For my final qualifying coffeeneuring ride of 2015 I went to VAM Asian Fusion in Palo Alto. I had made plans to meet a friend who works on the Stanford campus there for lunch, but she stayed home sick today so I waited until later in the afternoon and went by myself.  I had a papaya milk tea with boba and vegetarian tacos, which were both exciting in theory and underwhelming in execution.  On the positive side, the bubble tea cost about half as much as it does everywhere else in silicon valley.

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No bike racks to be found, but the staff invited me to bring my my bike inside and were very friendly.  There was something called a “Smorerito” on the menu, which was listed as having marshmallows, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon graham crackers, nutella, and rice krispies wrapped up in a flour tortilla.  I resisted until the teenagers at the table next to me ordered one, at which point I decided that a $10 dessert burrito was actually a very good idea.  Sadly, it too could use some work, as the marshmallows were not at all melted.

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16 miles total, including an unnecessary detour through Stanford due to poor navigational skills.

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Here I am on the Bol Park Bike Path.  The weather turned this week and it is actually starting to feel like fall.

In celebration of finishing my seven rides, I put together a map of my routes using http://www.madewithsisu.com  While this is less specific than showing the maps uploaded straight from my garmin, I do understand that someone could, if they wanted to, figure out my home address from these shapes.  This is less of a privacy issue for me now that my home address is very easily discoverable via google, so I’m posting it anyway.

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I rode to Bambu in San Mateo this morning for a Che Trai Cay. I realize I am playing fast and loose with what qualifies as a coffeeneuring type beverage, but this shop sells coffee and bubble tea, and although I ordered neither, my drink/dessert did contain both liquid and tapioca, so I’m going to count it.  Also, it may well qualify as the most delicious thing I’ve ever had through a straw.  AS GOOD AS A MILKSHAKE.

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Yelp told me that this location had bike parking, and although it is true that there are bike racks to be found in downtown San Mateo, there wasn’t one anywhere to be seen within a block of the cafe in either direction, so I brought my bike in to order and rode to San Mateo Central Park to indulge in the glory of my drink. I forgot to take a photo until after I had sucked up all the coconut milk/shaved ice, but above you can see lychee, pandan jelly, red tapioca, jackfruit and longan. Next time I will grab a spoon as well as a straw.

There was construction around Bay Meadows, so I had to adjust my planned route, and ran into this cute tiny play area/park. Here I am gloating about how it is still sunny and warm in California in November.

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I was surprised at how nice a ride it turned out to be.  I took Old County Road for most of the trip, and although it’s a urban route and therefore not as gorgeous as, say, the Bay Trail, it’s flat, there’s lots of distance between lights, and drivers were courteous in the sections that didn’t have a dedicated bike lane.

25 miles, WOULD RIDE/DRINK AGAIN.