I was saving the best for last and it almost didn't happen. Like the hare in the story I breezed through the first 6 controls by October 30th, I was way out in front of this thing and only needed one final coffee ride and had almost 3 weeks to do it, no problem. The first problem, the weekend of the 5th the elevator in my building went out and I live on the top floor. I could have probably lugged my heavy steel bike up and down 4 flights of stairs but I figured I could wait it out, so no bike ride. Second problem on the weekend of the 12th I needed to head down to Portland to pick up a replacement vehicle since mine had been totaled as a result of being damaged while stolen. On the way home I started feeling a cold coming on.
I ended up burning two sick days and working from home the rest of this week, on Thursday, still coughing and sniffling and with my lower back seized up I reflected bitterly that with only two days left, I wasn't going to make it to ride 7 when it had seemed so easily in reach.
|Handsome Devil out front|
|Mocha and ham & cheese croissant|
I start most days by walking out the back door of my building, strolling down the alley and walking through the back yard to C&P, the back is a nice cool place to spend an evening on a warm summer day sipping a beer or wine and winding down at days end.
As I slip in the back door I am warmly greeted by my C&P only nickname as I enter and usually take a peek at the sports page while sipping my coffee before heading off to work. Like I said I saved the best for last. I can start my gratitude list early by being thankful that I was able to complete this challenge and that I have such a great coffee shop in my life.
Summary for ride #7:
- Where: C&P Coffee, 5612 California ave SW, Seattle WA
- When: Saturday, Nov. 19th, 7:30 am
- Drink: Theo Mocha and Ham & Cheese Croissant
- Ride: Damp, dark and cool, good bike friendliness with rack right in front of the shop and as my theme continues < a mile from home -in fact right next door!
- Distance: 3.26 Kilometers/2.02 miles