Happy Thanksgiving From The Illinois of the North

Up to this point in my series, I’ve only shown some of the international neighborhoods of MY Town. There are, however, several officially-recognized United Statesian areas. Today I’ll be touring one of them, and I hope you’ll join me. There is a vast area on the outskirts of MY Town that looks almost exactly like … Continue reading "Happy Thanksgiving From The Illinois of the North"

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If You Do a Group Ride but There is No Group, the Rest Stops Make No Noise

There are four or five large group club or charity rides I do each year that have all been cancelled this year. Through the magic of RideWithGPS storage of their route files, I’ve been able to ride most of them on my own. This past Saturday we had temps in high 60s with bright sunshine, … Continue reading "If You Do a Group Ride but There is No Group, the Rest Stops Make No Noise"

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Little Australia: A Tour of Minnesota’s “Land Down Deep”

One thing you probably didn’t know about MY Town is that, for a city its size, it has amazing cultural, biological, and landscapeological diversity. You could say that MY Town is kind of like much larger cities, such as Chicago, San Francisco, or New York City, which have their own little pockets of diversity. (Little … Continue reading "Little Australia: A Tour of Minnesota’s “Land Down Deep”"

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Empty Roads, Unless You Count the “Road Closed” Signs

Over the past few weeks here in the MD/DC/VA area we have had heavy rains move through that caused localized flooding. Not bad where we live, but where we may have gotten 2″ just a few miles away may have gotten 6-8″. That happened earlier in the week but by Saturday there had been a … Continue reading "Empty Roads, Unless You Count the “Road Closed” Signs"

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Part Two Of The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest

My main goal for today’s ride was to verify that those things in Arborus Nesticus were actually nests and not mistletoe, as some people have suggested after viewing my post yesterday. I thought the zoomed-in picture at the top of this page would settle the controversy once and for all, but I have to admit … Continue reading "Part Two Of The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest"

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The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest

Perhaps you know that the city of Portland, Oregon has a Heritage Tree Program in which over 300 trees have been recognized for their size, age, historical, and/or horticultural significance. Perhaps you’ve also seen that one of our Cycle365-ists has written about his own “Portland Heritage Tree Quest” on his Cycleblaze blogs. If I remember … Continue reading "The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest"

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THIS ROADIE AIN’T WHAT HE USED TO BE: An Essay

Prefatory Remarks Earlier this summer when I was in Spokane I watched a few stages of the Tour de France on television. It was surprisingly exciting. I was fascinated by the strategies involved in racing as a team. In particular, I was impressed by the hard work and sacrifices the second-string riders made to ensure … Continue reading "THIS ROADIE AIN’T WHAT HE USED TO BE: An Essay"

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An Empty Field, Once an Empty Parking Lot for an Empty Mall, Now a Nice Shortcut

Yesterday I rode a 38 mile loop that connects several trails and roads closed to cars in the Maryland/DC area: Rock Creek/Beach Drive – there is a paved bike path that that parallels Beach Drive through Rock Creek Park from Garrett Park MD down to Georgetown in DC. On weekends, much of Beach Drive is … Continue reading "An Empty Field, Once an Empty Parking Lot for an Empty Mall, Now a Nice Shortcut"

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A Complete History of the Mississippi River (As I Know It Without Looking Up a Bunch of Stuff)

It’s another post featuring the only featureable feature worth featuring in MY Town. Sorry. Get over it. The good news is this isn’t going to be just another story of me riding my bike and taking pictures along the river. Nope, I’m going to delve into the HISTORY of America’s greatest river. Lest you think … Continue reading "A Complete History of the Mississippi River (As I Know It Without Looking Up a Bunch of Stuff)"

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ELECTION DAY COVERAGE (Featuring Storm Chaser Greg)

Storm Chaser Greg here, and a big “HELLO” goes out to my many fans and fellow Cycle365ers. As you can see, I’m not very happy today. That’s because I’m not out doing live reports on blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other horrific weather events. Nosiree. Only three weeks after MY Town got the second heaviest October … Continue reading "ELECTION DAY COVERAGE (Featuring Storm Chaser Greg)"

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More Weather-Related Facts, Opinions and Boasts

I wish I lived in an exotic cycling locale like coastal California, the Pacific Northwest, England, New England, Bavaria, the Chesapeake Bay area, northern Kentucky, anyplace in Australia, Illinois farm country, etc., etc., etc. It would also be nice to have no permanent home at all and bike my way through such interesting places as, … Continue reading "More Weather-Related Facts, Opinions and Boasts"

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A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

In place of a “normal” fall vacation week, my wife and I did two short outdoor getaways. First we drove to Staunton VA, stayed at a B&B, did some car touring while it rained, and hiked Crabtree Falls when the rain finally ended. We came back home, did a few chores and then headed out … Continue reading "A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore"

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Pretty dead leaves (as in dead leaves that are pretty, not just pretty dead)

