The day after Tour de Coffee was born, I wanted to ride more!
Ever since I saw my boyfriend, Wayne, on KTLA with fellow cyclists from the LA County Bicycle Coalition, promoting the LA River Ride, I’ve been wanting to go to Spoke Cafe. Spoke Cafe is right on the LA River bike path and is a bike repair shop and a coffee shop in one! Perfect!
Wayne planned a route for us starting from The Autry. It was about 5 miles to Spoke Cafe.
It was nice to not have to worry about cars and just ride. I’m still getting used to making sure my knees turn in.
We rode past Spoke so he could show me the end of the LA River bike path and check out other coffee shop in Frog Town. It was closed and only opens on the weekends. Wayne showed me how the bike path ends and cyclists have to ride in the street, over the bridge and in the streets before it connects again. The goal, and dream really, has been to have the LA River bike path go all the way to Long Beach and provide one continuous bike path. That would be really awesome but alas, is not a priority for city engineers and planners.
Spoke Bicycle Cafe! It’s right off the bike path, which is so cool.
You can rent a bike.
You can get your bike fixed or buy bike stuff.
You can even buy vintage mugs, suit cases, vinyl records and other stuff!
There’s a snack shed with Coolhaus ice cream and other snacks that are good for long bike rides.
We put our bikes on the bike rack and checked things out.
Sadly, the coffee shop was not open as it was a Friday! Wah! I have to come back!
Plan B! Wayne said we could ride to Atwater Village and find a coffee shop there. It wasn’t too far from where we were. Okay! We rode back and stopped at a cute park along the way. There are several parks off the bike path with restrooms and playgrounds. Very nice!
We got to Atwater Village and saw a Dunkin Donut. Wayne wanted DD but I said we can go to DD anytime! He saw this coffee shop and it looked perfect!
Coffee Stop on my Tour de Coffee #3! Kaldi Coffee! Kaldi Coffee is at 3147 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles. @kaldicoffeela
You can buy books inside the shop. It was busy that day (always a good sign!) and the iced latte I got was very good. Good coffee. As we sat to rest a bit, someone asked us how far we had cycled and said she liked the coffee at Kaldi and the baked goods at the spot across the street called Proof Bakery. So we went there to check things out, too!
We rode back and stopped to admire the LA River. You can actually rent kayaks on the river!
We had to cross a bridge to get back where there were lots of locks (locks of love, Wayne called them.)
There were some really cool painted locks and some unique ones like the red one with letters instead of numbers.
We went rode back over the Baum Bicycle Bridge, too! This bridge is so cool!
The arches remind me of bicycle spokes. I love it! We rode back and I was pretty tired. We got in a total of 14.36 miles! It’s my longest ride to date! I hope to get used to the saddle at some point! Bikes and coffee. I’m loving this!
Your path, your pace, Tam