BEFORE AND AFTER: The June 6th Edition

Yup, it happened again; another thought entered my head today. A thinking man’s gotta think, and this morning I was thinking about how I was going to pull off the bold idea I had yesterday. (The one about riding around for 25 straight days and taking a picture when it reminded me of a picture from my past.)

I was a little concerned, not because of the “25-straight-days-of-riding” part, but because of the “aimless-searching-for-a-possible-before-and-after-picture” part. That’s when I came up with the idea to reverse the process. I will start with a picture from the past and then search for a way to reproduce it while on my bike ride. I thought that would be a good way to give my bike rides a true mission.

To make things even more interesting, I even came up with a rare 2nd IDEA ON THE SAME DAY! My new plan is to select some favorite pictures from bike tours in different states and try to re-create them as closely as possible right here in MY Town and the surrounding counties. Of course, I can’t use just ANY favorite picture from a bike tour. No, I can only use pictures that include me, or my bike, or if I get really desperate, G-2.

As you can imagine, this idea might present some challenges considering the lack of deserts, mountains, swamps, oceans, canyons, and other regional landscapes in this area but, again, the new picture only has to meet the standard of “as close as possible.”

Here is today’s entry:

[August, 2013] I had to walk into a roadside ditch — 20 miles southeast of Bismarck, North Dakotato take this selfie of me with a bunch of pretty flowers.

[June 6, 2020] I had to stumble into a weedy roadside ditch — 5 miles west of Hastings, Minnesota — to take this selfie of me with a bunch of pretty flowers.

There you go. This is the kind of thing you can expect from me for the rest of the month.

The flowery ditch. I’m lucky I didn’t break an ankle or, at minimum, get a serious rash from poison ivy.

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.

4 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: The June 6th Edition"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 6, 2020


    My 3 brain cells and synapses go into system overload when that happens

    Nice photos, right down to the same cap! Score!!

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 7, 2020

    Nothing like a frolic amongst the flowers.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: June 8, 2020

    Hope you didn’t pick up any ticks. The purples and whites suit you – though your sunburned face correlates nicely with sunflowers in the other pic.

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