June Challenge – Blue bike sign

Here’s a bike. On a blue sign. Challenge complete. These signs direct you on road segments between rail trails in the area. Here is a link to the rest of the ride: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2020/07/07/shifting-july-ride-1-independence/ And here is an album for the times… the new one by J.S. Ondara. This song is my favourite because I love … Continue reading "June Challenge – Blue bike sign"

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Independence Day, Whatcom County

There’s just enough blue here that I can claim this as a submission for both the July and Holiday challenges.  Today’s loop along the Nooksack River made the best of a generally grey Independence Day. No big sights, just a mostly quiet, peaceful fifty miler (one for each state!).  Perfect. Video sound track: Fanfare for … Continue reading "Independence Day, Whatcom County"

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June Challenge – to Jekyll Island, then and now

Alrighty, here we go with my first attempt at a challenge. After much searching, I really wasn’t able to come with then and now photographs that showed both me and a bike. So, this is going to be mostly a story, with a couple photos that hopefully capture the time vibe, and of course keep … Continue reading "June Challenge – to Jekyll Island, then and now"

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May challenge: The current situation – Changes, changes

I didn’t really see what the May challenge was supposed to entail, so I have come up with my own challenge that reflects what we call ‘the current situation’ at work. We are not allowed to say anything like coronavirus or COVID-19 or ‘the virus’ in ANY of our work communications (including the many emails … Continue reading "May challenge: The current situation – Changes, changes"

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Challenge of the month: MAY I go outside now, please?

It’s difficult thinking of an appropriate theme for the month at this unprecedented time.  We’re all stuck to one degree or another, some of us really severely – unable to make meaningful plans, unable to tour, unable to leave our home, or unable even to get home.  I’m thinking especially of folks like Mike and … Continue reading "Challenge of the month: MAY I go outside now, please?"

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Strawberry Mountain

Coloradans will laugh at its insignificance compared to their gallery of fourteeners, but Strawberry Mountain is plenty impressive for us.  Topping 9,000’, its the highest Oregon peak east of the Cascades other than Steens Mountain and the Wallowas. Today anyway, when it’s covered in snow, I might argue that it’s the most impressive because of … Continue reading "Strawberry Mountain"

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Because everything happens in 3’s

You will not believe this post. I almost can’t believe this post. I have taken one for the whole cycle365 team. I have saved all of you except Scott and Rocky substantial pain and hospital visits. I have ‘thirded’ myself so you don’t have to, since everything happens in threes. Yes, on an absolutely gorgeous … Continue reading "Because everything happens in 3’s"

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Closed: Tour de Lockdown

Yesterday Sonoma County ordered all parks to close due to an excess of congregating by self-isolated, locked down, sheltered in place, stay at home folks. When closing parks, that meant every state park, county park, regional park, city park, etc, plus every open space, schoolyard, playground, and multi-use path in the county. Wait. What? Paths? … Continue reading "Closed: Tour de Lockdown"

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Challenge of the month, April 2020: more of the same, please!

I hate to risk further swelling Greg’s already oversized ego, but I think his idea for a monthly challenge was brilliant and timely.  If you’re like me, you’re finding it therapeutic and comforting  to open up these posts and listen to such a variety of music.  Unless anyone thinks otherwise, I propose that we continue … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, April 2020: more of the same, please!"

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