This is a log entry for the 2018 Coffeeneuring Challenge. You can read more about Coffeeneuring here.

Between my current head cold and our region’s first wave of chilly November weather blowing in, today seemed like a pretty good day to not do anything fun, adventurous, or that involved leaving the couch. But you know what? I don’t believe in putting life on hold just because it’s not comfortable at the moment. The Coffeeneuring Challenge demands more coffee, and sniffles aren’t going to stop it!

Is it ride number seven already? I wish I had an epic story to wrap up my final entry, but I guess coffeeneuring is about our small, everyday adventures. In a lot of ways, the challenge hardly felt challenging at all. I bike commute almost every day, so my comfort zone wasn’t tested nearly as much as it would be for a newbie. But on the other hand, the challenge helped expand my perspective. When I rode for the challenge, I rode deliberately, paid attention to my surroundings, and sought opportunities for new experiences. 

I began reflecting on what I liked and what I would do differently. This was my first time as a Coffeeneurer, and I approached it with a curious “let’s see what this is like” attitude. If I do it again, I would make a point to drum up some more participation from other people. If programs like this can turn into more than just an expression of adventure and become a way to grow bonds in a community, then biking will be one step closer to changing the world. 

Oh, and about my final ride. I went downtown and got some excellent coffee at Iron Bank. With the Coffeeneuring complete, I’m free now to lay on the couch, take my cold medicine, and get back to blogging. 

Thanks to the Coffeeneuring organizers, and to everyone else on Earth who participated!

  • Where I went: Iron Bank Coffee
  • Date I went there: November 11, 2018
  • What I drank: Coffee! ☕️
  • Total mileage: 2.7 miles