...I'm a regular. Since exiting the world of bike shop management I've fallen back into the life of the morning coffee run. And today, as I walked into Crane Coffee at 60th & Center the barista called out my drink before I could open my mouth. A regular. Usually though, it's at this point when I start to feel uncomfortable with the folks behind the bar expecting me to come in the door. I don't want to be that guy all the time. Sometimes I'd like to roll in with complete anonymity. However, the ladies at Crane make some damn good coffee, it's five blocks from my house and on my way to work.
I've also managed to not become a regular commuter to my new digs. Part of it is the distance, part of it's the cold, part of it's the local. When you add it all together, it's a sucky route that has me overheating by arrival and the city/county does a crap job of clearing snow. Yeah, excuses, I know. After three years of being a one car family, which means, I rode everywhere, it's nice to have my VW back. I'll still commute by bike, but now I'll probably be more three season than four.
I've also become a regular fixture on the weekend rides. There seems to be a bit of a debate going on at Mitmon over the plan. I, however, will not let Shim veer me off course. I'm heading north through the loess hills of Iowa. I'm a regular there too. I love it, winding, rolling Ardenne style roads, gravel instead of cobbles. The plan is to meet at Aksarben Village (Wohlners) at 10am, we'll roll out over the ped bridge and head north to Crescent. Plan on 55-60 miles and be prepared for snow, might start about noon.
Two weeks of 'cross racing left, Superprestige final is this Sunday, GVA Trophee the next, then it's all in for the start of the classics with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. BKW has a great read on it.