Ride 8 – KungFuTea

Date:  Sunday 19 November 2017
Destination:  KungFuTea in Reston, VA
Mileage:  4 miles
Posted by:  Dan

This afternoon, we went for the final ride of this year’s coffeeneuring season to a place that I had never been.  It was a place called KungFuTea in Reston.  My oldest daughter Anna, who is a sophomore at NOVA, says that the awkward kids in her communications class, who seem to have had a little too much caffeine, go there.

The weather during the ride out and back was NOT optimal.  It was in the forties with stiff winds gusting up to 50 mph from the northwest according to the weather woman on WTOP.    It was not a bad as it sounds, but there were lots of limbs down in our yard and our neighbor Matt, who lives a few doors down, had a whole tree come down across his driveway this morning.

At KungFuTea, Anna got a Strawberry Lemon Green Tea with Tapioca Pearls.  Sarah got a KungFu Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls.  Becca ordered Oreo Milk Tea and I got a Honey Green Tea.  By default, all of the drinks were chilled.  But, I think you can order hot versions of some beverages.  Apparently, you can choose to have things like “bubbles” and/or jam added, but with the exception of the Tapioca and Oreo “Mix-Ins”, we deferred.  I’m not sure if the Tapioca Pearls are the “bubbles” or if the “bubbles” are CO2?  I will have to do more research on that….

If you have never had Tapioca Pearls like me, it is a unique experience.  They are basically black balls (about a quarter of an inch in diameter) that fall to the bottom of the sugary and in some cases milky or colored iced tea.  If coffee beans were round and black, that is what they look like.  The special straw they give you is big enough to allow you to suck them up your straw.  When you bite into one, these balls kind of have the texture of a gummy bear and don’t have much of a taste.  If you have never had this type of beverage, I think you should at least try it once just to say that you have done it although I am not sure the quality of your life will go up that much.

Rebecca was not super happy with her drink and after taste testing everyone else’s drink, she decided she liked Anna’s Strawberry Lemon Green Tea with Tapioca best.  Anna agreed to a swap, which was incredibly nice of her.  I give Anna kudos for swapping, which made the situation much better and her younger sister happier.  I’m thinking there is a special place in heaven for people like Anna.

The atmosphere at KungFuTea was great.  After the cold and windy ride, it was warm inside and the lady at the counter was patient with me as I tried to figure out what exactly to order.  There was either K-Pop or J-Pop playing in the background.  I couldn’t tell which one because I don’t speak or understand either Korean or Japanese.  The volume of the music was just right in my opinion.   They also had games that you could play if you wanted.   I decided to play a round of Jenga.  Not everyone was interested at first, but everyone ultimately got into it.   I won’t say who caused the tower of rectangular wooden blocks to fall, but it was definately not me.

On the ride back, about a half a mile from home, Rebecca (my youngest child, who’s 9 years old) says without prompting “Bikes are magical.”  I say “What makes you say that?” And she says “Because I’m happy!”  And that makes me happy.   : )





Ride 7- KSB New York Deli

Date:  Friday 17 November 2017
Destination:  KSB New York Deli in Herndon
Mileage:  3 miles
To Posted by:  Sarah

On Friday the 17th of November, my sisters and I went for the second to last coffeenering ride of the season. It was a cold windy day so, we decided to bike up to the local New York Deli to get warm delicious bagels. On our way, we took a trail so Rebecca wouldn’t be on the road as long.  On the trail, we had to carry our bikes down a set of stairs which went surprisingly well. We made it to the Deli safely. It was nice and warm in the cafe. We ordered bagels; Anna and Rebecca got garlic with butter, and I got Asiago with butter. To drink, Anna and I got strawberry milk, and Rebecca got apple juice. We sat in a booth by the window; after we finished we biked home. When we got to the downhills in our neighborhood, I began to do the Macarena while riding my bike, which made Rebecca bust up laughing.  I even tried to ride like Chris Froome down the hill after Anna dared me to. On the last hill, Rebecca decided to sing her favorite Moanna song at the top of her lungs which made everyone laugh. It was a fun ride with good food, and great company.




