IRC November Board Report

Interurban Runners Club
Board Meeting Minutes

Applebee's Restaurant, Federal Way, Wash.
Nov. 9, 2016

In attendance were Marianne Moore, John Kokes, Rick Garrison, J. Ellis and Pete Grove. Alan Sofinowski was not present. The meeting began about 6 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m. Meeting minutes by Rick Garrison, IRC Secretary.

2016 Coffeeneuring

Season Three for Laura and Becky
By Becky Jacobsen

Once again Laura and I signed up for the Coffeeneuring Challenge - a bike event that went from Oct. 8 to Nov. 20 where participants ride to seven different locations of their choice, partake of a coffee, tea, chocolate or cider, and then post a picture and summary of their exploits on the Coffeeneuring Facebook Page. The coffee stop can be at a shop or a "without walls" experience by bringing or brewing your own beverage in the great outdoors.
This year, rides could be any day of the week but only two rides per week counted toward the goal and each ride must be a minimum of two miles. Riders from all over the globe participate in this event so it's quite fun to follow everyone's coffeeneuring adventures. This year we decided to add a theme to our Coffeeneuring experience. For our theme we incorporated a park into each ride; whether city, county, state or national, we love parks!

RIDE #1: Coffeeneuring season officially opened on Oct. 8 but due to other commitments we were unable to take our first ride until Oct. 16. Although arriving fashionably late to the Coffeeneuring party, we joined in with gusto! Our first ride was a 10-mile out and back starting from Federation Forest State Park near Enumclaw, Wash. Federation Forest is a quaint day-use park developed by the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs in the late 1920s. Our coffee stop was at Wapiti Woolies, a fun little gift/coffee shop, where Laura enjoyed an iced mudslide mocha and Becky sipped a regular mocha.
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RIDE #2: We had a beautiful fall day ride in the North Tacoma Old Town and Proctor District, starting at Wright Park and meandering through streets of historical old homes. We found our way to the Metropolitan Market in Proctor for our coffee and treats: a cappuccino and morning glory muffin for Becky, steamed cider and warm-from-the-oven chocolate-chip walnut oatmeal cookie for Laura. 12.36 miles - a leisurely adventure!

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RIDE #3: Our time was short and the weather was wet so we opted for a little 7.75-mile ride to the appropriately named Dash Point State Park. At the park we brewed up a quick cup of coffee and enjoyed the fall colors along with the Puget Sound views. All in all a successful Coffeeneuring ride!

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RIDE #4: A typical Saturday in the Pacific Northwest - grey, rainy and windy. We started our day with a wet, hilly 5 mile run in West Seattle and then headed over to Fort Dent to start our 12-mile ride to Foster Park, located at the junction of the Interurban and Green River trails. Along the way we stopped at Van Doren's Landing where we brewed up apple cider and coffee and enjoyed some post-Halloween treats. Even the resident "chicken" was trying to stay dry under the drinking fountain.

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Ride #5: What a difference a day makes; we went from getting soaked by the rain to soaking up the sunshine! Ride #5 was a pleasant 6-mile ride around the Point Defiance loop plus a little jaunt out to the Antique Sandwich Co. for delicious beverages and treats - Laura enjoyed a drip coffee and peanut butter cookie, while Becky went for a cappuccino and pumpkin scone.

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RIDE #6: This ride took us to Saltwater State Park in Des Moines, Wash. Saltwater State Park was founded in 1926 and has gorgeous views of Puget Sound. We were joined by guest rider Tina for this very hilly 12-mile route. We stopped at Auntie Irene's for treats, including orange-cranberry scones for all with a chai for Becky, peppermint mocha for Laura, and water for Tina. Well done, Ladies!

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RIDE #7: This ride provided an epic end to our third season of Coffeeneuring. We crossed a mighty big bridge and climbed some mighty steep hills on our way to Kopachuck State Park where we enjoyed another coffee without walls experience. A caramel latte for Laura and a vanilla latte for Becky fueled our return trip. We rode 28 miles total and celebrated another successful Coffeeneuring series with pizza and beer at the Cloverleaf. Happy Coffeeneuring, everyone!

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