Ride with the Bosses #7


The Ride

Since our seventh and final coffeeneuring ride for this challenge landed on a Saturday we thought to invite our wives. Valerie is Sid’s boss and Joni is Johns.


It was not as cold as the day before, but still pretty chilly. We all layered up well except for Val who didn’t wear warm enough gloves. Luckily John brought an extra pair. He also has a pair of Bar Mitts that he put on Joni’s bike, but Joni is a human heater and let Val try them. They are 100% wind proof and keep the heat from your hands in the mitts very well. I know what I am going to ask Santa for this Christmas!

On the way home we passed the town’s gargantuan Christmas Tree and thought it would make for a good picture. Tonight is the Starlighting party in downtown Castle Rock. We have a huge star on the top of the Castle Rock and everyone gets together to eat, drink and be merry and then turn the star lights on for the first time, signaling the beginning of the holiday season.

The Location

Dazbog Coffee
202 Wilcox St
Castle Rock, CO 80104

The Date

November 19th

The Drinks

Sid a latte, Val a vanilla latte and coffee cake

John an Americano, Joni a White truffle caramel chocolate half and half vented press vanilla cream chai latte deluxe mocha alamode with whipped cream on top.


14.1 for all!



Ride with the Crows #6


The Ride

Winter is finally rearing it’s cold and snowy head in Colorado. Almost a record for the longest time without snow in the Denver area. We both geared up one level shy of snowboarding, I even had snow goggles on! But as usual, the sun settles in and it warms up, we had to stop to take some layers off. I have only been to John’s house twice and I came into his neighborhood through a park that disoriented me as to a left or right to get to his street. I first chose left, rode a few blocks and figured I must have chose wrong and turned around. Rode even a few more blocks past the park and knew I was wrong, so I turned back around to my first choice. Found it! and he was there waiting. He had gone the same route to meet me and we missed each other.

Anyways, we hit the trail into Castle Rock to go to a coffee stop I have heard of being very good and also having a liquor bar as well as coffee. Crowfoot Coffee.

Along with the bar it also had some cool paintings on the walls for sale, some kinda strange, but others really cool.


Overall one of my favorite coffee stops so far. They also had a bike rack in the front! First one so far. With us both enjoying the coffee and John said the burrito was delicious, Crowfoot gets an A+.

The Location

Crowfoot Coffee
734 Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO 80104

The Date

November 18th

The Drinks

Latte and breakfast burrito for John, Americano for Sid


16.3 for the wondering Sid, 14 for the searching John.



Coffeeneuring #5

The Ride

Today we headed out with the packs full for the coffeeneuring experience in the open. Packing a jet boil, french press, coffee, chai tea and biscoff crackers Sid and I headed out for the Columbine Open Space south of Castle Rock. With the beautiful warm weather we hit the Plum Creek Trail and wondered our way out of town. The access road on the east side of the freeway is a favorite of cyclists to head out of town and get to some amazing roads. We climbed out of CR with a headwind and to the open space in no time at all. When we arrived we ran into a Douglas County Park Ranger and a bunch of volunteers that were just finishing up trail work. Can we all just agree that those that volunteer their time to build trails have a special place in heaven at the right hand of God! 

Sid and I unpacked and decided to brew up the chai tea I had brought. Jet boil made short work of the water and a few minutes later we were having an amazing drink accompanied by biscoff crackers. The tea was delicious and a perfect break indeed.

We packed up and decided to use the wind to our backs and hammered back into Castle Rock averaging about 23mph.

This was our longest Coffeeneuring ride but well worth the extra work and time to have a drink out in the open.

The Location

Columbine Open Space
Exit 176 (Tomah Road) off I-25, approximately six miles south of Castle Rock in the South I-25 Conservation Corridor

Date of Ride


The Drinks

Trailhead Outfitters Black Chai Tea
Fireside White Chocolate (Creamy + Smoky)


Coffeneurring #4 – Bucks and Brew

The Ride

What an amazing day for a ride. We trailed along the plum creek trail and stopped to watch a buck and his lady friends graze along the ridge. Riding down into the heart of Castle Rock we climbed back up to Lost Coffee on Perry Street. Sid had a cinnamon roll and I had a almond scone. While their coffee is a daily fix for me. The thing that I want to write about and go back for was that almond scone. It wasn’t too sweet and just the perfect texture.

The Location

Lost Coffee 
390 Perry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Date of ride


The Drinks

Both Sid and I picked up some medium roast coffee. This is by far my favorite coffee that is available in Castle Rock. They roast their own beans and just a standard brew coffee is something that is amazing.


Coffeeneuring #3: democracy in action

The Ride

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Today’s ride we not only exercised our bodies but also our right to vote. Sid dropped off ballots and we celebrated living in a free country with coffee and breakfast burritos at Santiago’s. The warm fall weather provided a great ride with beautiful colors of autumn.

