Sometimes the need to get out for a long ride in the country becomes impossible to ignore. After a few weekends tooling around the city, MG and I started feeling cooped up and realized we had to go on a century jaunt away from the D.C. traffic lights and tourists.
The forecast on Sunday Oct. 13 called for a cool day and periods of showers. Whatever. I talked her into going out on the tandem on the Purcellville Prance, a pretty and hilly 100-mile ride by Crista Borras from Warrenton, Va. to Purcellville, where the Washington & Old Dominion Trail ends.
It was raining when we got to the start, about an hour’s drive west of D.C.
MG waited in the car while I got the bike ready. Being the tandem captain sometimes is less than glamorous.
The rain kept up for the first segment to Middleburg, Va., where I intended to make my coffeeneur stop. We stopped at Middleburg Common Grounds and had passable soy latte drinks and snacks. I’m not a fan of their drinks here because they like that strong burnt coffee flavor, but the soy covered up most of it.
The rain finally let up at Purcellville, and we had lunch at Subway. Purcellville is a busy place but not exactly wealthy, and I didn’t even think of looking for coffee. McDonald’s is usually the only place to get a decent coffee-type drink.
To my great surprise we rode right past the new Loco Joe Coffee, which MG recognized through the coffeeneur post of Purcellville resident Robert Edwards. He writes the Classic Three Speeds blog. See his post responding to MG’s coffeeneuring Q&A here.
LJ’s sits inside what appears to be a large old country home that has been renovated into commercial space. I got a good vibe as we walked in, when I saw that they sold coffee from our M.E. Swings, our home coffee shop in D.C.
I forgot all about our earlier stop in Middleburg.
I ordered a double espresso. If they make a good double shot, the rest is probably going to be pretty good. And it was very good. The real thing, as I like to say.
I hope Loco Joe is a longlasting success in Purcellville. I’m a little wary of the town, which has something of a love-hate relationship with the trail and cyclists, but Loco Joe is definitely a plus.
The rest of the ride was more dry than wet. We enjoyed the time away from home on roads made quiet by the dreary skies. Coffeeneuring along the way was an added bonus.
Total miles: 100.