Inktober 2019: Half-way in

I mentioned a couple weeks that I was taking on the Inktober challenge this year. Basically it's a month of drawing every day with ink. There are "themes" you can follow, but I've mostly stuck to my own script. Now we are half-way through the month. I've been enjoying it! I've drawn every day, even… Continue reading Inktober 2019: Half-way in

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Coffeeneuring 2019, Ride 1: To Jet Black Coffee

Welcome to another year of the Coffeeneuring Challenge! This annual event, headed up by the esteemed Mary of Chasing Mailboxes, has been going on for most of the decade. I've participated every year since 2013. I've completed every year (getting in the requisite seven rides) except last year, when I only got six. This year,… Continue reading Coffeeneuring 2019, Ride 1: To Jet Black Coffee


Three Speed October 2019: The rest of my second week

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It’s been exciting times around the SoTS HQ this Three Speed October: Forty people have registered so far, about 10 have reported their first week. I’ve been pretty much been riding my Raleigh Superbe since the start of the Challenge, so it’s been pretty easy for me to get the requisite three rides a week in.

My Week Two started on Friday October 4, but my first ride wasn’t until Saturday October 5th. This was the Three Speed Ride as reported here.

Since then, I’ve completed two more rides towards Week Two:

  • Sunday October 6: Emee and I did a 5 mile round-trip on a gorgeous evening. First, dinner at Nicholas Restaurant (the one on NE Broadway) for their great Lebanese food. Then across the street to pick up groceries at New Seasons Market Grant Park.
  • Monday October 7: A 4 mile pre Coffeneuring Challenge practice run right around…

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On Your Marks: Coffeeneuring Challenge Prep Materials!

Ooh, I like this “paper reporting” development.

October 11 is right around the corner, and that means go time, so I hope you are all making your 2019 Coffeeneuring Challenge plans now.

But wait! There are a few things I want to share with you before you roll away into this year’s challenge.

Control Cards

Thanks to Doug of Umbrella Works, we now have Coffeeneuring Challenge control cards. These are not mandatory at all, but may be helpful for those who like to document along the way using a method we used frequently in olden times. It’s called pen and paper. Or pencil and paper, if you are from very olden times. If you are unfamiliar with this method, just ask me or another randonneur or coffeeneuring veteran. We can show you the pen (or pencil) and paper ways.

Control cards come in two sizes: half-letter; or A5 (5.83 × 8.27 inches). Hopefully you…

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SoTS membership “renewal”: Special price until Sunday November 3

Here’s my “Monday deal” for this week!

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Hello, friends of Three Speeds! It’s been just about a year since the “relaunch” of Society of Three Speeds memberships. Quite a few of you have purchased these kits and have received the patch, stickers, and buttons. Included in the initial offerings was an automatic Postcard Club membership, where you’d get 4-6 event postcards mailed to you over the course of the year. (You can still get that when you purchase a Deluxe membership.) Now that year is almost up, so it’s time for a refresher.

You can now purchase a “Renewal” of the membership kit! What you’ll get is:

  • One full year of Postcard Club. Get four to six event postcards of what’s happening with the Society and Urban Adventure League.
  • Any bonuses that I may offer for “Deluxe” memberships. You’d currently get a large (3 inch diameter) sticker, but there can perhaps be other perks…

I’m going to…

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Three Speed October 2019: The Monday Report for October 7

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Hello, friends of Three Speeds! I’m going to try to post these updates about this year’s Three Speed October Challenge every Monday for the remainder of it. Wish me luck!

Since I last checked in, a full week of the Challenge have passed, which means people have completed the first week. As of now, we have forty peoplewho have signed up for the challenge, yay! And we have had nine people who have successfully completed their first week. At least, that’s how many have reported it. So, if you haven’t filled out the form for the first week (you should have received one if you registered), now is a good time to do so. But please note: Please DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM unless you have COMPLETED the week. That means: doing three rides. Wait until you’ve done your three and fill out the form. This makes it

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Reminder: Three Speed Ride PORTLAND is this Saturday, October 5th!

The last Three Speed Ride of 2019 in Portland is this Saturday!

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Hello friends! The last Portland Three Speed Ride of 2019 will be happening this weekend! Saturday looks like it’s going to be a GREAT early fall day, maybe a bit foggy in the morn (spooky!) but clearing and a high of 64F/18C. A great day for a little ride!

Meet me this Saturday October 5, 11 AM, at the Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton (intersection of N Interstate/Denver/Argyle), across from the Kenton MAX station. We’ll depart at 11:30 AM for a fifteen mile cruise around the reaches of North Portland. 

Some notes about this ride:

  • This ride is an “open class” ride, meaning all bikes are welcome, but three speeds (obviously) preferred. Don’t ask “Is my bike okay?” Just show up and run what’cha brung.
  • We’ll have a tea stop somewhere along the way, bring your own tea and way to make it (stove, etc.) or bring pre-brewed tea…

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