Bill Walton’s Halloween charity ride

Former NBA star and noted recreational cyclist Bill Walton is hosting his Bike for Humanity “Halloween Ride” on Saturday, 31 October. Riders can ride any distance, any location, while physically distancing. Participation is free, but donations are accepted for charities to benefit firefighters, their families, and fire victims, especially related to this year’s wildfires.  More … Continue reading "Bill Walton’s Halloween charity ride"

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It must be my magnetic personality

Well, let’s see.  So far, Rachael has disappeared in the distance into a mirage, at the end of a long, non-winding road, and into the fog.  Somehow though she keeps reappearing, only to disappear again.  Today she’s escaped once more, this time crossing the scary bridge over the Po when entering Ferrara.  What next? Post … Continue reading "It must be my magnetic personality"

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More Weather-Related Facts, Opinions and Boasts

I wish I lived in an exotic cycling locale like coastal California, the Pacific Northwest, England, New England, Bavaria, the Chesapeake Bay area, northern Kentucky, anyplace in Australia, Illinois farm country, etc., etc., etc. It would also be nice to have no permanent home at all and bike my way through such interesting places as, … Continue reading "More Weather-Related Facts, Opinions and Boasts"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride #6 (Updated)

Posted: October 18, 2020 Under: Cycle Life Challenge By Rich-Illinois 6 Comments  Like1 Which wasn’t going to be a Cycle Life ride until I saw something out of the ordinary.  Very strong winds yesterday (almost Minnesota strong).  Got a ride in early before they really got rolling. Breezy again this morning, but not a huge … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride #6 (Updated)"

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A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

In place of a “normal” fall vacation week, my wife and I did two short outdoor getaways. First we drove to Staunton VA, stayed at a B&B, did some car touring while it rained, and hiked Crabtree Falls when the rain finally ended. We came back home, did a few chores and then headed out … Continue reading "A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore"

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Pretty dead leaves (as in dead leaves that are pretty, not just pretty dead)

Yesterday was a cold and rainy day here. Just an all-day rain. I did sneak out for a two mile ride around the neighborhood just to keep my current streak alive, but it was just too wet to have my phone out for even a single picture. Today however, is a gorgeous fall day with … Continue reading "Pretty dead leaves (as in dead leaves that are pretty, not just pretty dead)"

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Storm Chaser Greg Battles The Wind

It was windy today. I don’t know exactly HOW windy, but my extensive experience in weather-related subjects tells me it was coming out of the west-north-west at approximately 95-miles per hour. (See Footnote) That incredible wind speed comes as quite a coincidence since, just yesterday, Old Grumbleface, The Navigator, and I were discussing the rare … Continue reading "Storm Chaser Greg Battles The Wind"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride #5 — In to the fog

Bright and beautiful and then the fog came in South of town, 1550 E vanishes Certainly not a marine layer around here Must have been an advection fog that moved in from Indiana Rails vanish into the fog Vanishing rail and fog Post Views: 32 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all have provided … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride #5 — In to the fog"

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Glass Fire Burn Zone

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It seems like every locale where I pedal a bicycle in California eventually burns down. From Redding to Venado to Berryessa to Bizz Johnson and more, I’ve lost track of the number of places I’ve pedaled that have subsequently been consumed by fire. Of course, that probably has little to do with me. The … Continue reading "Glass Fire Burn Zone"

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Vanishing lines in Oz

So the feature photo has just one example of vanishing lines from a short overnight ride the guys and I did on Fri/Sat. There’s more vanishing lines to be found in my journal entry which can be found here: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2020/10/04/shifting-oct-ride-1-re-emerging/ Post Views: 34 The NavigatorNerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied … Continue reading "Vanishing lines in Oz"

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Two Bike Rides, One UFO, Three Vistas, Four Thousand Vista-Blockers, One Long Title, and Zero Words of Text

