I was casting about for a coffeeneur for this weekend, but was a bit time-constrained today because we were scheduled to babysit Asher (perhaps I haven't said here, but we became grandparents on May 28.)
I could have done an expedient one, but really wanted to do something with other people. And the weather was going to be OUTSTANDING.
Susan O proposed the South Store Cafe in Scholls. She was reserving the right to do a longer ride, but I could easily get home from there in plenty of time. After much thinking, I planned to ride over to Susan's for an 8:30am (ish) departure, so as to get in more riding, and not have to ride back to her house and drive home, as Scholls is closer to where I live.
Up at 6-ish, and out the door right around 7:30. It was cold. Nice view of the moonset on my way over.
Arrived to find a bicycle with sparkly reflective green stars all over it by the front door. Clearly Asta was in on this. And so was Jeff! We spent a fair amount of time chatting before finally heading out.
After working our way though East Hillsboro and onto River Road, we got out into the country. I did call a photo halt at Northwest Alpacas, because there were lots of baby alpacas and they were all so darn cute.
Right turn at the new traffic circle at River Rd and Scholls Ferry, and over to the South Store Cafe, which I have ridden past many times, but not ever stopped. It is right across the road from Smith's BerryBarn, which is the raspberry u-pick of choice.
It was wonderful. Jeff ordered two things, plus coffee, Susan went for the strata, and Asta and I ordered up some Italian Torta, which was an egg/spinach/roasted red pepper/tomato layered pie. And coffee. Can't forget that. I got a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Enjoyed our coffee, food, and the company. Jeff went and ordered more food; I bought a cookie. Asta bought some cookies. The staff thought we were great fun, and delivered a plate of pumpkin pastries with frosting on the house. :-) Yum.
After a good long while, Susan, Asta, and Jeff set out to ride down to St Paul, and I headed home.
There was major road construction at Scholls Ferry and Roy Rogers. I had a great conversation with the flagger during the very long wait. I haven't ridden on this stretch of Scholls Ferry for a couple of years. Still rural and very pretty. Then into the south edge of Beaverton. I worked my way north on SW 125th, Greenway, the Fanno Creek Trail...
Brief stop at the battery store before finally arriving home.