I’m looking forward to the upcoming challenge because before-and-after pictures have always interested me, because I like reading people’s stories (and extra credit has been offered for stories), because I like TELLING stories, and because . . . just because.

This morning I was going through some old pictures and scrapbooks in preparation. I had never been all that big into pictures until I started backpacking and then bike touring, so I don’t have too much to choose from. I’m really struggling to find old photos of me with a bike. The good news is that I recalled one of my favorite OLD/NEW combinations that I thought was worth sharing before June arrived.

This picture of me being chased by gigantic horseflies from my 2016 tour to Winnipeg is one of my all-time favorites. I even used it on my Cycle365 profile.

Two years later, I commissioned my son to render his artistic impression of the horsefly attack. It was the best $100 I’ve ever spent.

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.


  1. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 31, 2020

    Your son’s picture reminded me of a cartoonist from way back – Gerald Scarfe.

    Those horseflies look huge – how many to carry you off?!

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 1, 2020

      I’ll have to ask my son if he is familiar with Scarfe. He has told me that one of his influences is Ralph Steadman, long time illustrator for Hunter S. Thompson’s books.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: June 1, 2020

    I too have been going through old pictures, with the challenge in mind. I’m realizing that I take a lot more pictures of things rather than people (including myself). I usually ride alone, and I’m not much of a selfie guy. So, it’s going to be a challenge. But, it’s supposed to be, right?

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 1, 2020

      It IS a challenge. Luckily, one of the rules is that you can tell a story about yourself in lieu of old pictures. I have a feeling I’ll be taking full advantage of that alternative.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: June 2, 2020

    That’s a great shot. You’ve gotta be careful with flies that bite… that is likely how I got that secondary bartonella bacterial infection that is still giving me grief! I love your son’s version of the photo 🙂

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