I’ve been craving a ride to Cafe Domestique (Domestique-Cafe Cyclo Sportif) in Dundas, Ontario all summer (Route Map). Cafe Domestique is no ordinary coffee shop. It’s a cycling-themed coffee shop & a hot meetup spot for cyclists. The owner combined his 2 passions: cycling and coffee.
This ride was originally my plan for next year with the warm weather winding down. However, my buddy Luch was up for this epic ride last weekend. I got all psyched up & mapped out the entire route……then it rained with >35km/hr wind! 😦 Today was different – a sunny & hot day in October!! As a bonus, it’s Thanksgiving long weekend! PERFECT day for a 118km bike ride.
We took off at 9:30AM today from my house (with my bike all newly tuned up)! The route from Mississauga to Oakville had more traffic than expected on a Saturday. We had to ride in single file most of the time. The path from Oakville to Burlington was along Lakeshore. I was amazed when I passed by Royal Botanical Gardens (I used to drive here – Who needs a car?! 😉 ). The path became more scenic as we biked closer to the 48km mark. The leaves changed colours – SO BEAUTIFUL! 😀 There was also a train track running through a forest of Fall colours. I love trains. This is truly a “picture-perfect” moment.
The ride was quite flat as we were biking along the escarpment until we reached Dundas. We had some winding downhills & knew we would need some climbing legs on our return trip. We tried to erase that thought out of our heads because WE WERE HERE!! 😀
I walked in and it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! Bikes were hung on the walls, along with bike jerseys, paintings, & photographs. These were true cycling memorabilia – how about jerseys worn by Michael Barry?!?! 😯 Did they have to tempt me with the Cervelo in front of the counter???? I was drooling over it. I was admiring all the bike porn before I remembered to order my coffee!! 😛
I ordered a skim Cappuccino & Luch a double espresso. The owner was so concerned about making the espresso perfect because he knew right away that Luch was Italian! So hilarious! Everything turned out perfectly & Luch was quite impressed even with his high standards!! My Cappuccino was heaven – so foamy, rich, & amazing Latte art. I found my new favourite coffee place!
We didn’t want to leave the Cafe, especially with the uphill for the 1st 10-15km on the return trip waiting for us. Alas, we must go. The temperature definitely got HOT though – I didn’t mind it one bit. I missed the heat!!!
I was one happy rider when we returned back to my house. A whopping 118km – my new record!! 😀 What a great kick-start to the long weekend. I was surprised how much energy I had left in me. It must be from all the spinning classes! Thanks CYKL!!