Yesterday was a cold and rainy day here. Just an all-day rain. I did sneak out for a two mile ride around the neighborhood just to keep my current streak alive, but it was just too wet to have my phone out for even a single picture. Today however, is a gorgeous fall day with … Continue reading "Pretty dead leaves (as in dead leaves that are pretty, not just pretty dead)"

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Storm Chaser Greg Battles The Wind

It was windy today. I don’t know exactly HOW windy, but my extensive experience in weather-related subjects tells me it was coming out of the west-north-west at approximately 95-miles per hour. (See Footnote) That incredible wind speed comes as quite a coincidence since, just yesterday, Old Grumbleface, The Navigator, and I were discussing the rare … Continue reading "Storm Chaser Greg Battles The Wind"

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It’s a wonderful place to live when not engulfed in flames

Last week, for the third time in four years, we received evacuation orders due to approaching wildfires. In 2017 and 2019 my ace support crew and I loaded her car with photo albums and other important items. She and our elderly dog took off for safer venues. I stayed behind, deployed hose lines, and rode … Continue reading "It’s a wonderful place to live when not engulfed in flames"

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Quad Covered Bridges Metric Century – with Bonus Wedding

For many years here in the Baltimore Washington area, one of my favorites rides has been the Thurmont MD Civil War Century put on by the Baltimore Bicycling Club in mid September. I generally do the 65 mile metric century, which takes you through 4 different covered bridges, through the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park and … Continue reading "Quad Covered Bridges Metric Century – with Bonus Wedding"

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(SEPTEMBER’S) POTENTIALLY USEFUL GRAVITATIONAL EJECTI (OR ‘PUGE’?)

How’s that for a title! As a follow along to Rick’s earlier post, I thought it might be fun to keep an eye out for some PUGE this month. And here is what I was able to find, or ‘collect’ if you will. And for the grand finale of September’s PUGE: The only things I … Continue reading "(SEPTEMBER’S) POTENTIALLY USEFUL GRAVITATIONAL EJECTI (OR ‘PUGE’?)"

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A Few Of The Ways October Introduces Itself To Minnesota

There are many ways one can tell October has arrived in MY State besides looking at a calendar. The most obvious indicator is the weather, which was in the 40-degree range this morning. I had to wear a lined jacket for the first time since April, but I’m still stubbornly wearing shorts. Also since April, … Continue reading "A Few Of The Ways October Introduces Itself To Minnesota"

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The Weather Changes, Local Rides Still Have Some Arches

My road bike is having its rear wheel rebuilt – actually, the Trek rear wheel is sitting around waiting for the supply chain to deliver spokes to the bike shop that will eventually re-build the wheel. So, I’ve been riding my Jamis gravel/light touring bike and doing some local rides with more mixed surfaces. The … Continue reading "The Weather Changes, Local Rides Still Have Some Arches"

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DISPATCH FROM SPOKANE #2: Yesterday’s Ride Written Today

September 10, 7:50 p.m. (Pacific Time) I just got back from an 11-hour day of driving. I had to bring my son back to Seattle, then we made a quick trip to Tacoma to pick up a sound mixing board that had been repaired there. (Yes, besides being a bicycle messenger, my son is a … Continue reading "DISPATCH FROM SPOKANE #2: Yesterday’s Ride Written Today"

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Teeny Tiny Arch Between the Blue Goose and the Bat Tunnel

Much hiking and biking over Labor Day weekend here – the weather gods must have forgotten about the holiday weekend and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. On Monday, managed to get a ride in with my wife, who has been doing much more running than biking in recent years. We drove out to Hancock … Continue reading "Teeny Tiny Arch Between the Blue Goose and the Bat Tunnel"

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Fun Cycling In A Fun City With A Fun Son At A Not-So-Fun Time

Before I write about the fun bike ride I had today, I should probably start with the sad stuff. You might remember me telling you about how The Feeshko was scheduled to have knee surgery. And with that knowledge you might have figured I’ve been absent from Cycle365 recently because I’ve been so busy helping … Continue reading "Fun Cycling In A Fun City With A Fun Son At A Not-So-Fun Time"

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TWO MILES OF PLASTIC-Y NYLON-ESTER-POLYPROPYLENE TWINE: The Sequel

The Message section on yesterday’s “Two Miles of Plastic-y PolyNylonEsterLenePropyl Twine” post isn’t exactly a scientific poll, but there seems to be a consensus that I should have gone back to find its origin. Okay, okay, okay! I can take a hint. It was bugging me all night . . . what might I find … Continue reading "TWO MILES OF PLASTIC-Y NYLON-ESTER-POLYPROPYLENE TWINE: The Sequel"

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Two Miles of Plastic-y Polynylonesterpropylene Twine

I’ve probably said it enough, but I’ll mention once again that I’ve been doing a lot of gravel riding lately. That was my plan again today. I’ve been having so much fun on gravel that sometimes I feel like I’ll never ride my skinny-tired roadie bike again, though, deep down, I know I will because … Continue reading "Two Miles of Plastic-y Polynylonesterpropylene Twine"

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