December Challenge: Collections

Swarms.  Legions.  Flocks.  Skeins.  Gaggles.  Googols.  Armies.  Droves.  Throngs.  Murders. After a month of emptiness, don’t you think we should lurch back the other direction?  This seems like a challenge everyone can participate in, regardless of season or environs.  We expect to see a host of submissions this month, featuring many different aggregations.  What’s the … Continue reading "December Challenge: Collections"

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Plataturkeypus-up and emptiness

Things were going very Minnesotan this month, a cold and wet November, my bike froze up, see featured image (fake news??). ‘ Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ they say, so I’ll return he favour of Greg’s ‘Hastings Little Australia theme park’ and demonstrate how we’re going Minnesotan around here. I agree that Plataturkeypus-up is … Continue reading "Plataturkeypus-up and emptiness"

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Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 3, Warm Springs Road

For my third day ride from base camp in the desert at Lower Warm Springs in the Saline Valley of Death Valley National Park, I wanted to drive the Forester to Lippincott Road. Here’s what the National Park Service has to say about that: “Rough 4WD. Very steep, exposed, and winding with cliff edge washouts. … Continue reading "Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 3, Warm Springs Road"

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Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 2, Steel Pass Road

For my second day ride from base camp in the desert at Lower Warm Springs in the Saline Valley of Death Valley National Park, I wanted to pedal up Steel Pass Road toward Dedeckera Canyon and Eureka Sand Dunes, roughly 20-25 miles distant. In January I pedaled from the dunes to the top of the canyon … Continue reading "Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 2, Steel Pass Road"

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Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Arrival and Ride 1

Due to never-ending pandemic, wildfires burning up to the edge of our home, and family obligations back East, 2020 has prevented me from undertaking as many bicycling expeditions as I would in a typical year. I made it to Death Valley in January and Nevada in February, but that’s about it. Despite those triple constraints, I’ve remained determined … Continue reading "Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Arrival and Ride 1"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride #6 (Updated)

Posted: October 18, 2020 Under: Cycle Life Challenge By Rich-Illinois 6 Comments  Like1 Which wasn’t going to be a Cycle Life ride until I saw something out of the ordinary.  Very strong winds yesterday (almost Minnesota strong).  Got a ride in early before they really got rolling. Breezy again this morning, but not a huge … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride #6 (Updated)"

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HALLOWEEN IS COMING ;’-). HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

Hard to believe that I actually suggested the Holiday Challenge a full year ago! Well, Halloween is back, and the decorations are occurring. Here is the beginning in my neighborhood. I know I will have more to post as the month progresses. These next three are at the same house. There are so many things … Continue reading "HALLOWEEN IS COMING ;’-). HOLIDAY CHALLENGE"

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Cycle Days Challenge #3 + Bike Where Ever Day

Another perfect cycling day in Illinois There go Dave and Dwight along the North Fork River after having passed through bustling Cheneyville Weather due for a major change next week, and in fact, a ‘Small Dog Advisory’ for tomorrow with winds gusting 35-40 mph Taking advantage of this weather while we can We know Illinois … Continue reading "Cycle Days Challenge #3 + Bike Where Ever Day"

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Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points

Vanishing point: the point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge. This month’s theme was inspired by this striking photo from Suzanne’s latest post: I especially like this example because it shows both horizontal and vertical convergence.  There are a couple of other examples below.  Note that the lines don’t actually … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points"

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An arch, or at least something arch-like

Did a mostly gravel ride today, and noticed that these downed trees on the trail form something of a natural arch. And, I even remembered to include the bike in the photo. On another note, smoke from the fires out west have reached the east coast. We’ve been having some really bizarre looking sunrises and … Continue reading "An arch, or at least something arch-like"

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There has to be an invisible sun

Quick science lesson: Smoke from distant fires rises high into the atmosphere, flattens into thick layer. Wind pushes layer of smoke hundreds of miles away above Santa Rosa and the Bay Area. High, thick layer of smoke completely blots out the sun. At lower elevations, marine layer pushes in from the Pacific Ocean and forms … Continue reading "There has to be an invisible sun"

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Challenge of the month, September 2020: Arches

I’ll bet you thought I’d forget about posing this month’s Challenge, enjoying myself cruising around over here in Croatia with Rocky and pretending that the world isn’t falling apart before our eyes.  Nope. Let’s stick with shapes again for another month, and look at another versatile shape: arches.  Lots of possibilities here, natural and un: … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, September 2020: Arches"

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