How DARE I Have the Audacity to Enter Another April Challenge Post Like This

I was almost certain the weather predicters had it wrong.  Almost all of our snow was gone and here they were telling us that we’d be getting another 6-12″ this week.  “You’re full of –IT,” I told Keith Marler on Channel 9.  “I’ve been riding my bike in 60-degree air for the last couple of days.”  Turns out, Keith was right this time.

An unusual thing happened to me on one of those warm days I mentioned.  The Mississippi River floodwaters had been quickly receding, so I went for a bike ride toward Lock & Dam #2.  There were a couple of small sections of the Lock & Dam Road that were still underwater.  One of them was about three inches deep and I slowly rode my awesome Surly, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong, through it.  I must say, I almost had a heart attack when I heard a splash–a roiling of the waters–inches from my front wheel and saw an 18-20″ northern pike swimming away.

I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences while riding my bike over the years.  Running over a big fish would have been a monumental FIRST.

Yes, we got a big April snowstorm on Thursday and Friday.  Not that unusual really, but it still seemed messed up.  Thank goodness, the snow melts almost as fast as it falls this time of year.  Paved surfaces looked good so I didn’t need my mountain bike for today’s ride.  I had a good time despite the 37-degree temps cuz I was dressed for it.  Then I had my cartoon alter-ego film a video of ME riding my bike so I could submit it for the April Cycle365 Challenge.  I’m not sure why he had a sinister grin on his face when I handed my phone over to him.



“Here, I owe you this,” said G-2.
“Why?” I asked.
“You’ll see,” he replied, cryptically.


Well, that’s the end of another fine ride.

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.

8 response to "How DARE I Have the Audacity to Enter Another April Challenge Post Like This"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 13, 2019

    Didnt Nancy have a photo of a Fish Crossing sign along a bicycle trail somewhere?
    At least it was a Northern and not an Asian Carp, do they get that far north, or will they? Some are known to jump out of the water at high speeds.

    Great video G2! Enjoyed the running commentary as the action progressed!

    Greg ‘may’ want to look a little more closely at that 50. 😉

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 14, 2019

      The Asian carp haven’t made it up here yet, but Minnesota has been making preparations to combat them. I’ve seen videos of those things flying out of the water and injuring people in boats. It’s crazy.

      I’ll check out that $50. Is there something wrong with it? Are you suggesting G-2 might have slipped me a counterfeit bill?

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 14, 2019

      Dancing George was my inspiration. He’s awesome.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 15, 2019

    Oh, those late snows are so demoralizing! I enjoyed G-2’s commentary – he was probably a little jealous that he is unable to ride with no hands.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 17, 2019

    Never trust an alter-ego with a high pitched voice I say.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 17, 2019

    Good hands-free riding by you and the Reckless Mr Bing Bong! Did you make that tight U-turn with no hands? I couldn’t tell for sure in the video. No way I could do that. I’ve also noticed over the years that my LHT is relatively easy to ride without hands until I mount loaded panniers and handlebar bag, at which point I dare not let go.

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 17, 2019

      Yes, it was a no-handed turn. I can do almost anything on a bike with no hands, except pop a wheelie. But I really shouldn’t brag about it. I’m much too humble for that.

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