Happy Thanksgiving From The Illinois of the North

Up to this point in my series, I’ve only shown some of the international neighborhoods of MY Town. There are, however, several officially-recognized United Statesian areas. Today I’ll be touring one of them, and I hope you’ll join me. There is a vast area on the outskirts of MY Town that looks almost exactly like … Continue reading "Happy Thanksgiving From The Illinois of the North"

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December Challenge: Collections

Swarms.  Legions.  Flocks.  Skeins.  Gaggles.  Googols.  Armies.  Droves.  Throngs.  Murders. After a month of emptiness, don’t you think we should lurch back the other direction?  This seems like a challenge everyone can participate in, regardless of season or environs.  We expect to see a host of submissions this month, featuring many different aggregations.  What’s the … Continue reading "December Challenge: Collections"

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Plataturkeypus-up and emptiness

Things were going very Minnesotan this month, a cold and wet November, my bike froze up, see featured image (fake news??). ‘ Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ they say, so I’ll return he favour of Greg’s ‘Hastings Little Australia theme park’ and demonstrate how we’re going Minnesotan around here. I agree that Plataturkeypus-up is … Continue reading "Plataturkeypus-up and emptiness"

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If You Do a Group Ride but There is No Group, the Rest Stops Make No Noise

There are four or five large group club or charity rides I do each year that have all been cancelled this year. Through the magic of RideWithGPS storage of their route files, I’ve been able to ride most of them on my own. This past Saturday we had temps in high 60s with bright sunshine, … Continue reading "If You Do a Group Ride but There is No Group, the Rest Stops Make No Noise"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride #9 Frost ‘n Shucks

Frosted seed head of a now deceased firegrass plant “Not hardy in Zone 5” Frosted grass More 50mph + winds on Thursday suggested the fence may have been blown full of corn shucks again Off to check that out this morning under still breezy conditions, and sure enough, there they are After the previous episode … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride #9 Frost ‘n Shucks"

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Little Australia: A Tour of Minnesota’s “Land Down Deep”

One thing you probably didn’t know about MY Town is that, for a city its size, it has amazing cultural, biological, and landscapeological diversity. You could say that MY Town is kind of like much larger cities, such as Chicago, San Francisco, or New York City, which have their own little pockets of diversity. (Little … Continue reading "Little Australia: A Tour of Minnesota’s “Land Down Deep”"

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Off Topic — Interesting Movie

A story of adventure and humanity in the American heartland, The Bikes of Wrath follows five Australian friends as they attempt to cycle 2,600 kilometres from Oklahoma to California in honour of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Travelling through rural towns and communities of Middle America, the group seeks to understand … Continue reading "Off Topic — Interesting Movie"

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Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 3, Warm Springs Road

For my third day ride from base camp in the desert at Lower Warm Springs in the Saline Valley of Death Valley National Park, I wanted to drive the Forester to Lippincott Road. Here’s what the National Park Service has to say about that: “Rough 4WD. Very steep, exposed, and winding with cliff edge washouts. … Continue reading "Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 3, Warm Springs Road"

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Empty Roads, Unless You Count the “Road Closed” Signs

Over the past few weeks here in the MD/DC/VA area we have had heavy rains move through that caused localized flooding. Not bad where we live, but where we may have gotten 2″ just a few miles away may have gotten 6-8″. That happened earlier in the week but by Saturday there had been a … Continue reading "Empty Roads, Unless You Count the “Road Closed” Signs"

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Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 2, Steel Pass Road

For my second day ride from base camp in the desert at Lower Warm Springs in the Saline Valley of Death Valley National Park, I wanted to pedal up Steel Pass Road toward Dedeckera Canyon and Eureka Sand Dunes, roughly 20-25 miles distant. In January I pedaled from the dunes to the top of the canyon … Continue reading "Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Ride 2, Steel Pass Road"

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Part Two Of The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest

My main goal for today’s ride was to verify that those things in Arborus Nesticus were actually nests and not mistletoe, as some people have suggested after viewing my post yesterday. I thought the zoomed-in picture at the top of this page would settle the controversy once and for all, but I have to admit … Continue reading "Part Two Of The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest"

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Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Arrival and Ride 1

Due to never-ending pandemic, wildfires burning up to the edge of our home, and family obligations back East, 2020 has prevented me from undertaking as many bicycling expeditions as I would in a typical year. I made it to Death Valley in January and Nevada in February, but that’s about it. Despite those triple constraints, I’ve remained determined … Continue reading "Death Valley: Warm and Saline: Arrival and Ride 1"

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The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest

Perhaps you know that the city of Portland, Oregon has a Heritage Tree Program in which over 300 trees have been recognized for their size, age, historical, and/or horticultural significance. Perhaps you’ve also seen that one of our Cycle365-ists has written about his own “Portland Heritage Tree Quest” on his Cycleblaze blogs. If I remember … Continue reading "The MY Town Hare-Brained Tree Quest"

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THIS ROADIE AIN’T WHAT HE USED TO BE: An Essay

