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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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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