 4 miles 
BEVERAGE: Cofffee cream & sugar 
BIKES: Lance- 29er Stumpjumper
A quick shakedown of the 'Dark Knight' on a dark night. Lance coffeeneured on a Monday night. We have different days off so Lance can coffeeneur on Sunday and Monday's while I coffeeneur on Saturday and Sundays. The Stumpjumper came to us as a frame. Lance had everything else ready to make this bike operational in the basement. If he was typing up this post he'd probably go into how he built the wheels and gear ratios but instead you get basic info from me!

Coffeeneuring #2

DESTINATION: Harbor Lights Coffeehouse Leavenworth, KS
MILEAGE: Over 4 miles 
BIKES: Jennifer-Surly LHT Disc  
For this Coffeeneuring Ride I did before meeting up with our bike club to do the Leavenworth Loft Tour. I've been out of town for this tour the last 4 years and I was super excited to go. We have some amazing lofts in our downtown! It was fun to wander through peoples homes and see how they decorate and live a few stories about the street.

Coffeeneuring #1

DESTINATION: Swings Coffee but settled for Starbucks
MILEAGE: Over 3 miles 
BEVERAGE: Mocha & a Chai Tea Latte
BIKES: Jennifer-Surly LHT Disc / Lance- Trek 4500- Our Touring Bikes

We began 2015 Coffeeneuring Season in the home of the Coffeeneur, DC! We were on vacation having just finished spending the week on the GAP/ C & O Canal. I've been reading Mary's blog for years and follow her on twitter so I knew Swings must be a stop for us! It was very close to where we were staying in Alexandria but it's closed on Sundays!! Such luck! We were coffeeneuring before going on a private tour of the Pentagon so we didn't have much time. I used handy google maps and looked up "coffee shops" and wound up at a Starbucks about mile away from Swings. 


on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I recently started using Instagram. It was (once again) a social media platform that my kids got to first so I avoided. Lord help me if I start Snap Chatting! Instagram has become a lovely spot for me. I can post pictures of our bike trips, our daily commutes, and my knitting & cooking creations. I've found Gramers whose blogs I started reading in 2005! And only a handful of them are still blogging. Finding them on Instagram was like reconnecting with old friends!

We still cycle everyday and in May 2015 we went car-free. Originally it was just until the end of July and now I think we are going to push for mid-November.

In August, we decided to celebrate the fact that our nest is empty & enjoying the last of summer by doing Bike overnights, Sub24O, or bike camping (however you define it) every weekend for the month of August. We wound up going out 5 weekends including Labor Day. I feel like we really lived during August & that we had a great vacation even though we took little time off work.

Now we are planning a 8 day trip to Pittsburgh- DC the end of September. We will ride the GAP/ C&O trail and I'm so excited. All our bike trips have started from our front door. This time we will fly to an area we've never been and just go.

I feel like I have a few new things to write about other than, "Yep, I road to work today."