DAY ONE OF ROUND FOUR: Bonus After Bonus After Bonus

Not only was it a fine day for a bike ride, but it was also a day in which I found a bunch of scavenger hunt items which led to bonus items. In the following two pictures you will see the bonus item was literally right next to me.

Giant Tubes

BONUS: Off to the side were even giant-er giant tubes.

In the next set of pictures you will see that I found a perfectly fine picket fence. Yet, while riding around I came across a bonus picket fence. Since I couldn’t decide which picket fence to post, I’ll go ahead and post both of them.

Picket fence

Cuter picket fences on the mailbox and in the background


Bonus: Big, shiny, red service vehicles. (Can you see my bike in the picture?)
House with a turret

Bonus house with a turret. (Whether or not you consider that tower to be a turret, I got another BONUS while near the property.)

Barn Quilt (Don’t roll your eyes, folks. It’s a barn, and I have PROOF that what might look like a poster to you is actually a barn quilt.)

Mosaic Barn Quilt — Take THAT Helen Waite.

I got some other pictures for the scavenger hunt too, but I think I can find better examples in the 11 days we have left. For today I’ll close with one more BONUS situation I encountered while on my ride.

Gas Station
The BONUS for me is that the Kwik Trip has the cheapest milk in town. I picked up a gallon before heading home. (By the way, they also have the cheapest eggs.)

Those Were All Bonuses For ME. Here’s One For YOU:

It wouldn’t be fair if I were the only one to receive all the benefits from today’s bike ride. That’s why I made the following video for you. I think you’ll be interested to know a little something extra about the Featured Picture at the top of the page.

One thing that’s kind of cool about the picture is that it shows the railroad bridge raised to allow the passing of the huge cargo barge. I assume the barge industry must have some pretty good communication with the railroad industry, because I’ve never seen a freight train or the Amtrak go diving into the Mississippi River while the bridge was in the “UP position.” Nor have I seen the top half of a barge tow ripped off while a train passes on the bridge above.

I may have misspoken in the video narrative — for three reasons:

1) I said it was the toughest turn on the Upper Mississippi River. In fact, it’s the toughest turn for barges on the ENTIRE Mississippi.

2) I should have mentioned that most of the Mississippi River north of Minneapolis is not navigable for barges. Obviously, there would be much tougher turns for a barge captain a couple hundred miles north where the river is only a few feet wide.

3) I might have ended the video a little too early and given the barge pilot a little too much credit. The barge seemed to be doing just fine. It was making the turn nicely. It was like ME flying down a hairpin turn on my bike, feathering my brakes, and then letting them go for the final assault on the downhill. Well, the barge pilot didn’t have the same skills as me. He didn’t hit the far shore, but he DID shut down the engines while allowing his load to drift to the right.

I don’t know, maybe that’s standard procedure. I started another video just as the pilot was feeling confident he had completed the turn. Congratulations, dude, but someday I’d like to see you take that turn at full speed with the cargo leaning severely to the right. You could be the “TOP GUN” of bargery.

That’s the end of the bonuses. Hope you enjoyed them.

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.

2 response to "DAY ONE OF ROUND FOUR: Bonus After Bonus After Bonus"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 19, 2021

    You are off to a Rip-Roarin’ excellent start!
    And the Bonus photos make it even greater.
    Very interesting to watch the barges/tows navigate the river — not a lot of room for error!

    I must say I have never seen Helen in such a mood.
    She was incensed that you infer she may not approve the Barn Quilt — OF COURSE it’s a Barn Quilt.
    She was truly in a snit bordering on a full blown tizzy when I managed to calm her down. 😉

  2. By: NancyG Posted: June 22, 2021

    Good Job Greg. I will assume that the barge is you “water feature” of the challenge.

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