Here are some snow men — Neve(r) said they had to be snow?

50+F here today Ride south of town found some remaining {snow} in shaded ditches Actually recrystallized into what is called Neve or at a later stage Firn — snow, which under the right conditions can lead to glacial ice  — looks a lot like snow cone ice No glacial ice forming here today but enough … Continue reading "Here are some snow men — Neve(r) said they had to be snow?"

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Some mailboxes, monuments, memorials and more

The guys and I did an overnight ride on Friday and Saturday and were able to satisfy our triple m challenge. It wasn’t the most fun ride ever, but I am glad to have taken advantage of good weather. You will note in the feature photo that I did get the domesticated animal mailbox trifecta. … Continue reading "Some mailboxes, monuments, memorials and more"

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Check It Out! I Get To Present The March Challenge

Hi folks, Greg here, and I’ve been given the honor of hosting the next Cycle365 Monthly Challenge.  But first, it seems I owe everybody an apology.  I’ve been told by one of the executive officers of Cycle365 that my snowman challenge this month “showed a surprising insensitivity,” presumably because it was almost impossible for people … Continue reading "Check It Out! I Get To Present The March Challenge"

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Triple challenge on Presidents Day

Today’s ride has three goals: honor many but not all of our presidents, and support the Holiday Challenge; copycat some of the themes of this month’s choose your own adventure challenge; and visit another set of trees in my Portland Heritage Tree Quest. I think I did quite well: one dead President, (Teddy Roosevelt, shown … Continue reading "Triple challenge on Presidents Day"

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KING OF THE COPYCATS: Mission Accomplished

In case you didn’t read the title of this post, I’ll repeat:  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  But it wasn’t easy.  Over the course of the first week of the February challenge, I managed to keep track of and rip-off all of the ideas of the other participants at least one time.  Then a couple more challengers came … Continue reading "KING OF THE COPYCATS: Mission Accomplished"

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Mural Challenge No.2 and copy-catting

The above mural is another by Fintan Magee in Leederville, one of my favourites. Here’s an article about this mural I’m continuing with my mural theme and copying TJ’s ‘start and finish’ as well. Today was a coolish summer day so I left home, heading to my mums house in Quinn’s Rocks (70kms) via the … Continue reading "Mural Challenge No.2 and copy-catting"

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Some grungy street art and copycat-ing

G’day Cycle-lifers, So the February challenge is to post three posts, my work load has tripled (you know, some people have to still work, sad but true). My theme will be street murals as they’re all over the place here and I’ll also copy some one else’s theme as well. Today it’s Greg’s snowman, which … Continue reading "Some grungy street art and copycat-ing"

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A Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt

I forgot about Valentine’s Day this year, until Rocky wondered out loud last night if anyone would get her a cookie this year,  Typical – I never remember holidays or special days like anniversaries and birthdays.  I’m a terrible companion and friend, unless folks remind me to look their way. Prompted into action though, I … Continue reading "A Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt"

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s morning just happened to be the coldest morning of the year so far (14-degrees below zero.)  That’s pretty brisk, even by my standards.  By 10:00, however, it had warmed up about 11-degrees so I bundled up and began my Holiday Challenge ride.  (Wouldn’t want to miss one, you know.) It was a very short … Continue reading "HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Valentine’s Day Edition"

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Challenge of the Month: Stump After the Storm

Very high winds and stormy yesterday. Storm Ciara in England and called Sabine when it arrived in Germany, caused all flights to be cancelled, no trains were running, things were pretty quiet except for the wind. Actually, sitting indoors we didn’t notice much. I wasn’t going out on my bike, though. Today we still had … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: Stump After the Storm"

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Challeng of the month: Desert rust

Definition of rust 1a: the reddish brittle coating formed on iron especially when chemically attacked by moist air and composed essentially of hydrated ferric oxide b: a comparable coating produced on a metal other than iron by corrosion c: something resembling rust : ACCRETION 2: corrosive or injurious influence or effect 3: any of numerous … Continue reading "Challeng of the month: Desert rust"

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A SOMEWHAT TRUE STORY ABOUT CALIFORNIA

