Coffeeneuring Challenge 2020 #1: Pair Cupworks

October 31, 2020

  • Ride #1
  • Date: 2020-10-31
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  • Distance: 6.6 miles – Strava
  • Drink: Toasted Sesame Latte (hot with whole milk)
  • Location: Pair Cupworks

I had been meaning to get out on this ride all week since first I heard about coffeeneuring on r/surlybikefans. Coffee! Bikes! Rules! What’s not to love?

But it was tough to get out on this first ride. I knew that I had to start before Monday to finish all 7 rides by the deadline (again, I love rules!). So I found time on a weekend morning for my favorite coffeeshop that was also the closest and easiest ride, Pair Cupworks.

A wood sign on a glass window that says "PAIR coffee & tea, etc"

The Ride

This is a ride I’ve made a bunch of times. It’s my normal spot to go pickup coffee beans, as well as the place I go for a very good cup of coffee. I had to swing by the library first to dropoff a book that I’ve had since The Before Times. They emailed me to say they got rid of late fees (!!!) which reminded me that I had a book due since July. Oops!

I tried to stick to the specific Mesa #3 route but veered off course a few times. Most side streets in the area are similarly wide without much traffic so it wasn’t a big deal.

I also got to check out a local restaurant doing a Bob’s Burgers themed popup where I scored a few stickers.

A Surly Cross-Check parked at a green bike rack with a black helmet sitting on its front rack

The Drink

A Toasted Sesame Latte which is a new limited time menu item. It was delicious. Very toasty to makeup for the chilly 72 degrees (it felt like 68).

Toasted Sesame Latte with latte art of a heart
Pair always makes beautiful latte art

One Good Thing

I didn’t bring my phone! That feels like a silly thing to proclaim as my One Good Thing, but lately I’ve been feeling quite pulled to my phone during most of my downtime. So I left my phone at home and brought my Kindle, iPod Nano, and camera instead. It was a nice change of pace. I listened to some music on the ride and read a little bit on the patio and used the camera to take all these shots.

A table with a Kindle, iPod Nano, and latte
I really enjoyed some calm tech on this trip