Bro, do you even #coffeeoutside?



One of the great things about the local bike touring experience is doing seemingly mundane things in different outside locations.

A movement (perhaps not the right word to use given I’m talking about coffee) has been taking place over the last few years.  People making coffee outside.  What’s the big deal you say?  Why all the hubbub?  Well, it’s simple.  No, really it’s simple.  Riding your bike, and making a nice cuppa is an easy, relaxing thing to do.  This process usually involves friends……who also ride bikes, and like coffee.  See where I’m going here?

The process of putting together a coffee kit is easy.  If you camp, you probably already have most, if not all of the things you need.  A kettle, stove, water, some coffee (I tend to take mine pre-ground.  Some folks take beans and portable grinders to prepare the coffee on the spot) and a coffee brewing method.  Two of my favorites are the collapsible pour over from Snow Peak, and the Aeropress.

I think of coffee outside like a small adventure.  You’re using some of the gear you’ve acquired (including those nice bags on your bike).  You’re enjoying the outdoors.  Maybe you’re in a spot that you’ve ridden by, but never stopped to enjoy.  This is all part of the local bike touring experience.

Do you already enjoy #coffeeoutside?  If not, does this tempt you in any way.  I hope it does.



Rediscovering the Library


I remember when I discovered the public library.  It was kind of unbelievable to me that anyone, even a little kid like me, could borrow books.  There was no digital media in those olden days.  They did have a sweet selection of posters that I could take home and hang in my room for a week or two.  That seems a bit weird looking back.

As I got older, I read books less frequently and the books I did want to read I bought.  This lead to shelves full of books that were read once, or in many cases, read not at all.

In my attempt to un-clutter my life, I started ridding myself of these neglected tomes.  As the shelves started to empty, I encountered a dilemma.  There was a book that I actually wanted to read.  I thought for a moment about buying it.  It’s so easy to do after all.  It seemed that I was about to potentially undo all the good works that I had done.  Then it hit me.  Couldn’t I go to the library?  It struck me as a bit old fashioned, and a bit nerdy even.  What did I have to lose?  I chose to give it a try.

As I entered the nearest library branch the woman behind the counter asked if she could help me.  I told her that I would like I library card.  The degree of excitement that she exhibited was a bit surprising.  She was very excited.

Here’s what I discovered.  The library is pretty cool.  We can check availability, reserve books and renew everything online.  It also forces me to be diligent with regards to the reading.  I know going in that I have 3 weeks, and it forces me to knuckle down and read instead of screwing off doing other things.  The best bit is that I’m not filling up the house with extra stuff that I really don’t need.

What do you think?  How long has it been since you’ve been to your public library?