BEFORE AND AFTER: June 16

See that thing up there at the top of the page. That’s the sun and it felt great today. The temperature was a comfortable 86-degrees, the humidity was moderate, and the wind was mild. It was the kind of day that makes me forget about this:

Mind you, I’m okay with winter and I consider this scene to be kind of pretty, but I definitely prefer summer.


That’s not my before & after, of course. My self-imposed rules specify the official “before” picture has to include me, or my bike, or (as a last resort) G-2. If I had been next to that big ol’ sun in the picture, I would have been charred beyond recognition.

Let’s move on to today’s TRUE Before & After. Again, I had to do quite a bit of searching for something I could re-create today. As soon as I found the right picture, I headed out to do my job.

I was excited to be riding and even more excited to find a place to stage my “after” picture. Then I enjoyed some cool air blowing in my face while riding down a hill, at the bottom of which I was greeted by a big happiness-crusher. It was a red traffic light. One thing that really pisses me off is having to sit still on my bicycle seat and suffer for more than a minute. The hot sun and my sweaty face weren’t any fun either, but when you add a fiercely annoying voice . . . well, see for yourself.

Eventually I did get through that red light and I did find a place to complete today’s mission, and I did get an additional 10 miles of uninterrupted cycling in.

August 18, 2013: I had set up camp in Hazelton, North Dakota’s city park and was taking advantage of some shade provided by a little pavilion. Then I saw this huge spider inching its way down a tiny strand of spider web. I thought it was going to attack my campsite.

June 16, 2020: Again, I was sitting in the cool shade of a little pavilion in one of MY Town’s city parks, when I saw an even BIGGER spider. I believe it could have easily eaten a bike.


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.

2 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: June 16"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 16, 2020

    Judging by the rusty color, Mr Spider may have eaten a few bicycles — steel framed ones anyway.
    No waiting at traffic lights here (or Cheneyville) — none exist — we used to have two, count ’em TWO! C-ville never had any. 🙁

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: June 17, 2020

    Haha! Love the video, made me laugh out loud. Mr Wait is down under, too. In Oz, I don’t mind the huge spiders… they aren’t the poisonous ones. It’s the little redbacks you’ve got to watch out for!

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