The Location

860 Kinner St
Castle Rock, CO 80109


Date of ride


The Drinks

We both had coffee with our breakfast burritos. 



Coffeneuring Ride Two

Saturday October 15, 2016

The Location

Cookies and Crema  –  4284 Trail Boss Dr

The Ride

This week we decided to start an hour later in hopes we can continue our freeze bite recovery from last week. And warmer it was. As John rolled up, instead of his usual “Are you ready to ride like zombies are chasing you? and not the slow zombies like in “The Walking Dead” but the fast running ravenous zombies like in “I am Legend”?” or “Are you ready to ride so hard you throw up?” No. It was “I am getting naked, right now.”  And the pealing off of layers began. John was prepared, like all good Coloradoans should be for the weather, but the 1.5 mile ride from his house to mine proved the preparedness needed to be in the bike bag and not on the body this morning.

Warm and beautiful it was. Although the fall leaves have began to lose their vibrant colors, they were still presenting the Fall season with authority and reminding me how much I love this time of year.

We drafted a route to ride by the Castle Rock. The Castle Rock that gives our town the name of Castle Rock. It’s a big rock, that looks like a castle.


John quickly oil painted this representation of our stop by The Castle Rock. Well done John, you are a true artist.

A short riding section of dodging cars followed our Castle Rock stop to get us to the Cookies and Crema Café. It has a side patio with waist high fencing where we leaned our bikes against one of the lonely tables and headed inside. It was a busy Saturday morning for the café and we got the usual “what the hell are those guys wearing? Why are they sweating? OMG what do they want?” looks from everyone. Don’t call the NSA, we are cyclists.

A very quirky and awkward teenage kid asked us if we were eating in as we sat down at the first table available and said “Yes.” I was starving, and quickly identified one of the absolute worst menu items for someone that has to cycle home. Biscuits and sausage gravy! This is an easy social ride and last week we got the breakfast burritos home without incident, so I went for it. I expected a tongue lashing from John, but instead he gave me a quizzical look and said “That sounds good, I’ll have the same.” I was a proud friend.

My coffee is delivered to the table. I thought I heard a growl. A few more minutes of conversation and our plates of biscuits with gravy appear before us. I definitely heard a growl this time. I don’t know where he was carrying the 9 inch folding knife, but in one smooth motion John unfolded it and swiftly stuck its tip straight into the middle of the table top with a white knuckle fist around the handle. It was then I realized his large coffee had been delayed. Luckily the teenager that brought our plates noticed this and turned back around, was there anything else? “Yes, I ordered a large coffee” “I will find out where that is.” he replied already moving to a safe distance away from us.

Needless to say they promptly brought John’s coffee. Nobody got cut. Yea!


We tap shoe back out to the patio which now has a table of dog lovers comparing notes with a couple of other dog lovers just outside the fence. Of all the states I have lived in, Colorado is the most dog loving by far. Dog on! We gather our gear and hop on our horses to ride home.

The sausage heavy gravy mandated a slow ride home even with the burst of energy having food in my stomach gave me.


The Plum Creek Trail gets us most of the way home. I truly love the trail systems in Colorado. They are so well taken care of and just one resource of many that makes Castle Rock a great place to live.

John has the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon the next day, which as I type this, I see on Strava he ran it with an average 9:51/mile pace. Well done! I couldn’t run that far at that pace, even if zombies were chasing me.

18.1 miles for Sid and 20.5 for the knife welding John.

Coffeneurring Ride Numero Uno

Today Sid and I set off in our first Coffeneurring challenge. The basic rules for this are:

  • over the course of 7 weeks,
  • ride your bike 7 different places,
  • at least 2 miles round-trip each time,
  • drink 7 cups of coffee (or similar), and
  • take 7 pictures as proof of your coffeeneuring.

The details of our first ride.

The Location

Briccy’s Coffee
140 South Wilcox Street Ste. C
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Date of ride


The Drinks

Sid had a pour over coffee and I had a french press of the UTE roasted coffee. We also had a few half an half Santiago’s breakfast burritos. Boy was I excited to see those offered here.


The Ride

Wow was it a brisk morning to start this off! Rolling out of the house it was 39 degrees and Sid and I met at the high school parking lot to get started. From there we took the plum creek trail up through hangman’s gulch and climbed up through the woodlands. No leg burning times were set. Just good conversation and a casual pace as we climbed. We bombed down 5th and headed downtown to Briccy’s for some much needed coffee and warmth. The overall atmosphere was a little weird at Briccy’s. No music was playing, no TVs on, just a slow stream of people getting their morning fix. While the coffee shop is right off of the path there isn’t anywhere to lock your bike up to. We could have locked them together but that wouldn’t stop someone that could lift 40 lbs and toss the bikes into the back of their truck. The coffee was good, but the general lack of atmosphere really didn’t grab me to come back.




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