CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1: Bicycles, Icicles, and Gourmet Eats





A couple of weeks ago I tried to set up my own account on Cycle365, but something either went wrong with the registration system or else I was a victim of cardboard-cartoon-character-alter-ego discrimination.  I guess it doesn’t really matter what the reason was for my rejection because I was able to hack into “gregblood’s” account and now I can post my own rides for the Cycle Life Challenge.  Actually, I can do pretty much anything I want now, and the very FIRST thing I’m going to do is change his password so he can’t access this site–at least for the next few weeks.  That will keep him from posting the same old, ridiculous, self-serving garbage that he’s been writing here for the last year or so.  In its place, you will get to read the fresh, meaningful, and insightful literature that I will be posting for the big challenge.

This morning I invited Doris to go on a bike ride with me.  She wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of riding around on icy streets, but she changed her mind when I told her about my plan to view some of the best icicles in town.  Some cartoon characters like to ride their bikes to view colorful autumn leaves, and some like to ride around to see Christmas light displays, and some like to look at flora and fauna.  Doris and I like to view ICICLES!

The deal maker, however, was my promise to take her out to lunch afterward.  The lunch will fulfill the “purchase” part of The Cycle Life Challenge.  But before we get to that, here are some pictures from our tour de icicle.



Here’s an impressive display.


Doris found another fine icicle house.


That icicle on the corner must weigh at least 200 pounds.


Icicles grow on cars and trucks too.


Doris and I saw literally thousands of beautiful icicles today but, unlike that joker “gregblood,” we refuse to bore you with picture after picture after boring picture.  Besides, we were getting too hungry to waste much more time with photography.  After about an hour of bike touring, we rode over to one of the many fine restaurants in Hastings, Minnesota.  This particular establishment serves up THE very finest broasted chicken in the entire Midtown neighborhood of our city.


I’m not sure of this, but I’m pretty sure M&H has earned at least two Michelin stars–if not three.


The maitre’ d must have been on a break, which was okay because we seated ourselves at the lunch counter and we got the most awesome view. Elegant and romantic at the same time. NICE!


Doris, being a vegetarian, chowed down on the cole slaw. I dug into a succulent broasted chicken wing. (Proof of purchase at the top.)


See you next time.  Doris and I are already planning some kind of ride in tomorrow’s snowstorm.



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.

12 response to "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1: Bicycles, Icicles, and Gourmet Eats"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: March 8, 2019

    You &*$%#%$ +!%$%& &6%#@&. You better give me back my password or you’ll be sorry.


  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 8, 2019

    Man, those are some serious icicles! I hope no one suffers stab wounds. You might want to keep your helmet on at all times.

  3. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 8, 2019

    G-2 and Doris, welcome to the Challenge. You get extra eternal glory for being first to post. We will have to wait a few days to see if you were the first to ride – some folks take a day or two to get those posts up.

    Your video intro was superb. Have you and Doris considered a career in voice-overs? You’d be stars, I tell you, STARS!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 11, 2019

      Funny you should mention voice-overs. You probably noticed that I sound very familiar. That’s right, the voice for Mr. Bill of “Saturday Night Live” fame was inspired by my totally natural voice.


  4. By: The Navigator Posted: March 9, 2019

    Fantastic video introduction, G2. Those are the best icicles I may have ever seen. And who knew that a business model could be built around car washes and broasted chicken!

  5. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 9, 2019

    What is “breasted chicken”? We don’t have that in these parts…looks similar to “fried chicken” but I haven’t been to many Michelin Stared Resturants. You guys are lucky to have one so close.

  6. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 9, 2019

    What is “broasted chicken”? We don’t have that in these parts…looks similar to “fried chicken” but I haven’t been to many Michelin Stared Resturants. You guys are lucky to have one so close.

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 11, 2019

      Broasted chicken really IS fried chicken. It’s made in some kind of magical pressure cooker that combines frying and roasting. It’s very much like the product made by that other 3-Star Michelin restaurant, KFC.

  7. By: NancyG Posted: March 9, 2019

    IMPRESSIVE Icicles!! Beware of falling ice on your head. I have never had the pleasure of eating in such a fine establishmet that serves “white” meals. Interesting. AND you can get your car washed at the same time. You Minnesotans know how to to do it right.

  8. By: Suzanne Posted: March 9, 2019

    Loved it all – icicles, video, snazzy restaurant. But Greg is going to have it in for you. I wonder what he’s going to do to get back. Be careful, not just the icy roads are dangerous!

  9. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 12, 2019

    I’ve been busy with visitors and then sick with what they brought to Oz with them so am on “catch-up” here seeing what’s going on.

    Crikey – big icicles!! Never seen anything like that before. Ummm – are they normal for your part of the world?

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 12, 2019

      Yes, icicles are very normal here, but this year’s weather has produced quite an extraordinary crop. Lots of snow and cold temperatures, combined with cranking up the heat in the house and the heat rising into the attic–those are the prime ingredients for ice dams and big icicles.

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