Saturday October 31 we did the usual ride to Clemyjontri, the World’s Greatest Playground. On the way there, Nolan wanted a drink, so we did the coffeeneuring part of the ride before rather than after the playground.
We went to Sweetbites in McLean. It’s on Elm Street, between Chain Bridge Road and Dolley Madison (123). I had a mocha. Nolan had two chocolate milks. They were both very good. The chocolate milk was made using the good dark chocolate they use for making mocha coffees.
What really made this a treat however were the pastries–a biscuit and a blueberry muffin. They were out of this world, and I purchased a bag of biscuits to take home for dinner (a coffeeneuring first).
Bike-friendly–the usual comment about McLean. Good enough for bikes if not perfect (no bike lanes or paths). Unfortunately, no bike rack here either. We leaned our tandem against the wall. No problem.
Photo of Nolan at Sweetbites:
Note that he’s wearing a Halloween appropriate jersey under his trainer.
From there we rode to Clemyjontri. A boy named Jonathan asked Nolan to play with him, and they did play together for a while. Might not seem like a big thing, but given Nolan’s development level he doesn’t generally play with other kids. I was pleasantly surprised that Nolan did try to play with Jonathan for a while. (Nolan said that Jonathan’s mother was a “big girl.”)
Then we rode home, stopping for a late lunch at McLean Family Restaurant. Ride total was about 14 miles.
Nolan trick or treating that night:
He was a train engineer.
Sunday, we rode to Reston Zoo, a small private zoo in Reston. I didn’t want to ride Hunter Mill Road with Nolan (too narrow and uphill), so I sought a route from Google Maps. It showed a route through Lake Fairfax park, which I knew to be unpaved. Google maps does this, as i learned the hard way trying to get to my Daughter’s concert at a middle school (she was student teaching there) last week, but that’s another story. So I took the W&OD to Wiehle Rd., and on a path I found (also using Google maps) that ran though woods and suburban neighborhoods for a couple of miles. Fairly hilly and covered with wet leaves.
At the zoo, Nolan rode a horse and a camel.
He had a blast.
We left and returned the way we came, stopping at Caffe Amouri in Vienna for a mango smoothie and a dark drip coffee. Both were excellent. We had an almond croissant and a muffin too. Also good.
Very bike-friendly, as it is on Church St. just a 1/2 block from the W&OD. It has a bike rack, but it didn’t work for our 20 inch tires. We leaned the tandem against the railing and locked it to the railing. No Problem.
Ride distance: about 24 miles total, though the cafe is just 3 miles from out house.
We need 2 more coffeeneuring rides to complete the 7 over the next two more weekends. But I am traveling next weekend, so Nolan and i will need to do two the following weekend, the final one. Let’s hope for good weather!