Copy Catting: Start/Stump/Rust/Snowman/Finish


Western Flyer about to embark on a shortish, breezy, cold-ish tour south of town.

5F wind chill this morning was a bit too cold for wimpy me!

Warmer tomorrow they say — time to search more bicycle related stuff

Photos not in any particular order

More of a stub than a stump

Rusty rail sides, tie plates, and spikes at CSX

Rusty track parts in the gravel beyond outer rail and (above the brake lever)

Yikes!  An unintended consequence in the headlamp housing

Rusty post

Flyer isn’t rusty, its painted brown

Rusty pole just about didn’t get in the photo

Old school look-thru-the-view finder cameras are more accurate??

Sawed rail end — looking at it from this perspective make one wonder how it supports the train

Rusty culvert

GMC Sierra:  Rust Belt Victim



(Ron’s Rusted Rocker — Rust Belt Casualty)

Hard to see, even the gas door is rusted

Snowman — not likely to melt

Magical top hat allows Snowman to levitate a head stand  😉


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

5 response to "Copy Catting: Start/Stump/Rust/Snowman/Finish"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: February 22, 2020

    Nice finish Rich! I have to say this month has been such fun to see everyone’s creativity and resourcefulness in finding and posting those finds for each and, for the most part, all of the challenges on offer. Seems that in YOUR town you may have had to be the most creative ;’-).
    I so enjoy all your posts and all your photos.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 22, 2020

      Aw shucks, ‘twernt nothin’ 😉
      My name and ‘creative’ are seldom (read never) used in the same sentence, paragraph, chapter, book, or library. 🙂

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: February 22, 2020

    Oh, rusty mid-western vehicles, that brings back memories 🙂

    I, too, struggled with the idea of “when does a stump become a snag?” Does a stump only come from humans cutting it down? What if the tree has fallen over and left a short stump on its own? How tall is too tall for a stump?

    I see lots of stumps per km in the roadside reserves here, but did agonise over what was a stump and what was a snag. I didn’t even think of the term “stub”!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: February 22, 2020

    Definitely creative! Levitating snowman headstand – lol!
    I guess you got rust like we got stumps. Hard to get a picture without them!
    I apologize for neglecting your bicycle related theme so far. Plenty of bikes all over, but nothing out of the ordinary. But I still have a few days to work on it. It would have been much easier when we were living in Munich but I am never in the city with my bike.

  4. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: February 24, 2020

    A perfectly jolly ride. Rust, tall stumps, and magical levitating snowman! Wow!! Hardly gets better than that! Hopkins beams at the start/finish photos each and every time it’s mentioned in the blogs. He thanks you for playing along, too. Cheers & happy pedaling.

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