February Challenge – results of weather

Well don’t expect any snow forts, icicles or snow drifts here…coz it’s hot, hot, hot and the middle of summer. It hasn’t even snowed here in winter since the last ice age. We’re too close to the equator, too close to sea level and the southern hemisphere doesn’t have the large land masses. I went … Continue reading "February Challenge – results of weather"

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You can’t photograph perfect weather either

I think we’ve figured out that you can’t really photograph cold or heat. Well, it turns out you can’t photograph perfect weather either. If you could… here it is. After 5.5 weeks of insane heat and then a week of high heat and high humidity we had two perfect days over the weekend (which I … Continue reading "You can’t photograph perfect weather either"

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February challenge: whiteout in PDX

Or, as we like to call it up here, Snowpocalypse.  After warnings of a killer one to three inches of snow though, all we got last night was a light dusting.  An insignificant showing compared to our friends almost anywhere else in the northern hemisphere right now.  I’m almost embarrassed to submit it, but for … Continue reading "February challenge: whiteout in PDX"

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FOURTH OF JULY WEATHER ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

A person could be forgiven for taking one look at the featured picture and thinking something like this:  “That doesn’t look like Fourth of July Weather to me.”  But this post isn’t about that person, it’s about ME, and to ME it feels like a hot summer day. MY town has emerged from the Polar … Continue reading "FOURTH OF JULY WEATHER ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY"

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Spring in January? – Monthly Challenge Clouds

No, it is definitely not spring yet although it was a few degrees warmer today than yesterday. I somehow expected some spring-like vegetation in the Botanical Garden and since it was a bit warmer and there was no snow on the bike paths, Janos and I cycled there. This winter cycling is something new; last … Continue reading "Spring in January? – Monthly Challenge Clouds"

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Put your arms around me, baby, like a circle ’round the sun

Another pleasant January day in northern California. High cloud and filtered sunshine, with temperature close to 70° F in some places, but a chilly wind out of the north while pedaling. I drove down to Mill Valley, parked near the elementary school, and biked through Sausalito, across the bridge, and on the path along the … Continue reading "Put your arms around me, baby, like a circle ’round the sun"

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Monthly challenge. A bike and some clouds

After an almost cloudless week and stinking hot temperatures some clouds rolled in and the temperature plummeted…AAAhhhhh. This photo was taken outside our new hospital with my bike, public art work and some nice stratocumulus clouds, then some rain later. click here for my previous days ride with a link to my week long cycle … Continue reading "Monthly challenge. A bike and some clouds"

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Ride # 1: 02 January 2019

The first ride on 2019 was from where Brian lives to Putrajaya and back. Putrajaya is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.  The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya.  Kuala Lumpur had by then become overcrowded and congested because of rapid urban development.  Things haven’t improved since. Architects and city planners started with … Continue reading "Ride # 1: 02 January 2019"

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FINDING A CLOUD ISN’T MUCH OF A CHALLENGE IN A MINNESOTA WINTER

Thanks to some warm air flowing up from Santa Rosa, California, MY Town had been experiencing higher than normal temperatures for most of December.  That situation has changed somewhat, as you can see on the weather graphic shown above.  The windchills have been below zero for all of 2019 so far.  I don’t know what … Continue reading "FINDING A CLOUD ISN’T MUCH OF A CHALLENGE IN A MINNESOTA WINTER"

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RIDE # 173: 24 DECEMBER 2018

The Rapha Festive 500 challenge kicked off today.  Ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. I had a pre-dawn start under a bright gibbous moon.  I rode a meandering route south-west to the coast, following the Langat River where possible. The Langat River this close to the sea is tidal.  The morning … Continue reading "RIDE # 173: 24 DECEMBER 2018"

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Retro wall photo – Cardinal Greenway

My parents have always been super-supportive of my interests and of me, in general. They could tell very early on that bikes were my thing… and they always did what they could to encourage me to pursue cycling. My dad built me scooters and Chopper bikes and all manner of bike modifications. He didn’t have … Continue reading "Retro wall photo – Cardinal Greenway"

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December’s challenge: a wall, a bike, and a mountain

So my first December submission flopped miserably, rejected by sharp-eyed Suzanne’s observation that an iron fence doesn’t fit the definition of a wall.  Let’s try again. This wall is maybe open to question too.  It sure looks wallish to me, but some my view it as merely a highway restraining barrier.  There are still a … Continue reading "December’s challenge: a wall, a bike, and a mountain"

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December’s challenge: crossing the Tech

Today we crossed over into Spain, crossing the Pyrenees over the low Col de Panissars, the ancient route the Romans took through the mountains.  To call the day adventurous would be an understatement. With a treacherous descent and a barefoot walk in the water, it was a ride not quite like any we’ve experienced, a … Continue reading "December’s challenge: crossing the Tech"

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November art challenge: some headless torsi

I’m not sure what the story is on these colorful statues in Montpellier.  Is it a single work of art, or a series of ancient works vandalized by spray painters?  Whatever we’re seeing here, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s much improved by the addition of a stylishly placed bicycle. There was more to this … Continue reading "November art challenge: some headless torsi"

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The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – Monthly Challenge Outdoor Art

Good weather, that’s the Good, and it seems to want to go on forever. Of course it won’t, but although it is getting cooler, it doesn’t feel like summer ever stopped and I just wonder why the shadows are so long and it is getting dark so early in the day. I love that riding … Continue reading "The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – Monthly Challenge Outdoor Art"

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Coffeeneuring #5 – Little Bessie Gets New Shoes

I’ve been riding Little Bessie a lot lately. I like the upright sitting and just the relaxed feeling I have on her…oh yes her bell too! However, she has had a rubbing on her back wheel for several months. We thought it was just because the wheel was out of round. Nope she had two … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring #5 – Little Bessie Gets New Shoes"

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Public Art Challenge: A Memorial to Peace

November 11, the day of the Armistice Treaty of Compiègne, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. For this occasion, the Munich action artist Walter Kuhn has transformed the Königsplatz into a sea of ​​several thousand large red poppies made of artificial silk, thus commemorating the millions of soldiers and civilian … Continue reading "Public Art Challenge: A Memorial to Peace"

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bubbles

John Deere dealership years ago In the past, a foundry here cast parts for JD equipment                                                    (Click here for current photos of the ruins) Bubbly artwork adorns the northern facade now The laundromat’s float in the Sweetcorn Festival Parade spews massive amounts of bubbles Lawrence Welk would be pleased  😉 * * * * … Continue reading "bubbles"

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Eye-Poppingly Beautiful Art in MY Town

Coffeeneuring, November Outdoor Art, Thanksgiving Community Service–it’s almost too many challenges in one month for my addled brain to handle.  Physically and emotionally, I’m ready and willing to do all of them, but mentally I am going to have to approach them in the same way I always handle multiple tasks–one at a time. I’m … Continue reading "Eye-Poppingly Beautiful Art in MY Town"

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