Coffeeneuring with Nolan isn’t really about going to get coffee. It’s more a combination of errandoneuring and coffeeneuring, or just trying to work cycling into our day.
Coffeneuring # 4
On Saturday October 22 we did our usual ride to Clemyjontri playground, followed by lunch at McLean Family Restaurant, or MFR for short. We had already used MFR for a coffeeneuring trip, so this wouldn’t count for that, but we were hungry and looking for sustenance. After that, we rode to Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, near the CIA. This is a reconstructed 18th century farm. Nolan enjoyed the animals, especially Helen the blind chicken who alone among the chickens is allowed into the farmhouse. We fed Rosie the cow.
Then we rode to Greenberry’s Coffee & Tea in McLean. Nolan had chocolate milk, I had a cappucino, and we both had croissants. It was very good. I also ran into an old high school friend of my son Brian and we had a nice chat. Greenberry’s is bike-friendly enough (see my posts re biking in McLean).
Total mileage: 14.
The next weekend, Nolan was invited to the French Embassy for a special event, a Euro Festival for disabled kids and adults. (I studied French for years, including in France, where I also worked as an illegal immigrant laborer, but do they invite me? Non!) It was called Keen Day for Special Needs Children. We were going to drive, because my wife was going to go, but she backed out. When I checked and saw that the embassy is in Georgetown, I realized we could bike it, so we did. It was a beautiful day for biking, and we had a blast at the festival. We saw Greek dancing, which we joined in on, Irish dancing (which Nolan declined to do), and did a zumba class. If you haven’t zumbaed with disabled kids you missed something. They are totally unself-conscious. It was great to see everyone having such fun. The event was organized by Keen, which stands for Kids Enjoy Exercise Now. They have sports and other events for disabled kids.
We rode to the embassy up Foxhall Road, but returned via 35th Street in order to ride down the steep cobble-stoned hill. Nolan enjoyed that. I wouldn’t do it again on the tandem as it is very steep and the tandem’s brakes not the best.
We returned by the Custis and W&OD trails, stopping at Mike’s Deli at Lazy Sundae for lunch and coffee. I had a regular coffee and a burger; Nolan had a chocolate milk and hot dog.The coffee was good by deli standards. Mike’s Deli is bike-friendly in that it is right off of the W&OD. (I have been told that it will be moving to the corner of Broad Street and Shreve Road, at the site of the old Arthur Treacher’s.)
Total mileage: 24, one of Nolan’s longer rides. He held up well, never complaining.
On Sunday, we road to Vienna to get haircuts.After the haircuts, we went to Jammin’ Java in Vienna. JJ is primarily a music venue, but it also has a coffee shop. I had a cappuccino; Nolan had a smoothie, the “Natural” I think it was called. They were both good, though they only offered one size cappucino, and served it in a paper cup.
Bike-friendliness: it is near the W&OD. You can ride up Maple Avenue from where the W&OD crosses it, but there is a better way by side streets from a side trail off the W&OD. We ride roads to get there (Gallows to Electric etc.), and they are wide and bike-friendly too. There’s a bike rack on Elden Street or you can lock up right in front.
I can’t say I love JJ as a coffee shop, but it is one of my favorite music venues. I have seen Bill Kirchen here (think Hot Rod Lincoln), as well as That One Guy, among others. When my son Brian was in high school, he formed an Irishy folk-rock band that played a Sunday afternoon gig here as part of a show of high school rock bands that also included his friend Michelle’s punk band. (Michelle later became our “adopted” daughter. Long story for another time.)
Distance: 6 miles.
My son Brian’s current band Kendall Street Company occasionally performs in the D.C. area. They’ll be performing at Gypsy Sally’s on December 20. The band played last Friday night at the Bayou on Penn, where they wore Halloween costumes. Here’s Brian in shark suit playing bass:
Another shameless plug, coffee-related: You can buy a coffee named the “Michelle”, after our Michelle, at Pineapple and Pearls, where she is a barista.