BEFORE AND AFTER: June 27

Sad to say, the day I was hoping would never arrive HAS arrived. It’s the day I ran out of ideas to replicate old pictures of me or my bike and had to resort to using pictures of G-2. It is an act of desperation, but it’s also an act necessary to complete this lengthy project I’ve gotten myself into.

Some of you readers will remember G-2 from my past writings. For the rest, I’ll provide a brief introduction: G-2 is my cartoon alter-ego. Just for fun, I created him prior to my bike trip to Winnipeg. Since then he has accompanied me on several more tours and he has become kind of an adversary. Sometimes he is downright evil. Indeed, my cartoon alter-ego has developed an even bigger ego than my own huge ego.

It’s a wonder that I haven’t just torn him up and thrown him into a fire somewhere along the way. The problem is, people think he’s cute and they seem to like his antics. I think G-2 might be the only reason anybody reads my bike touring journals. So I keep him around.

But, man, he is a handful. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to save his ass over the years. I suppose it’s partly due to his diminutive size, or partly due to bad luck, but he’s always getting stuck in troublesome situations.

His misfortunes have provided me with at least a couple weeks worth of material for my June Before & After stuff, but G-2 does not deserve that much attention. I’m going to condense his pompous goofiness into just a couple of days. After that, I hope I can recover enough to come up with my own ideas again.

March 11, 2019: Here is my cartoon alter-ego getting stuck on the spines of a small saguaro. I saved him.


Today. G-2 gets entwined among the spines of some kind of gigantic thistle. I saved him.


April 10, 2018: At the very last second I saved G-2 from being crushed by the wheels of a 50-ton rail car.


Today, I saved him again. You’d think he’d learn not to play on the railroad tracks.


March 18, 2018: G-2 made a bad choice when he tangled with a cholla in Arizona’s Buckskin State park. I pulled him out of that mass of terrible thorns.


Today, I rose to the occasion and pulled him out of that mass of terrible rose thorns.


March 10, 2018: While frolicking in the sand dunes near Ehrenberg, AZ, my cartoon alter-ego got stuck. I saved him once again.


While frolicking in the beach sand today, my cartoon alter-ego got stuck. I saved him once again.


August 14, 2019: Who would have thought we’d see a shark in the Palouse country of Washington. Leave it to G-2 to get too close. I saved him from a most gruesome death.


Who would have thought we’d also see a shark in MY Town. Leave it to G-2 to never learn his lesson. I saved him from getting ripped to shreds.


March 28, 2017: Who can ever forget the day he got so drunk at the Surly Brewery that I had to strap him to my bike and haul him to the emergency room?


Similarly, I had to take him to the emergency room at the end of today’s ride. He claimed he was suffering the effects of heat stroke.


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.

3 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: June 27"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: June 27, 2020

    Great to see G-2 again, though I can see why you’d be tired of the little scamp by now. He’s lucky to have you to bail him out from his foolishness time and again. Maybe he’ll return the favor some day.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 27, 2020

    Sharks in Minnesota, global warming is worse than I thought. i like that tittle fella, could you post him over here so I could take him on a cycling holiday too.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 28, 2020

      “I like that tittle fella, could you post him over here so I could take him on a cycling holiday too.”

      Even though you are a Green Bay Packer fan, I could never do that to you. G-2 makes your buddy Ned Kelly look like one of god’s holy angels.

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