Animals & Clouds That Look Like Something Else

Yup, I managed to complete Round 3 of the Cycle365 Scavenger Hunt today. Interestingly, I accomplished that feat even though I was on a completely unrelated cycling mission.

Right now I’m typing away and I still don’t know whether I should address the Scavenger Hunt first or the Completely Unrelated Cycling Mission first. I think I could form a cohesive narrative either way. Decisions, Decisions.

. . . . . . . . I’m thinking . . . . . . . thinking . . . . thinking . . . aha! . . . I’ve got it!

I’ll start with the mission that is not at all related to the Scavenger Hunt. But it IS related to bicycling, therefore I’m cool with telling you about it. The fact that my mission was a different kind of scavenger hunt also lessens my feelings of guilt.

I know there are some CycleBlaze readers and writers here. I’m one of them. Lately I’ve been reading a journal by George “Buddy” Hall in which he and his buddy “Doc” have been riding their bikes across the U.S. via the famous Northern Tier route. The Northern Tier route just happens to run within a few miles of MY Town, and I know where.

Knowing that Buddy and Doc left Pepin, Wisconsin this morning, and knowing the route they almost certainly would be taking, I set out on my roadie bike to (hopefully) meet them and provide a friendly Minnesota greeting (even before they actually got to Minnesota.)

It was a risky proposition. I didn’t know how far I’d have to ride to meet them, or even IF I’d meet them. But I did meet them and I did so quite a bit earlier than I expected–maybe three or four miles east of the town of Prescott.

Doc is in blue and gray (and helmet with Wavecel technology, which we agreed is great for us bald guys. I mean, nobody wants a striped head.) Buddy is in salmon and gold with the Go Pro on top. (He filmed me for a minute and maybe my performance will be posted on his journal. Seeking a Warrior’s Death, Part I: The Northern Tier – CycleBlaze

Let me tell you, they were a couple of genuinely friendly guys. After I told them my name, they remembered it throughout our roadside conversation. Generally, I must admit I forget people’s names a few minutes after they tell me. Luckily I already knew their names.

So, I intruded on another bike tour this month. Scott and Rocky last week, Buddy and Doc this week. Perhaps I’ll make it a theme for my summer. I’ll stalk long-distance bike riders and write about my encounters with them, at least until I finally get out on another one of my own bike tours this fall.

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Moving on to the official Cycle365 Scavenger Hunt, I found some animals and I found some images in clouds. Here they are:

For those of you who live outside the mid-west and Great Plains, those animals are cows.

Wisconsin is well known as the “Dairy State.” Here are some more cows. (I have no idea why the left side of this picture is blurred out, but I like it. )

Dragonfly (Insects are animals too.)

Like a Rorschach Test, this is open to interpretation. I have two interpretations. 1) A Mouse Toy 2) A White Beaver with a Gray Tail

I don’t know why these cows are running away from little ol’ me, but the main feature of this photo is the small cloud shaped exactly like a battleship. The yellow arrow is pointing to it.

Thanks for reading, folks.

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.

4 response to "Animals & Clouds That Look Like Something Else"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 15, 2021

    Great you got to meet some long haulers, and even greater you rode out to meet them!
    Once in a great while a long hauler comes thru here, but only met one once.
    He was on a Yuba cargo bike, and wasnt particularly friendly.c
    Bill actually came thru in ’11, but I was totally unaware of any cycling journal site then. 🙁

    Round 3 completed! Congratulations!

  2. By: NancyG Posted: June 15, 2021

    Mouse Toy for sure. Lotsa cows over your way ;’-). Nice that you are the bike ambassador of YOUR town ;’-).

  3. By: Scooter Posted: June 15, 2021

    What a great idea, a quest to hook up with CycleBlaze tourists! You should plan on a short jaunt up to Eagle River next month to meet Kelly and Jacinto.

  4. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 15, 2021

    I bet you cheered them right up. They do lots of miles in a day, and it seems like it’s been hard on them. Good for you.

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