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Coffeeneuring #5

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

11/8/2016

The Drinks

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

Mileage

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Coffeneurring #4 – Bucks and Brew

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

11/4/16

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.

Mileage

Coffeeneuring #3: democracy in action

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

Santiago’s 
860 Kinner St
Castle Rock, CO 80109

720-733-0090

Date of ride

10/26/2016

The Drinks

We both had coffee with our breakfast burritos. 

Mileage

 

Coffeneurring Ride Numero Uno

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
720-583-6708

Date of ride

10/9/2016

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.

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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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