It’s Not About The Weather, It’s About The Fun

Indeed, I am having fun with this month’s weather challenge.  Certainly I have fun showing off the weather in my part of the world, but I’m also having fun reading about all of the crazy weather the rest of you Cycle365-ers are enjoying–and trust me, I read every one of your posts.  I don’t always send you a message, and I’m not very good at responding to the messages you send me, but I appreciate everything that’s going on here in this wonderful world of weather.

So let me show you a couple of pictures from today’s bike ride.

I like when everything on the ground is white.


I like the sound of the snow crunching beneath my tires.


I like the snowbanks that line the roads.


Don’t worry, even though I had built up some pretty good downhill speed at the curve shown above, I didn’t fall.  I employed one of the skills most Minnesota bike riders develop when riding in these conditions–the old “put one foot down on the road” maneuver–because brakes don’t always work.   I was very close to going down, but after some crazy wobbling I made a spectacular save.  I took that picture to commemorate the event.


You might recognize this photo from my last post.


I’m re-posting it because Emily, The Navigator, commented on it and wrote “The driveway snowpile looks like it could be made into a fantastic snow fort.”  She is always daring me, and double-daring me, to do stuff.

Since that time, we have gotten another 12-inches of snow–snow that I had to shovel off my driveway.  It is only the 13th of the month and this is the 4th snowiest February in history.  After all that shoveling, I’ll be damned if I’m going to dig out a snow fort.  After all, I’m not a little kid.


Maybe I am.



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.

6 response to "It’s Not About The Weather, It’s About The Fun"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 14, 2019

    Mount/Fort Gregory! That is an ever-growing mass of snow!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: February 14, 2019

    Love the snow fort, Greg, and glad you didn’t wipe out on the curve. We have had so much super hot and dry weather, it is good to know where all of the cooler weather and precipitation went… your driveway! In one of my classes at CSU, we snowshoed up into the high country and learnt how to build a proper snow cave with the correct ventilation, entrance dip, etc. It was really fun, though I did find it a little claustrophobic. Of course we spent the night in our caves – but the low temps were only around 10-12F. It was amazing how much warmth there was from the insulation of the snow though.

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 16, 2019

      My son and I built a snow cave about 20 years ago, but we knew nothing about making one properly. We just dug it out and slept in it. Since it was in my back yard, we were able to bring in all the warm blankets, padding, and clothing we wanted. We still froze our asses off. The temperature was somewhere around 0.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 14, 2019

    I want to come and play in the snow fort too.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: February 14, 2019

    You certainly are having fun! Great pictures of all that snow and so good that I can enjoy it vicariously and don’t have to cope with it up close.

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