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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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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