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