The Feeshko Rides Her Blue Bike In A Blue Dress (Plus, the Funniest Joke Ever)

A couple of times per year, The Feeshko asks me to dig her 1970’s-era Schwinn Suburban out of the garage and pump up the tires so she can go for a bike ride. Today was one of those days. “What do you think about me and Diggity coming along for a ride with you?” I … Continue reading "The Feeshko Rides Her Blue Bike In A Blue Dress (Plus, the Funniest Joke Ever)"

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Just Felt Like a Ride Through the Trees: C&O Canal From Sharpsburg to Milepost 92

The Friday of the July 4th holiday weekend brought typical July 4th hot, humid weather to the Washington DC area. On early morning outings Friday I got in a nice 4 mile hike with my wife and her friend and on Saturday a 61 mile road ride along the Chesapeake Bay and Southern Maryland. By … Continue reading "Just Felt Like a Ride Through the Trees: C&O Canal From Sharpsburg to Milepost 92"

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ALL TALK AND NO BLUE: A Dude and His Dog Search For a Non-Existent Color

Blue is a tricky color to find here in MY Town. Reds and grays and browns and greens and yellows and whites and beiges and blacks abound, but blues seem to be as rare as pinkish-electric-orange around these parts. Nevertheless, it is my duty to find some blues for this month’s challenge, so I enlisted … Continue reading "ALL TALK AND NO BLUE: A Dude and His Dog Search For a Non-Existent Color"

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Cornflower Blue

Not cornflowers, but wild lettuce chicory with a cornflower blue blossom County Line road — Vermilion to the left, Iroquois to the right We aren’t quite up to crop circles yet, so do road circles instead  🙂 Winter wheat ready for harvest beyond the bean field

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Back on the Rail Trails: Freeland MD to York PA Rail Trail Out and Back

I do mostly road riding and some touring, but over the years I’ve done lots of miles on local rail trails in the Baltimore Washington area – especially during the years when my now adult kids were growing up. As far as serenity, scenery and surface, my all-time favorite has been what used to be … Continue reading "Back on the Rail Trails: Freeland MD to York PA Rail Trail Out and Back"

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Another Close to Normal Ride: Chesapeake Beach/North Beach MD

Back to doing long rides on Saturday, I did a favorite 61 mile loop from Harwood MD down to Chesapeake Beach and back up again. This is a standard Potomac Pedalers ride called “The Express Train to Chesapeake Beach” but still no PPTC group rides. There was a good number of cyclists out on the … Continue reading "Another Close to Normal Ride: Chesapeake Beach/North Beach MD"

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THE JUNE CHALLENGE BECOMES AN EVERY-DAY THING

I must be a pretty bright dude because an idea comes into my head almost every day. Interestingly, such thoughts only happen when I’m riding my bike. The rest of the day my brain is controlled by other entities — music, the internet, words in print, movies, television, The Feeshko, etc. Yup, when I’m riding … Continue reading "THE JUNE CHALLENGE BECOMES AN EVERY-DAY THING"

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JUNE CHALLENGE II: Wanna See An Even Older Picture Of Me Than The One In My Last Post?

The older picture of me referred to in the title doesn’t have a bike in it. Therefore, if you want to get all nit-picky about it, you could say it should not have been posted here. I wouldn’t even argue with you because, using the most strict interpretation of Cycle365 bylaws, you’d be right. However, … Continue reading "JUNE CHALLENGE II: Wanna See An Even Older Picture Of Me Than The One In My Last Post?"

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JUNE CHALLENGE: Wanna See The Earliest Known Photo of Me With a Bike?

Somewhere in the world there exists a short film of me and a couple friends racing our bikes, hopping up on curbs, riding with no hands, riding wheelies, and speeding down a dirt path to a riverbank from which we launched into the Little Maquoketa Creek. (In Iowa) We made the movie ourselves for a … Continue reading "JUNE CHALLENGE: Wanna See The Earliest Known Photo of Me With a Bike?"

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An Almost Normal Sunday Ride: 52 Miles Around Sugarloaf “Mountain” in Maryland

The weekend weather was perfect here this weekend – low humidity, mostly blue skies and temps in the 60s and 70s. I had done so many local short loops I decided it was time to throw the bike on the car and do an old favorite ride: a 52 mile loop around a local attraction, … Continue reading "An Almost Normal Sunday Ride: 52 Miles Around Sugarloaf “Mountain” in Maryland"

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PREPARING FOR THE JUNE CHALLENGE

I’m looking forward to the upcoming challenge because before-and-after pictures have always interested me, because I like reading people’s stories (and extra credit has been offered for stories), because I like TELLING stories, and because . . . just because. This morning I was going through some old pictures and scrapbooks in preparation. I had … Continue reading "PREPARING FOR THE JUNE CHALLENGE"

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A MINNESOTAN RESPONDS TO THE “MAY I GO OUTSIDE YET PLEASE?” CHALLENGE

Hi folks, it’s your favorite cycling philosophizer here. I’m going to do something a little different today. Actually, it’s not all that different because I did it in one of my touring journals. And James Joyce did it for something like 900 pages in “Ulysses.” You guessed it, this entire post is going to be … Continue reading "A MINNESOTAN RESPONDS TO THE “MAY I GO OUTSIDE YET PLEASE?” CHALLENGE"

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OUT IN THE COUNTRY, A BIKER SEES HORSES AND PUFFBALLS.

I’ll keep this one mercifully short. I went out into the country again today with no intention of posting anything. That changed when I snuck up on a big horse and managed to trick him into posing for a picture. I’ve heard horse owners speak of the height of their horses in terms of “hands.” … Continue reading "OUT IN THE COUNTRY, A BIKER SEES HORSES AND PUFFBALLS."

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MASK HYSTERIA–A MULTI-MEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA

“Hi everybody, Ken Burns here. Greg’s back with another damn documentary. It almost didn’t happen, but he was encouraged by a couple of people who offered words of assurance that his films aren’t all THAT stupid and boring. Boy, are they going to be sorry after seeing this.” Wow! I must be doing SOMETHING right … Continue reading "MASK HYSTERIA–A MULTI-MEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA"

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A RATHER SAD POST FOR THE APRIL MUSIC CHALLENGE

Sad to say, one of my favorite singer/songwriters died last night from Corona Virus related complications. I’ve hated that dirty rotten disease from the first day I heard of it, and now I have another reason. John Prine wrote songs that were sometimes funny, sometimes dead serious, sometimes philosophical, sometimes thought-provoking, and sometimes sentimental. Sometimes … Continue reading "A RATHER SAD POST FOR THE APRIL MUSIC CHALLENGE"

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THE LAST DUDE IN MINNESOTA, FINAL CHAPTER: Psycle Killers vs. The Mother of All Cornonas

Instead of celebrating yesterday’s victory, the Psycle Killers went to bed early. Their weary bodies needed some serious rest in preparation for the final showdown with the Corona Virus Queen. The team planned to attack at dawn. Unfortunately, dawn came and went as the Psycle Killers overslept by about three hours. Actually, they didn’t oversleep … Continue reading "THE LAST DUDE IN MINNESOTA, FINAL CHAPTER: Psycle Killers vs. The Mother of All Cornonas"

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