Cycle365 Challenge of the month (2019)

Test. Starting with this May’s challenge, we have a changing of the guard.  Bill initiated this series and curated it for its first year, for which we all owe him a word of thanks.  I’m taking on responsibility for the next year and will do my best to come up with worthwhile subjects.  I’m open to ideas too though, so please feel free to send me suggestions.  If your suggestion is chosen, you’ll be duly acknowledged and entitled to heaps of glory.

I’ve made a separate post for this announcement just to highlight it, but after this I’ll continue to maintain Bill’s post for continuity.

Challenge for May, 2019: This month’s challenge was inspired by this excerpt from Robert Pirsig’s wonderful Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, one of my favorite books.  Take a photo of a brick, and say something about it.  Or compose an ode to it, or sing a song about it and include a video.  Probably should include a bike in the photo as long as you’re at it.

A note of clarification

it is not necessary to find a stand alone brick, or to tear one out of a wall so you can photograph it in isolation.  It is fine to photograph a brick as part of a wall, or a heap, or a sidewalk, or a brick silo, or a brick outhouse.


This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

18 response to "Cycle365 Challenge of the month (2019)"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 26, 2019

    An ode to a brick…ha ha. Also we did the Flora and Fauna, but forgot the other vital lifeform, Fungus.

    • By: Scooter Posted: April 26, 2019

      Toadstools and lichens and and molds, oh my! Great idea, that I’ll stash away for the future. In the meantime, go find a brick.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 26, 2019

    Many thanks to Bill for a year’s worth of interesting challenges!
    Looking forward to another year hosted by Scott — now, to see if I can find any bricks around here, 😉

    • By: Scooter Posted: April 26, 2019

      I imagine there should be a few around there in the Midwest. Probably some with a tale or two hidden away in the mortar.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: April 26, 2019

    Big thanks to Bill for all the motivating challenges! I could hardly believe that it’s already been a year that we have posting here. So thanks to all of you who created cycle365! Now I am looking forward to inspiration from Scott.
    A Scott-Garceau collaboration might call for a brick shithouse. Now out of what depths of my memory did the expression “brick shithouse” emerge?
    Anyway, thanks to all and I’m looking forward to a more active participation in about a month when we are installed in our new home.

        • By: Scooter Posted: April 27, 2019

          You nailed it, Suzanne. You’re a brick! (Now where does that expression come from? Probably no one uses it that way any more).

          • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 27, 2019

            ‘Built like a brick shithouse’ is an expression which in America apparently means a shapely woman, but in OZ it would mean a muscular man. So that just came out of your mind, well done, Suzanne.

          • By: Suzanne Posted: April 28, 2019

            Thank you, Scott! and with a little help from google, here’s the answer to your question: The expression “you’re a brick” is said to have originated with King Lycurgus of Sparta, who was questioned about the absence of defensive walls around his city. ‘There are Sparta’s walls,’ he replied, pointing at his soldiers, ‘and every man is a brick’.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 26, 2019

    Thanks for taking up the banner, Scott. I think these monthly challenges can be a terrific inspiration to get out and ride, and I enjoyed my time for picking them. But I’m glad to see a fresh face with fresh ideas. Now I need to figure out what the heck I can come up with regarding a brick….

    • By: Scooter Posted: April 26, 2019

      I trust you’ll find one, and manage to make a selfie out of it as long as you’re there.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: April 27, 2019

    Thanks, Bill, for your time at the helm. I appreciate your inspiration and motivation. It’s been fun.

    I also look forward to see what Scott comes up with. Fungi… oh, please, if we do that one, it has to be June, July or August…. it is the only time of year I’ve got any chance to come up with one of those. It is waaaay to hot and dry here the rest of the year (Although we did live in a crappy house once where the mice had no fear of humans and a mushroom did spring up in the crack between the floor and the wall in the bathroom at one point – which was the breaking point I told Nigel we HAD to move).

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 27, 2019

      You might find fungi between your toes or mouldy bread…it’s everywhere.

      • By: Scooter Posted: April 27, 2019

        Too gross. Outhouses, foot fungi? This site is going downhill fast.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: April 27, 2019

        I was thinking less domestic and more what I might find out on the road that I could get a pic of the bike next to – and there is no mould in my food at home… I worked in a commercial kitchen for 3.5 years and that changes your attitude toward food hygiene and safety for life! I am easy going generally, but I am a kitchen nazi if you potentially cross-contaminate or don’t leave things very clean!

    • By: Scooter Posted: April 27, 2019

      An excellent point. I’ll have to bear that in mind, to steer away from topics that are too seasonal and might scope out the antipodeans. Bricks though – now there’s a topic everyone should be able to participate on.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: April 27, 2019

    Thanks to Bill for some very interesting challenges that gave me some oom-pah-pah to get out and ride ;’-). And thank you Scott for taking the helm for this next year. I look forward to taking on some of the challenges, and reading of others’ challenges,

    Off to look for a brick…

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