Ride 6- Duncan Donuts in Reston

Date:  Sunday 12 November 2017
Destination:  Duncan Donuts in Reston
Mileage:  4.5 miles
Posted by:  Dan

This afternoon, Rebecca, Sarah, Anna and I rode to Duncan Donuts.  Everyone but Anna got a Boston Creme Donut–Anna got a Vanilla Iced Donut.  With our donuts, we each had different drinks.  Becca had apple juice.  Sarah had chocolate milk.  Anna got chai tea.  And I had a coffee.

The quote of the day is from Anna who, as we were leaving the coffee shop, said: “If they had Thanksgiving Songs, I think I would probably sing them!”  Ha.    : )

With a cloudy sky and temperatures in the forties, the weather was not the best, but it could have been much much worse.    The fall colors are still here, but a lot of the leaves are off the trees and down on the ground.

With six rides down, I have one more to go to complete the challenge.   Stay tuned to see where we end up going next week…


Ride 5 – Cafein in Chantilly

Date:  Friday 10 November 2017
Destination:  Cafein in Chantilly, VA
Mileage:  15 total miles
Posted by:  Dan.

Today’s outing was a solo ride with a few stops.   I kind of had the day off and the girls had other plans.  So, I was all by myself.  First, I stopped at work to complete a couple of actions, then I went to the coffee shop before stopping at a nearby Asian Supermarket for the first time ever.

After a little work, I pedaled to the coffee shop where I had a latte and a pecan bar.  The combination was not cheap–it was about $8.50 including a $1 tip.  I will say though that both the latte and the pecan bar were excellent.  I hung out for a while and enjoyed the time to myself with my afternoon treat while people watching and checking my twitter feed.

I got the idea for visiting the Asian Market from a friend at work who said that they had good produce for a good price. As I try to live a healthier lifestyle, I got a lot of purple stuff–purple cabbage, purple onion and believe or not, purple sweet potatoes.  I also got some ginger root, turmeric root, and bananas.   I think I got a really good deal as everything all together was only $6.48.  I will probably go back, especially since the local farmer’s market is closing for the season at the end of November.

The only issue with today’s ride was the weather.   According to the thermometer on my bike, it was in the low forties and high thirties during my ride.  I also experienced some pretty strong winds at times.  I am sure there were gusts well above 20mph.  Having said that, I am glad that it wasn’t raining!

Good luck to my LSU Tigers who play Arkansas tomorrow at around noon in Death Valley on ESPN.  Geaux Tigers!



The Coffee Shop



Suburban Traffic Jam




These are the items that I bought from the Asian Supermarket.  A couple of the sweet potatoes are missing because we ate them for dinner before I thought to take a picture.  I also should have taken a picture of the purple sweet potato after it was cooked since it was pretty neat looking inside.   Maybe later…

Ride 4 – Starbucks at Fox Mill in Herndon

Date:  Saturday 4 November 2017
Destination:  Starbucks at Fox Mill Shopping Center in Herndon.
Mileage:  3 miles round trip
Posted by:  Dan.

This afternoon after three soccer games and dealing with the massive number of leaves in our yard, we tried to get a quick coffeeneuring ride in ahead of the rain predicted later in the day.   I thought that I heard the weather woman on 103.5 FM WTOP say that the rain would not start until around dark.  (I little foreshadowing here:  One of us was wrong.  I’m not sure if it was me, but I have already decided to throw her under the bus.)  So, we took off on our short ride with overcast skies, colorful fall leaves on the trees and a temperature in the high 50’s…

Once at Starbucks, Becca got hot chocolate.  I selected Chai Tea.  (I have been listening to the book on Audible titled “How Not to Die” and decided to try one of the recommendations.)   Anna got a pint of milk and Sarah got a lemonade-flavored Power Aid from the Giant supermarket next door at the shopping center.  Once we had our drinks, we all sat outside of Starbucks at a table and enjoyed each other’s company as well as our drinks.

Unfortunately, we didn’t beat the rain.  It started raining before we were done at Starbucks.  So, we ended up getting a little wet on the 1.5-mile ride on the way home, but it was not a huge deal.  Life is good.  As the LSU Head Football Coach O would say: “Geaux Tigers!”

We have three more rides to go to complete the challenge.   Potential destinations include:  Duck Donuts in Herndon, Duncan Donuts, Starbucks at South Lakes, Cafein in Chantilly as well as Cold Stone or Whole Foods in Vienna.   Stay tuned to see what happens next…