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Coffeeneuring: Late and Early Editions

It was a weekend full of running and plans and all kinds of errands. I knew it would be a wee bit challenging to fit in Coffeeneuring #4 and #5.

Sure enough, darkness had fallen on Saturday by the time Hubz and I set out on our two-wheeled quest for caffeine. Luckily, we had saved our favorite (and closest) coffee shop for just such an emergency occasion.

After donning reflective togs and sparkly lights we pedaled off into the night, taking a roundabout route to ensure we'd exceed the Coffeeneuring Challenge's 2 mile distance stipulation.

A terrible shot of the majestic National Cathedral from my bicycle
We rode through the darkness on quiet streets we don't often travel, past the National Cathedral, winding along our indirect route.

It was pleasant and invigorating.  All too soon we arrived at our first stop:
The Magical Money Wall. I extracted the rent and we meandered along to Open City, the holy grail of coffee in DC.

Open City at night
We aligned our bikes and it was at this moment that Hubz realized the bike lock key had gone missing. Not to be deterred, we stashed our bicycles on the patio within eyesight of our table and ordered. I chose a decadent Chaipuccino, a delicious hybrid of a cappuccino and a chai tea latte. Hubz went with coffee, straight up. Both came with two animal crackers, the perfect accompaniment.

Chaipuccino for me, a drip coffee for Hubz

We retraced our route and though we didn't find our key, we got in a few extra miles of night cycling. Fun!

Destination: Open City, 2331 Calvert St, NW
Date: Saturday, November 3

Beverages: Chaipuccino and drip coffee
Total Miles: 6  

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The next morning, before our 50K race, we hopped on our trusty steeds and headed to Adams Morgan. It was just before 7:00 a.m. and there sure aren't many folks out and about in this neighborhood at that hour on a Sunday.

Riding in the sharrows in Adams Morgan
Recent improvements: widened sidewalks and lots of bike racks
We secured our bikes and hurried inside. We had just enough time to finish our coffee before pedaling back to the start of our trail race.

Guatemalan coffee for me, Ethiopian for Hubz

Fun photos of people taking a bath while drinking coffee
Couches and tables give Tryst a very loungey feel
Destination: Tryst, 2459 18th St NW
Date: Sunday, November 4
Total Miles: 2.64
Beverages: Guatemalan and Ethiopian drip coffee


  1. I love your coffee adventures- fun!

  2. Very nice coffee adventure! We have a nice shop near us, but we always end up drinking at home :)

  3. This makes me want to bike (since I'm already a coffee nut!). I hope you will post the "rules" of coffeeneuring :)

  4. Hi Ultrarunner girl,

    I just followed you here from my site, and am delighted to see you live in DC! I grew up there a long time ago, when like so many US cities it was a very different place. I am tickled to get to "meet" via coffeeneuring, and a WASA ride, some DC cyclists, it is very fun to learn about the city through your eyes and rides. And I probably should admit to being a bit jealous of your living there nowadays!

  5. What a fun way to explore the city—and what delicious-looking coffee, especially that chai business!


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