Great BIG Rocks For All The Naysayers

I was a little disappointed to learn that some of the Cycle365 judges have been questioning whether my rocks are big enough.  Um, wait a minute.  That didn’t come out right.  What I meant to say is that one of the judges — along with a crazy Green Bay Packer fanatic — aren’t so sure that the rocks I’ve been displaying even meet the definition of “rock.”  They are more inclined to think of them as “stones.”   “A rock is too big to throw” is one definition I’ve heard.  Fine.  If that’s how it’s going to be, I’m prepared to go out and find some great BIG rocks.  (To those of you who have come to my defense in this matter, I thank you.)

I knew exactly where to go to find some great BIG rocks.  It’s a very secret place on the southeast part of MY Town that I had only discovered about a year ago. A bike trail runs nearby, but you can hardly see the secret place from there.  The secret place is in a little, deeply-eroded valley and it requires a steep hike of about 50 yards to get there.   There isn’t a hiking trail, so you just have to bushwhack your way through the woods.  It’s a nice place to just sit and contemplate nature, geology, philosophy, and big freakin’ rocks.

Maybe it’s not so secret anymore.  One time this summer, I went down there and discovered the tattered tent of a homeless person.  A week later the tent was gone.  Today, I noticed there were boot prints in the snow that led down to the big rocks, but thank goodness I didn’t see anybody.

I hoisted my bike onto my shoulder and carried it down through the snow and trees so I could include it in my pictures of big rocks.  Riding The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong (or any other bike) down there would have been impossible.

Anyway, the pictures will be coming up shortly.  There can be no doubt that they are great BIG rocks.  There can also be no doubt that I’ve finally put an end to my clueless posts and have added some interesting and semi-factual geological science to the captions of my rock photos.  Learn and enjoy.


You already saw this pic at the top of the page. What you didn’t know was that this is a fine example of Ignoramious Shale from the Jurassicpark Era.


This rock is even bigger. I was certain it was glacially erratic, but Rocco insists it was erratically glacial. I guess we’ll agree to disagree.


A nice Pre-Cambrian Sandmanstone Boulder from the Bizzarolithic Era.


I’m pretty sure this group of smaller rocks are Mesotheliomic Granite from the Paleodietetic Era.  A couple of them are highlighted by ancient Mdewakonton hieroglyphics.


I have to go now.  The big Viking-49er playoff game is starting in a few minutes.

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 "Great BIG Rocks For All The Naysayers"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 11, 2020

    Nice rocks! I consulted J. Garoppolo, an expert on ancient Mdewakonton hieroglyphics, and he says the dark symbols on the rock in the last photo translate as “Go Niners!” Then he threw a touchdown pass.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 11, 2020

      Cousins just translated it into something much different after a TD pass of his own.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 11, 2020

        Those geeky experts in obscure fields of study can never seem to agree on anything.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 11, 2020

    Very Creatacious!

    ( J Garoppolo came out of Eastern Illinois University — now THATs hard to believe, but true)

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 11, 2020

    Eastern Illinois probably produces more experts on ancient Mdewakonton hieroglyphics than any other school in the country.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 11, 2020

    Looks like the Vikings have suffered their worst defeat since Stamford Bridge. I presume you’ll now support your fellow Mid-western team from across the river.

    They were some great erotic rocks…definitely not stones, not that there’s anything wrong with stones, especially Bill ones.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 13, 2020

      Led, I’m not much of a football fan (US, Aussie, or otherwise), but — if I understand correctly — Aaron Rodgers and the Perth Packers are coming to San Francisco (actually Santa Clara) in a few days. If I’m around and watching the game on TV, I’ll look for you in the stands. I reckon you’ll be wearing one of those classic cheese-head hats. 😉

      • By: gregblood Posted: January 13, 2020

        I’d love to see Led in a Cheesehead. I’m sure he’d wear it with pride. I’ll be watching the game for sure and I’ll be one of the biggest 49er fans of all. Unfortunately, judging by the fact that all four of the teams I was rooting for this weekend got beat, that almost guarantees a Packer victory.

        (Oh wait. There is some glimmer of hope. I rooted for Kansas City and they won.)

        • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 14, 2020

          Where do you find those cheesehead things? Good to see the 49ers now have the curse of Gregory on them.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: January 12, 2020

    I love your scientific descriptions of the rocks – we may need to do a little tutoring on Era vs Period 😉

    Lovely winter scenes in those pics… and i did see some icicles…

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 13, 2020

      Incredibly, when I first read your opening sentence I thought to myself, “why is Emily offering to tutor me on Ezra Pound? What does he have to do with rocks?” After I re-read it, I had to agree that I DO need some serious geological tutoring. Era, Period, Eon, Infinity — to me they are all just a long time.

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