MONTHLY CHALLENGE OVERKILL

Greetings once again from the Winter Wonderland I call home.  For most of the previous Cycle365 Monthly Challenges, I limited myself to one or two posts.  I sure am making up for that this month, aren’t I?  And now I’m back to irritate you with ANOTHER gosh-darn weather report.

Oh, oh!  I only made it one paragraph into this post and I remembered something that is going to require me to go off on one of my annoying gosh-darn tangents:

Back when I worked in the paint industry, I had a vice-president of sales who would say “I don’t want a weather report–I want RESULTS” whenever somebody would try to use 3-feet of snow and sub-zero temperatures as an excuse for poor paint sales.  In the same way, I suspect you Cycle365-ers are just about ready to say “We don’t want a weather report, we want QUALITY and VARIETY!”  Sorry, you’re going to get another gosh-darn snowy weather report.

When I woke up this morning there was already about 5″ of new snow on my driveway.  By the time I got out there to shovel, there was 6″ of snow on my driveway.  It takes me an hour to shovel my driveway and by the time I was done with the last part, there was almost another inch of new snow on the part where I started shoveling.  And then the city snow plow came through and shoved another ton of snow onto the bottom of my driveway. And it’s going to continue to snow for most of the day.  And my back is feeling a little sore.  And I continue to live in this gosh-darn state.

After I went back and re-shoveled that ton of snow off the bottom of my drive way, I decided it was time for a break.  Yes, it was time for a bike ride.

 

Formerly a snow fort, I re-modeled it into a bike garage.

 

After retrieving my mountain bike from the bike garage I pedaled off into the snow.  The freshly-plowed streets were no longer freshly-plowed, so my ride was, once again, fairly short and fairly challenging.  But FUN!

 

 

 

 

 

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 "MONTHLY CHALLENGE OVERKILL"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: February 20, 2019

    Yikes! Good to be reminded that it’s still winter and that could happen to us too. I like pictures of snow but I’m not sure how much I like the real thing. We are presently having temps around 8°C which feels pretty good. So carpe diem, we are thinking of a little two-day tour.

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: February 21, 2019

    WoW…..we have avoided two rides this week because of WIND and cold but seems nothing compared to your snow drifts!! Amazing….you are the Man…..I only have one question where are G2 and Doris!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 21, 2019

      Last I heard, G-2 and Doris were staying at your place–in a fruit bowl or something like that, as I recall.

      Actually, I know they’re back here in MN and they’re keeping a low profile. I mentioned your message to them and they both sounded excited to participate in next month’s Cycle 365 Challenge. They were even talking about creating their own Cycle 365 profiles, but I’m not sure if cartoon characters are allowed to do that.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 21, 2019

    The polar bears will be moving in soon.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 22, 2019

    That pile of snow just keeps on growing!
    How much snow has fallen so far this winter?
    That Trek is one rugged machine, not mention its rider!

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 22, 2019

      I think I heard we were up to 32″ so far this month, and about 48″ for the winter. March is normally our snowiest month, so we’ve got that to look forward to.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: February 25, 2019

    Surely, you’ve gotten to the snowiest February record by now? At least if you can’t ride far, all that shoveling will keep you fit! You know, with my snow cave building experience, part of what we learned was proper wall thickness, how to build the entrance so you wouldn’t lose the heat you built, etc. We all had appropriately rated sleeping bags, too. However, I remember thinking that I was grateful to know how to survive if I ever got stuck out overnight. But any ‘camping’ by choice in winter in the the high country would probably be in a yurt!! Stay warm over there – I see you just got even more snow!

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 25, 2019

      Yes, we crushed the old snowfall record, and it looks like we’ve got a little more coming before February is over. I do like the workout I get from shoveling, but now the banks along my driveway are getting so high that throwing the snow up there is increasingly hard on my back. But I’m still not going to buy a snow blower.

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