I am a post ride coffee kind of guy. This is more a European tradition than Canadian. I plan routes around possible mid and post ride cafes usually at 2 hour intervals. I have have my favourites; places where I can catch a late day sunset or escape the rain; places that roast their own beans and bake their own goods; and, places frequented by other cyclists.
Cafes are traveller magnets. People of all sorts, races and, religions meet at cafes. Travellers. Students. Retirees. Thinkers. And, cyclists. I often ride alone. I like the solitude. It is my time. But I also like meeting new people. I look forward to my post ride coffee. It gives me a chance to rest and socialize. Over the years, I have met some of the most interesting people over a coffee.
I have always enjoyed a post ride coffee. In the past, I cycled in the early mornings and would make a quick stop before heading home. There were kids at home that needed attention. These days, I train more in the afternoon and early evening, particularly weekdays on the way home from the office and, am in no hurry to get home. The kids are grown. I like to linger for an hour, sometimes longer, watching, listening and talking to others and, planning my next ride.
Are you a post ride coffee kind of cyclist?