Old And New For Those Who Enjoy A Little Recreational Grass Now And Then

I was riding my bike around today with no Cycle365 intentions whatsoever.  It was just a regular ride–like I do almost every day.  ALMOST every day.  For those of you keeping a tally of the number of days I’ve not ridden since making my “ride-every-single-day-in-2019” New Year’s resolution, you’re going to have to start a new column.  I quit counting myself – ever since I missed four or five days in January –  but I would estimate my non-riding days to be somewhere in the 20-25 area.  Sad, but true.  (There’s some good news though:  I’m going to do a re-start at the half-way point–July 1st.  True, I’ve done a couple of re-starts previously, but THIS time I’m serious.  (Again, thank you to Emily  for the re-start idea.)

As I said, I wasn’t planning to post anything after my ride today.  I wasn’t planning to live up to any challenge, and certainly not the Old/New Challenge, which I already destroyed in a most spectacular way in my last post.  I was just cruising along slowly while grooving out on the suburban scenery of MY Town.  I just emptied my mind and dreamed beautiful thoughts.  That’s where the recreational grass came into play.

I had already ridden–soared, if you will–for about ten miles and I was almost home when I scored some nice recreational grass.  Oh yes, it was some GOOD grass.  I took it all in.  It provided me with colors brighter and more psychedelic than anything Pink Floyd ever thought of.  My head was spinning with deep thoughts and paranoid thoughts.  “Am I on an alien planet?”  I thought?  “Is this something from the mind of Hunter S. Thompson?  Or [gasp] James Joyce?” 

“Oh, WOWEE ZOWEE,” I exclaimed as I took one more look at the surreal landscape before me.


Old style natural grass in the foreground, and new psychedelic recreational grass in the background. Of course, I could never forget to put the Reckless Mr. Bing Bong in the picture.


Look at those colors!  Old grass can’t match the green-ness of that new artificial grass.  And even if it could, there is no way it could attain the BLUE-NESS of that recreational grass in the end zone, not to mention the gold stripe of recreational grass.  It’s golder than Acapulco Gold.

Wait a minute.  As I re-read my own writing I’m worried that I might be conveying the wrong idea.  Recreational grass, in this case, is artificial turf on a football field.  And the turf is so new it is literally being installed TODAY! Football is a recreational activity, is it not?  And the colors are brilliant, are they not?  And a bike ride is subliminally beautiful, is it not?  Sometimes riding a bike in perfect conditions makes you feel like you are soaring, right?  The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong has been my bike’s name for a long time, right? I don’t know what you people were thinking.


Another view of old turf and new turf. Far out, man!


I did see another Old/New photo opportunity today, but I resisted taking a picture.  It was an old grandma holding a newborn baby on a bench in a park.  What is the proper procedure for asking a grandma to take a picture of her and the baby for posting something old and something new on-line?  Whatever the procedure is, I couldn’t do it.

Strangely, when I got home after my ride, I craved Oreos and potato chips.






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.

9 response to "Old And New For Those Who Enjoy A Little Recreational Grass Now And Then"

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 17, 2019

      It is a nice field. I guess it’s considered one of the most unique high school football fields in the state because of its setting in sort of a bowl. It is also one of the most historic, though that might change a little with that new artificial turf. In 1932, the land was a gravel pit and an unofficial city dump–quite an eyesore. It was developed into a football field, while keeping the original stone walls of the gravel pit. I don’t know if the students are proud of it, but I know the citizens are.

  1. By: NancyG Posted: June 16, 2019

    So glad you did not ask the Grandma for a photo as it would have been disqualified by rules which specifically say no humans allowed. I would hate for your record to have a blemish of a disqualification ;’-).
    Lovely blue by the way.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 17, 2019

      Thanks for the information, Nancy. I guess I didn’t read the rules very carefully. That would have been embarrassing to get disqualified after suffering the original embarrassment of asking the grandma to pose for a picture.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 16, 2019

    Thats quite a field! A high school?
    Great photos!
    Still have the old school grass on the athletic fields here.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 17, 2019

      It is a high school stadium, but it’s not on campus. I believe the field is owned by the city, but maintained by the school district. The new playing surface is being paid for by a school tax levy which, like most school tax levies, was very contentious.

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

    ‘My head was spinning with deep thoughts and paranoid thoughts’ Hey that’s perfectly normal, not like Oreos and potato chips together? Sounds like a hideous combination to me (unless you’re pregnant).

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 17, 2019

      Actually, I think I would have eaten the potato chips first – as the main course – and then the Oreo’s for dessert.

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 21, 2019

        Ha ha, I thought it was one of those American sweet and salty combinations like Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or bacon and maple syrup on waffles.

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