September’s challenge: Bakeoven Road

I’m pleased with how this month’s challenge is going so far.  Lots of participation, lots of creative contributions.  Keep it up! Here are my entries for now, but I’m sure more will follow.  The featured image is from our ride up Bakeoven Road to Shaniko through the high desert.  A great ride, through a beautiful … Continue reading "September’s challenge: Bakeoven Road"

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September Challenge — In Line

In line with brick walls and alley In line with brick wall and ivy vines -or- As Dizzy Dean, the baseball broadcaster, once referred to the ivy at Wrigley Field —  those “poison ivy vines” In line with culverts — Grant Township Road District Post Views: 19 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all … Continue reading "September Challenge — In Line"

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September Challenge — In Line

Line of missing soybean plants — way out there (Closest rows were planted left to right so the line isn’t present) Where the corn field meets the bean field Raleigh aligns with center pivot irrigation system Post Views: 21 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday … Continue reading "September Challenge — In Line"

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“A STRAIGHT LINE EXISTS BETWEEN ME AND THE GOOD THING.” -Talking Heads

Hi again, folks.  As Jack Nicholson said in The Shining, “I’M BA-A-A-A-CK!” I don’t actually believe anybody noticed (or cared) that I’ve been gone, but I’ll tell you a little about what I’ve been doing anyway.  I was on a three week bike tour, mostly in the state of Washington.  I enjoyed it immensely.  August was … Continue reading "“A STRAIGHT LINE EXISTS BETWEEN ME AND THE GOOD THING.” -Talking Heads"

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September Challenge — In Line

A street scene/seam Keeping Huffy on the straight and narrow “World Famous” Sprague Road  😉 Containers, once traveling the world’s oceans to storage in an old parking lot Post Views: 28 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly … Continue reading "September Challenge — In Line"

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September Challenge — In Line

From Illinois, the expected –> Raleigh aligned with corn field And then, a soybean field Raleigh aligned with road, roadside, poles, wires, and corn field Parked going the ‘wrong way’  🙂 Raleigh aligned with rails and tree lines Interesting intersecting (almost!) contrails Raleigh was aligned with the one running from top to bottom, it really … Continue reading "September Challenge — In Line"

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August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest

Last day of August!  I’ve just got time for one last challenge post before closing the book. This one has lots  of trees, but I featured the skeleton of a dying Sycamore maple out of respect.  The post as a whole though might interest both tree and quest fans, because it’s the first stage of … Continue reading "August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest"

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Challenge of the Month: September, 2019

Just a reminder that there are still a few days left in August, so there’s time left to share with us that favorite tree you’ve been procrastinating on.  For those impatient types or folks that like to think ahead a bit though (we’re looking at you, Suzanne), here’s the challenge for September. This month’s theme … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: September, 2019"

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August challenge: the trees of Irvington

We’re staying this week in Irvington, one of Portland’s inner east side neighborhoods.  It feels a bit like living in an Arboretum, with a great diversity of mature trees – there must be fifty different species here, often grouped in short rows along parking strips, each block featuring a different tree than the one before. … Continue reading "August challenge: the trees of Irvington"

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August challenge: the Kalaloch Tree of Life

The Sitka Spruce is a pretty amazing tree.  Previously we had a look at the largest known Sitka Spruce in the world, soaring nearly two hundred feet into the sky.  Today’s featured image is a much smaller example, but nearly as remarkable.  The Kalaloch Tree of Life ekes out its precarious existence on the wild … Continue reading "August challenge: the Kalaloch Tree of Life"

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Yosemite National Park Glacier Point Road Rehab

Are you a cyclist who would like to see more options for cycling in the lovely Yosemite? If so, consider giving your input and opinion during the comment period (and/or attending one of the upcoming meetings!) because in 2021 Glacier Point Road in YNP will be closed (estimated 2 years maybe!) for rehabilitation.  What about … Continue reading "Yosemite National Park Glacier Point Road Rehab"

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Sequoia sempervirens

Also known as the California redwood. Several grow in our yard. The Ogre snuggled up to one them this morning. From Wikipedia: Sequoia sempervirens is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include coast redwood, coastal redwood and California redwood. It is an … Continue reading "Sequoia sempervirens"

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August Challenge: Eucalyptus camaldulensis

I live about a kilometre from the Murray River – Australia’s most iconic river. Combined with the Darling River, they drain 1/3 of Australia. The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia’s main food bowl and the centre of considerable controversy over its management. Growing along that iconic river are the river red gums. These trees can grow … Continue reading "August Challenge: Eucalyptus camaldulensis"

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Bikes on White Mountain

At 14,252 feet in elevation, White Mountain Peak in the White Mountains is the third highest summit in California. A long, rough, unpaved road (requiring four-wheel drive and high clearance) leads up from the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest visitor center several thousand feet to the University of California’s Barcroft Research Station at 12,470 feet. Normally … Continue reading "Bikes on White Mountain"

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Challenge of the month: August, 2019

Oh, good grief!  Where did July go, anyway?  I’ve lost track, and almost missed getting this month’s challenge out in time.  I’m sure you’ve all been getting anxious, wondering whether you would have a reason to wheel the bike out of the shed next month. ‘Where’s our challenge?’, I imagine many of you have been … Continue reading "Challenge of the month: August, 2019"

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News: Bicyclist rescues man near death

As widely reported via national and international news outlets, Tomas Quinones while bikepacking in the remote backcountry of eastern Oregon by sheer chance encountered a 72-year-old man — severely dehydrated and near death — who had collapsed after walking for four days from his stranded Jeep. Tomas tells the story in his bike blog: http://adventuring.bike/2019/bikepacking-the-obc-day-6/ … Continue reading "News: Bicyclist rescues man near death"

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California Golde cycle touring video

I just watched this video and found it well done and humorous. Since we have a few CA riders here, I thought I’d share it here:  https://vimeo.com/313013550?fbclid=IwAR2gOBXoy1xvjf7ar3hS4y2qVaIsAPV3VE8mI5FA5KRHRJ9qoL6lnuyMlKI Oh, and when Greg returns from tour, or maybe while he is on tour, I dare him to try out the move shown at about 1.38.   Post Views: … Continue reading "California Golde cycle touring video"

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