Hi again, folks.  As Jack Nicholson said in The Shining, “I’M BA-A-A-A-CK!”

I don’t actually believe anybody noticed (or cared) that I’ve been gone, but I’ll tell you a little about what I’ve been doing anyway.  I was on a three week bike tour, mostly in the state of Washington.  I enjoyed it immensely.  August was a good month for me to be touring, at least in relation to Cycle365, because the monthly challenge was all about one of my least favorite subjects–VIEW-BLOCKERS.  (Though I did manage to post a couple of forgettable tree pictures from the road.)  Lines, however, should make September much more interesting.

After 21 straight days of riding The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong, I was excited to get back to Minnesota to ride a different bike.  That’s what I’ve been doing for the last week, but I had no interest in taking any pictures of MY State’s many, many varieties of View-Blockers.  So I just rode my bike.

In addition, after 21 straight days of riding a 35# bike with another 35-pounds of camping gear, sleeping gear, cooking gear, rain gear, bike tools, clothing, food, and water, I was amazed at how FAST I could ride on a 19# bike with skinny tires pumped up to 100 p.s.i., clipless shoes and pedals, and nothing more than a tire wrench, an air pump, and a spare inner-tube.  I felt like a bolt of lightning.

Nevertheless, I did occasionally halt my lightning speed whenever I saw an opportunity to take a picture that might qualify for this month’s challenge.  Here’s the first one:


I was pleased to find this line of boarded up windows on an abandoned factory.


That picture was still in MY Town.  I proceeded on to Wisconsin, safe in the knowledge that, at the very least, I would NOT get skunked in my search for lines.  I found more lines too.  They were all moveable lines, but I think they still count.


A long line of identical oil tankers.  (Damn those fences which prevented me from getting a closer picture.)


Prescott, WI: A line of recreational boats docked behind a popular boater bar on the St. Croix River.


Hey, look, it’s another line of railroad cars carrying goods from Wisconsin to Minnesota.


A line of cars


Where are all these trains and boats and cars going?  I’d like to think, like me, they’re following the straight line to “The Good Thing.”

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.


  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: September 2, 2019

    You had me at “Talking Heads”!! I followed your Washington adventure but as you know I’m not allowed to post on that site….I’m such a bad girl (did you see my 80’s photo on my last post?!!!) Let’s just say I have heard from many of my photographer friends how beautiful the Palouse is ……and wow It was!!! I loved your photos….I think I would like to go there….I’m busy whispering touring ideas in someone’s ears at night. Glad you made it home safe!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: September 2, 2019

      Thanks Rockin’ Girl, and yes I did see your 80’s photo, and you really did look like a “bad girl.” In fact, you looked like a cross between Joan Jett and Johnny Rotten. Good job.

      The Palouse really is spectacular. It’s almost impossible to screw up a photo of that landscape–even for me. (By the way, that journal is now up on Cycleblaze too.)

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 2, 2019

    Read your journal, what a great trip!
    Nice photos, lots of different sets of lines.
    Good to see you back in the Line Up.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 3, 2019

    I’d like to think, like me, they’re following the straight line to “The Good Thing.”

    Isn’t that the way to Lambeau Field?

    • By: gregblood Posted: September 3, 2019

      Ohhhhhhh, them’s fightin’ words.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: September 3, 2019

    Seems like you nailed the challenge with lots of good shots!
    Glad you’re back. I’ll have to have a look at your journal now that it’s posted on Cycleblaze. Don’t want to even go near that other site.

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