Nature’s Purest Form Of Liquid

The first thing you should know is that I am one of the world’s biggest fans of thunderstorms.  I even like SEVERE thunderstorms as long as they don’t do any damage to my family, my house, or my car.  The second thing you should know, for the purposes of this post, is that a new Cycle 365 challenge has been issued for the month of August and I take any kind of challenge very seriously.  In fact, I could even say I take them very personally–as if the challenger was DARING me to prove my competence or my toughness or my very manhood.

I dare you to climb that tree.”  You can be sure that I’ll find a way to get to the very top.  “I dare you to act like a monkey on national TV.”  I would send a recording of me jumping around, chattering and screeching, while scratching my armpits to “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”  “I dare you to do the splits while dancing to “Disco Inferno.”  I would swallow my pride and risk a painful tendon injury to meet such a challenge.  “I dare you to photograph your bike with some kind of liquid.”  Well, that’s a tough one.  But I’m prepared to do it to the best of my ability.

So, let’s get on with my story.

I was walking my dog this morning when I noticed some dark clouds brewing to the west.  Soon thereafter, I began hearing thunder and then I saw some occasional flashes of lightning.  Awesome!  (As I said, I love a good storm, and this one looked promising.)


Nice clouds.  I see liquid in my future.  I took at least ten pictures trying to capture lightning, but my timing just wasn’t up to par. Lucky for me this month’s challenge wasn’t “I dare you to take a picture of your bike with a streak of lightning.”


There it was–my opportunity to get out and meet the August Challenge by riding into the midst of some torrential liquid.  When Diggity and I got home, I quickly changed into my swimming trunks and rain jacket, put my phone/camera in a plastic sandwich bag, and headed out on my bike.  The following photos will tell my story.


The rain is just starting to fall.


What the hell?  There’s a goofball out there, riding in a thunderstorm!  (Yeah, that’s me.)


I took temporary refuge under the tin roof of a park shelter when the storm raged at its most furious point.


Heavy rain on a tin roof is almost deafening–but in a delightful, magical way.  There is almost no better place to celebrate nature’s purest form of liquid.  When the lightning flashes seemed a little less frequent, I escaped back out into unsheltered spaces.  The air was warm so the rain felt great.

This was my second ride in a rip-roaring storm this summer.  The first one wasn’t voluntary like this one.  On that ride I was out in the wide open countryside north of MY Town and a storm swept in quickly.  That was pretty scary.  This time, being in town, I felt safe.  It was fun.


Uh oh, the wind blew a branch onto the liquidy bike trail.


MY Town’s drainage system doing its job.


The beautiful mixture of two liquids: rainwater and gasoline.

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.

12 response to "Nature’s Purest Form Of Liquid"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 3, 2018

    I happened to see weather radar and saw the line of storms approaching your area.
    I thought, now there is a chance for Greg to do some liquid investigation!
    The last photo of water and gasoline sure is prettier than my globs of tar. 🙂

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 3, 2018

    Thank goodness! I was REALLY worried I had unintentionally set you up for a “blood all over my bike” post. 😉

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: August 3, 2018

    Greg, I dare you to post a video here of you riding up to a local park, dismounting the bike, and then doing the splits while dancing to “Disco Inferno”. Bwahahahahaha.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 4, 2018

      I should have known some wise-guy or wise-gal would throw my silly dare ideas back at me. And that was very clever how you added the biking to the park part so I couldn’t weasel out of the dare by claiming that a video of me dancing to “Disco Inferno” had no legitimate place on a cycling website.

      Well, I guess I’m going to have to answer your challenge–assuming I can find the damn song on YouTube.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: August 4, 2018

        Bwahahahahaha – though I guess I could be appeased with some disco dancing and a headstand instead of the splits 🙂 At one point in life I could do headstands… I never could do the splits.

        • By: gregblood Posted: August 4, 2018

          I’ve never been able to do the splits either, and I still can’t. I’m going to have to do some serious stretching and practicing, so it may take a while before the video gets posted.

          • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 4, 2018

            According to the website use agreement, Cycle365, its owners, operators, and users are not responsible for damage to flesh, bone, tendons, internal organs, or any other bodily parts in pursuit of any Challenge, hokey-pokey, hanky-panky, or any other hare-brained scheme that might be promulgated on said website. Caveat emptor, e pluribus unum, and que sera sera.

          • By: Seasidejanet Posted: August 5, 2018

            Don’t get any “groin”injuries!!! Jack will read with his eyes closed!

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 4, 2018

    I second Emily’s dare. Bwahahahahahax2.
    The best way to catch a lightning bolt would be to take a movie then do a screen shot on the computer. Love lightening too but respect it after a close encounter.

  5. By: gregblood Posted: August 4, 2018

    Et tu, Bill? You too, Lednar? Let it be known that I am already working on some inner-thigh stretches, and I think I have achieved an approximate 50% split. It was painful, but I know hard work and determination will get me to 100%. I’ll show you guys and gals!

    Great news so far. “Disco Inferno” is on YouTube, so get ready. Burn, baby, burn.

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: August 7, 2018

    I really like your pictures! I don’t think doing the splits is going to improve them.

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