When It Comes To Scavenging, Vultures & Hyenas Have Got Nothing On Me

I’ve got a lot of pictures to show today, so I’ll dispense with the my usual long stories and personal histories and general ridiculousness. Let’s get right to it, shall we?

I was pretty sure I could find a couple of the items at the road construction project going on just a block from my house.

Bobcat (Caterpillar version)

Cracked concrete (Seriously cracked)

I also knew I could find some more items down near the Mississippi River. The river is not only beautiful, but it’s a big-time commercial waterway, a major fishery, and a source of recreation. As us poor folks who have lived along the Mississippi River for hundreds of years say, “The river provides.”

Something I consider a treasure (The Mississippi River is a NATIONAL treasure)

An Arch

A Y-Shaped Object (Supporting that arched bridge)
A Street Curb of Natural Stone (I think everybody can agree that the Mississippi is “Main Street U.S.A.” and this is its curb. I think we can also agree that nobody who lives in a country less than five centuries old will find a natural stone curb along one of their own city streets.)

Weathered brick wall (above a weathered stone wall.)

Something bright and colorful (a cheerful set of chairs)

Hand-painted sign (and The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong is ready to PARTY)

Basketball Goal (Many of us call it a “basketball hoop.” Here, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong holds on to the hoop after a vicious, Darryl Dawkins-like slam dunk.)

Something purple
A Sparkly Object (I’m a little obsessive about getting my bike in every scavenger hunt picture. For this one, a video was the only way I could do so.)

A tree with burls

Kid’s Trike (Antique, no doubt)

Something to Recycle (And I did, indeed, pick it up and deposit it into the nearby recycling dumpster.)

Sports Banner (MY Town’s last State Championship team)

Satellite Dish

Flattened Beverage Can

According to my calculations, that leaves only AN ANIMAL and A CLOUD THAT RESEMBLES SOMETHING. Surprisingly, those are the two things I was most excited about, which means that I can be excited about it for another day.

I might add that I did see an animal and a cloud that resembled something today, but they disappeared before I could take the picture. In the case of the animal, rabbits can run off in an instant. In the case of the cloud, well, first of all there weren’t many of them out there today. But I did see a cloud that was shaped almost exactly like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (I probably only know that because I used to live there.) Anyway, there must have been a lot of wind in the upper atmosphere, because the cloud dissipated into something that looked more like an amoeba before I could get my bike into position for a photo.

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.

5 response to "When It Comes To Scavenging, Vultures & Hyenas Have Got Nothing On Me"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 14, 2021

    Another excellent presentation!
    Yes, you are quite right about curbs of natural stone, I was forced into the ancient parts of town to find one. I guess back in the day, Indiana limestone was the material that would last a long long time, it has.
    Pretty cool tricycle with the foot guard on it!

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: June 14, 2021

    Great collection! Very burly tree, excellent Y shape object and how did you get your bike on the hoop?

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 15, 2021

      It was only about an 8′ hoop because it was at an elementary school. Luckily, I’m still strong enough to lift my bike over my head.

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