Ride 4 – Grocery/Coffeeneuring Run

Date:   Saturday 25 March 2017 (Anna’s 18th Birthday!) 
Starting Point:
  Reston
Destination:  Chantilly
Mileage:  13 miles total
Posted by:  Dan

Goal?
The goal of this ride was to grab some coffee and to take care of the weekly grocery shopping trip.

Who?
It was me plus two of my three daughters:  Sarah(15) and Becca(9).

Riding Conditions?
It was nice…   When we left around 9 am, it was in the low sixties.  On the way back, it was in the seventies.

Coffeeneuring Again!  
When we got to the shopping center, we stopped at a neat coffee shop called CAFIN before going grocery shopping.  We wanted to go in the fall during the coffeeneuring challenge, but just never made it.  I had a latte and a piece of cake.  Sarah had greek yogurt and an iced coffee, while Becca had a chocolate whoopie pie and orange juice.  It was a good time and I would go back.  I love coffeeneuring.

You carried what?!
Believe it or not, but I carried enough groceries on my bike to feed my family of five for most of a week.  The trick is to use our old toddler bike trailer.  This week, we are planning to make homemade pizza, fajitas with salsa and chips, a pot of gumbo (I am originally from Louisana), fish tacos with baked fries, grilled chicken with green beans and baked potatoes, as well as black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread muffins.  We already had celery, flour, cheese, lettuce, potatoes, milk, lunch meat and eggs.  We bought:

  • Produce:  A head of cabbage, 2 1/2 pounds of bananas,  a cantaloupe, an avocado, two bell peppers, mini cucumbers and three pounds of oranges.
  • Dairy:   Two quarts of ice cream (for the birthday party), a quart of yogurt, and a half pint of sour cream.
  • Staples:  Two boxes of cornbread mix, a jar of jalapeno peppers, a can of green beans, two cans of tomatoes, a two-pound bag of crinkle cut frozen french fries and a box of rice squares cereal.
  • Bakery:  A loaf of bread and two packs of flour tortillas.  The bread made it back un-smooshed.
  • Snacks:  Peanut butter crackers, pita crackers, four large bags of chips, fruit cups, animal crackers (for the kids.. not really), a three-pack of mini milk chocolate bars and a bottle of iced coffee (for Sarah).
  • Meat:  A pound of skirt steak, a pound of sausage, a box of fish sticks (for fish tacos) and about three points of chicken.
  • Medicine:  A bottle of Acetaminophen and a bottle of Ibuprofen (as a donation for a mission trip to an orphanage in Haiti coming up in April.)

Pretty awesome, huh?  This is a trick I learned from Mr Money Mustache’s Blog.  It is easier than it sounds.

While Aldi has great prices, they did not have everything on the list.  I think we are going to have to go somewhere else to get black-eyed peas, two ears of corn, cilantro and brown rice, which we still need.

How did it turn out?
We had a good ride.  I think this ride checks off three errands:  “going to the store,” “you carried what?!” and “social call.”

What did I learn?
My 9-year-old daughter can ride over 12 miles.  Well done Becca!

Scoring?
Total Miles (so far):  51
Total Errands Completed:  7
Errand breakdown (by Category):
>Personal Care: 0
>Personal Business: 0
>You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?!: 2
>Arts and Entertainment: 0
>Non-Store Errand: 0
>Social Call: 1
>Work or Volunteering, School: 2
>Store:  2
>Wild Card: 0

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