BEFORE AND AFTER: June 28

If yesterday’s post didn’t demonstrate how much of a pain in the ass G-2 can be, today’s Part 2 should leave no doubt. Here are five more examples of ME bailing him out of danger from the past, and five matching examples from today’s bike ride.

June 19, 2016: Somehow, G-2 almost ended up in the digestive system of a moose. Appropriately, it was in Karlstad, MN which claims to be “The Moose Capitol of the North.”


June 28, 2020: Somehow, 300 miles southeast of Karlstad, G-2 darn near ended up in the digestive system of two animals — a wolf . . .


. . . and a river otter.


August 31, 2017: G-2 not only gets in trouble with modern-day animals, but somehow he managed to anger this supposedly extinct triceratops near Rapid City, South Dakota.


In much the same way, he irritated a stegosaurus today. I hate to say it, but if he keeps up this harassment of dinosaurs, he’s gonna die.


June 16, 2016: For some reason, G-2 thought it would be cool to climb up onto the dome of the Manitoba Provincial Government Building. Guess who had to rescue him when he couldn’t get down.


And guess who had to rescue him from another dome today.


June 12, 2016: There was a serious invasion of tent caterpillars in the Sioux Narrows Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. G-2 thought it would be ironic to taunt them while on an actual tent.


There is nothing ironic about taunting plastic doggie trailer lizards. I saved my alter-ego anyway.


August 1, 2019: “OH MY GOD, G-2,” I said when I saw this. I didn’t even want to touch that huge web. This rescue occurred somewhere along the Columbia River.


He did it again, and I saved him again. Afterward, I rubbed my hands and arms down to rid them of spiders.


Before I go, I have one more Greg-saves-G-2 story. There are no pictures to go with the story, because I was too panic-stricken to think of photography at that moment.

It happened on the fourth day of last year’s bike tour. G-2 and I were camped in a Kettle Falls, WA city park. We were working on our journal when a big gust of wind swept G-2 off the picnic table, over the parking lot, and down the street. I sprung into action and chased him at a sprint for more than a block, thinking I might never see him again. Finally, I managed to catch up and step on him to prevent him from flying further away.

So even though he gives me so much grief and I complain about him a lot, I think that story shows how genuine my concern for him is. I love that little bastard.

There you have it; my cartoon alter-ego got his two days of fame. Now he can go back in his desk drawer for another few months and I can finish the last couple days of my June Before & After project on my own. I already know what I’m going to do.

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 28"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: June 28, 2020

    Home stretch, Greg. Home stretch. You can see that finish line in the distance… so close…

  2. By: gregblood Posted: June 28, 2020

    Thanks Bob. Yes, I CAN see the finish line. Two weeks ago I couldn’t.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: June 29, 2020

    Lots of creepy crawlies of all sizes in that post. At least my crew stays contained in the handlebar bag unless I let them out 🙂 I need a low maintenance crew for sure, I don’t know how you don’t get tired of rescuing G-2. At some point, I WOULD just let him blow away in the wind!

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 29, 2020

      Amen to that sister! I SHOULD let him fly off into oblivion, but I can’t. I think I recall reading about you riding backwards a couple miles one time to retrieve either Kermit or Verne. I know your pals are well-behaved, but even if they started giving you some grief I just know you wouldn’t let them float away on their floaties down a crocodile-infested river. Ha.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 29, 2020

    Pssst…G2…Between you and me I think Greg has a bad case of ‘Munchausen by proxy syndrome’ , I think he’s the one putting you in danger, put yourself in an envelope and post yourself here ASAP.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 29, 2020

      Very good with the Munchausen’s By Proxy theory. However, after giving it some deep thought, I think it might be more accurate to say that G-2 is engaged in some kind of REVERSE Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome in which he purposefully puts himself in danger in ways that make it look like I”M the one putting him in danger, only to make him look like a REAL hero and at the same time make it look like I’m PRETENDING to be a hero. I hope you can make more sense of this paragraph than I can.

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 29, 2020

        Sounds perfectly illogical to me.

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