Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue

It’s Spain’s Constitution Day, and it seems appropriate to celebrate their holiday while we’re over here. When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. Actually, we didn’t see anything very holidayish here in Mojácar on our day ride to El Marchal, but we did have an awesome ride.  The featured photo is of a ladder snake … Continue reading "Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue"

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THE UNBEARABLE REDNESS OF BIKING

“The depth of redness is an image of life’s most intense fulfillment.  The deeper the red, the closer it becomes to the earth, the more real and truthful it becomes.”  -A quote from The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera, except that I substituted the “depth of redness” B.S. for the author’s meaningful thoughts on “heavy … Continue reading "THE UNBEARABLE REDNESS OF BIKING"

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Thanksgiving Challenge (modified)

Cornucopia borrowed from the Web It skipped my teflon coated sieve-like brain that we had had 40-50 mph winds — which may explain the absence of said turkey — either tucked away inside the house, or somewhere in Indiana! The squirrel seemed just fine but made no comment With Nancy’s permission, I submit a Black … Continue reading "Thanksgiving Challenge (modified)"

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Challenge of the Month, December 2019: Reds

Let’s try for a simpler, less controversial challenge this month, shall we?  This month’s theme is the color red, used in any way that seems appropriate to you: as an accent, as the dominant color, as a Santa Claus suit, as a planet, as a flower, as a flag, as a pannier.  The opportunities are … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month, December 2019: Reds"

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Monthly Challenge – finally finding a flag, kid or row of something

The last three months have been very busy. That’s not too good when you have a very finite level of energy. But we made it through – but that did mean not much riding or internet time, as all my energy was spent on work, study, attaining a new job and various medical stuff. However, … Continue reading "Monthly Challenge – finally finding a flag, kid or row of something"

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GEESE & SQUIRRELS: A Multi-Media Nature Documentary

[In this part of the world, during this part of the year, two animals stand out as being particularly active.  Geese and squirrels are so ubiquitous that most people do not even notice them.  If they do notice them, they generally won’t give them a second thought.  I notice them and I give them second, … Continue reading "GEESE & SQUIRRELS: A Multi-Media Nature Documentary"

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November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba

I’ve deleted this post, but am leaving its place here for the sake of the attached comments.  The reactions to this month’s challenge have been quite a surprise to me, and educational.  I’ve got mixed feelings about the subject but thank you all for sharing your thoughts.  I’ll come up with something hopefully less controversial … Continue reading "November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba"

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Here is what I saw — A Compilation

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Travel-Information/Maps-&-Charts/Trails/Vermilion.pdf A compilation of photos over several years and rides. I find it interesting to see just the what might be called the Common Stuff of different places. Ive intended to takes photos, for example, of a ride to the Post Office and back — nothing particularly striking about that, but, since 365 is about … Continue reading "Here is what I saw — A Compilation"

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SOMETIMES YA JUST GOTTA FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE

In this post you will read about a guy who not only completed the most difficult Monthly Challenge since monthly challenges were invented, but he also managed to work in a Holiday Challenge ride.  Yes, you read it right–TWO CHALLENGING CHALLENGES IN ONE DAY! The November Monthly Challenge is problematic in that it involves taking … Continue reading "SOMETIMES YA JUST GOTTA FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE"

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Rush Creek Open Space

Around here the official rainy season begins on 1 October. Based on annual averages, by now we should have received some significant rainfall. Not the case. Not a drop has fallen, and we’re dry. Dangerously dry. Santa Rosa and northern Sonoma County just survived—barely—the impact of multiple days of “public safety” power shutdowns, mandatory evacuations, … Continue reading "Rush Creek Open Space"

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November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day

I was rueing the fact that the November kid’s challenge came too late for Halloween this year, but little did I know that Portugal doesn’t celebrate Halloween. They celebrate All Souls Day, the day after Halloween and the first of November.  Perfect for the November challenge, and perfect for doing double duty for the Holiday … Continue reading "November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day"

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BLAME NANCY G. FOR ISSUING A HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

I accepted Nancy’s Holliday Challenge and I warned her that it would involve ME telling stories about ME and MY Town.  I quickly started posting my Halloween entry before she had the chance to say “No, not YOU Greg.”  A very smart move on my part, I must say.  I suppose she or anybody else … Continue reading "BLAME NANCY G. FOR ISSUING A HOLIDAY CHALLENGE"

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LAST MINUTE CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE BIRDS (But Here’s My Entry Anyway)

Of the 10 or so pictures I took in October, almost all of them are flags and NONE of them are birds.  Obviously this last minute challenge is a dirty trick of the highest order, but I’m the kind of guy who turns lemons into something that resembles lemonade.  So the way I saw it, … Continue reading "LAST MINUTE CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE BIRDS (But Here’s My Entry Anyway)"

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Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!

This month’s challenge was inspired by Halloween, because it’s such a great time for children watching.  Unfortunately Halloween falls in October this year, but maybe you could trick the judges and treat us with an early entry. Whatever.  This month is dedicated to children – yours, trick or treaters, kids on bikes, waifs on the … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!"

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Tolay Again

Despite increasingly shrill warnings from Pacific Gas & Electric—they who already admitted liability for previous conflagrations and dozens of deaths, and who entered bankruptcy in order to protect their asses, I mean assets—about the likelihood of an impending shutdown of the electric grid across northern California to prevent more wildfires sparked by their power lines, … Continue reading "Tolay Again"

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Jumping the Gun, But, Its Not a Flag anyway

Went out for a look around for Scooter’s latest vexing challenge into Vexillology, and I did find several examples that would quality. This is not one of them — most Vexillologists  would agree, a wind sock in not a flag, but, its sorta like a flag.  An air filled flag (with appropriate wind conditions as … Continue reading "Jumping the Gun, But, Its Not a Flag anyway"

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Equinox Challenge from the verandah

I live about 17kms east of the city and from my veranda I notice the position of the sunset on the horizon change constantly but sometimes the clouds don’t want to co-operate. Astronomy fascinates me, these two photos were taken two days apart and the city skyline creates a great reference point. Do you know … Continue reading "Equinox Challenge from the verandah"

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Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest

With the coldest and wettest (or hottest and driest, depending) part of the year on the horizon, is your cycling interest flagging?  If so, we’ve got just the challenge to revive it: Flags!  National, regional, ecumenical, corporate; straight out in a gale force wind, lightly luffing in a breeze, completely limp; up a pole, on … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest"

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The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before

The headline and the featured photo say it all:  Never before in the history of Minnesota prairies has the landscape been so alive with color as it is today at Dakota County’s Spring Lake Park.  At least I’VE never seen it in such beautiful bloom before, and I come from a school of thought that says … Continue reading "The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before"

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Falling into line with some Aboriginal skeleton warriors

On the cycle to the Climate Strike Day from work I sprung into line with these guys.   Lots of protesters and students at the Rally, not happy the way we’re wrecking the planet and destroying their future. So where am I?     Don’t like crowds so I cycled back to work and stopped … Continue reading "Falling into line with some Aboriginal skeleton warriors"

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September Challenge — In Line

(Some fairly non de-script in line photos — except maybe the contrail one) In Line with chain link fence Aligned with parking posts and light standards at the soccer field (Field Offices/Garceaus in background) In Line with Jet contrail Post Views: 23 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to … Continue reading "September Challenge — In Line"

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