I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up this Before & After stuff for 15 more days. I know I said that last week, but this time I MEAN it. I’m running out of quality, reproduce-able cycling pictures. If I am to maintain any hope of completing this project, I’m going to have to take a few liberties here and there — ethically questionable liberties. And they begin today. That’s why I am now offering a sincere apology in advance for what you are about to read.

I was very lucky this morning. I had no clue what I was going to do for today’s post until an idea was handed to me on a silver platter. I’ll explain more about that later. For now, let’s just say I was reminded of a memory that is memorable for being unmemorable in a did-this-memory-ever-happen kind of way. (Hmmm, perhaps the explanation about the silver platter coming up later will help explain that last sentence as well.)

November 22, 2015: This picture was taken in Woomangama National Park during my tour in southeast Australia. I was just finishing a tough 4-mile climb and I was disappointed that the sign just showed a picture of a stupid truck instead of something indicating the awesome downhill grade ahead of me.

June 15, 2020: Today I got a picture of the sign I was looking for back then. (As an aside, I did climb back up that hill and let me tell you, a half-mile at 11% is the upper limit of my cycling capabilities.)

I’m not done yet, so please don’t go away. It was one of those days when one idea, which was served up on a silver platter, helped me to think up another idea all by myself.

June 19, 2017: Almost exactly three years ago, I took this picture of ME taking a picture of ME. I thought it was interesting enough to post here.

June 15, 2020: This is exactly the same location, but, as you can see, I’ve changed quite a bit over the last three years.

While hanging around that overlook in June of 2017, I got another photo. It included a gal who was on a Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Lake Superior bicycle tour. Her husband took the picture for us.

June 19, 2017: She was really nice and her smile was as big as mine.

June 15, 2020: Quite coincidentally, I met this gal in the exact same place today. Her smile was nice too.

What a day!

Oh boy, it’s time for me to come clean. Half of this post is fake news from ME, who I affectionately like to think of as The Liberal Media.

The first picture — the one from Australia — isn’t mine. Neither is the story associated with it. I’ve never been to Australia and I probably didn’t fool anybody because I’m sure you all recognized that middle finger as being Emily’s. The second picture, however, is mine.

In regard to the silver platter reference, I got the idea for this post from a message Emily posted last night on one of my posts. She intended for me to see a photo of her wearing a pre-Covid mask, but I scrolled down further and saw the “finger” picture. As a guy who frequently flips the finger at signs (and other things) while biking, I liked that one better.

I took even greater liberties with the next few photos. I like to think of it as “artistic license.” The photo I claimed was Me taking a picture of ME is actually ME taking a picture of fellow 365-er, Scott Anderson. The next one is really ME taking a picture of ME via a timer.

And, of course, the gal who was on a MN, WI, SUPERIOR TOUR isn’t just some random gal with a great smile. It was Rachael. And the gal in the follow-up picture was none other than Doris. Oh, the lengths I will go to complete a challenge.

As you saw, I had good reason to start today’s post with an apology. Several reasons, actually. Like using inflammatory hand gestures. Like illegally using other people’s photos without permission. Like multiple counts of impersonating respected Cycle-365ers. Like posting fake news on social websites. Like reckless idiocy. I am so, so sorry.

Remember my featured photo above? Here is Scott’s photo from the same place three years ago. Gotta love them clouds.

One example of ME flipping the bird to a sign. This was in northern Montana. It was in no way disrespect to bears; it was disrespect for the condescending nature of the sign itself.

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.

7 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: June 15"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: June 15, 2020

    Greg, I really hope you keep this up. I, for one, can’t wait to see what you’re coming up with by June 30th. 🙂

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 15, 2020

      Thank you, BOBINVT. It is encouragement like yours that will drive me to Before & After success.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: June 15, 2020

    Brilliant again! That would have been material for three posts. I guess you wouldn’t otherwise be able to fit all your before and after stories into the remaining days.

  3. By: Scooter Posted: June 15, 2020

    Suzanne is right. You could have split it up and gotten through two more days. Don’t use up all your brain cells though – you promised to come up with next month’s challenge.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 15, 2020

    I have great confidence in you completing the mission.
    Always interesting to see what you conjure up!

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: June 16, 2020

    Very clever, very creative – well done, Greg! Even if I wasn’t familiar with the Australian middle finger photo, I’d know it wasn’t you – too many view blockers. You’d never choose that route. I do remember being complete toast at the end of that very long day!

  6. By: Rocky Posted: June 16, 2020

    Great post! It made my day. It’s great to see the picture of the 2 of us again!

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