ANOTHER HOLIDAY COMES AROUND: My Martin Luther King Day Bike Ride

A couple of days ago, while I was shoveling my driveway, I was thinking ahead to the next holiday.  I sure didn’t want to miss one.  Yes, that’s how seriously I take these challenges. “Martin Luther King Day should be coming up soon,” I remembered. “Yeah, but what kind of Martin Luther King story could … Continue reading "ANOTHER HOLIDAY COMES AROUND: My Martin Luther King Day Bike Ride"

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Not a damn good rock shot, but we’re on the board

Finally, the wind pushed out the smoke long enough to get a ride in. We also managed to find a rock. Living on the alluvial flats means it is hard to find anything but cobblestones. But the guys and I finally managed a ride over 15kms this year – it’s just been too smoky to … Continue reading "Not a damn good rock shot, but we’re on the board"

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Windchill Cycling And Two Stories Involving Rocks And The Feeshko

First off, let’s get the windchill cycling part of my title out of the way.  I know I’ve bored you enough about MY town’s winter weather, so I’ll keep this short.  The morning started out at 7-degrees (F) below zero.   I waited for it to warm up a bit before going for my daily … Continue reading "Windchill Cycling And Two Stories Involving Rocks And The Feeshko"

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January Challenge #4

Found in Indiana — this is believed to be a Pre-Cambrian tillite from Canada A lithified glacial till containing various sized fragments The interesting thing is, it shows an outline of the Western Hemisphere North America is recognizable, South America not quite so much The granite clast in North America is approximately in the location … Continue reading "January Challenge #4"

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Finding Rocco’s Roots

Little-known fact: One of the earliest and most obscure episodes of “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates on PBS featured Rocco. With the help of professional researchers, census records, and DNA analysis, Dr. Gates was able to determine that Rocco has many close relatives in Northern California. I managed to gather them all together … Continue reading "Finding Rocco’s Roots"

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NEW YEAR’S EVE: Party, Party, Party . . . Party All The Time

This is MY New Year’s Eve post.  (New Year’s Eve is a holiday, isn’t it?  If not, that’s okay, because I’ll be posting a New Year’s DAY story tomorrow.)  As always, this post will be all about ME, MY bike ride, MY pictures, and MY self-obsession.  The title of this thing was inspired by a … Continue reading "NEW YEAR’S EVE: Party, Party, Party . . . Party All The Time"

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Challenge of the month, January 2020: Rocks

Last month’s challenge subject, Reds, was possibly the most productive one yet, generating 35 submissions; while the November one, Kids, was probably the least popular, resulting in only ten.  I’m sure there’s a message in there somewhere, but I’m not quite sure what it is.  Maybe lifeless subjects are easier to work with than squirrelly, … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, January 2020: Rocks"

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mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful

Late this morning I drove down to the former Hamilton Army airfield—now a pleasant residential neighborhood with old hangars transformed into tidy businesses and offices—where I’ve pedaled a couple times before. Having already explored some of the trails through marshes and wetlands along the Bay in that area, I wanted to revisit some of that … Continue reading "mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful"

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December Challenge Finale

58F!  Let’s go! Someone spilled the beans — including some red kidney beans Those are rejects from Teasdale Foods which are taken by tractor and wagon to the landfill periodically Teasdale specializes in Mexican lentil products although these aren’t jumping beans  😉 Another view through the chain stays Tagging along behind the tractor and wagon … Continue reading "December Challenge Finale"

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Oh, Christmas Trees! Oh, Christmas Trees!

Nothing embodies the spirit of the holiday season like a cute little evergreen that has been chopped down and given the title of “Christmas Tree.”  Oh sure, there are other Christmas symbols out there, such as candy canes, wreaths, wrapped presents, reindeer, Santa Claus, angels, frankincense, Jesus, etc. . . . but nothing shouts out … Continue reading "HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Oh, Christmas Trees! Oh, Christmas Trees!"

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WHEN VERMILLION ISN’T RED

“Hmmmmmmm,” I said to myself this morning, “where should I ride today that I haven’t been to for a while and isn’t too far away?” “I haven’t been to the Vermillion River recently,” I answered. “HEY!” I shouted out excitedly, “VERMILLION!  Vermillion is RED, isn’t it?” “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m right about that, me.” … Continue reading "WHEN VERMILLION ISN’T RED"

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December Challenge — Eclectic Reds

Red a little faded after 44 years   Post Views: 26 Rich-IllinoisVery much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all … Continue reading "December Challenge — Eclectic Reds"

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December Challenge: Red is the new Black

Featured image: Morning coffee, Smitten Merino Californian Red Zip Neck Top. Yo I’m back! Been absent from this site for a little stretch as I’d been overseeing a big project at work. A lot of time spent staring at a computer screen during the working day. So it’s RED for December! One of the bunches I … Continue reading "December Challenge: Red is the new Black"

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Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue

It’s Spain’s Constitution Day, and it seems appropriate to celebrate their holiday while we’re over here. When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. Actually, we didn’t see anything very holidayish here in Mojácar on our day ride to El Marchal, but we did have an awesome ride.  The featured photo is of a ladder snake … Continue reading "Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue"

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THE UNBEARABLE REDNESS OF BIKING

“The depth of redness is an image of life’s most intense fulfillment.  The deeper the red, the closer it becomes to the earth, the more real and truthful it becomes.”  -A quote from The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera, except that I substituted the “depth of redness” B.S. for the author’s meaningful thoughts on “heavy … Continue reading "THE UNBEARABLE REDNESS OF BIKING"

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