THE UNBEARABLE REDNESS OF BIKING

“The depth of redness is an image of life’s most intense fulfillment.  The deeper the red, the closer it becomes to the earth, the more real and truthful it becomes.”  -A quote from The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera, except that I substituted the “depth of redness” B.S. for the author’s meaningful thoughts on “heavy … Continue reading "THE UNBEARABLE REDNESS OF BIKING"

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GEESE & SQUIRRELS: A Multi-Media Nature Documentary

[In this part of the world, during this part of the year, two animals stand out as being particularly active.  Geese and squirrels are so ubiquitous that most people do not even notice them.  If they do notice them, they generally won’t give them a second thought.  I notice them and I give them second, … Continue reading "GEESE & SQUIRRELS: A Multi-Media Nature Documentary"

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Here is what I saw — A Compilation

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Travel-Information/Maps-&-Charts/Trails/Vermilion.pdf A compilation of photos over several years and rides. I find it interesting to see just the what might be called the Common Stuff of different places. Ive intended to takes photos, for example, of a ride to the Post Office and back — nothing particularly striking about that, but, since 365 is about … Continue reading "Here is what I saw — A Compilation"

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SOMETIMES YA JUST GOTTA FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE

In this post you will read about a guy who not only completed the most difficult Monthly Challenge since monthly challenges were invented, but he also managed to work in a Holiday Challenge ride.  Yes, you read it right–TWO CHALLENGING CHALLENGES IN ONE DAY! The November Monthly Challenge is problematic in that it involves taking … Continue reading "SOMETIMES YA JUST GOTTA FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE"

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BLAME NANCY G. FOR ISSUING A HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

I accepted Nancy’s Holliday Challenge and I warned her that it would involve ME telling stories about ME and MY Town.  I quickly started posting my Halloween entry before she had the chance to say “No, not YOU Greg.”  A very smart move on my part, I must say.  I suppose she or anybody else … Continue reading "BLAME NANCY G. FOR ISSUING A HOLIDAY CHALLENGE"

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LAST MINUTE CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE BIRDS (But Here’s My Entry Anyway)

Of the 10 or so pictures I took in October, almost all of them are flags and NONE of them are birds.  Obviously this last minute challenge is a dirty trick of the highest order, but I’m the kind of guy who turns lemons into something that resembles lemonade.  So the way I saw it, … Continue reading "LAST MINUTE CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE BIRDS (But Here’s My Entry Anyway)"

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Jumping the Gun, But, Its Not a Flag anyway

Went out for a look around for Scooter’s latest vexing challenge into Vexillology, and I did find several examples that would quality. This is not one of them — most Vexillologists  would agree, a wind sock in not a flag, but, its sorta like a flag.  An air filled flag (with appropriate wind conditions as … Continue reading "Jumping the Gun, But, Its Not a Flag anyway"

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Equinox Challenge from the verandah

I live about 17kms east of the city and from my veranda I notice the position of the sunset on the horizon change constantly but sometimes the clouds don’t want to co-operate. Astronomy fascinates me, these two photos were taken two days apart and the city skyline creates a great reference point. Do you know … Continue reading "Equinox Challenge from the verandah"

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The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before

The headline and the featured photo say it all:  Never before in the history of Minnesota prairies has the landscape been so alive with color as it is today at Dakota County’s Spring Lake Park.  At least I’VE never seen it in such beautiful bloom before, and I come from a school of thought that says … Continue reading "The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before"

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Yosemite National Park Glacier Point Road Rehab

Are you a cyclist who would like to see more options for cycling in the lovely Yosemite? If so, consider giving your input and opinion during the comment period (and/or attending one of the upcoming meetings!) because in 2021 Glacier Point Road in YNP will be closed (estimated 2 years maybe!) for rehabilitation.  What about … Continue reading "Yosemite National Park Glacier Point Road Rehab"

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August Challenge: Eucalyptus camaldulensis

I live about a kilometre from the Murray River – Australia’s most iconic river. Combined with the Darling River, they drain 1/3 of Australia. The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia’s main food bowl and the centre of considerable controversy over its management. Growing along that iconic river are the river red gums. These trees can grow … Continue reading "August Challenge: Eucalyptus camaldulensis"

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News: Bicyclist rescues man near death

As widely reported via national and international news outlets, Tomas Quinones while bikepacking in the remote backcountry of eastern Oregon by sheer chance encountered a 72-year-old man — severely dehydrated and near death — who had collapsed after walking for four days from his stranded Jeep. Tomas tells the story in his bike blog: http://adventuring.bike/2019/bikepacking-the-obc-day-6/ … Continue reading "News: Bicyclist rescues man near death"

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A SERIOUS, TWO-DAY CASE OF MONOCHROMITIS

Oh yeah, Monochromitis is a very real medical condition.  The Harvard Journal of Diseases & Stuff defines it this way: “A psychological disorder in which a person – usually a bicycle rider – compulsively searches for items of similar color for the sole purpose of taking a photograph.  His or her obsession is so powerful … Continue reading "A SERIOUS, TWO-DAY CASE OF MONOCHROMITIS"

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GREG CRUSHES THE SUMMER SOLSTICE CHALLENGE

“What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desires, you can achieve.”  -Norman Vincent Peale “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”  –Anatole France “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatness.”  -Robert F. Kennedy “Optimism is the faith … Continue reading "GREG CRUSHES THE SUMMER SOLSTICE CHALLENGE"

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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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