In this post you will read about a guy who not only completed the most difficult Monthly Challenge since monthly challenges were invented, but he also managed to work in a Holiday Challenge ride.  Yes, you read it right–TWO CHALLENGING CHALLENGES IN ONE DAY!

The November Monthly Challenge is problematic in that it involves taking pictures of children.  As others have noted, getting caught while participating in this challenge could result, at best, in a reputation around town as the local creep, or, at worst, jail time as a predatory offender.  Somewhere between those extremes might be getting beaten up by a band of neighborhood vigilantes.

Nevertheless, a challenge is a challenge and I almost NEVER back down from a challenge.  Therefore, I spent the weekend developing a few discreet photography techniques which would help me to avoid detection.  That’s the key to success here:  Don’t Get Caught!  Now I’m going to share some of my undercover photo-taking techniques in the hope that one or two of them will help my fellow Cycle365-ers to meet the November Challenge.  It’s not too late folks.


The “Hide-In-The-Woods-Where-Nobody-Will-See-You” technique.


The “Speed By So Fast That No Little Kid Could Ever Describe You To The Police” technique.


The “Pretend You’re Doing Something Else While Surreptitiously Taking A Picture” technique. (This one might be my favorite.)


The “Behind The Back Snapshot While Wearing A Face Mask” technique.


Yeah, in theory those brilliant techniques are all well and good, but when the day came to do my Double Challenge ride, I only had the guts to take one schoolyard picture and it was from about 50 yards away.  I used the “High Speed, Behind The Fence, Stealth Bike” method for that one.  Sometimes one has to do the absolute bare minimum to succeed in a challenge, otherwise one could end up with his or her mug shot in the local newspaper.


You do NOT want this to happen to you.


I claim success over the November Challenge with this blurry, bare minimum picture taken at blazing speed.


As far as completing the monthly challenge goes, I’m pleased with my success.  On a personal level, however, I feel a little oily.  In addition, I’m worried that paparazzi throughout the world might read this and then employ my tactics for their nefarious purposes–like stalking various bicyclists engaged in ill-considered behaviors, and posting the embarrassing photos in The National Enquirer.

I guess that brings me to the Holiday Challenge part of this post.  This challenge is also difficult for me because I promised a story about ME for every holiday.  Alas, I didn’t remember there was a holiday called Veteran’s Day.  I am not a veteran.  I have no war stories.  I have no Veteran’s Day story of any kind to relate.  I could tell a story about ME drinking too many beers in a VFW Club once, but that incident has no significance whatsoever compared to the heroism of REAL veterans of foreign wars.  So I’ll simply give a respectful “thumbs up” to our nation’s soldiers and sailors.



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: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 11, 2019

    Another BOLO has been issued:

    Tip411The Hastings Police Department is attempting to identify the person and/or owner of the bicycle pictured above. If you know the identity and/or whereabouts of the suspect, please contact the Hastings Police Department Investigation Division at 651-480-2300 or email You can also provide anonymous information by clicking on the “tip411” icon to the left, or by texting the word HASTINGS and the information/identity of the suspect(s) to 847411 (TIP411). Please reference the listed Case Number in your tip.

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 11, 2019

      Uh oh, I might have to move out of MY Town. Those are real phone numbers and e-mails.

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: November 13, 2019

    Well done….I have yet to complete the last two challenges. Life’s been busy of late. Good to see you out!

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 13, 2019

      I hope you can un-busy yourself soon and get out on that Troll. I could use some nice ocean views to warm me up. It’s been under 30 degrees the last three days here.

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