Ya know those blow-dry machines that women use to dry their hair after a shower? (Some men too — if they still have hair, which I don’t.) Well, today I had to ride into a gigantic version of one of those things. I just got home and I’m dehydrated and I can’t stop sweating, so please excuse me if I don’t want to get into a debate as to whether an air temperature of 92-degrees and a 14 m.p.h. wind actually measures up to a “a gigantic hot air dryer.”

I’m already starting to regret my daily “before and after” commitment, but here is today’s entry anyway:

July 30, 2019: This picture was taken near the Washington/British Columbia border. I was excited at the possibility of seeing a grizzly bear — as long as it didn’t come onto the road and rip my head off with a swipe of its gigantic paw.

June 8, 2020: This picture was taken a few miles southeast of MY Town. I can’t say I was all that excited about seeing a loggerhead shrike, but I’d be fine with seeing one as long as it didn’t peck my head full of holes with its sharp beak.

Now, you’ve got to admit that was a pretty good reproduction. True, it was only 10 months ago, so I haven’t changed much. That lack of change shouldn’t matter at all though. Just look at recent submissions from Suzanne and Emily. Even though their pictures spanned quite a few more years than mine, they haven’t changed much either.

Even though I didn’t encounter deadly loggerhead shrikes and gopher snakes, I did enjoy the view of the Sand Coulee prairie and the small view-blockers.

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 8"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: June 9, 2020

    How can you not be excited about seeing a loggerhead shrike? I’d be excited about it!

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