The Day I Was Exposed To Excessive Radiation

I must say, I wasn’t too sure about this “RADIATION” theme for the August challenge. The word conjures up images of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and animals with horrible deformities. It also reminds me of 10th-grade geometry class where the radius between me and a grade of D was razor thin.

Almost as awful as those memories from the past was the emptiness in my head toward the future. I couldn’t imagine going out there and finding any examples of radiation other than the sorry idea of taking a picture of my own bike wheels.

Well, that’s not completely true. I DID have one idea — it was my ace-in-the-hole in case my ride today was a complete radiation failure.

Over the years, a number of characters with speaking parts in my various blogs have radiated from my head. Here are a few of them: Clockwise from the top are Un-Yun, Doris, Thelonius Thumb, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong and Diggity, My Cartoon Alter-Ego G-2, Rocco, and Zombie. Radiation at its finest.


But guess what happened once I started riding in search of radiationalogical content. I found mega-gamma-rays of radiuses and radii AND radical radiation-poisoning from an intense sun. I found so many legitimate examples of radiation in the first 45-minutes that I put put my phone away for the rest of my ride. (Except for one final picture at the end which was simply too overwhelmingly radia-riffic to ignore.)

The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong checks out the vanes radiating from the center of this cute little windmill.


“I got bigger radii than you do,” said the boat trailer wheel.Yeah, well, I got MORE of them than you do,” my bike shot back.


Branches radiating from the trunk of a pine tree.





I do not condone vandalistic graffiti, but this IS an example of “radiation” so I took a picture anyway.


There’s a funny story that goes along with this picture. I laid my bike down above the radiating starburst for a cool picture. I gave no consideration to other bike riders who might be coming along. Pretty funny, huh?

(I did apologize profusely, and the riders both said, “no problem.”)


I took this picture on the fly. Whatever this radiathingamajig is, I thought it was pretty cool.


According to Wikipedia, Oberon is known in Medievel literature as the King of the Fairies. Oberon is also a moon of the planet Uranus. I still don’t know why Oberon is often portrayed as a radiant sun-like character, but I guess it has something to do with how it is always tilted toward the sun. I mostly know about Oberon as a nice summer ale produced by the Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, Michigan.


According to the more-accurate Gregipedia, Oberon is the friendly Patron Saint of Sun Radiation, God of Sun and Bringer of Sunburn.

I hope you are enjoying my radiation pictures so far. I have a couple more to go. But you wouldn’t believe the number of pictures I deleted. I mean, I have to save SOMETHING for the rest of the month. But I could not save this:

I hit the radiation jackpot with this piece of old farm equipment. (No, not The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong. That thing in the background.)


In this blown-up picture, I count no less than six radioli-o’s on a single object. Beat that if you can.


All this happened on only the first day. I might as well give up while I’m ahead.

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.

6 response to "The Day I Was Exposed To Excessive Radiation"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 1, 2020

    Good job, Greg. Very radiant. However, you’ve really stretched the limits of credulity. Sure, I can believe the antics of Un-yun and Rocco and G-2 and the rest of the gang. On the other hand, not one, but TWO other bicyclists in YOUR town?!? Both in the photo at the same time?!? Too much to swallow, my friend. Everyone knows you’re the one and only cyclist in YOUR town, so don’t be trying to fool us with that kind of baseless fiction. Stick to reality, like Doris and Thelonius.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 2, 2020

      It seems I’ve blurred the line between reality and fantasy. Yes, there really WERE two more cyclists behind me. But that’s only because it was on a bike trail on a Saturday with very nice weather. That would have never have happened on a roadway in December. And I appreciate your believing in the reality of G-2, Doris, Rocco, et.al.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 2, 2020

      I don’t know. I just don’t know.

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

    Ah man, you beat me to the windmills. Because I do have windmill options out the wazoo here!

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