CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma

March 14, 2019 The wife and I traveled to that tourist hotspot in Sonoma County known as Petaluma when we had a few days off. Why there? I have lots of rellies that live in Sonoma County, including lots of them in Petaluma, and we hadn’t seen them in a long time. Plus my sister … Continue reading "CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma"

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Greg Gets His Account Back and Submits A Spring Equinox Story

Look, I’m not exactly an early riser.  I WAS an early riser for 34 years in my working days, and then for another year after I retired, before I was able to rid myself of that filthy habit.  So yesterday I actually had to take the unusual step of setting an alarm so that I … Continue reading "Greg Gets His Account Back and Submits A Spring Equinox Story"

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Introducing Mr. Grumby (aka The Singing Cycling Cowboy)

Hello Cycle365ers. Through some irregularity or severe lack of judgment on the part of the facilitators, I have been allowed to join in on the fun. I was a long time Portlander until last May, when Mrs.G and I embarked on a 2400 mile tour from Missouri to Oregon along the ACA Lewis & Clark … Continue reading "Introducing Mr. Grumby (aka The Singing Cycling Cowboy)"

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Vernal Equinox Illinois — Photo Added

  Illinois and Minnesota completely obscured by clouds 20 March, 2019  🙁 It doesn’t look like parts of the West Coast or Western Australia are faring much better Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Eastern Australia and Munich look clear 🙂 Not looking very promising for a sunset photo So . . . . . . . . . Out … Continue reading "Vernal Equinox Illinois — Photo Added"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #7: The Loser Slumps Into Eternal Glory

I was feeling pretty proud of myself when I woke up this morning and started preparing for my seventh and final CLC ride.  After all, it was to be my ride to VICTORY–the ride that would bring me eternal glory before any of the other Cycle 365 challengers–especially my ultra-competitive friend from Portland.  Yup, I … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #7: The Loser Slumps Into Eternal Glory"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #6: Pothole Potpourri

I see Scott has ramped up the race-to-the-finish with some more verbal taunting.  That’s fine with me though, because if there is anything at all that my human alter-ego ever taught me, it would be how to respond to a challenge with even MORE smack-talking rhetoric.  Just to be clear, I intend to win this … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #6: Pothole Potpourri"

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CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack

With the tread of G-2’s rear wheel fading into the distance, I’m starting to lose hope of breaking the tape on this spring’s challenge.  Still, I’m in it to win it so I’ll plug away, keeping my chance alive.  Maybe Doris will flatten or get waylaid by the midwest’s floodwaters and I can zip past … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw

Hello again one and all.  Warmer temperatures have arrived and that ain’t necessarily a GOOD thing.  Sure it feels better than frostbitten cheeks, but according to Channel 9’s morning weather personality, Keith Marler, our snow levels have gone down 17-inches in the last five days.  He says flooding is imminent. I certainly don’t want to … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw"

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CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park

I really HATE IT when I’m in a race and don’t realize it until my competitor zips past with a well-timed taunt.  Typically this happens with Rachael, who likes to sneak up from behind and then whiz by gleefully proclaiming “Race, I win!” So I’m understandably none too pleased when I read the comments on my … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #3: Gregblood v. G-2

Well, against all disbelief, Gregblood actually followed up on his threat; he filed a lawsuit against me.  Some guy brought me an envelope a couple of days ago and said, “You’ve been served!”  I had a very clever response to that.  “HUH?” The following document is what I was “served.”     In my opinion, … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #3: Gregblood v. G-2"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #2: The Snow Storm Didn’t Come, Yet Doris and I Rode Our Bikes Anyway

  We waited and waited and waited until we could wait no longer.  It was mid-afternoon and there was still no snow, but we absolutely HAD to get out into the first above-freezing temperature we’ve had since well over a month ago.  And even though we didn’t get to ride among snowflakes as big as … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #2: The Snow Storm Didn’t Come, Yet Doris and I Rode Our Bikes Anyway"

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2019 Cycle Life Challenge: Introduction and Ride 1

Our theme for the 2019 Cycle Life Challenge is TREATS – those small indulgences that make life just that little bit more pleasurable. Our choice theme came about in a few ways: I have been on a very strict anti-inflammatory diet since late last August. I have had no red meat, dairy, wheat, alcohol, junk … Continue reading "2019 Cycle Life Challenge: Introduction and Ride 1"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1: Bicycles, Icicles, and Gourmet Eats

VIDEO INTRODUCTION       A couple of weeks ago I tried to set up my own account on Cycle365, but something either went wrong with the registration system or else I was a victim of cardboard-cartoon-character-alter-ego discrimination.  I guess it doesn’t really matter what the reason was for my rejection because I was able to hack … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1: Bicycles, Icicles, and Gourmet Eats"

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Some good news from the tech support team

As most of you may know already, the Cycle365 tech support team consists almost solely of the attractive lady in grey shown here, modeling her new leisurewear.  She built and provides nearly all of the maintenance work for the site, with Bill supplying vision and backup support and me chipping in with moral support, encouragement … Continue reading "Some good news from the tech support team"

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SPRINGTIME IS A STATE OF MIND

Some negative-thinkers might have stepped outside this morning, looked at the three feet of snow on the ground, felt the -8 degree (F) temperature, and whined “springtime is NEVER gonna get here!”  I, however, am a positive-thinker, and even though the official spring is still three weeks away, I consider this day to be my … Continue reading "SPRINGTIME IS A STATE OF MIND"

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Challenge of the Month: Flora, Fauna, Mineralia

Just wanted to make sure my pictures qualify, so I redefined the challenge a tiny bit. Not a whole lot of animals prowling the streets of Munich and the flowers are slow to come. I guess trees would qualify,too, but we’ve done that topic already. So here’s a lion – of sorts. And a horse, … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: Flora, Fauna, Mineralia"

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