I was able to quickly find an old picture this morning and I knew exactly where I had to go in order to reproduce it. That certainly worked out nicely.

My ride worked out nicely too. Hills, farmland, wetlands, birdlife, nice weather, nuclear power plant — what more could I ask for. Maybe not so many view-blockers, but today was not the day to get greedy.

February 27, 2018: I rode my loaded bike the length of the Las Vegas strip. The traffic was terrifying, but the sights and the people-watching were world-class. That’s why I didn’t even consider taking a quieter route. Here I am in front of the Caesar’s Palace Resort and Casino complex.

June 20, 2020: I rode my unloaded bike to the Prairie Island Indian Community. The traffic was peaceful and the sights were pastoral. There was no people watching. Here I am in front of the Prairie Island Resort and Casino complex.

I might as well go ahead and show you a few more pictures from my very pleasant bike ride.

The Prairie Island Nuclear Energy Plant. By taking this picture, I may have violated several Northern States Power Company security rules and, judging by the number of security cameras in the area, they probably have proof.

Cute, yet scary, towers like this hold up miles of electrical cables coming out of the nuclear plant.

If the turtles don’t mind the power plant, why should I?

I NEED the hills in this area to build up my legs, lungs and heart . . . but I LIKE the hills in this area to achieve very high rates of speed.

My signal to crouch down into the racing position and FLY!

Another nice thing about this ride is that I came across something that I have never seen in this area. It was a wheat field. And that created another Before & After opportunity. That’s what I’ll finish with.

August 16, 2019: A goofball adorned with a couple stems of wheat in the famous wheat fields of the Palouse.

June 16,2020: A goofball adorned with a couple stems of wheat in the unknown wheat fields near Prairie Island.

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 20"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 21, 2020

    For some strange reason I can’t read your photo captions, very faded.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: June 21, 2020

    Next time I’ll press harder on the typewriter keys.

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