Eye-Poppingly Beautiful Art in MY Town

Coffeeneuring, November Outdoor Art, Thanksgiving Community Service–it’s almost too many challenges in one month for my addled brain to handle.  Physically and emotionally, I’m ready and willing to do all of them, but mentally I am going to have to approach them in the same way I always handle multiple tasks–one at a time.

I’m going to tell you something about myself, in confidence, that you might find to be a little odd.  I know my family and friends think it’s a little odd.  Thank goodness it’s my ONLY oddity.  Here it is:

At mealtime, some people think it’s weird that I always finish one food item before moving on to the next one.  I simply cannot eat a forkful of peas, then some mashed potatoes, then a little meat, then some more potatoes and then another forkful of peas.  And there is no way I will scoop up a few peas and a dollop of mashed potatoes and put them in my mouth at the same time.  In fact, it’s best if the separate food items don’t even come in contact with each other on my plate.

Eat the entire helping of peas.  Eat all of the mashed potatoes.  Then you can move on to the ham.  That’s how it should be done.  In the same way, now that I have finished all seven of my Coffeeneuring rides, I can move on to the next challenge which, in this case, is the November Outdoor Art Challenge.

Please enjoy some of the most beautiful scrap metal art the world has to offer–and it can be found right here in MY Town.








Thanks for viewing my pictures of beautiful art.  Now I can move on to the Navigator’s Thanksgiving Challenge.


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.

11 response to "Eye-Poppingly Beautiful Art in MY Town"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 7, 2018

    Nice art! You’ve seen the best I can come up with here.
    As for eating one food at a time — a quick search found this —–> ” It demonstrates commitment, focus and follow- though.”
    So thats a good thing. 🙂

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 8, 2018

      Thanks for looking that up, Rich. Next time somebody comments about my eating habits, I will use that information to convince them that I am focused and committed. (And I really am focused and committed.)

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: November 7, 2018

    I really liked the Sea Horse….then cactus was very cool and it was going to be my fav but then………then chickens. They win……very fun!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 8, 2018

      Yeah, I think the chickens are my favorite too. I find it a little strange that we have a sea horse, a walrus, and a porpoise on display here considering Minnesota is at least 1,500 miles from any ocean.

  3. By: Lah Posted: November 8, 2018

    The art in your town is really cool. The Sea Horse is my favorite.

    Your eating habits are an accurate description of my old grandpa. Considering he was living in a house with no electricity and a wife cooking on a wood stove, he was super picky about how his food was presented to him. He would not allow one food to touch another on his plate and he would eat one thing at a time. May you live as long as he did…he was 94.

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 8, 2018

      This is awesome. First I learned from Rich that my odd eating demonstrates my focus and resolve. Now you’re telling me that, based on historical evidence, I might live to be 94.

      Keep the good news coming folks.

  4. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 8, 2018

    Hi Greg,
    That is by far some of the best scrap metal art to be seen. I cannot choose a favorite. G2 looks happy, even if he is impaled on a steel cactus. Must have a high pain threshold.
    As for your eating habits: well, they don’t seem odd to me. If the person who invented the recipe wanted her/his food to be mixed, she/he would have made it that way. The deliciousness should be given time to develop and be savored before moving on to another deliciousness.


    • By: gregblood Posted: November 8, 2018

      I agree 100% with your idea that “the deliciousness should be given time to develop and be savored before moving on to another deliciousness.” I think the trays with separate food compartments like the ones we used to get in the grade school lunchroom are the perfect tableware. I wonder if I can convince my wife to get rid of all of our plates and buy a bunch of those plastic trays.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: November 8, 2018

    I found the snow on the ground a little disconcerting – please no snow, it’s too early – but liked the scrap metal art a lot . I also enjoyed your acrobatics mirroring the objects, especially the action shot with the dragonfly (helicopter?). Looks like you’re flying.

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 8, 2018

      Don’t worry about the snow, Suzanne, you probably won’t be seeing it for a while. It’s been very hard for me to read your posts telling about the beautiful autumn weather you’ve been having, because we’ve had a pretty crappy autumn here in MY Town so far. I’m afraid Minnesota might be in for a rough winter, which will make for some unpleasant bike riding.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: November 9, 2018

    EYEpopping art — in your town! Nice metal stuff you have around there. Love the chickens and seahorse ;’-). I cannot relate to eating one item at a time, but know others who have that same need!

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