|Maglianero's signature mug. Purple mittens kept me warm.|
Outside Maglianero, I took off my mittens because my hands were sweating—yay! Toes remained well-heated too. I pushed my bike inside—one of the wonderful things about the place: indoor bike parking—however, I was disappointed that a table with two patrons sat beneath the suspended pipe rack, rendering bike parking useless. Instead, I parked my machine against the wall near the community bike tools, wondering about the change. I did not see any other bikes. The place looked busy, so busy that when I got my coffee, I stood at a counter, because tables were full. Must be accommodation was added, filling in the open space normally taken by parked bicycles—hopefully a temporary fix.
I was very pleased with the coffee, a medium-dark roast, served in their signature new mugs. They are thick pottery with supple finish that feel good in your hands. The rear lip of the cup is taller, and as a barista explained, "let's the aroma filter to your nose". I like the mugs a lot, but with my usual curious nature, I wonder if they'll eventually disappear like the A&W mugs of old (I confess, I have two root beer glasses in my cupboard). Also, what if you're left handed?
|Every girl should carry a blender and ping pong paddle in her panniers!|
Afterward I stopped at ReStore, not looking for anything in particular. I found a Cuisinart blender (top portion only) for $3.00. After having just spent $25.00 to replace the gasket and blade, I picked up the extra parts. For the price it was worth having a replacement for future mishap. I also found a ping pong paddle. My boys and husband play against a basement wall until we locate a reasonably priced second hand table.
I stopped by the library but it was closed due to President's Day. Rats. I'd planned to check on what other book titles they carried by Louis de Bernieres, author of Birds Without Wings and Corelli's Mandolin. I highly recommend both books, especially if you like a little history thrown in with a captivating story.
On the way home, I stopped by school to escort my youngest son home. Later, I set out on my own needing to pick up returned items at the police department. Go figure. They were also closed due to the holiday. I'm counting that mileage though. Seems only fair.
Four errands complete, six attempted, totaling 11 miles:
1. Breakfast or Lunch - Chipotle
2. Coffee or Dessert - Maglianero
3. Wild Card - ReStore
4. School pick up - I did not count this errand twice on the control card.
5. Library - closed
6. Police Department - closed
For the Errandonneering Challenge, I completed 10 errands total out of prerequisite 12. Neither did I ride at night. I did pretty well overall, riding 31 miles in only three days of errands. The best part and my measure of success: I found how to stay warm.