Sunday we went to Bloc 11, in Union Square, Somerville. I actually rode alone but met Paul at the coffee shop.
What, you went with someone this time? Yes, I did. I had a reasonable amount of time to ride but figured that since I never see Paul, I ought to call him and see if he was available on short notice and he was, and company is always better than just putting on miles. Paul came from a couple of miles away, in a different direction that I was riding from, but we had coffee together. He had a double expresso and I had a pour over in a pint glass, which might be considered too big a cup, or glass, of coffee. Since Paul lives in the city and rides a lot, he had his basic single speed, locked with what I understand to be the original Kryptonite lock:
I rode my Surly Cross Check. The ride was about 12 miles.
5) Is the Coffee Shop beautiful?
Sure, in a vaguely hipster way - but remember that I'm nowhere close to being a hipster and might be making assumptions here. The shop is in an old bank. There are cool rooms in the back, including old safes, which seem private, more or less. I once came here with a two year old and he loved checking out all of the spaces - but it was empty on a rainy winter morning, unlike the full house we experienced. The coffee is great - I sometimes stop there on my commute if I am driving. And there are many bikes parked in front, including in one of those bike racks that occupy an on street parking stall. We saw this nifty porteur in front:
It had a Novatech generator hub with a Schmidt headlight, a Sturmey Archer internal gear hub in the back, and, obviously, a nice porteur rack. The wiring for the lighting was hidden the frame and the fenders. I couldn't tell if it was a new bike or if the wiring ports were added recently.
7) What else did I forget to ask you that you want to share?
What was the rest of your ride and weekend like? Well, on Saturday there were five loads of laundry and I packed twenty bags of leaves (and we aren't finished yet). It's not like we have a lot of trees but our neighbors do. We brought in some plants for the winter, including this elephant ear, which must be 6 or 7 years old now:
That leaves Monday, Veterans Day, which was a holiday for me but my wife had to work. I tried to get the boys to ride and had the bike trailer out and the child seat attached to the rack but at 45 degrees it didn't seem like a good day for coffeeneuring with young children. But it was a good day for a playground.
Oh, and the ride back home. I really enjoyed riding through the city on a warm fall day. Rain was coming so I eventually packed away my wool sweater and pulled out a soft shell jacket when the first drops started coming down. But not until after I checked out the new boardwalks off the Fitchburg Cutoff Path:
A sign said this was in the Mystic River Watershed. Unfortunately it soon joins a brook that gets sewage overflow and it is surrounded by office parks on both sides but it still feels like a nice corner of the world: