“What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desires, you can achieve.”  -Norman Vincent Peale

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”  –Anatole France

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatness.”  -Robert F. Kennedy

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”  -Helen Keller

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”  -Albert Einstein

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”  -Tony Robbins

I looked up those quotes this morning.  Up until today I always considered that “if you put your mind to it and work hard enough, you can accomplish ANYTHING” crap to be just a bunch of stupid hogwash.  Sure, you can achieve a lot of things, but not everything.  I laughed at people who put their faith in inspirational/motivational motormouths like Tony Robbins and his ilk.

However, I’ve been a little frustrated lately.  As I’ve said before, I take challenges seriously and I’ve been unable to complete the Summer Solstice Challenge which has been staring me in the face for over a week.  Even though Rich has given us plenty of leeway before and after June 21st to complete the challenge, I feel like I’m late.  I don’t like being late.  I’ve NEVER liked being late.  (Check out my grade school, high school, college, and employment attendance records–they’re perfect, I assure you.)

Oh, I can make excuses all day long:  “It’s cloudy.”  “It’s raining.”  “It’s snowing.”  “The sun changed its course this evening and went down too early.”  “I had to go to a dental appointment/birthday party/wedding/funeral/pagan solstice ceremony.”  I got tired of making excuses–though the clouds and rain excuses seemed pretty legitimate.

It’s cloudy and raining again today.  “NO MORE EXCUSES!” I said to myself.  I could no longer sit around and HOPE I’d be able to photograph a sunset–oh no, I knew I had to get off my lazy ass and MAKE it happen.  That’s when I went onto the internet in search of some inspiration.

Inspired by the inspirers, I put on my rain jacket and rode into the rain, which was really just a drizzle by this time and, by god, I had confidence, desire, a dream, a plan, and a willingness to attempt the absurd.  That’s right, I wanted it bad enough that I was willing to not only meet this challenge, but to CRUSH it.  And crush it I did.


Check out that beautiful orange sunset. The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong is facing due west, so you can see the sun is setting about 23-degrees north of due west, just as Rich said it would.


Pretty nice, right?  A miraculous, yellowy-orange sunset on a rainy day.  It’s half-way below the horizon and, get this, it’s not even noon yet.  I can’t believe I’ve been doubting all those positive thinkers all these years.  (Another thing worth noting is that there are a few raindrops among the rays of the sun, but none on the intensely hot surface of the sun.)

“Okay, okay, so you’ve achieved success.  Could you please shut up about it?”  –G-2


G-2 rides off into the sunset.







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.


  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 23, 2019

    Careful G-2 that thing is HOT!!!
    Credit awarded for creativeness and persistence AND the accuracy of the 23.5 degree alignment north of Mr Bing Bong AND putting the equator of the sun exactly in the horizon.
    Great job! Take THAT rainy cloudy day!!

    “The difficult we do right away, the impossible takes a little longer”

    I have no idea who said that 🙂

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: June 23, 2019

    Dito what Rich said, he always beats me to saying the smart and clever things.
    Glad you got to use your yellow crayons again. Yes, we do create our own reality.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 24, 2019

      Yes, it was the message I sent to you that gave me the idea.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 24, 2019

    Adam Savage from Mythbusters and his semi-famous quote: “I reject your reality and substitute my own.” That’s a good substitution with the drawing I reckon.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: June 24, 2019

    ANOTHER challenge successfully crushed by G2! Your reality is accepted by all here I would say. Good color on the sun.
    My excuse usually includes something about lack of oom pah pah.

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: July 1, 2019

    Imagine having your own personal sun to keep you warm on a cloudy day….

    Did G2 do an Icarus as he rode off into the sunset?

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