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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Coffeeneuring #4 Happy Birthday to me!

How lucky for me that my birthday always seems to fall during Coffeeneuring. That usually means I get a nice ride somewhere fun. Well this year didn’t disappoint…..we drove north to Santa Cruz and had a meetup with The Goddess herself. As you can see it was a bright clear day….well now. When we left … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring #4 Happy Birthday to me!"

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BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Five (of Seven)

NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA:  Where I Wrote a Letter Home From College Dear Mom and Dad and Sis and Grandma and Crazy Uncle Charlie, Greetings from beautiful Northfield which, as you know, is 25 miles southwest of MY Town.  What you probably DIDN’T know is that I have recently become a student of sorts at St. Olaf … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Five (of Seven)"

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Donut, tea, and reflectie

Biked at least two miles. Check. Purchased and consumed qualifying beverage. Check. (Also purchased and consumed glazed donut. Yum.) Documented with photograph of beverage and bicycle. Check. (Bicycle requirement added for Cycle365 per Kathleen.) I think that qualifies as another Coffeeneuring ride. And, while I was at it…. Photographed reflection of self and bike in … Continue reading "Donut, tea, and reflectie"

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Reflections on a fall day in Burgundy

Sir Issac Newton had much to say about reflections. That he chose to do so in colloquial English rather than the stilted Latin used in his university tells us that he was not particularly worried about an international audience nor was he concerned with issues of acquiring tenure, otherwise known as “publish or perish”. But … Continue reading "Reflections on a fall day in Burgundy"

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Reflecting on the Environment

Hoping to have influence on the upcoming elections for the Bavarian Landtag on October 10, a large demonstration was held here in Munich. The title was “Mia hams satt”, Bavarian dialect for “We’re fed up” and was to call attention to environmental issues. Most of the slogans revolved around factory farming, bee mortality, air pollution … Continue reading "Reflecting on the Environment"

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