I had nothing else planned for today, so I headed out for my 120-somethingth consecutive day of riding a bike. Along the way, I thought about some stuff and took a few pictures related to current events on Cycle365.
For example, we’ve been pretty active with our blue challenge. There was no way I could do this post without including a little blue.
The squirrel living on the top floor prompted me into some pretty deep introspection. In the past, on this very website, I have posted a few pictures of squirrels and at least two videos of squirrels (including a world-famous documentary of a white squirrel.) Today I took a long look into my psyche to try to figure out, “what IS it with ME and squirrels.”
Surprisingly, I think I came up with an answer. Back when I was a child (an even younger child than I am now) people sometimes said I was “squirrely.” I took that as a compliment because I saw squirrels as being quick and agile. And yes, I was also pretty small for my age.
But maybe it wasn’t meant as a compliment.
Finally, just this morning, I saw Scott’s recent post. You probably already saw his great picture of a Kingfisher. I asked for some advice as to how he manages to take such great pictures of birds — more specifically, how he gets them to sit still for him. His response was:
“Bird whispering is quite an art . . . it really helps if you can speak their language, so study up.”
Study up I did. And when I saw some birds gathering on an electricity tower like some Hitchcockian nightmare, I quickly pulled the phone out of my pocket and consulted Google Translate.
Unfortunately, I have not yet heeded his advice from last week. That’s when he told me about a good camera for zooming in on wildlife and where to get it. Now you’ll have to settle for my distorted phone pictures.
Hi. 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 city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.