Vermillion is a very small town. It’s a nice, quiet farming community. So far, it has had no protests, no riots. A small stream named the Vermillion River flows nearby. The town is located about seven miles from MY Town and it’s along one of my regular cycling routes. Downtown Vermillion has a nice Catholic Church, two restaurants, a gas station/convenience store, a farm implement dealership, and a grain elevator. Approximately 400 people live there.
Before you scream out “BORING,” let me tell you something else I’ve noticed about this bucolic little town and the surrounding area. I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I hereby claim that Vermillion and the two highways that connect it to MY Town have the highest per-capita concentration of whimsical yard art IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! (Sorry, Sister Mary Whatshername.)
Here is a small sample:
I think I’ve displayed that tree before on this site. If not, I can’t imagine why. It’s on the grounds of a very busy farm so usually I just try to be as discrete as possible with my picture-taking and move along quickly. But today I conducted my longest photo session yet. I even waved at a pickup truck full of farm workers driving down the driveway. I chose to believe they LIKED seeing somebody appreciating the artwork.
It was almost as if everybody in the area came to an agreement to entertain people on these highways. No doubt, bicycle riders get more entertainment than auto drivers. Within the city limits of Vermillion, things were just as good.
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.