Rules for the 2016 Coffeeneuring Challenge. This can be a fun way to get out and explore this fall while getting in some bike miles.
Ride your bike to 7 different local coffee shops from Friday October 7 through Sunday, November 20. Any place that sells coffee – or “coffee,” as the case may be – qualifies as a coffee shop.
Coffee Shop Without Walls. You may also coffeeneur to a Coffee Shop Without Walls. A Coffee Shop Without Walls is a place, such as a park or campsite, where you ride your bike to proceed to make and/or drink coffee.
Home Coffee Shop – new for 2016! A coffeeneur may declare their home a coffee shop for other coffeeneurs (not for oneself) and declare times when the home coffee shop is open. People ride over and drink the coffee or hot beverage you prepare. You cannot charge people money for drinks provided at your home coffee shop, but maybe people can wash their own dishes when they are done? You decide. This new rule is a result of a comment period suggestion from an Oregon coffeeneur.
ANY DAY OF THE WEEK WHILE ADHERING TO THE SPIRIT OF COFFEENEURING RULE. After years of intense debate, it has been determined that you can coffeeneur ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. It’s such a big change that I thought it merited all caps, don’t you? Several commented that many do not work a conventional Monday through Friday schedule. Others said that weekend commitments with kids prevent their coffeeneuring participation. So this year, any day of the week can count as a coffeeneuring day. See Rule 9 regarding adherence to the Spirit of Coffeeneuring.
Eligible beverages. Hot chocolate qualifies, as does tea. Apple cider is also a coffeeneuring-approved beverage. Note: Drinks do not have to be hot! They just have to be coffeeneuring-ish type drinks.
Minimum Distance. Your ride must be at least two miles total, but there is no maximum so yes, you could ride 100 miles (or more!) for a cup of coffee.
Documentation. Take a photo during your outing or provide some other form of evidence that you rode your bike for coffee, and submit it as verification. Jot down a summary of your experience that includes:
where you went (address and website, if possible);
the date you went there;
what you drank;
a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride, including your assessment of the “bike friendliness” of the location; and
total mileage. (If you find any “must visit” coffee shops or tea places please share that as well.)
Spirit of Coffeeneuring Rule. Regardless of when you choose to coffeeneur, you must adhere to the Spirit of Coffeeneuring. What is the Spirit of Coffeeneuring, you ask? I think you know. Perhaps it is a meetup over a hot beverage with friends, a solo outing in a park to brew coffee, or a mid-ride stop to savor a cup of java. Let your conscience be your guide. You may not combine your coffeeneuring ride with any other ride such as an organized century, populaire, or brevet. You may, however, combine your coffeeneuring ride with a casual shop ride, grocery run, ride to the gym, an informal ride with friends, or other transportation/utility-oriented ride. (If you do an organized ride, you may do another, separate coffeeneuring ride on the same day, e.g., a pre- or post-event ride to get a latte either before or after your organized ride.)
Theme Within a Theme Option! A theme within a theme is any additional theme you use to go coffeeneuring (see an example in my recent guest post with Kathy and her Visual Journaling theme). This is an option, but not a fast rule, so have fun with it as you see fit.
Earth Rule. There are no geographic limitations to the Coffeeneuring Challenge, except that you must coffeeneur on planet Earth.
7 Different Places (on Earth) Rule. You have to go to 7 different places, although you may ride to multiple locations of a chain, if necessary. For the Coffee Shop Without Walls, prepare and/or drink your coffee in different places. That means seven different campsites/locales.
Submissions. Send submissions to me at gersemalina “at” gmail.com by November 30. If you complete the challenge as a group, you may provide one submission for all of you, provided you completed all rides together. Submissions may be in the form of links to blog writeups, screenshots of or links to your coffeeneuring Tweets, Strava, on-line photo galleries with accompanying narrative, Word documents with attached or embedded photos, or e-mail writeups and submissions with photos attached.
Provide all qualifying rides at the same time. That is, send me all 7 together.
Prizes! You are eligible for a small prize for finishing the challenge. Like last year, the premium will cost $5 which covers my costs. To purchase your prize, you may PayPal me at the gmail address above, or send your money by snail mail like grandma used to do. Email me for my address. If you are an international entry the prize will cost you an extra US $1.