Coffee Neuring 2015 number 3

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(This is a writeup for Coffeeneuring 2015. It started out in a google doc and is now moving here. The entries contain the actual date of the adventure. The writeup is 1. where I went 2. the date 3. what I drank 4. More detailed ride story 5. total mileage)

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  1. Row House Cafe (I thought about trying to do an all starbucks challenge because Seattle but I like this place too much)
  2. October 18th
  3. Small Mocha and brownie cookie thing with frosting in the middle. Waaaaay too much sugar but so delicious
  4. Some highs and lows.
    • Highs: Started out by biking straight towards downtown via 1st/3rd ave. This was a really nice ride down, the sidewalks weren’t too bad and I even rode in the street some. I think I’m getting more confident about riding in the street. Padded bike shorts helped a lot although I was still sore going out (I think taking most of this week and next week off might help). (most) of South Lake Union is really nice for biking minus some of the notes below. I biked all the way up the protected bike lane going under Aurora. Would have been better if I had more speed going into it I think. My path going home of cutting through Seattle Center is definitely a good one because it evens out some of the hills and the Seattle center is fun. I’m pleased I chose to bike back home instead of taking the bus back from Denny Way. I also saw another biker walking her bike some which made me feel better.
    • Lows: Denny Way is complete shite for biking. I’m not confident enough to bike in the street there yet and the sidewalks are garbage. That’s how I feel about most of downtown right now. The streets are also pretty unpaven in some places. I got turned around and found myself wanting to bike the wrong way down a street. I need to look at maps and plan out a better route. Got frustrated with the start/stop/getting lost and walked my bike quite a bit. SLU is alternately “Wow this is A+ biking” and “Where did this construction come from”. I also wish Westlake didn’t have street car tracks going in the right lane (might try the left). I fell down while trying to bike under construction BS. Never doing that again. Why doesn’t the row house cafe have bike racks!
    • Goals for next time
      • Practice doing hand signals.
      • I need to find somewhere I can practice taking my hands off my bike.
      • Research some routes.
      • Drink water/eat something before starting out.
    • 3.5 total with probably .5-1 mile of walking bike