CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE RIDE #5: Desolation, Desolation Everywhere

[A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR (ME): I’m fully aware that my last few posts have been too wordy, that is to say, boring. I apologize. To atone for my excessive wordiness, today’s post will be too picture-y instead. I figure that in these times of social distancing, pictures will be less likely to transmit viruses than words. Thank you for your understanding.]

A desolate manufacturing plant / A sad way to start, I’ll grant.
A desolate downtown / Really gets me down.
I was caught a little off-guard / By this desolate railroad yard
A desolate road / A desolate landscape / I’m in sad mode / I’m in sad shape
Well isn’t THIS something nice? /A desolate trail and desolate ice.
Desolate horses on a desolate farm / Hmmm, will horses suffer Coronavirus harm?
There ain’t nothin’ very cool / About a desolate school.
One can’t even get a look at a stinkin’ library book.
Desolation is all around / Even at the playground.
Desolation and forlorn / on this field without corn.
There’s even desolation in a leafless tree / but I’m just glad to be virus-free.
I got this photo shot of a desolate parking lot.
The world is definitely not groovy / when it’s so desolate you can’t see a movie.
What’s this world coming to when restaurants and bars / Are as desolate as the planet of Mars?

With all the desolation we’ve got around here / Can there be any surprise my purchase is beer?

There is desolation everywhere I go. Especially on Desolation Row.

If you show me another 11 minute song from the mid-sixties that’s as hip and as literate as this one, I’ll eat my bike helmet. Like somebody wrote in the comments section on YouTube, “The only flaw in this song is that it didn’t go on for another 11 minutes.”

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 "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE RIDE #5: Desolation, Desolation Everywhere"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: March 20, 2020

    Good chronicle of the times. Perfect choice of music. I’m happy to see everyone posting music that I really like.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 20, 2020

      Rich, I heard the news about you guys going under lockdown. Welcome to the club! Apparently your governor discovered that RJ’s wife’s antique shop in Bloomington had already closed its doors for the duration, so there was no longer a reason to keep the state open….

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 20, 2020

    Oh, so desolate, I just knew Dylan was coming up for the musical accompaniment.

    PS: I got forty red-white-and-blue shoestrings and a thousand telephones that don’t ring. Do you know where I can get rid of these things?

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 20, 2020

      Well . . . let me think for a minute son. I think it can easily be done. Just take it down to the Highway that runs straight through MY Town.

  3. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 21, 2020

    Dearest,
    This ride was quite a chronicle of the time we live in. Desolation it is, physical distancing it is.
    -YR Goddess

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: March 23, 2020

    Well done! If Dylan didn’t have such a horrible voice, I would vote him best artist of all time. Because of the voice, I give him “best songwriter of all time” 🙂

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