WHERE’S ROCCO?

Before we figure out WHERE Rocco is, I should probably remind you WHO Rocco is.  I made (literally) a new friend and I introduced him on my New Year’s Day post.  True to the theme of this month’s challenge, Rocco is a rock.  If you scroll back up to the featured photo, you’ll see a rock goofing around with a snow man.  That rock is Rocco.

This morning, I came up with an amazingly original idea.  Here it is:  I will take a bunch of pictures of rocks and a few other things during my ride, and I will strategically place Rocco in hidden locations within those pictures.  Then I will challenge the readers of this post to study the pictures and try to find Rocco amongst the crazy madness surrounding him.   It’s never been done before!

FIND ROCCO!  That’s your challenge for each of the pictures below (and let me warn you, there are a lot of them.)

 

I’LL START OFF WITH AN EASY ONE. TRY TO FIND ROCCO IN THE SNOWY LANDSCAPE.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I TOOK A PICTURE OF THE LANDSCAPING ROCK AT MY HOUSE. WHERE’S ROCCO?

THIS ROCK IS SO SPECIAL THAT IT WAS PUT ON A PEDESTAL AS A MEMORIAL FOR MILITARY VETERANS. BUT, WHERE’S ROCCO?

THIS ROCK IS THE PEDESTAL FOR A WORK OF ART. ROCCO LURKS. WHERE’S ROCCO?

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT MYSELF, BUT THIS SIGN FOR MY TOWN IS ACTUALLY CARVED OUT OF A ROCK.  THE QUESTION IS, WHERE’S ROCCO?

 

THIS LONG LINE OF ROCKS IS CALLED “RIP-RAP.”  I’M NOT KIDDING!  RIP RAP IS PLACED ALONG THE SHORELINES OF RIVERS, LAKES AND OCEANS TO PREVENT EROSION. “RIP RAP” COULD ALSO BE A SUMMATION ONE OF MY REVIEWS OF AN ALBUM FROM JAY Z OR KANYE WEST. YET, WHERE’S ROCCO?

 

I STAND TRIUMPHANT ON ANOTHER CARVED ROCK. ROCCO ROLLS HIS EYES, BUT CAN YOU FIND HIM?

 

ON THE WAY BACK HOME, I STOPPED AT A GAS STATION TO PICK UP THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER. OUT FRONT WAS A NICE DISPLAY OF BLUE WINDSHIELD WIPIING FLUID. SOMEWHERE IN THE DISPLAY IS ROCCO.  WHERE’S ROCCO?  GOOD LUCK.

 

WHERE’S ROCCO AMONG ALL THE CARTOONS AND CARTOON ALTER EGOS?

 

 

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.

19 response to "WHERE’S ROCCO?"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 5, 2020

    Oh! Oh! Oh! I found Rocco in ALL of the photos!
    The landscape rock, Veteran’s Memorial, Hastings sculpture and rip rap were a little tricky.

    But, then I’m pretty good at that kind of stuff.

    I put a puzzle together in 2 weeks, and the box said 3 to 6 years. 🙂

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 5, 2020

      Three to six years? That must be one seriously tough puzzle. But then, I sometimes solve the Friday version of the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, which takes most people a month or two, in less than 24 hours. We must be pretty smart people.

      Speaking of smartness, did you notice how I expanded on the definition of “Rip Rap?” Normally I would have said something like, “Man, that’s a lotta rocks!”

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 5, 2020

        It was! 24 pieces! But, 12 pieces a week I thought was a pretty good performance.
        I may tackle Tinker Toys next ———– Legos are a bit advanced for me right now.

        You did expand the meaning of rip rap — keep an eye on that Kanye — he may swipe your microphone, or camera, or bicycle or something . . . .

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: January 5, 2020

    Very creative and very nice of you to take something heavy along on your rides. The cartoon alter ego may be more demanding, but at least he and his companion are light 🙂

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 6, 2020

      Yes, that WAS pretty nice of me, wasn’t it? In all modesty though, I must admit that while Rocco is more than a thousand times heavier than the combined weight of G-2 and Doris, he still isn’t too much of a burden. He fits neatly in the right pocket of my jacket where I can easily retrieve him for photo opportunities.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: January 5, 2020

    Thanks for giving us this interesting game Greg! You are so much fun. Thankfully I could enlarge the photos (hope that is not cheating) and could find Rocco!!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 6, 2020

      Enlarging the photos, using a magnifying glass, enlisting a friend to assist, taking performance enhancing drugs – none of those things are cheating when it comes to locating Rocco.

  4. By: Scooter Posted: January 5, 2020

    So is inventing a rock a legitimate submission? I’m not so sure. The judges will have to mull this one over for a bit. We’ll get back to you.

    • By: NancyG Posted: January 6, 2020

      Rock was not invented. Rocco was. I say it is legit.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 6, 2020

      Nancy’s right, of course. But, just for the sake of argument, let’s assume Rocco is not an official rock, as you suggest. Let’s assume he was created not as a true rock, but as just another one of my alter-egos. Let’s assume that he is nothing more than an actor – a character in a month long series of Cycle365 Challenge posts. Even if all those things were true, you and the other judges couldn’t disqualify the entire post because there were plenty of other rocks featured.

      I’m willing to listen to any rebuttals, but keep in mind that it’s futile to debate against a supreme master of logical argument. (That would be me.)

        • By: gregblood Posted: January 7, 2020

          Hi Led. Between you and Scott and G-2, I can’t decide which one is the biggest fly in my ointment. That’s OK though, because I kind of agree with your definition. A rock SHOULD be bigger and tougher. Next time, I’m going to find a truly gigantic rock that could never be mistaken for a stone or pebble. Thanks for the additional challenge.

          By the way, my Vikings have taken the first step toward a re-match with your Packers. All we have to do now is beat that team from San Francisco on the home turf of several of our Cycle365 friends.

          • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 7, 2020

            I’m more into baseball than football, but I can report with certainty that the San Francisco Bay Area has gone absolutely bonkers with the unexpected success of the 49ers. Anything short of a resounding Super Bowl victory will probably be considered a sure sign of impending apocalypse.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 7, 2020

        Rocco does look a lot like my father’s cousin’s eldest son, so he must have at least some Stone blood in him. On the other hand, you know you can’t get blood from a….

        • By: gregblood Posted: January 7, 2020

          . . . turnip. That’s the phrase I grew up with.

        • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 7, 2020

          Exactly right! How did you know my father’s cousin’s eldest son was named Turnip?

          • By: gregblood Posted: January 7, 2020

            Laugh Out Loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really, I did.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 6, 2020

      Thank you, Suzanne. I always try to be kind. In fact, kindness is one of my finest attributes – along with niceness, fun-ness, smartness, tough-guyness, and supreme master of logical argument.

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