I must be a pretty bright dude because an idea comes into my head almost every day. Interestingly, such thoughts only happen when I’m riding my bike. The rest of the day my brain is controlled by other entities — music, the internet, words in print, movies, television, The Feeshko, etc.

Yup, when I’m riding my bike I’m a real thinker. Here’s what I was thinking today: “Hey, why not post a before-and-after picture for the June Challenge every day for the rest of the month?”

That revolutionary idea came to me while I was impatiently waiting for a train at a railroad crossing gate. I was reminded of a picture I took a few years ago, so I took a similar one today.

This morning. MY Town. At the end of a 20-mile ride in very pleasant weather. The train went on forever.

2016. Rochester, MN. At the end of a 75-mile day on my way to Iowa in very hot and humid weather. The train went on forever and a never-ending stream of sweat poured down over my face.

I think I have enough pictures from the last decade or so of bike journals and blogs that I shouldn’t have any problem connecting SOMETHING from the past to my June rides. My only goal is to keep myself occupied and have a little fun with this project. There is certainly no need for anybody to comment on my daily posts — nor to even read them.

This is the same train that held me up in the photo above.

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: BobinVT Posted: June 5, 2020

    And here I was, proud that I could put together one post for the challenge!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: June 6, 2020

    Sounds like a fun project. It will be good to see what you come up with. My hometown had sooooo many railroad crossings and train lines. So it’s been odd living in rural Oz where I have not lived anywhere near the train line in a long time. And I say “the”, because there is only one in this area – the line that runs from Sydney to Melbourne. All the level crossings in the two bigger towns (30-60,000) I’ve lived in/near were removed some time ago and replaced with over or underpasses, so you don’t hear the trains much at all. I am JUST old enough to remember cabooses đŸ™‚

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