Triple challenge on Presidents Day

Today’s ride has three goals: honor many but not all of our presidents, and support the Holiday Challenge; copycat some of the themes of this month’s choose your own adventure challenge; and visit another set of trees in my Portland Heritage Tree Quest.

I think I did quite well: one dead President, (Teddy Roosevelt, shown above), two stumps, two instances of wall art, three LFL’s, and eight heritage trees.  Plus a few other random subjects that caught my eye along the way.  No snowmen or shaded sheep, but I’m still looking.

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10 response to "Triple challenge on Presidents Day"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: February 19, 2020

    Congratulations to your parents! What a wonderful get together of family, and reassuring that you have longevity genes. That was a very nice monument and quite interesting about the trees. I liked that New Mexico pine that looked like it was struggling with the Portland climate.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: February 19, 2020

    I agree with Emily about the gathering of your family and the longevity genes. I’m still a little disturbed by the mural of the hummingbird waiting to peck into the brain of that poor little kid though. In my part of the country, hummingbirds are smaller, friendlier and more skittish.

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 19, 2020

      Thanks, Greg. Don’t worry so much about the hummingbirds though, Ok? That’s what helmets are for. And in any case, you should be safe. Hummingbirds are drawn to sweets, not sourpusses,

      And say – didn’t you have an idea for next month’s challenge? It will be March before we know about it.

      • By: gregblood Posted: February 19, 2020

        ME? A sourpuss? Okay, you’re probably right.

        Yes, I almost forgot about that Challenge idea. At the time I thought it was pretty cool, but I’m not so sure now. Feel free to reject it if you want — as long as the very smart and wonderful Rocky approves of your rejection. Here it is:

        I’ve seen plenty of evidence that almost all of us Cycle365-ers like music. My idea for the March Challenge is to relate a bike ride to a song. You can either think of a song you really like and use that to inspire your bike ride, or you can go on a bike ride and see if that makes you think of a favorite song. It doesn’t even have to be a song in the traditional sense; it could be a movement from a symphony, or a piece from a string quartet, or a bit of jazz improvization. Only one song and one ride is required to meet the challenge, but more than one is fine too. It’s up to you. There are no hard and fast rules. You don’t even have to include your bike in any pictures. Just pedal, sing or hum, and report back to us about your ride and the title of your song.

        (If you choose to accept my idea, please keep it a secret until the very end of February. Thanks.)

        • By: Bill Stone Posted: February 19, 2020

          Good idea for a Challenge! Feel free to use that Airplane song for your next ride through snowy streets. 😉

        • By: Scooter Posted: February 19, 2020

          A fine idea, though certainly a bike should be included. Not sure how to keep it secret though, since you’ve already exposed it to the world. Why don’t you create the post announcing it though. I’ll update the challenge post to reference it – something I’ve been delinquent on for about four months now.

        • By: Scooter Posted: February 19, 2020

          An afterthought. You might stipulate that it’s not necessary to include an audio of the song, and that just a reference to it is enough. I’m not sure how comfortable everyone is with audio and how to upload it, and you wouldn’t want to discriminate or discourage participation. I wouldn’t worry about this with most people, but your choice of a snowman this month showed a surprising insensitivity. Just saying,

          • By: The Navigator Posted: February 20, 2020

            Good grab, Rich. That was my favourite song to play on the juke box at the pizza place as a kid 🙂

        • By: Suzanne Posted: February 20, 2020

          I like the idea. Often a title or lyrics pop into my head while riding. And if they don’t, we always have internet …

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