Triple challenge on Presidents Day

Today’s ride has three goals: honor many but not all of our presidents, and support the Holiday Challenge; copycat some of the themes of this month’s choose your own adventure challenge; and visit another set of trees in my Portland Heritage Tree Quest. I think I did quite well: one dead President, (Teddy Roosevelt, shown … Continue reading "Triple challenge on Presidents Day"

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KING OF THE COPYCATS: Mission Accomplished

In case you didn’t read the title of this post, I’ll repeat:  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  But it wasn’t easy.  Over the course of the first week of the February challenge, I managed to keep track of and rip-off all of the ideas of the other participants at least one time.  Then a couple more challengers came … Continue reading "KING OF THE COPYCATS: Mission Accomplished"

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Mural Challenge No.2 and copy-catting

The above mural is another by Fintan Magee in Leederville, one of my favourites. Here’s an article about this mural I’m continuing with my mural theme and copying TJ’s ‘start and finish’ as well. Today was a coolish summer day so I left home, heading to my mums house in Quinn’s Rocks (70kms) via the … Continue reading "Mural Challenge No.2 and copy-catting"

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Some grungy street art and copycat-ing

G’day Cycle-lifers, So the February challenge is to post three posts, my work load has tripled (you know, some people have to still work, sad but true). My theme will be street murals as they’re all over the place here and I’ll also copy some one else’s theme as well. Today it’s Greg’s snowman, which … Continue reading "Some grungy street art and copycat-ing"

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A Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt

I forgot about Valentine’s Day this year, until Rocky wondered out loud last night if anyone would get her a cookie this year,  Typical – I never remember holidays or special days like anniversaries and birthdays.  I’m a terrible companion and friend, unless folks remind me to look their way. Prompted into action though, I … Continue reading "A Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt"

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Challenge of the Month: Stump After the Storm

Very high winds and stormy yesterday. Storm Ciara in England and called Sabine when it arrived in Germany, caused all flights to be cancelled, no trains were running, things were pretty quiet except for the wind. Actually, sitting indoors we didn’t notice much. I wasn’t going out on my bike, though. Today we still had … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: Stump After the Storm"

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Challeng of the month: Desert rust

Definition of rust 1a: the reddish brittle coating formed on iron especially when chemically attacked by moist air and composed essentially of hydrated ferric oxide b: a comparable coating produced on a metal other than iron by corrosion c: something resembling rust : ACCRETION 2: corrosive or injurious influence or effect 3: any of numerous … Continue reading "Challeng of the month: Desert rust"

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KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART TWO: Monthly Challenge

  Far be it from me to hijack somebody else’s creative idea for the February Challenge.  That would be wrong, just as it was wrong to copy Rich and Old Grumbleface in my last post.  And it would be even MORE wrong for me to steal the ideas of EVERY SINGLE CYCLE365-er this month.  I … Continue reading "KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART TWO: Monthly Challenge"

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Challenge of the month, February 2020: Choose your own adventure!

This month’s challenge comes to you from Rachael, the website’s technical crew.  She suggested the idea after getting tired of me bouncing ideas off of her, and then suggested that it would be too bad if something bad happened to our little website if we didn’t use her idea.  So we’ll go with it. And, … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, February 2020: Choose your own adventure!"

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Not a damn good rock shot, but we’re on the board

Finally, the wind pushed out the smoke long enough to get a ride in. We also managed to find a rock. Living on the alluvial flats means it is hard to find anything but cobblestones. But the guys and I finally managed a ride over 15kms this year – it’s just been too smoky to … Continue reading "Not a damn good rock shot, but we’re on the board"

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Windchill Cycling And Two Stories Involving Rocks And The Feeshko

First off, let’s get the windchill cycling part of my title out of the way.  I know I’ve bored you enough about MY town’s winter weather, so I’ll keep this short.  The morning started out at 7-degrees (F) below zero.   I waited for it to warm up a bit before going for my daily … Continue reading "Windchill Cycling And Two Stories Involving Rocks And The Feeshko"

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January Challenge #4

Found in Indiana — this is believed to be a Pre-Cambrian tillite from Canada A lithified glacial till containing various sized fragments The interesting thing is, it shows an outline of the Western Hemisphere North America is recognizable, South America not quite so much The granite clast in North America is approximately in the location … Continue reading "January Challenge #4"

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Finding Rocco’s Roots

Little-known fact: One of the earliest and most obscure episodes of “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates on PBS featured Rocco. With the help of professional researchers, census records, and DNA analysis, Dr. Gates was able to determine that Rocco has many close relatives in Northern California. I managed to gather them all together … Continue reading "Finding Rocco’s Roots"

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Challenge of the month, January 2020: Rocks

Last month’s challenge subject, Reds, was possibly the most productive one yet, generating 35 submissions; while the November one, Kids, was probably the least popular, resulting in only ten.  I’m sure there’s a message in there somewhere, but I’m not quite sure what it is.  Maybe lifeless subjects are easier to work with than squirrelly, … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, January 2020: Rocks"

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December Challenge Finale

58F!  Let’s go! Someone spilled the beans — including some red kidney beans Those are rejects from Teasdale Foods which are taken by tractor and wagon to the landfill periodically Teasdale specializes in Mexican lentil products although these aren’t jumping beans  😉 Another view through the chain stays Tagging along behind the tractor and wagon … Continue reading "December Challenge Finale"

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WHEN VERMILLION ISN’T RED

“Hmmmmmmm,” I said to myself this morning, “where should I ride today that I haven’t been to for a while and isn’t too far away?” “I haven’t been to the Vermillion River recently,” I answered. “HEY!” I shouted out excitedly, “VERMILLION!  Vermillion is RED, isn’t it?” “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m right about that, me.” … Continue reading "WHEN VERMILLION ISN’T RED"

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December Challenge: Red is the new Black

Featured image: Morning coffee, Smitten Merino Californian Red Zip Neck Top. Yo I’m back! Been absent from this site for a little stretch as I’d been overseeing a big project at work. A lot of time spent staring at a computer screen during the working day. So it’s RED for December! One of the bunches I … Continue reading "December Challenge: Red is the new Black"

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