Fall is still hanging in here quite nicely. When I went out for my ride today at noon it was a sunny 4C (39F), but that sun and no wind makes a huge difference in comfort. I overdressed to start, as usual, but it is better to have too many layers than too few. My lower limit for bare legs is 5C so I started out with my wind pants over my cycling shorts. I also started with 3 light layers on top. After 7 km, one top layer came off and when I got to the coffee stop, after 15 km, off came the wind pants and the full-fingered gloves! It only got up to 9C (48F) but I was plenty warm as long as I was pushing on the pedals. Once I stopped at the farmer’s market for a few supplies, I started to feel a bit chilled though.
For the rest of this year’s coffeeneuring challenge, I wanted to try to avoid the chain stores and just hit up the independent shops. Not only that, I wanted to further restrict my visits to those shops that had even rudimentary bicycle parking. It remains to see how successful I will be but so far, so bad. I rode into Edmonton again today and went to “The Tea Place” at a nearby shopping centre, which, despite it’s name, also pours a decent coffee. Although I had never heard of it before, when I clicked on its website after I got home I discovered that it is indeed part of a chain, albeit a chain of 3 local stores. So I’ll give it a bit of a break. Not for the bike parking though. Not a bike stand to be found anywhere. I could have chained up to a fence around the patio of a nearby pizza store, although they may not have liked that, but I chose a parking spot closer to where I was and that I could see. Thank goodness for landscaping, as minimal as it is! And shame on that shopping center (Christy’s Corner) for not having ANY bike parking😦
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Place: The Tea Place, 137th Ave and St. Albert Trail, Edmonton, AB
What: Latte and chocolate cake. Needed calories to fight the chill. OK – maybe not.
Distance: 27.6 km
Comments: Latte was good, though no pretty design in the steamed milk (it was a tea place after all). NO BIKE PARKING.