OLD GRUMBLEFACE AND GREGBLOOD GO FOR A RIDE IN MINNESOTA

Hi fellow Cycle365-ers, Old Grumbleface here.  Today I thought it might be fun to escape sunny California and make a quick day trip up to Minnesota for a bike ride with that clown, Greg Garceau.  I figured I could accomplish that task and be back home before my Ace Support Crew even noticed I was … Continue reading "OLD GRUMBLEFACE AND GREGBLOOD GO FOR A RIDE IN MINNESOTA"

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Speaking of challenges . . . .

Among my cycling highlights for this year are discovering you good folk at Cycle 365 and participating in the various challenges. A yearend challenge I have pursued since 2014 is the Rapha Festive 500.  The challenge is to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  To provide some incentive, Rapha sends everyone who completes the … Continue reading "Speaking of challenges . . . ."

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Grandmas Bike Over The River and Through The Woods

As I have mentioned in other posts, those three cycling Grands have moved to Sacramento for what we hope is a temporary move. But, that meant we would not be seeing that family this Thanksgiving. Jenny, Susan’s older daughter invited us to join them this year. Visiting this family is a little more involved as … Continue reading "Grandmas Bike Over The River and Through The Woods"

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Vinouring outside the box: Fontfroide Abbey

I know that Coffeeneuring season is over, and I’ve already completed my seven caffeine-free entries.  Wine is fine any old time though, and today’s ride was interesting enough to share.  The wine comes from Fontfroide Abbey, a beautiful place we visited last fall.  I was delighted to see a wine from there on the card … Continue reading "Vinouring outside the box: Fontfroide Abbey"

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November art challenge: some headless torsi

I’m not sure what the story is on these colorful statues in Montpellier.  Is it a single work of art, or a series of ancient works vandalized by spray painters?  Whatever we’re seeing here, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s much improved by the addition of a stylishly placed bicycle. There was more to this … Continue reading "November art challenge: some headless torsi"

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THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE: SALLY’S RIDE (100KM)

Last Sunday I headed north to take on the 100km Sally’s Ride. Tony also rode (the 45km route) on his ‘bent and you can read his post here. All the proceeds from this Charity Ride go to much deserving local charities. Many of the State’s strongest riders turn up to hammer the metric century route … Continue reading "THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE: SALLY’S RIDE (100KM)"

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My Filthy, Nasty, and Thoroughly Disgusting Thanksgiving Community Service Challenge

The Feeshko, my wife, has been trying to get me to do some volunteer work for years.  Her reasoning is very persuasive:  She says I should show my appreciation to the community.  I should give a little bit of my time for those less fortunate.  I should volunteer for the benefit of all.  I should … Continue reading "My Filthy, Nasty, and Thoroughly Disgusting Thanksgiving Community Service Challenge"

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The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – Monthly Challenge Outdoor Art

Good weather, that’s the Good, and it seems to want to go on forever. Of course it won’t, but although it is getting cooler, it doesn’t feel like summer ever stopped and I just wonder why the shadows are so long and it is getting dark so early in the day. I love that riding … Continue reading "The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – Monthly Challenge Outdoor Art"

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Coffeeneuring #5 – Little Bessie Gets New Shoes

I’ve been riding Little Bessie a lot lately. I like the upright sitting and just the relaxed feeling I have on her…oh yes her bell too! However, she has had a rubbing on her back wheel for several months. We thought it was just because the wheel was out of round. Nope she had two … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring #5 – Little Bessie Gets New Shoes"

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Public Art Challenge: A Memorial to Peace

November 11, the day of the Armistice Treaty of Compiègne, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. For this occasion, the Munich action artist Walter Kuhn has transformed the Königsplatz into a sea of ​​several thousand large red poppies made of artificial silk, thus commemorating the millions of soldiers and civilian … Continue reading "Public Art Challenge: A Memorial to Peace"

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bubbles

John Deere dealership years ago In the past, a foundry here cast parts for JD equipment                                                    (Click here for current photos of the ruins) Bubbly artwork adorns the northern facade now The laundromat’s float in the Sweetcorn Festival Parade spews massive amounts of bubbles Lawrence Welk would be pleased  😉 * * * * … Continue reading "bubbles"

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Eye-Poppingly Beautiful Art in MY Town

Coffeeneuring, November Outdoor Art, Thanksgiving Community Service–it’s almost too many challenges in one month for my addled brain to handle.  Physically and emotionally, I’m ready and willing to do all of them, but mentally I am going to have to approach them in the same way I always handle multiple tasks–one at a time. I’m … Continue reading "Eye-Poppingly Beautiful Art in MY Town"

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Coffeeneuring #4 Happy Birthday to me!

How lucky for me that my birthday always seems to fall during Coffeeneuring. That usually means I get a nice ride somewhere fun. Well this year didn’t disappoint…..we drove north to Santa Cruz and had a meetup with The Goddess herself. As you can see it was a bright clear day….well now. When we left … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring #4 Happy Birthday to me!"

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BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Seven (of Seven)

ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA:  Where I Tested the Limits of My Coffee-Tasting Tolerance This morning I drove up to the bustling suburb of Roseville which abuts the northern edges of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Roseville has lots of restaurants, the very first Target Store, and not one, but TWO enclosed shopping malls.  At 40-degrees (F), it … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Seven (of Seven)"

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Vinouring 2018: Cotes de Provence in Menton

So there are several reasons you might care about this post.  If you’re a wine lover, foodie or Francophile, you’ll be glad to see that we’re finally done with Italy and are enjoying our first meal in France (for this tour).  If you’re into photography, you’ll be impressed by the layout of the featured photo, … Continue reading "Vinouring 2018: Cotes de Provence in Menton"

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Tasmanian Coffeeneuring #4. The Country Bakehouse, Perth

The day for Coffeeneuring dawned very windy, stormy and without power due to electrical cells in the storms.  Only a short ride then. But where?  Ah, there’s a new Bakehouse in Perth and a new bit of track at the end of the the Breadalbane to Perth shared track to try, so starting at Devon … Continue reading "Tasmanian Coffeeneuring #4. The Country Bakehouse, Perth"

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BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Six (of Seven)

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MINNESOTA:  Was the Original White Bear a Polar Bear or an Albino Black Bear? Before I delve into today’s relatively uneventful Coffeeneuring ride, I’ve decided to fill some space with a totally unnecessary summary of my horizon-broadening efforts so far. As you may recall, I set a couple of personal goals for … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Six (of Seven)"

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Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 4: The Tao of Bike

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / 16 miles / By some miracle, four neighboring cities and a town on the San Francisco peninsula agreed on something. It’s called the Peninsula Bikeway, a designated route on surface streets connecting the cities and town. They even agreed on the signage. And even more of a miracle, the route … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 4: The Tao of Bike"

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