CLC Ride #7: River Views, Paint Spills, Miscellaneous Pleasantries . . . and VICTORY!

It could be said that I am excessively competitive. I do tend to turn almost everything into some kind of competition. Usually I just compete with myself and try to do something better or faster or weirder than I’ve ever done it before. I also compete against other people in games, sports, crossword puzzles, and any other activity where there will be a winner and a loser.

Then there is a third kind of competition that might be considered a little devious–the kind in which I compete with other people who don’t even know there IS a competition. That third kind is what the CLC is to me. I considered it a race to eternal glory between me and all other Cycle365ers. It was like that last year too.

Unfortunately for me, a Cycle365er named Scott caught on to what I was doing and at the last minute he defeated me by employing a very questionable tactic. Let me refresh your memory.

See how boastful he was? See how he mocked me for falling for the oldest trick in the book? “The Old Hidden Ride Trick” he referred to was his plan to sneak in two CLC rides in one day when he knew I was on the verge of victory.

Look, unlike most ultra-competitive types, I’m generally not a sore loser. I’m a pretty good loser. (Wait, that didn’t come out right. I’m not GOOD AT LOSING. It’s just that when I DO lose I’m good about it.) At least I’m a good loser outwardly, but inside it tears me up. I did not want to lose in that way again.

Yesterday, after I completed my 6th CLC ride, I was feeling pretty confident that I’d be the winner. Yes, I knew Nancy was my closest competitor, and I think she was onto my competitive quest to win this thing, but I was also pretty sure she had too much integrity to pull something like A TRIPLE Hidden Ride Trick.

Yet, I knew Scott was still out there.

“Could he possibly pull off seven rides with seven purchases in one day,” I wondered?

“Hell YEAH, he could,” I replied to myself.

So, to fend off his last minute blitzkrieg, this morning I headed out for my 7th qualifying ride. And unless Scott manages to post seven rides before I upload the next few pictures, I will be this year’s CLC champion whether the rest of you knew there was a championship or not.


Art, created by a paint can that apparently fell off the tailgate of a pickup truck.



This is one of several water towers in Hastings. The big “H on the side stands for “MY Town.”
I turned onto Pleasant Drive for no other reason than to say I had a pleasant ride on Pleasant Drive.
A little advice to pickup trucks hauling paint: “Dudes, secure those tailgates!”
Lock and Dam #2 on the Mississippi River. The featured photo at the top of the page is looking downstream from the same spot. I often see bald eagles here. Not today.
Testing and draining fire hydrants. I rode through the river running down the street and my shoes & socks got wet.
Thanks to these heated bubbles, you can eat outside on the deck of this restaurant any time of the year . . . except now, when there is a Coronavirus scare.
If you’re in the market for an 1880’s mansion, this one is for sale.
A book of stamps is my seventh and final purchase. VICTORY!

As I am writing this post, Minnesota’s governor is on the TV announcing his own Coronavirus lockdown as several other governors have done. I have no idea how strict this is going to be, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to NOT ride my bike. I might find myself confronted by the police in the near future. If so, I’m going with Emily’s plan. As long as I have a pannier attached to my bike, I think I can get away with claiming “I’m on my way to the grocery store for much needed food supplies.”

If they have the internet in jail, I’ll report back to you.

I don’t know why, but after I saw those paint spills, this song dominated my mind. Then I was singing it and substituting the word “paint” for “wine.”

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

7 response to "CLC Ride #7: River Views, Paint Spills, Miscellaneous Pleasantries . . . and VICTORY!"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 25, 2020

    Congratulations!! High Fives from Illinois (at a social distance of course).
    Enjoy, you have EARNED it!

    https://www.bing.com/search?form=MOZSBR&pc=MOZI&q=we+are+the+champions+song

    Here is how Illinois is handling outside activities:

    Can I go outdoors?

    Yes, go outdoors for fresh air and exercise. Ride a bike, walk the dog, go for a hike, jog. Social distancing does not mean staying indoors, it means avoiding close contact with people. Remember to wash your hands any time you enter from outdoors and before you eat.

    Hooterville’s finest observed me riding and nary a word was said.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: March 26, 2020

    I pour a glass of wine and toast to your Victory! High seven!
    Enjoyed the music.
    Wouldn’t mind owning and living in that old mansion if somebody paid for the necessary renovation and heating bills for me!

  3. By: NancyG Posted: March 26, 2020

    You ARE the winner!! I enjoyed your post and the music. Congrats oh King of CLC2020.

  4. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 26, 2020

    Don’t forget the little people after you accept your trophy & take the victory lap. Hopkins & I are cheering from a safe social distance — from Indiana to Oregon…yup, at least 6 feet apart, we’re safe. Phew! Nice job on all your rides and even stopping to appreciate the finer things like “street splash” art. I think the same artist has been driving MY town. Cheers & happy pedaling.

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 26, 2020

    Well done Greg. Re the paint art – maybe they what some call art installations. One of our dogs was quite good at them, using mud brought in from outside.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: March 28, 2020

    Congrats on the victory, Greg! I can’t even remember what number I’m on! Well done substituting paint for wine in the song. You know, I’ve heard covers of this, but I don’t know if I’ve ever heard the 1970 version… it is a tad before my time. My parents would have only been married for a year at the time.

  7. By: Rocky Posted: March 30, 2020

    You’re right Scott is a tricky one sorry you had to learn the hard way!

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