Monday, October 7, 2013

Coffeeneuring Trip 1

So I've apparently rebooted my blog for the third time or so, and I guess this time it's going to be about bikes. Not regularly, or anything, just interesting bike rides I take.

And so I'm starting with my first trip of coffeeneuring. In which I biked from my apartment to the 61C Cafe with no breakfast. This wouldn't be a big deal as I was going there to have breakfast; however, I live in Shadyside, and 61C is in Squirrel Hill. Squirrel Hill is not just a name. It's very much a hill. I decided not to take Shady Avenue this time because it's a bit trafficky, and Negley Avenue is right out after the last time I tried it. It seems to last forever, and is straight up and down, and then I nearly passed out at the top. So I decided to cut through Chatham instead. Which is harder than Shady, easier than Negley, and more beautiful than both. And there was a lemonade stand! It was a great coincidence and very much appreciated.

So I got to 61C, and got a large coffee and an apple thing (the sign was handwritten, and I couldn't resolve it to a word). The coffee was good though, even though it was just a plain black coffee. Didn't have that much time to savor my breakfast, but it did make my stomach feel a lot less unsettled for my ride back. Which was super pretty. Basically that ride is the best reason to bike up to Squirrel Hill. I ended up walking my bike up Darlington Road for a block because I hate it when people bike the wrong way down a one way street, and that one connected better to the street I wanted to take.

Super pretty. I love me some fall. There were a number of surprise apples in the road, and sometimes blind corners with surprise cars. But no traffic, and the road is lovely. When I bike down this way I tend to worry I'm not on the road I need to be on, but it's too pretty to stop and look at my map. Plus that's what the drunkard's compass is for.

So I biked blithely on, singing Trust Me, I'm an Engineer. Particularly the part about my bicycle is wearing shoes. I still can't figure out how to get to the top of the buggy course, and avoid having to bike up the back hills (or worse, back up the buggy course), so I got to bike by a lot of people having a nice day on Flagstaff Hill. And finally stopped off on campus for the puzzlehunt playtest. But that's a story for another time (particularly one where I'm not in danger of spoilers).

Oh. And these guys were outside. Apparently there was a quidditch cup outside.

In conclusion:
Date: 10/6/2013
Coffee shop: 61C Cafe
What I had: Apple thing + large coffee
Miles: 3.9
Party: shank


  1. So glad to have encountered another Burgh Bike blog, excellent post!

  2. If I'm not mistaken, that 'apple thing' is a mele.

    1. Ooh, yes that's exactly what it was. Thanks!