Has anyone had a similar experience?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Has anyone had a similar experience?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I love coffeeneuring with my spouse. It's like a bike date and a picnic all rolled into one awesome outdoor adventure. And a bonus: I have a willing person who can take a snapshot of me relaxing in my camping chair - a self-imposed chore that's proving difficult with self-timing cameras limited to 10 seconds. (If anyone has photography tips, please reply in the comments. Otherwise, it's a good thing my readers can't see me perform this comical maneuver!)
My husband and I shared a bagel and watched s few sailboats zip across the bay. With an unusually hot summer and lack of rain, we'd heard that some sailboats are stuck in the sand, which would explain why, in mid-October, so many boats remain in the water.
|I set up the stove behind a public building to heat tea water. What's up with all these windy coffeeneuring days?|
The Place: Bayside Park
Date: Saturday, October 15.
Drink: Yorkshire Gold English Breakfast Tea
Observation, Bike Friendliness: The beachfront park has a beautiful grassy lawn overlooking Malletts Bay.
Total Miles: 21
Sunday, October 16, 2016
|Heading towards Smugglers Notch.|
|Grist Mill covered bridge, Jeffersonville, VT.|
My son has even been getting into the act, filming Stowe's peak color over the Columbus Day weekend.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
|Using my ancient Ben & Jerry's mug, easily 30 years old.|
|Commuter bike, weekdays. Coffeeneuring bike on weekends.|
True to form, much like last year, the wind is howling during coffeeneuring, so I bypass the beachfront view at Leddy Park and opt for a somewhat sheltered spot on the bank. I set the water to boil beside a tree and put together my new coffee companion, a Helinox Ground Chair. The chair immediately topples over!
|Mr. Pondero, how do you make coffeeneuring look so calm and relaxed?|
The Place: Leddy Park
Date: Saturday, October 8.
Drink: Vermont Coffee dark roast
Observation, Bike Friendliness: Tourists tend not to visit Leddy Park because the beach is hidden from the bike path by an indoor ice rink.
Total Miles: 10
Sunday, October 9, 2016
|The Helinox Ground Chair is easy to put together.|
I was seeking a foldable, compact, lightweight chair that I could relax in at campsitea, and/or as an alternative to spending long nights in a cramped prone position inside the tent. Helinox's Chair One has garnered rave reviews. I was close to considering purchasing the Chair One when I stumbled on the Ground Chair version, a relative newcomer. While both versions are reputable, I liked the stability, lighter weight, and smaller package of the Ground Chair. Both chairs have their pros and cons. The Chair One is slightly less compact, weighs 2 oz. more and is a normal chair height, yet the separate legs may sink into the ground. The Ground Chair has a stable base, but sitting position is low and it's more difficult to get up out of the chair, a feature I can live with.
The Ground Chair is a brilliant piece of engineering. It has aluminum shock-corded poles that once unfolded, practically put themselves together. Just check that all poles are securely fastened then place the sling-style cordura and mesh panel in place. And just in case you need help, directions are conveniently printed on the backside of the fabric.
The chair dimensions are surprisingly small, but once I was seated, I felt very comfortable. I've sat in the chair at events and on one bike overnight. I hadn't intended to use the chair inside a tent, but to escape insects (and admittedly to feel less vulnerable sitting outside alone in the dark) I was, quite amazingly, able to wedge the chair inside my one person tent and read for an hour.
|A compact package, about the size of a 3-season sleeping bag.|
Coffeeneuring Without Walls adventures. Think about it, what could be better than sipping a cup of joe, while relaxing in comfort and staring out at beautiful Lake Champlain?