Finally I returned to ride VNMP, and it was glorious!
The day was overcast, but not too cold and not too hot. Alice and I drove together to the park and met up with Marsha for the ride.
It’s hard to explain the loveliness of riding at Vicksburg. Traffic is restricted to mostly one way streets, and to a very low speed limit, so cars are not too large of a concern. I think that mostly it’s just so beautiful. There are lots of steep climbs and descents, but you are also riding through so many majestic old trees and historical monuments that its easy to feel that you are in a different time. When you get tired, you can rest by historical houses, read explanations of the battles, or see a gunboat!
And you do get tired. The climb to the Cairo exhibit is very steep, as is Fort Hill. Fort Hill is deceptive – there’s a hairpin turn in the climb and you think that you are about to get some flat breathing space, but alas – it is a most disappointing false flat, and the steep climb continues. But I made it up twice! The most humorous moment of the day: Alice asked me at the top how I liked climbing Fort Hill. I gasped out, “Is that what I just climbed?”
After the ride, we went to the Tomato Place to eat. It’s a combination farmers market and diner, with fantastic fried green tomatoes. I had to have coffee too, and that was also fantastic! Off season coffeeneuring!
This turned out to be my last outdoor ride of 2016, and it was awesome.
This is it – the final coffeeneuring jaunt of 2016. Today was easy puttering miles and then a stop at Daily Harvest Bakery in Monroe, LA. Standard drip coffee, but a delicious egg scramble and cheese danish.
Coffeeneuring this year was fun! I rode to a few places I wouldn’t have considered riding to otherwise. I also roped a few friends into riding with me, which is always a blast. So, I bid farewell to the challenge, but I suspect that I will continue coffeeneuring.
No riding for me over the past week because I have been really sick. I’ve been wanting to ride the Vicksburg National Military Park though, so Alice and I headed out there on Sunday.
We started riding, and it didn’t take long for me to realize I was too sick to keep going. I threw in the towel and sipped drip coffee while Alice finished her ride. An unintentional coffeeneuring without walls.
I already hit my coffeeneuring limit for the week, so no coffee today, just riding! Alice and I hatched a plan to get up early and ride to our favorite group ride, then ride back. Nothing goes better with riding than more riding!
We left at 7 and planned to complete the 22 mile trek by 8:30, which is when the group ride would depart. It was an excellent plan, but just a touch too ambitious for us – we didn’t account for the elevation between us and our destination. Unfortunately also, the group was headed away from us rather than towards us, so we didn’t have an opportunity to catch them after they left. We texted a bike selfie with our regrets.
We weren’t too sad though. No day on a bike is a loss! The weather was great and the ride was entertainingly challenging.
Drink Description: Cafe au Lait with a side of beignets – a Louisiana tradition!
Bike Friendly: Nope
I took this particular morning to engage in coffeeneuring with a side of early voting. Nothing like fulfilling your civic duties to work up a coffee thirst!
Originally I had planned to make this trip from my house, but I had an unexpected delay, so I opted to ride from the gym, since I needed to swim afterwards anyway. I rode to the West Monroe Farmer’s Market and prepared to vote, then caffienate.
The early voting line was suprisingly long. I waited approximately 45 minutes before I could get coffee. But the coffee was worth the wait! Caster and Chicory is one of our local food trucks, and they specialize in beignets and Cafe au Lait. Voting is strenuous and I had worked up an appetite, so this was all quite good.
The downside of the two delays came when I tried to ride back to the gym – traffic was thick, and sadly people are not used to seeing bikes in the area around the Farmer’s Market (which makes no sense to me), so it was a nail biter getting back. The second downside of the delays came when I saw that I was out of time to swim before I had to get to work. At least there was a bike ride and coffee!
Drink Description: Delicious Heritage Roast with Chicory and Cream
Bike Friendly: Nope
Today was a fun pre-work trip for coffee and biscuits!
Alice and I found out that there would be a popup biscuit shop at RoeLa Roasters today. RoeLa is the local coffee roaster and occasional coffee shop. Recently, our local awesome chef Cory Behr has been setting up there in the mornings to serve delicious stuffed cat head biscuits, and we just couldn’t resist.
In case you are wondering about the Southern peculiarity, the term cat head biscuit refers to a biscuit that is larger than a cat’s head. Typically a cat head biscuit is also more delicious than a standard biscuit, and using the term can cause a Southerner’s eyes to roll back in ecstasy at imagining such delights. These biscuits did not disappoint! They were also stuffed with smoked pork loin, and there were various jams that you could put on the stuffed biscuit sammich. I chose Satsuma Fig, and the biscuit tasted like Thanksgiving dinner. Such wow.
The coffee was just as good. Well brewed with a touch of chicory to make it taste like Louisiana. The weather was great and the ride was easy and fun.