Coffeeneuring trip #3

Date: October 27, 2016

Distance: 5 miles

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.

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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.

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Yum coffee and biscuits!

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.

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Coffeeneuring Trip #2

Date: October 22, 2016

Mileage: 69.8 miles (No, I did not take the option to lap the parking lot for .15 miles)

Drink description: Surprisingly excellent drip coffee

Bike Friendly: Nope

So for this particular ride, I was invited to join a group in Shreveport for a birthday ride.  One of the members was turning 70 and wanted to ride 70 miles in honor of that milestone.  The route looked neat, and it just looked like a blast overall, so off I headed to Shreveport.

The plan was to meet up with a cyclist friend who lived on the way, and then we would travel together to the destination.  When I got there we loaded up bikes and prepared to set out, except that his truck wouldn’t start.  We putzed around a bit, decided it was the battery, and I offered to jump off the battery from my vehicle.  I pulled up and started up, cables were connected, and the truck still wouldn’t start.

At this point I turned around to see my own battery smoking.

We launched into action like some Keystone Kops, yanking battery cables and watching sparks and smoke fly all over.  Thank goodness that removing the cables made my truck stop smoking.  Time was running short, so we unloaded his truck, loaded up mine, pushed the non-functioning truck out of the driveway, and headed out.  As we drove away in my (no longer smoking) truck, I opined that I would sure like to see his wife’s face when she sees the truck pushed out into the yard and him not around.

Blessedly, that turned out to be the only mechanical of the day.  We arrived in good time, and the cycling fun began!

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The birthday boy gave me a rocking keychain!

It was a gorgeous day.  I had to break out the cold weather gear for the first time since last winter, and it was comfortably cool for the first half of the ride, and warm enough to shed the cold gear for the second half.

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Nifty historic plantation house on the Louisiana side of the state line

In the second half of the ride, we made it all the way to Arkansas.  It was fun to traverse two states in one ride.

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The “county” sign signals that you made it into Arkansas

And what ride is complete without coffee at the end?  We stopped at the Main Street Restaurant at the end of the ride for food and fellowship.  I ordered a burger and a plain black coffee, and both were superb.  How could they not be – they were flavored with earned appetite and good company.

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Great place!

Coffeeneuring Trip #1

Date: October 8, 2016

Mileage: 20.9 miles

Drink description: Slightly substandard drip coffee

Bike Friendly: Nope

October 7 kicked off coffeeneuring season!  Check out all the rules here.

October 7 also kicked off my 20th high school reunion!  I saw people that I haven’t seen in at least 20 years, and a few for even longer.  My younger cousins played in the football game, food was eaten, many laughs were shared, and a good time was enjoyed by all.

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I squint when I laugh.

So since I’m at the old hometown, why not go for a ride and coffeeneur it?  One of my classmates joined me on the ride, which made it even better.  We rode around the Cane River National Historical Area. That includes Melrose Plantation, home of Clementine Hunter; Oakland Plantation; and St Augustine Church.  It’s relatively new to me to see it all as a National Park (this happened after I graduated), but I’m so glad that the area is being cared for and restored.  Lots of history in this very old region.

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St Augustine Church

We rode 20 easy miles, talked and laughed, cursed the incessant headwind that seemed to blow in our face no matter which direction we rode, and enjoyed a cup of coffee at Oakland Plantation afterwards.  It was a coffee shop without walls that embraced the spirit of coffeeneuring.

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Oakland Plantation Visitor Center with coffee

No trip to Natchitoches is complete without a meat pie, so we refueled at Lasyone’s.  More coffee was consumed, but since we drove, it was outside the coffeeneuring rules.  It was the perfect end to a reunion trip though!

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Everything fried!  Yum yum!

Big Dam Bridge

Oh that’s right, I started a blog.  Forgot about that….

So I went up to Little Rock this weekend with every intention of riding 100 miles.  Despite not having ridden that far since June due to a nasty crash, I felt good and was pretty confident.

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The sleepiest cyclist…

Alas, in the first 15 miles, I could tell that it was probably not going to happen.

I separated my shoulder in the aforementioned crash, and have only recently begun to swim again.  I think that the swimming aggravated my shoulder, because it hurt very badly the whole ride.  When I was presented with the opportunity to drop down to 50 miles, I took it.  On top of all that, it was blistering HOT!  Towards the end of my 50 mile ride, the heat radiating up off of the road pavement felt like an oven.  I had to unzip my jersey so far that I felt quite immodest.  That extra airflow sure did help though.

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I got excited to see a Fuji Roubaix like mine!

No century for me just yet, but maybe later in October when the temps drop.  I’m still pleased with 50 miles.  It’s the longest I’ve ridden since June.

I’m also excited about the upcoming coffeeneuring season coming up!  Apparantly I’m the only entrant to date from Louisiana, so I need to be extra fancy and show off all our area coffee attractions!

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My coffeeneuring patch!