THE GREAT PORTABLE RESTROOM CHALLENGE

Portable restroom, portable toilet, porta-john, porta-potty, happy can, gottago, doodie hut, crap cabin, shit shack, kybo, outhouse, Garceau . . . Whatever you call them, you’ve got to admit that portable restrooms are sometimes a godsend for us cyclists.  Sure, they’re often smelly and unsanitary beyond belief.  Sometimes they contain flies, cockroaches, millipedes, and other … Continue reading "THE GREAT PORTABLE RESTROOM CHALLENGE"

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How DARE I Have the Audacity to Enter Another April Challenge Post Like This

I was almost certain the weather predicters had it wrong.  Almost all of our snow was gone and here they were telling us that we’d be getting another 6-12″ this week.  “You’re full of –IT,” I told Keith Marler on Channel 9.  “I’ve been riding my bike in 60-degree air for the last couple of … Continue reading "How DARE I Have the Audacity to Enter Another April Challenge Post Like This"

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CLC in Reverse . . . . Ride 6? + CLC Real Deal Ride 6

Reverse in the sense that all the metal objects will be donated to JR’s re-cyling, to be, well, recycled The assemblage represents a long period of time removing the debris from various roads Not all the swag was as pictured, some good stuff too, lineman’s pliers, restaurant grade pizza cutter, a Budweiser koozie, and various … Continue reading "CLC in Reverse . . . . Ride 6? + CLC Real Deal Ride 6"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride 5: A Referendum and a Flea Market

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and since we were attending a big family celebration in the afternoon, I just did a ride around the ‘hood. My first goal was to sign a referendum on Munich’s bicycle infrastructure. We want more and bigger and better bicycle paths!!! Not just for fun stuff on the week-ends, … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride 5: A Referendum and a Flea Market"

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CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma

March 14, 2019 The wife and I traveled to that tourist hotspot in Sonoma County known as Petaluma when we had a few days off. Why there? I have lots of rellies that live in Sonoma County, including lots of them in Petaluma, and we hadn’t seen them in a long time. Plus my sister … Continue reading "CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma"

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Vernal Equinox Illinois — Photo Added

  Illinois and Minnesota completely obscured by clouds 20 March, 2019  🙁 It doesn’t look like parts of the West Coast or Western Australia are faring much better Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Eastern Australia and Munich look clear 🙂 Not looking very promising for a sunset photo So . . . . . . . . . Out … Continue reading "Vernal Equinox Illinois — Photo Added"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #7: The Loser Slumps Into Eternal Glory

I was feeling pretty proud of myself when I woke up this morning and started preparing for my seventh and final CLC ride.  After all, it was to be my ride to VICTORY–the ride that would bring me eternal glory before any of the other Cycle 365 challengers–especially my ultra-competitive friend from Portland.  Yup, I … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #7: The Loser Slumps Into Eternal Glory"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #6: Pothole Potpourri

I see Scott has ramped up the race-to-the-finish with some more verbal taunting.  That’s fine with me though, because if there is anything at all that my human alter-ego ever taught me, it would be how to respond to a challenge with even MORE smack-talking rhetoric.  Just to be clear, I intend to win this … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #6: Pothole Potpourri"

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CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack

With the tread of G-2’s rear wheel fading into the distance, I’m starting to lose hope of breaking the tape on this spring’s challenge.  Still, I’m in it to win it so I’ll plug away, keeping my chance alive.  Maybe Doris will flatten or get waylaid by the midwest’s floodwaters and I can zip past … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw

Hello again one and all.  Warmer temperatures have arrived and that ain’t necessarily a GOOD thing.  Sure it feels better than frostbitten cheeks, but according to Channel 9’s morning weather personality, Keith Marler, our snow levels have gone down 17-inches in the last five days.  He says flooding is imminent. I certainly don’t want to … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw"

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CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park

I really HATE IT when I’m in a race and don’t realize it until my competitor zips past with a well-timed taunt.  Typically this happens with Rachael, who likes to sneak up from behind and then whiz by gleefully proclaiming “Race, I win!” So I’m understandably none too pleased when I read the comments on my … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #3: Gregblood v. G-2

Well, against all disbelief, Gregblood actually followed up on his threat; he filed a lawsuit against me.  Some guy brought me an envelope a couple of days ago and said, “You’ve been served!”  I had a very clever response to that.  “HUH?” The following document is what I was “served.”     In my opinion, … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #3: Gregblood v. G-2"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #2: The Snow Storm Didn’t Come, Yet Doris and I Rode Our Bikes Anyway

  We waited and waited and waited until we could wait no longer.  It was mid-afternoon and there was still no snow, but we absolutely HAD to get out into the first above-freezing temperature we’ve had since well over a month ago.  And even though we didn’t get to ride among snowflakes as big as … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #2: The Snow Storm Didn’t Come, Yet Doris and I Rode Our Bikes Anyway"

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2019 Cycle Life Challenge: Introduction and Ride 1

Our theme for the 2019 Cycle Life Challenge is TREATS – those small indulgences that make life just that little bit more pleasurable. Our choice theme came about in a few ways: I have been on a very strict anti-inflammatory diet since late last August. I have had no red meat, dairy, wheat, alcohol, junk … Continue reading "2019 Cycle Life Challenge: Introduction and Ride 1"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1: Bicycles, Icicles, and Gourmet Eats

VIDEO INTRODUCTION       A couple of weeks ago I tried to set up my own account on Cycle365, but something either went wrong with the registration system or else I was a victim of cardboard-cartoon-character-alter-ego discrimination.  I guess it doesn’t really matter what the reason was for my rejection because I was able to hack … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1: Bicycles, Icicles, and Gourmet Eats"

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