My son Nolan and I have completed coffeeneuring for the second year! Not bad for a 13 year old with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Coffeeneuring ride #7 began as the usual ride to Clemyjontri playground on Saturday, Nov. 14. When we left the playground around 2 or so, Nolan was hungry and wanted waffles. That mean going to McLean Family Restaurant. We’d been there before for coffeeneuring, so we couldn’t count that. We had also exhausted good coffee stops in McLean. (We haven’t been to Chesapeake Bagel bakery, and I thought of that, but he wanted waffles, so…)
Nolan at McLean Family restaurant:
We were both wearing Dartmouth College Cycling team hats. I was pleasantly surprised he agreed to wear one. He usually objects to hats or gloves. His hands were cold after the ride as he did refuse to wear gloves. We were both wearing green wool trainers from Belgium too. We don’t go fast but we look good.
After MFR, we stopped at Your Dog’s Best Friend, the pet supply store next to MFR. They have a “guard cat,” Rambo. We always visit him before or after MFR. Nolan petting Rambo:
We then shopped at Treasure Trove, the used clothing store nearby, where I bought a Christmas present for my daughter. Nolan is greeted by name at all of these places, which I really like, as we are regulars.
Now we needed to go somewhere for our final coffeeneuring ride. I chose Falls Church, which is not too far out of the way for us and because we hadn’t been there. I would have liked to get a hard cider at Mad Fox, but I checked their menu and the only kids drinks are “fountain drinks.” I try to make these rides fun for Nolan (rule #1 on a tandem: keep the stoker happy), so instead we went to Mike’s Deli at Lazy Sundae, which is just off the W&OD on West Street, next to the 7-11. Nolan had a chocolate milk shake and a cookie, and I had a decent if not great cup of joe and a crumb cake. Very bike-friendly, as far as location goes. No bike rack though. They have outside seating, which was nice considering the great weather.
Nolan at Lazy Sundae:
Ride total: including everything, probably 15 miles.