Post Views: 37 gregbloodHi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on … Continue reading "Two Bike Rides, One UFO, Three Vistas, Four Thousand Vista-Blockers, One Long Title, and Zero Words of Text"

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It’s a wonderful place to live when not engulfed in flames

Last week, for the third time in four years, we received evacuation orders due to approaching wildfires. In 2017 and 2019 my ace support crew and I loaded her car with photo albums and other important items. She and our elderly dog took off for safer venues. I stayed behind, deployed hose lines, and rode … Continue reading "It’s a wonderful place to live when not engulfed in flames"

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Quad Covered Bridges Metric Century – with Bonus Wedding

For many years here in the Baltimore Washington area, one of my favorites rides has been the Thurmont MD Civil War Century put on by the Baltimore Bicycling Club in mid September. I generally do the 65 mile metric century, which takes you through 4 different covered bridges, through the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park and … Continue reading "Quad Covered Bridges Metric Century – with Bonus Wedding"

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HALLOWEEN IS COMING ;’-). HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

Hard to believe that I actually suggested the Holiday Challenge a full year ago! Well, Halloween is back, and the decorations are occurring. Here is the beginning in my neighborhood. I know I will have more to post as the month progresses. These next three are at the same house. There are so many things … Continue reading "HALLOWEEN IS COMING ;’-). HOLIDAY CHALLENGE"

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(SEPTEMBER’S) POTENTIALLY USEFUL GRAVITATIONAL EJECTI (OR ‘PUGE’?)

How’s that for a title! As a follow along to Rick’s earlier post, I thought it might be fun to keep an eye out for some PUGE this month. And here is what I was able to find, or ‘collect’ if you will. And for the grand finale of September’s PUGE: The only things I … Continue reading "(SEPTEMBER’S) POTENTIALLY USEFUL GRAVITATIONAL EJECTI (OR ‘PUGE’?)"

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A Few Of The Ways October Introduces Itself To Minnesota

There are many ways one can tell October has arrived in MY State besides looking at a calendar. The most obvious indicator is the weather, which was in the 40-degree range this morning. I had to wear a lined jacket for the first time since April, but I’m still stubbornly wearing shorts. Also since April, … Continue reading "A Few Of The Ways October Introduces Itself To Minnesota"

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Santa Rosa Fire

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/glass-fire-threatens-east-santa-rosa/?sba=AAS From Bill’s posts and journals, I believe this is the area in which he lives.   Post Views: 82 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. … Continue reading "Santa Rosa Fire"

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Cycle Days Challenge #3 + Bike Where Ever Day

Another perfect cycling day in Illinois There go Dave and Dwight along the North Fork River after having passed through bustling Cheneyville Weather due for a major change next week, and in fact, a ‘Small Dog Advisory’ for tomorrow with winds gusting 35-40 mph Taking advantage of this weather while we can We know Illinois … Continue reading "Cycle Days Challenge #3 + Bike Where Ever Day"

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Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points

Vanishing point: the point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge. This month’s theme was inspired by this striking photo from Suzanne’s latest post: I especially like this example because it shows both horizontal and vertical convergence.  There are a couple of other examples below.  Note that the lines don’t actually … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points"

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The Weather Changes, Local Rides Still Have Some Arches

My road bike is having its rear wheel rebuilt – actually, the Trek rear wheel is sitting around waiting for the supply chain to deliver spokes to the bike shop that will eventually re-build the wheel. So, I’ve been riding my Jamis gravel/light touring bike and doing some local rides with more mixed surfaces. The … Continue reading "The Weather Changes, Local Rides Still Have Some Arches"

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An arch, or at least something arch-like

Did a mostly gravel ride today, and noticed that these downed trees on the trail form something of a natural arch. And, I even remembered to include the bike in the photo. On another note, smoke from the fires out west have reached the east coast. We’ve been having some really bizarre looking sunrises and … Continue reading "An arch, or at least something arch-like"

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