Down To Galena . . .NOT!

Today I had some great cycling plans. I was going to ride down to Galena via The Great River Road and take in some nice river scenery. Then when I got back to MY Town, I would get my growler filled up at the local brewery, and I would cap off the day by picking up some Thai take-out food for which The Feeshko would thank me and call me her hero.

Unfortunately, that story has already been written by somebody else and, from what I’ve been hearing, reproducing somebody else’s words and ideas and presenting them as one’s own isn’t exactly kosher. There’s even a term for somebody who does that: “Cheater! Thief! Plagiarizer!” Yup, that’s me.

I’ve got some explaining to do. I’ll try to do it quickly. Yesterday I wrote a post about riding out in the country. I thought it would be clever to post the song Out in the Country by Three Dog Night, not only because I was actually riding out in the country, but also because our friend Scott had posted a Three Dog Night song the day before. Turns out, Rocky had already attached that very same song to a video in their other blog to which Scott provided a link.

Now, I COULD try to claim that I never saw Rocky’s video and it was just a coincidence. But I know you Cycle365-ers would do the math and come to the conclusion that the odds of dumb ME, randomly coming up with the same song as smart Rocky just one day later, are about 1 in 17 BILLION. Go ahead, get your calculator and check it out.

So I’m not even going to go there. All I can do is admit to the 99.999999% probability that I truly am a dirty, rotten, low-down, cheating, thieving, plagiarist. I thank my lucky stars that Scott and Rocky have publicly forgiven me on the contingency that I buy the first round next time we meet. And yes, we HAVE met before. (That would be the time I led them past the questionable beauty of Minnesota’s largest oil refinery and then on a bike path where a big deer actually slipped and fell RIGHT IN FRONT OF US.)


Good grief, I’ve written five long paragraphs and I still haven’t gotten to what I DID do today. Well, here it comes . . . all new . . . all original . . . and all serious.

I did not ride to Galena. Nevermind the fact that a ride to Galena, Illinois and back via the Great River Road would have involved something like 600 miles of biking in one day. Sure, I would have done it, but not now that a ride to Galena has already been done. Instead, here’s what I DID do.

See those houses above the cliffs on the other side of the Mississippi River? Incredibly, I’ve never been up there to explore. Today is the day I will find a route.

I crossed the bridge, pedaled up out of the valley, and took the first left. I got this cute little picture of my bike in rural Minnesota.

In case you miss the sign on the right, the fancy people posted another one on the left. They do not want to be bothered and they don’t want a humble biker rider like me to see the great view over the river that they enjoy every day.

I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to trespass on this particular day. It was back down into the lower 40’s and it was windy and I knew I wasn’t going to surpass yesterday’s mileage. It’s okay though, I reversed directions, I got a cool picture of a fleet of bicycles, and I created an awesome video.

Bikes among the boats at Hub’s marina.

I’ll finish with some music. With my cheating, thieving, plagiaristic ways, it won’t be long before I have a confrontation with the police.

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.

9 response to "Down To Galena . . .NOT!"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: April 19, 2020

    Well, Greg. I was feeling bad about coming down on you so harshly, but not any longer. Well worth it to have inspired such a witty post as this. Helmets off! I’m still counting on you for the first round though.

    And thanks for the reminder about that clumsy deer! I’d forgotten all about that. An amazing sight.

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 20, 2020

      I don’t think I could ever forget the sight of her racing through the brush and across the trail, her hooves sliding out from under her while trying to change directions, the loud THUD when she landed, and her mad scramble to get back up. It all seemed to happen within a few seconds. As you said, it was amazing.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 20, 2020

    Yeah, trespassing in America can lead to dogs and guns…. Still disappointing though. That is one mighty fine bridge. I’ve ridden some pretty scary ones in IL and IA over various rivers, but that one looks great (maybe not the bit about having to stop at the end of the downhill though).

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 20, 2020

      It is definitely the best bridge over the Mississippi River I’ve seen — and I’ve seen a lot of them. The bike/pedestrian lane is awesome, but there are also very wide shoulders along the traffic lanes so a cyclist could just as easily ride on those, in which case he wouldn’t have to stop at the bottom of the downhill. In this case, I rode on the trail because I thought it would be safer while holding my phone, filming and narrating.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 20, 2020

    Does anyone else cycle in Hastings? Never seem to see any others on your photos and videos. They’re everywhere here.

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 20, 2020

      Yeah, there are few other cyclists in Hastings but most of them are fair-weather cyclists, which means May-September around here. (As long as it’s not too humid.) Even then, I don’t see many bike riders on the streets and highways. Most of them ride the bike trails and, I must say, we do have a pretty good network of trails for a city our size.

      Hey, that gives me an idea! The weather predictors are forecasting some temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s later this week. I wouldn’t take much joy in riding those crowded trails, but I’d be willing to do it for a Cycle-365 post.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 21, 2020

    Nice bridge and nice tour. What’s the name of that little trickle of a creek flowing under it?

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 21, 2020

      Some people call it “Old Man River.” Others call it “The Mighty Mississippi” or “The Big Muddy” or “The Father of Waters” or “Gitchee Ziibee” or “The Great Sewer.” I call it “MY River.” It might be only a little trickle of a creek now, but I predict someday it will become America’s largest river system . . . maybe even the third largest in the entire world.

  5. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 22, 2020

    Really enjoyed that video of the bridge ride over the Mighty Miss, probably the closest I’ll get to the Mississippi for many years to come. Looked like a good day to go exploring. Too bad those ridge views were blocked off by big houses and no trespassing signs. I’m sure if you would’ve gone up any of driveways to stand on someone’s patio deck to take photos you would’ve made a few new friends. Of course, one of them might have owned a squad car & handcuffs. 🙂

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