I was very pleased when I came across that place in the photo above.  I thought the many layers of green-ness were pretty cool.  Green grass, green weeds, green reeds, green bushes, green algae on the pond, and green leaves on various trees.  The view was almost all green–you could even say it was monochrome.  Thus, a regular bike ride transformed into a personal challenge for the ultimate in monochromitization.

Even if that alone was the only monochromatic photo I could come up with, I would have considered my day a major success.  But really, could I be content with just a “major” success?  I don’t think so – especially after I started riding away and noticed what I was wearing.  I can’t describe how excited I was to see that my wardrobe could have been monochromaticized right into the green landscape.  So I turned around for another picture, which I knew would be an ULTRA-major success.


MORE green in a scene of green.


Look, achieving “Ultra-major” success made me feel pretty good, but I knew I could do better, particularly when I became aware of a glaring problem:  my gray bike stood out like a sore thumb.  It totally destroyed the monochromeness of my monochrome pictures.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a green bike.  I have two black bikes and one gray bike.  Obviously, if I my goal was to attain “SUPREME-ultra-major” success, I was going to have to find a location with gray monochromiperfection.

And I found it!

I don’t recall anybody ever saying to me, “Ya know, Greg, you could be an outstanding fashion model.”  But I know that’s what they were thinking.  And despite the negative feedback I get about my wardrobe from The Feeshko, I know in my heart that I have great fashion-sense and flair.  So the first thing I did after finding a gray location for my photo-shoot was to ride back home and change into a flashy, yet understated, gray ensemble.


The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong is showing off his smart Oyster Gray paint job by Surly of Minneapolis, which coordinates nicely with the smoky gray panniers designed by REI. Greg’s REI shirt and cycling shorts nicely offset the two-toned gray concrete blocks and gray doors on the backside of the Hastings Mall. Gray socks provided by the designers at Target Superstore of High Fashion. Gray shoes courtesy of The North Face–Haute Couture Division.


Clearly I have achieved supreme-ultra-major success, but my stupid legs, fleshy hands, and ugly face have prevented me from achieving UNEXCELLED-supreme-ultra-major success.  I’m learning from my mistakes, and next time I’m going to monochrome the HELL out of this challenge.

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: Scooter Posted: July 2, 2019

    Monochromiperfection indeed! Superlative effort, old guy! I’d send that portrait in grey to REI for their consideration.

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

    Nice photos!
    Gray is great!
    So here is a Q for the Paint Expert: How many colors are there?

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 4, 2019

      There is an infinite number of colors. There are more colors than there are grains of sand on the earth, or stars in the sky.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 4, 2019

      Nice legs, eh? A few years ago, at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner with my family and my brothers’ families, my dad asked every one of us to go around the table and say what we were thankful for. I said “my legs”–not because they look good, but because they pedal my bike wherever I want to go.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: July 6, 2019

    Those are great photos Greg. I love the grey with you in grey. Nice find with that long wall. And nice that you match so well ;’-).

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: July 6, 2019

    The guys love all that habitat green. You have really stepped it up a notch with the matching monochrome clothing!

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