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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Make Yourself Comfortable, Get a Big Bowl of Popcorn, and Enjoy My New Movie

When I got back from my foray into the countryside yesterday, I discovered a magical land of wind-driven, whirly-swirly blades and vanes and rotors, the likes of which have never been seen before in the Cycle365 Radiation Challenge. Even if I had actually fallen through Lewis Carrol’s looking-glass, I could not have been more surprised … Continue reading "Make Yourself Comfortable, Get a Big Bowl of Popcorn, and Enjoy My New Movie"

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Same Old Lunchtime Route – Suddenly Transported to Kansas or Maybe South Dakota

I’ve been working from home for 20+ years and can often sneak in early lunchtime rides nearby – like the Lumpy Deer route I’ve posted here. Yesterday, as if by magic, a big field of sunflowers appeared twisting their faces to the sun’s radiation. I don’t know if Lisbon, Portugal is known for sunflowers but … Continue reading "Same Old Lunchtime Route – Suddenly Transported to Kansas or Maybe South Dakota"

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REBEL WITH AN INSIGNIFICANT CAUSE

Party Girl: “Hey, Johnny, what’cha rebellin’ against?” Johnny (Marlon Brando): “Whaddya got?” That’s a classic bit of dialogue from the movie, The Wild One. Today, I was the wild one. The rebellious one. The defiant one. I’ll tell you about the CAUSE of my rebellion in the next few paragraphs. Yesterday I was doing my … Continue reading "REBEL WITH AN INSIGNIFICANT CAUSE"

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The Day I Was Exposed To Excessive Radiation

I must say, I wasn’t too sure about this “RADIATION” theme for the August challenge. The word conjures up images of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and animals with horrible deformities. It also reminds me of 10th-grade geometry class where the radius between me and a grade of D was razor thin. Almost as awful … Continue reading "The Day I Was Exposed To Excessive Radiation"

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Cycle Days Challenge: July 2020

I don’t always take my birthdays that seriously, but becoming an octogenarian did feel a bit – what’s the right word – portentous? meaningful? auspicious? awesome? formidable? something else? none of these? all of these? Whatever, here I am, riding my bike and feeling pretty good most of the time. Here’s the post with pictures … Continue reading "Cycle Days Challenge: July 2020"

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The Boy Who Chose to Ignore Multiple Warning Signs and Take His Chances: A Bedtime Story With Pictures

Once there was a very nice boy who lived in the magical land of MY Town. His name, Gregblood, was rather macabre, but that’s okay because his friendly demeanor more than made up for the horrible images of blood-spattered crime scenes or battlefields. So, while this fairy tale might be a little scary at times, … Continue reading "The Boy Who Chose to Ignore Multiple Warning Signs and Take His Chances: A Bedtime Story With Pictures"

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A SANS Ride: SANS Return, Sugar and Shade at the End

I work for a cybersecurity company called SANS. A few decades ago it stood for System Administration and Network Security but over time it just became SANS. I never thought of the “SANS:without” definition until I ran across a small company called SANS (no connection) offering samples of their new meal bars. A sample of … Continue reading "A SANS Ride: SANS Return, Sugar and Shade at the End"

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Challenge of the Month, August 2020: Radiation

This month’s theme: Radiation noun PHYSICS the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves or as moving subatomic particles, especially high-energy particles which cause ionization. BIOLOGY divergence out from a central point, in particular evolution from an ancestral animal or plant group into a variety of new forms. ____________________ There’s a lot to work with here … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month, August 2020: Radiation"

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Challenge of the Month: Neither Rhyme nor Reason

Following Greg’s example, I am offering a potpourri of themes. To add an individual note, I am accompanying them with rhymes – and not to be taken too seriously! The limmerick first: What do you know A blue Garceau Blue on the outside - haven't been inside -That's all I have to show. Now for … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: Neither Rhyme nor Reason"

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Riding the Rail Trail With a Mid-ride Bump to View the Blue Ridge Mountains

I’m not very good at taking pictures on rides, or remembering about challenge subjects, but this ride had a natural stopping point at a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Leesburg VA. My daughter and her husband live in a Vienna VA neighborhood that has a short connector trail to one of the … Continue reading "Riding the Rail Trail With a Mid-ride Bump to View the Blue Ridge Mountains"

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Dodging and Drawing Deer

I live in the outer suburbs, or maybe “exurbs,” of the Baltimore Washington area. I’ve now lived here for 42 years and development has of course increased and what was once woods or farms has turned into “edges” – neighborhoods of single family homes and occasional “new town centers” with mixed residential/commercial use that abut … Continue reading "Dodging and Drawing Deer"

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Reflections on the Pandemic, Blue Silos, an Odd Speed Record, and the 2nd & 3rd Funniest Jokes Ever

I seem to have been born with the ability to find a silver lining in almost every cloud, lemonade in every lemon, a potential silk purse in every pig’s ear, beauty in the ugly. I’ve even managed to find something personally positive in the pandemic, something cool in the Covid, something righteous in the ‘rona. … Continue reading "Reflections on the Pandemic, Blue Silos, an Odd Speed Record, and the 2nd & 3rd Funniest Jokes Ever"

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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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