Just a few minutes ago I posted my monthly challenge ride.  Maybe you didn’t even see it yet.  That’s a good thing, because this post really should have come first.  Most of the content in this post occurred before all those Copycat Award-winning photos in the previous post were taken.  So I apologize for publishing … Continue reading "A SOMEWHAT TRUE STORY ABOUT CALIFORNIA"

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KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART THREE: Post Academy Awards Edition

I’m feeling some pressure now that my Cycle365 compatriots are adding more and more of their own challenges.  As you may remember, I have two personal challenges this month and one of them is to find a way to rip-off everybody else’s challenges.  (The other one is to build a snowman and stand on my … Continue reading "KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART THREE: Post Academy Awards Edition"

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February’s challenge: Three M’s for Em

Well, I’m still looking around for something rusty so I can start on my own challenge.  While I’m waiting though, I’ll take a stab at Em’s theme, with my own twist.  The featured photo, taken in on our ride from Douglas to Bisbee, brings together Mesquite, Mistletoe, and Mountains. MMM! Post Views: 44 ScooterThis is … Continue reading "February’s challenge: Three M’s for Em"

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KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART TWO: Monthly Challenge

  Far be it from me to hijack somebody else’s creative idea for the February Challenge.  That would be wrong, just as it was wrong to copy Rich and Old Grumbleface in my last post.  And it would be even MORE wrong for me to steal the ideas of EVERY SINGLE CYCLE365-er this month.  I … Continue reading "KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART TWO: Monthly Challenge"

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KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART ONE: Holiday Challenge

Far be it from me to hijack somebody else’s pictures for my own fame and glory.  That would be wrong.  That would also be a copyright violation . . . UNLESS I provide academic-like accreditation to the original photographers.   That’s what I’m doing here: Featured photo at the top of the page:  Copyright Rich-Illinois … Continue reading "KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART ONE: Holiday Challenge"

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Little Library Challenge — This doesn’t qualify

Since there are 0 Little Free Libraries here I will, with Nancy’s kind permission, post a few of my personal bicycle library books A short motor tour of Indiana provided two, count ’em 2! Little Free Libraries  — one in Boswell, (pop 778) the other in Ambia (pop 239) Anyway we will start with these: … Continue reading "Little Library Challenge — This doesn’t qualify"

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Challenge of the month, February 2020: Choose your own adventure!

This month’s challenge comes to you from Rachael, the website’s technical crew.  She suggested the idea after getting tired of me bouncing ideas off of her, and then suggested that it would be too bad if something bad happened to our little website if we didn’t use her idea.  So we’ll go with it. And, … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, February 2020: Choose your own adventure!"

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January Challenge: Beechworth rocks.

The weather was good. The guys and I did an overnight 78 km ride and 2 km obstacle course among a bunch of granite rocks. There were some metamorphosed siltstones and mudstones in there, too, but it’s the granite that is most photogenic. You can read all about it HERE. Post Views: 43 The NavigatorNerdy chick … Continue reading "January Challenge: Beechworth rocks."

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Death Valley: Base Camp at Mesquite Springs

Rocks, sand, and sweat. I’ve been to Death Valley, so I know what bicycling is like in that environment. I’ve lost track of the total number of times I’ve visited the biggest, hottest, lowest National Park, but I know this was the fifth time I’ve done some pedaling there. Read more at Bill Bikes Post … Continue reading "Death Valley: Base Camp at Mesquite Springs"

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ANOTHER HOLIDAY COMES AROUND: My Martin Luther King Day Bike Ride

A couple of days ago, while I was shoveling my driveway, I was thinking ahead to the next holiday.  I sure didn’t want to miss one.  Yes, that’s how seriously I take these challenges. “Martin Luther King Day should be coming up soon,” I remembered. “Yeah, but what kind of Martin Luther King story could … Continue reading "ANOTHER HOLIDAY COMES AROUND: My Martin Luther King Day Bike Ride"

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Not a damn good rock shot, but we’re on the board

Finally, the wind pushed out the smoke long enough to get a ride in. We also managed to find a rock. Living on the alluvial flats means it is hard to find anything but cobblestones. But the guys and I finally managed a ride over 15kms this year – it’s just been too smoky to … Continue reading "Not a damn good rock shot, but we’re on the board"

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