THE GREAT PORTABLE RESTROOM CHALLENGE

Portable restroom, portable toilet, porta-john, porta-potty, happy can, gottago, doodie hut, crap cabin, shit shack, kybo, outhouse, Garceau . . . Whatever you call them, you’ve got to admit that portable restrooms are sometimes a godsend for us cyclists.  Sure, they’re often smelly and unsanitary beyond belief.  Sometimes they contain flies, cockroaches, millipedes, and other … Continue reading "THE GREAT PORTABLE RESTROOM CHALLENGE"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride 5: A Referendum and a Flea Market

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and since we were attending a big family celebration in the afternoon, I just did a ride around the ‘hood. My first goal was to sign a referendum on Munich’s bicycle infrastructure. We want more and bigger and better bicycle paths!!! Not just for fun stuff on the week-ends, … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride 5: A Referendum and a Flea Market"

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Greg Gets His Account Back and Submits A Spring Equinox Story

Look, I’m not exactly an early riser.  I WAS an early riser for 34 years in my working days, and then for another year after I retired, before I was able to rid myself of that filthy habit.  So yesterday I actually had to take the unusual step of setting an alarm so that I … Continue reading "Greg Gets His Account Back and Submits A Spring Equinox Story"

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Introducing Mr. Grumby (aka The Singing Cycling Cowboy)

Hello Cycle365ers. Through some irregularity or severe lack of judgment on the part of the facilitators, I have been allowed to join in on the fun. I was a long time Portlander until last May, when Mrs.G and I embarked on a 2400 mile tour from Missouri to Oregon along the ACA Lewis & Clark … Continue reading "Introducing Mr. Grumby (aka The Singing Cycling Cowboy)"

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CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw

Hello again one and all.  Warmer temperatures have arrived and that ain’t necessarily a GOOD thing.  Sure it feels better than frostbitten cheeks, but according to Channel 9’s morning weather personality, Keith Marler, our snow levels have gone down 17-inches in the last five days.  He says flooding is imminent. I certainly don’t want to … Continue reading "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw"

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It’s Not About The Weather, It’s About The Fun

Indeed, I am having fun with this month’s weather challenge.  Certainly I have fun showing off the weather in my part of the world, but I’m also having fun reading about all of the crazy weather the rest of you Cycle365-ers are enjoying–and trust me, I read every one of your posts.  I don’t always … Continue reading "It’s Not About The Weather, It’s About The Fun"

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Winter Solstice 40 Degrees North (Photos Added)

  Cloudy Day 🙁 — doesnt look like much of the rest of the country fared much better (Red dot is approximate location of Vermilion County, Illinois) So — good thing there was a Plan B in case this exact thing happened Plan B: Take advantage of the latest possible clear sunset close to the … Continue reading "Winter Solstice 40 Degrees North (Photos Added)"

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RIDE # 165: 09 DECEMBER 2018

Today’s ride was the Cameron Highlands KOM Challenge.  This was a roughly 1,800 metres / 5,900 feet climb over 58km / 23.6mi from Simpang Pulai to Cameron Highlands.  The Cameron Highlands is named after William Cameron, who surveyed the area in 1885.  In 1925 the British colonial administration started developing the area into a hill … Continue reading "RIDE # 165: 09 DECEMBER 2018"

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OLD GRUMBLEFACE AND GREGBLOOD GO FOR A RIDE IN MINNESOTA

Hi fellow Cycle365-ers, Old Grumbleface here.  Today I thought it might be fun to escape sunny California and make a quick day trip up to Minnesota for a bike ride with that clown, Greg Garceau.  I figured I could accomplish that task and be back home before my Ace Support Crew even noticed I was … Continue reading "OLD GRUMBLEFACE AND GREGBLOOD GO FOR A RIDE IN MINNESOTA"

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Speaking of challenges . . . .

Among my cycling highlights for this year are discovering you good folk at Cycle 365 and participating in the various challenges. A yearend challenge I have pursued since 2014 is the Rapha Festive 500.  The challenge is to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  To provide some incentive, Rapha sends everyone who completes the … Continue reading "Speaking of challenges . . . ."

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Grandmas Bike Over The River and Through The Woods

As I have mentioned in other posts, those three cycling Grands have moved to Sacramento for what we hope is a temporary move. But, that meant we would not be seeing that family this Thanksgiving. Jenny, Susan’s older daughter invited us to join them this year. Visiting this family is a little more involved as … Continue reading "Grandmas Bike Over The River and Through The Woods"

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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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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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BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Three (of Seven)

HISTORY AND BEAUTY INSPIRE ME RIGHT INTO THE GUILELESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS Today I decided to drive northward to “the birthplace of Minnesota.”  Apparently, Stillwater had the first settlement of white men in the territory now known as Minnesota.  Unfortunately, five other settlements beat Stillwater in the race to be officially incorporated as cities in … Continue reading "BROADENING MY COFFEENEURING HORIZONS: Part Three (of Seven)"

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A long way to go for coffee on a New Bike!

Its here! My new, made-to-measure ride from Cycles Cattin  in Grenoble. 650B wheels with 35 mm tires, Velo Orange randonneur bars, Shimano 2×11 drivetrain, SON lights and dynamo hub, Tubus front rack and custom rack for bar bag, steel tubing throughout, filet brazed frame, plate fork crown, steel fenders (mud guards), custom paint, Brooks B17 … Continue reading "A long way to go for coffee on a New Bike!"

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The people you meet… and the things you create

Seeing all of the interest in the upcoming Coffeeneuring season, and thinking about how positive and encouraging everyone is to one another, made me think of this oldie-but-goodie of a video on youtube. At the very end, when it talks about how life is about the people you meet and the things you create… I … Continue reading "The people you meet… and the things you create"

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I Love How Reflecties Reflect ME!

If ever there was a Cycle365 Challenge that seemed to be designed especially for ME, the October Reflectie topic would be the one.  Everybody knows how self-centered I am.  Everybody knows that MY favorite subject to talk about or write about is ME.  Everybody knows that I hold MYSELF in such high esteem that I make Narcissus himself look like the very paragon of … Continue reading "I Love How Reflecties Reflect ME!"

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Wellington, IL — July Challenge/Ride

Abandoned school building Wellington, Illinois Can you spot Santa waving in a window? There he is! Behind the school a rusted fence protects someone’s private pond, replete with ducks and a goose or two Following photos are from a previous expedition to Wellington and the school/pond: Back to the present: Riding back home along the … Continue reading "Wellington, IL — July Challenge/Ride"

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A Guided Tour To Some Of MY Town’s Most Delightful Eyesores

Hello, and welcome to “historic” Hastings.  My name is Greg and I’ll be your guide as we ride our bikes to some of the city’s most outstanding examples of abandoned and decrepit structures.  The tour will take approximately 90 minutes, so hopefully you have a comfortable saddle and appropriate clothing.  Rain is in the forecast.  … Continue reading "A Guided Tour To Some Of MY Town’s Most Delightful Eyesores"

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MAYFLIES ATTACK SMALL TOWN ON HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR (Area Cyclist Rides Anyway)

Hi, I’m the area cyclist who ventured out into the mayfly swarm and the heat in order to present the other side of MY State’s crazy weather.  I’ve written extensively about my biking exploits in the snowstorms and frigid temperatures of Minnesota’s winter.  Some might even call it bragging.  They’re right.  Now I’m going to … Continue reading "MAYFLIES ATTACK SMALL TOWN ON HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR (Area Cyclist Rides Anyway)"

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