THE FLAGS SALUTE THE WIND

Today’s bike ride was dedicated solely to finding some flags to photograph for the monthly challenge.  After only two minutes of riding the streets of MY Town, I could already see that this was going to be the EASIEST monthly challenge in the entire history of monthly challenges.  I must say, until this morning, I never realized just how patriotic the citizens of MY Town seem to be.  I’d estimate almost 25% of the residences, about the same percentage of businesses, and 100% of the government buildings–from city hall to the county government center to the public library to every single one of the schools–are displaying the American flag.  And it’s not even a national holiday for god’s sake.

Since the Stars & Stripes of the U.S.A. are so commonplace (with the exception of my callously flagless house), I decided I should try to find other kinds of flags to meet the October Challenge.  Still, here are a couple examples of “Old Glory.”

 

The Perkins restaurant chain is famous for the gigantic American flags it flies outside its eateries. It takes a fair amount of wind to totally unfurl a flag this size.

 

I took this picture more for the campaign sign than for the flag.

 

While on my search for distinctive flags, I saw a couple of interesting things that were not related to flags at all.  Like when I rode past the railroad bridge over the Mississippi River.  I heard a loud whistle blow, and then the deck of the bridge started rising.  It does that to allow barges and other large boats to pass underneath.  I’ve seen the bridge in the raised position many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched the process of raising the bridge.  As cool as that was, even cooler was a sight I saw at the same time.  A hawk swooped in and took a mourning dove right out of the air not more than 20 feet in front of me.  In only a second the dove seemed to be lifeless and the hawk flew its limp body into a small wooded area nearby.

 

Raised railroad bridge just after the hawk attack.

 

This oddly deformed tree was the other interesting thing I saw.

 

Let’s go back to the subject of flags, shall we?  The next three pictures show a loyalty to something other than one’s country.  These families appear to be more loyal to our local football team–The Minnesota Vikings.  I am a fan of the Vikings too, but I’d never go so far as to display a Viking flag in my front yard.  I might have done that when I was a 7th-grader, but not as a purported adult.

Now, there is a contributor to this website who lives in Perth, Australia.  I will not reveal his identity for privacy reasons, but he has adopted the Green Bay Packers as his favorite American football team.  He even named one of his bikes “The Pack-Mobile.”  I think he knows the Packers are the arch-rival of the Vikings and he did those things for no other reason than to irritate me.  I’m posting the following pictures to irritate him.

 

Go Vikings!

 

 

Rah, rah to the purple and gold.

 

 

The Vikings will destroy the Packers next time, and would easily beat the Western Australia Eagles in American football OR Australian football.

 

Finally, I’ve got a couple more flag pictures.  Check ’em out!

 

Three flags. The stretched out one is the Minnesota State Flag.

 

 

Nice little flags put up by the utility company.

 

This flagpole is unique in that it is displaying an invisible flag.

 

Well, I’ve bored you enough.  See you next month.

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 FLAGS SALUTE THE WIND"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: October 10, 2019

    Nice to see that you found some either very large or very low hanging flags to fit into the frame. And a great political yard sign, I agree.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 10, 2019

    Nice array of flags — I need to look around and see if there is a similar political sign to put in the Lanes front lawn 😉 (Not likely around here)

    The invisible flag reminds me of the invisible trailer behind the Chevy Silverado.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: October 11, 2019

    I guess the hawk and dove were too fast to capture, too bad, I would also have loved to see them. Nice collection of flags, though.
    See you next month??? No more flags for this month? Come one, we want more of your entertainng entries.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: October 12, 2019

    All those Viking flags were tough on my eyeballs. Haven’t they already been beaten by GBP this year? BTW I ate 3 pasties this week, nothing brilliant though.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: October 14, 2019

    Nice selection, Greg. I do like that tree the most though. It would have given me scary dreams as a kid, I think. I do like the campaign sign, too.

    Aaahhh… Perkins. I loved their potato pancakes when we’d go there when I was a kid. It always came with 2 pieces of bacon, though, which I always gave to my Dad – I have never ever liked pork products.

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