Brick and I

It’s been several days now since it has been issued, but I’m still feeling some serious anxiety over Scott’s “Brick Challenge.”  I mean, it’s a BRICK for godsakes.  What am I supposed to say about a brick?  Something like this:  “Here is a brick.  It’s, how shall I say, brick-colored.”  Or how about this:  “I would describe this particular brick as having the size and shape of a  . . . brick.”  A poem?  Really?  “What the frick/ why a brick/ is this a trick?”  Where am I even going to find a brick?  Why can’t I be as perceptive as Robert Maynard Pirsig?  Why can’t we go back to having Old Grumbleface come up with our monthly challenges?

To be sure, that’s a lot of questions.  But I got lucky.  VERY lucky.  I was riding my bike today–like almost every day–but this was the first time I have EVER picked up a hitch-hiker.  And the hitch-hiker was, of all things, a brick.  I have to be the luckiest Cycle365-er of all time.  The brick did almost all the talking too, which made my job pretty easy.  And I just happened to be video-ing the whole thing.



You should have seen how Brick jumped off my handlebar bag.  It had to hurt.  Hop, drop, and then a huge THUD onto the concrete.  He seemed un-fazed though.  But then, he IS as hard as a brick.  As he rejoined his clan of bricks, I had one last request of him.

“You’re pretty cool, man.  I’m looking for a new alter-ego cuz my current one is becoming a major pain in the ass.  Any interest?”

“Um . . . I’ll have to think about it,” answered Brick.

“That’s OK, no pressure,” I said.  Then I added, “I’ll pick you up tomorrow for another ride.  We’ll go beyond the world of Hastings–maybe all the way to Prescott, Wisconsin.”


Brick and I


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.

8 response to "Brick and I"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: May 3, 2019

    Looking forward to many sequels with Brick. I expect there is going to be some drama when G2 gets wind of your beautiful new friendship with Louis – um Brick.

    • By: gregblood Posted: May 4, 2019

      I don’t think I’m going to tell G-2 about this, but he’ll probably find out somehow. And you’re right, he’ll probably blow a gasket. Or maybe he’ll just find his own brick to hang out with.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 3, 2019

    Great video!
    Looking closely where Brick hopped off, it appears, there is a chip off the block or maybe Brick IS a chip off the old block?. 😉
    Suzanne is right, G-2 will be mortar-fied when he finds out whats going on.

    • By: gregblood Posted: May 4, 2019

      Mortar-fied. That’s one of the best puns I’ve heard in a long time.

      You’re very perceptive. Brick did get damaged after hopping off the bike.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: May 3, 2019

    Very impressed how you balanced that brick, whilst filming and all in one take. Enjoyed the ride around Hastings, looks nice. Have any neighbours caught you talking to paper cut outs and bricks yet? Around here you do find many bricks lying around intersections and round-abouts, used to weigh down garage sale foldouts.

    • By: gregblood Posted: May 4, 2019

      I don’t know for sure if I’ve been seen talking to inanimate objects, but at least nobody has said anything to me about it. And yeah, I too am amazed that Brick stayed on the handlebar bag right up to the end.

  4. By: Scooter Posted: May 3, 2019

    Wow, Greg. Thanks! I handed this over to Rocky to enjoy, and after laughing constantly she pronounced that I’m not the strangest member of this group after all. I’m supporting daily backups for this crazy crowd, she asks?

    • By: gregblood Posted: May 4, 2019

      I appreciate Rocky’s support, but you can tell her that I still think she’s married to the craziest member of the group.

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