Coffeeneuring Ride 2: October 23, 2016
Destination: Herman’s Boy, Rockford, MI
Drink: Herman’s Boy House Blend
Distance: 30.5 miles
Bikes: Soma Grand Randonneur & Soma Stanyan
It’s hard to let a sunny fall day pass without a bike ride, so why not make it a Coffeeneuring ride? Getting the bikes ready to go took a bit longer because this was the first time they’ve been out since the rainy Detroit Randonneur’s AAA 200k last month. As usual, we hung them up muddy and wet so they needed a bit of attention to get rolling again.
With the chains clean, we headed for the White Pine Trail to Rockford. Typically we ride down the hills to Downtown Grand Rapids the head north along the river. Today, however, we mixed it up a bit and headed north into the Belknap and Creston areas before turning towards the river and trail. With bike lanes and a lot less traffic, the new route is definitely preferred. Before long, we were crossing the Grand River north of the city!
Not surprisingly, the trail was full of people enjoying the sunny weather and changing fall colors. We kept looking for a good place for a colorful trail picture but didn’t quite find a good one. As we arrived in Rockford, we crossed the Rogue River as it makes its way to the Grand River.
In downtown Rockford, we pulled off the trail and climbed away from the river to our coffeeneuring destination for the day, Herman’s Boy in Rockford, MI.
The inside is still a fun mix of bakery/deli, coffee/tea shop, kitchen and assorted other prepared foods. We both went with the House Blend coffee, which is roasted on site at the Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, and some bagels. The inside was pretty full but we found this great setup beneath the trees just outside the front door.
We hung out for a bit to warm up and plan what to do the rest of the day and set off for the return to Grand Rapids.