Caveat: last year I did individual postings for each coffee stop. This year its all in one. Warning, this is a fairly long post.
For 2015 I decided to do the ‘theme-within-a-theme’ as mentioned on the Chasing Mailboxes website for the Challenge. “Seven Bridges, One River.” Some points to note:
- These bridges are a few of my jumping off points for bikefishing, fly fishing, wading and kayak fishing.
- Being relatively close together and not far from home these spots have featured in other postings, wether for Coffeeneuring, bike commuting or otherwise.
- Obviously these are all ‘outdoor’ cafes.
- There are no picnic tables or bike stands at these spots.
- Getting to one bridge may mean that I have to cross others. In a round trip I may cross the river a number if times. (Next is to do them all in one day with the bike, waders and a fly rod.)
- The timing of the Challenge means that Trout season is over for the year, so unfortunately there is no fishing here. Just wishful thinking. I Didn’t even wet a fly this year 😦 .
- Although the timing of the Challenge means that I can’t be doing any Trout fishing as part of the event, the period covered coincides with the changes of the season from late Summer/early Fall to late Fall/early winter. The change is dramatic. From Summer green to full Autumn splendour to a leafless landscape ready for Winter’s white.
- I work Tuesday to Saturday so my ‘weekend’ is Sunday and Monday.
- I live in a rural part of western Québec. In my summary of last year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge I gave a bit of a description of the region and its challenges re finding coffee.
Over the course of this Challenge the cloud ate my original document. Some of the data was easy to recover because of the bike computer – though the weather as recorded from the weather feeds isn’t always accurate, but observations and the exact coffees consumed were more difficult. I remembered some of my observations, but I do know that I also saw more deer, raccoons and a good number more Ruffed Grouse. But when? And some things I have just forgotten!
So here goes!
Coffeeneuring Coffee # 1
- Date: Monday 5, October, 2015
- Place: Bridge on the Southern part of Thornelake Rd.
- Distance: 10.97km
- Weather: 14c, wind 6km/h N, mostly sunny
- Coffee: Indian Monsooned Malabar—I think?
- Observations: I watched a Mink dart in under the rocks under the bridge while sipping my coffee. Lucky bugger, he was probably fishing!
Coffeeneuring Coffee # 2
- Date: Sunday 11, October, 2015
- Place: Bridge at the North end of Thornelake Rd.
- Distance: 23.78km
- Weather: 15c, wind 13km/h WSW, mostly sunny
- Coffee: Burundi Muyinga Murago
- Observations: Thanksgiving Sunday. I ended the trip at friends for a Thanksgiving meal where we drank more coffee (Cuban Crystal Mountain) with the pumpkin pie.
Coffeeneuring Coffee # 3
- Date: Monday 12, October, 2015
- Place: 9th Line Bridge
- Distance: 12.62km,
- Weather: 20c, wind 17km/h S, mostly sunny
- Coffee: Cuban Crystal Mountain
- Observations: Thanksgiving day. I watched a large flock of Grackles ( approximately 100) bathing in the shallows. This was the first time I have seen so many Grackles bathing together all at once. Fish were rising to insects. The sun was setting.
Coffeeneuring Coffee # 4
- Date: Sunday 18, October, 2015
- Place: Bridge on the Townline
- Distance: 15.8km,
- Weather: -3c, wind 13km/h NW, mostly sunny
- Coffee: Indian Monsooned Malabar
- Observations: I flushed 3 Ruffed Grouse. 2 were beside the road and 1 was budding (browsing leaf buds) from a small Birch tree.
Coffeeneuring Coffee # 5
- Date: Sunday 25, October, 2015
- Place: Bridge on Darch Rd.
- Distance: 12km,
- Weather: 4c, wind W at 26km/h, mostly sunny, with some ‘sprinkles’ in the sun
- Coffee: Cuban Crystal Mountain
- Observations: A male Hooded Merganser Duck (striking white and black colouring) dove, and a Common Merganser swam away downriver as I rode up.
Coffeeneuring Coffee # 6
- Date: Sunday 1, November 2015
- Place: Bridge on Emmerson Rd.
- Distance: 20.23 km
- Weather: 8c, wind 22km + WSW, mostly sunny, with some ‘sprinkles’
- Coffee: Blend of Cuban Crystal Mountain, Indian Monsooned Malabar and Monsooned Robusta – makes a nice espresso/Americano
- Observations: Flushed a Ruffed grouse. It is the first weekend of the deer hunting season with loads of deer hunters pretending to hunt for bird – Ruffed Grouse. With the time change and daylight savings I was able to watch the sunset en route. I actually saw one other cyclist pulling a trailer with a child. They had stopped at another bridge – the Townline bridge. I don’t see many cyclists on these back roads!
Coffeeneuring Coffee #7
- Date: Monday 9, November 2015
- Place: Bridge on Schreiner Rd. This is a loosely applied description for the large culvert through which the river passes.
- Distance: 27.88 km ending in Shawville
- Weather: 5c, wind 15km WSW, mostly sunny
- Coffee: Indian Monsooned Malabar and Burundi Muyinga Murano blend.
- Observations: Watched the sun set over a flock of Snow Birds in flight. They seem early! Second weekend of deer hunt, only one week to go! Amazing how many more bird hunters there are during deer season. One positive about so much ‘hunter’ traffic, the gravel roads are well packed and fast on the bike. I ended this ride in Shawville thankful for the lighting on the bike.
Again I enjoyed participating in this for 2015. Thanks to “Chasing Mailboxes” for all the work and time put into it. Maybe this is something I would continue to do on a Sunday or Monday, with my bike and a cup of coffee somewhere on one of our back roads.
Thanks for reading.