Cycle Life Challenge Rides #12-15

Just a few random photos of things seen on the last few rides

Light frost — culvert under the drive maintains light frost above

Frosty bridge deck over the North Fork

Looks like she has been thru here too

Face covering in her shoe?

Setting sun

Brick tectonics on Lincoln Street

Broken tile mosaic

Collection of bicycle tools

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.

10 response to "Cycle Life Challenge Rides #12-15"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: December 7, 2020

    Darn that Old Grumbleface. I wanted to be the first one to say that.

      • By: gregblood Posted: December 8, 2020

        Thanks for that video link. I hadn’t seen it before. See that guy looking at a bike at the 4:34 mark? That’s my brother. He also worked as a mechanic at that Schwinn bike shop mentioned early in the video. That was back around 1980 while he was studying at the University of Minnesota. He had worked at a Schwinn shop in our Iowa hometown in high school so the partners were only too happy to hire an experienced mechanic. I remember him mentioning that the shop was the biggest Schwinn dealer in the U.S. at the time. After college, he lived and worked in Connecticut for a few years, but came back to Park Tool and has been there for at least 30 years now.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: December 7, 2020

    So — we now know that she is NOT a masked woman. And she may have big feet.

    Frosty mornings are happening around here too, but for the past few days we have been enjoying sunshine and 50 degrees for some great riding.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 7, 2020

      🙂 And she could play checkers or chess on her shoes . . . . until she lost that one.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 7, 2020

      Thanks! No I hadn’t seen his post on CB — great photos and look very much Illinois.
      The photos of small town IL are really something to appreciate.
      I’ve enjoyed Jeff’s journals and amazed at his choice of bicycles — when the going gets tough he goes with the kick back 2 speed or 3 speed!
      He is a fastidious time keeper –> “At 1:26pm, I’d made it to McLean County.”
      He seemed surprised to see and Oliver tractor — never were too many of them around.

      Old farm joke: John Deere married Allis Chalmers, they had little Oliver, and boy was he a Case!

      Thanks for the link!

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: December 7, 2020

        ASC and I were especially amused by his small-town fast-food restaurant meals like giant chicken-fried steak in tiny bun. That’s the Cornbelt cuisine I recall with fondness!

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 7, 2020

      Interesting you should mention Jeff Teel’s journal today, because I also remember him writing a journal in which he followed the route of Alvin Strait in the movie “The Strait Story.” Emily and I just had an exchange about that movie in the last 24 hours on her “pasty” post. It’s a really cool movie. Much of it was filmed pretty close to where I used to live. Watch it, then read Jeff’s journal. I hope Em sees this since she just watched the movie.

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