Prefatory Remarks Earlier this summer when I was in Spokane I watched a few stages of the Tour de France on television. It was surprisingly exciting. I was fascinated by the strategies involved in racing as a team. In particular, I was impressed by the hard work and sacrifices the second-string riders made to ensure … Continue reading "THIS ROADIE AIN’T WHAT HE USED TO BE: An Essay"

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An Empty Field, Once an Empty Parking Lot for an Empty Mall, Now a Nice Shortcut

Yesterday I rode a 38 mile loop that connects several trails and roads closed to cars in the Maryland/DC area: Rock Creek/Beach Drive – there is a paved bike path that that parallels Beach Drive through Rock Creek Park from Garrett Park MD down to Georgetown in DC. On weekends, much of Beach Drive is … Continue reading "An Empty Field, Once an Empty Parking Lot for an Empty Mall, Now a Nice Shortcut"

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A Complete History of the Mississippi River (As I Know It Without Looking Up a Bunch of Stuff)

It’s another post featuring the only featureable feature worth featuring in MY Town. Sorry. Get over it. The good news is this isn’t going to be just another story of me riding my bike and taking pictures along the river. Nope, I’m going to delve into the HISTORY of America’s greatest river. Lest you think … Continue reading "A Complete History of the Mississippi River (As I Know It Without Looking Up a Bunch of Stuff)"

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ELECTION DAY COVERAGE (Featuring Storm Chaser Greg)

Storm Chaser Greg here, and a big “HELLO” goes out to my many fans and fellow Cycle365ers. As you can see, I’m not very happy today. That’s because I’m not out doing live reports on blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other horrific weather events. Nosiree. Only three weeks after MY Town got the second heaviest October … Continue reading "ELECTION DAY COVERAGE (Featuring Storm Chaser Greg)"

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Bill Walton’s Halloween charity ride

Former NBA star and noted recreational cyclist Bill Walton is hosting his Bike for Humanity “Halloween Ride” on Saturday, 31 October. Riders can ride any distance, any location, while physically distancing. Participation is free, but donations are accepted for charities to benefit firefighters, their families, and fire victims, especially related to this year’s wildfires.  More … Continue reading "Bill Walton’s Halloween charity ride"

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It must be my magnetic personality

Well, let’s see.  So far, Rachael has disappeared in the distance into a mirage, at the end of a long, non-winding road, and into the fog.  Somehow though she keeps reappearing, only to disappear again.  Today she’s escaped once more, this time crossing the scary bridge over the Po when entering Ferrara.  What next? Post … Continue reading "It must be my magnetic personality"

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More Weather-Related Facts, Opinions and Boasts

I wish I lived in an exotic cycling locale like coastal California, the Pacific Northwest, England, New England, Bavaria, the Chesapeake Bay area, northern Kentucky, anyplace in Australia, Illinois farm country, etc., etc., etc. It would also be nice to have no permanent home at all and bike my way through such interesting places as, … Continue reading "More Weather-Related Facts, Opinions and Boasts"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride #6 (Updated)

Posted: October 18, 2020 Under: Cycle Life Challenge By Rich-Illinois 6 Comments  Like1 Which wasn’t going to be a Cycle Life ride until I saw something out of the ordinary.  Very strong winds yesterday (almost Minnesota strong).  Got a ride in early before they really got rolling. Breezy again this morning, but not a huge … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride #6 (Updated)"

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A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

In place of a “normal” fall vacation week, my wife and I did two short outdoor getaways. First we drove to Staunton VA, stayed at a B&B, did some car touring while it rained, and hiked Crabtree Falls when the rain finally ended. We came back home, did a few chores and then headed out … Continue reading "A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore"

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Pretty dead leaves (as in dead leaves that are pretty, not just pretty dead)

Yesterday was a cold and rainy day here. Just an all-day rain. I did sneak out for a two mile ride around the neighborhood just to keep my current streak alive, but it was just too wet to have my phone out for even a single picture. Today however, is a gorgeous fall day with … Continue reading "Pretty dead leaves (as in dead leaves that are pretty, not just pretty dead)"

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Storm Chaser Greg Battles The Wind

It was windy today. I don’t know exactly HOW windy, but my extensive experience in weather-related subjects tells me it was coming out of the west-north-west at approximately 95-miles per hour. (See Footnote) That incredible wind speed comes as quite a coincidence since, just yesterday, Old Grumbleface, The Navigator, and I were discussing the rare … Continue reading "Storm Chaser Greg Battles The Wind"

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Cycle Life Challenge Ride #5 — In to the fog

Bright and beautiful and then the fog came in South of town, 1550 E vanishes Certainly not a marine layer around here Must have been an advection fog that moved in from Indiana Rails vanish into the fog Vanishing rail and fog Post Views: 37 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all have provided … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride #5 — In to the fog"

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Glass Fire Burn Zone

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It seems like every locale where I pedal a bicycle in California eventually burns down. From Redding to Venado to Berryessa to Bizz Johnson and more, I’ve lost track of the number of places I’ve pedaled that have subsequently been consumed by fire. Of course, that probably has little to do with me. The … Continue reading "Glass Fire Burn Zone"

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