I can’t believe it’s the end of the month already. I have to say that the August challenge fell off the mental map for the last few weeks while we were transitioning to Croatia, but I’ll try to do better next month. Surely we’ll see an arch or two along the way here. i wasn’t … Continue reading "In Međimurje"
Nothing dramatic to be seen from the street or alley sides, but . . . . . The sidewalk and parking spaces from 223 to 213 E. Main were cordoned off Saturday after the Countryside Mall roof reportedly fell in last week. Residents in the area Sunday morning reported the roof collapse happened a couple … Continue reading "Gravity Again"
Well I’m glad that there are 31 days in August and I just managed to sneak a ride up to the television towers before work. I do take my monthly challenge seriously, so I just made it…Pheww. Well we don’t have any nuclear power stations or weapons anywhere around here so I googled ‘radiation’ and … Continue reading "Hooked on Radiation"
I’ll bet you thought I’d forget about posing this month’s Challenge, enjoying myself cruising around over here in Croatia with Rocky and pretending that the world isn’t falling apart before our eyes. Nope. Let’s stick with shapes again for another month, and look at another versatile shape: arches. Lots of possibilities here, natural and un: … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, September 2020: Arches"
Just happened to be in the right place at the right time . . . . . Thanks to Bill’s suggestion and Bob’s train photos I never would have thought of it Riding down 7th street, I happened to hear CSX sounding 2 miles to the south — right turn on to 4000N and half … Continue reading "CSX Doppler"
The “LNU” mega-fire complex in the North Bay includes several big burns—some separate, some merged—like the Walbridge Fire and Hennessy Fire. These roared through sparsely populated areas, but threatened multiple towns and cities, such as Santa Rosa. The populated areas have mostly been saved after more than a week of strenuous effort. But some communities … Continue reading "Ashes"
I’ve probably said it enough, but I’ll mention once again that I’ve been doing a lot of gravel riding lately. That was my plan again today. I’ve been having so much fun on gravel that sometimes I feel like I’ll never ride my skinny-tired roadie bike again, though, deep down, I know I will because … Continue reading "Two Miles of Plastic-y Polynylonesterpropylene Twine"
This morning the AQI (air quality index) looked reasonably decent at “moderate.” Not having been out on two wheels in more than two weeks due to heat, fire, and smoke, I decided to cruise out the Greenway in order to determine if my legs still function. Smoke-filtered sunlight cast a hazy, yellowy pall over the … Continue reading "Smoke City"
In reaction to one of Rich’s posts about roadside ejecti, I had thought I would collect photos of the same. But there was too much trash! Mostly I saw beer & pop cans, plastic, paper or styrofoam cups, cig packages and liquor bottles. I did not want those photos. Almost as bad but not quite, … Continue reading "“POTENTIALLY” USEFUL EJECTI"
Here’s a little tidbit I learned a month ago from one of the local TV weathermen: In mid-July, Minnesota has the highest average humidity in the entire country. Even more than Florida and Louisiana and some of those other notoriously humid states. Pretty cool, huh? Minnesota has been experiencing a late August hot and humid … Continue reading "The Humidity King Rides Again"
Ascending the Ellis Moraine on a project intended for Pope Gregory Moraine surfing is indeed a more hygenic activity than Illinois River surfing — while Chicago has cleaned up its sewage act, the effluent still goes into the Illinois River Peoria even adds a little water into their chlorine system now 😉 Anyway, off to … Continue reading "More Moraine Surfing"
After our jaunt to Rossville yesterday, another ride that evening found the irrigation going in a bean field This morning, somewhat surprisingly, the irrigation was still going (how much water that draws in a good question, it has to be a lot) 8:30ish in the morning I wondered if the sun’s angle might produce a … Continue reading "Irrigation Rainbows"
Previous to today’s ride, a sunset photo of the radiating sun and irrigation system Today was a perfect day for August in Illinois Cool temps to start, little to no wind Dwight, Dave, and Rich made the trip to Rossville in a somewhat circuitous route — other than Illinois Route 1 there is no direct … Continue reading "Another Ride Thru The Countryside"
Back a few weeks ago, I headed over to New York State to watch over my son’s house and cat while he was away. It was great to get away (despite being without power for two days), but there was a downside. According to Vermont’s current travel restrictions, when visiting a county in a neighboring … Continue reading "Finally back out and about"
I did a mostly gravel ride again today. You know what? There’s a whole new world out there. I have a lot of pictures to show, so I guess I should stop writing and start uploading. I’ll start with all the irrigator pictures you’ll ever need to see. Now we’ll move on to a few … Continue reading "Scenes From The Countryside"
Do propellers qualify? They’re spinning too fast to see their radiant pattern, but trust me. So we landed in Zagreb last night; and other than a few tense interactions, everything went as well as we could have hoped. The tour is on! I have to say though that seeing the news of fires erupting along … Continue reading "Rotating radiance?"
No riding for a few days past, today, or a few days to come. Rare two-day lightning storm, record high temperatures, hundreds of wildfires, smoke filling the sky, ash falling like snow, and power outages. The image, captured from the Web, shows nearby fires as of approximately 4:00 PM today, with Sonoma County evacuations zones, … Continue reading "“Fire radiative power”"
It didn’t take me long to say yes when Nancy asked if I could find a day to do another virtual tour during August. We settled on Tuesday, which at the time was supposed to be dry. The night before that changed to thunderstorms at 1 and 4. I think it was Mark Twain who … Continue reading "Cycling with Nancy #2 — McNeely Lake Metro Park"
Australia is a perfect place to find examples of adaptive radiation. Find yourself a kangaroo or a wombat or a koala or any other marsupial… and there you go, adaptive radiation. Alas, at this time of year, in the areas near my home, I don’t see many marsupials. Many of them nocturnal, which is one … Continue reading "In search of marsupials"
Spokes are amazing things – pieces of wire that let the hub (and on the rear wheel, cassette) hang from the rim and keep the wheel round and the ride smooth. But only when they are radiating outward from the hub like rays of cheery sunshine. Went out yesterday at lunch time, on an amazingly … Continue reading "A 4.167% Reduction in Radiation"
In Chinese tradition, burning joss sticks in temples is a ritual to pray for blessings. Seen as a direct line to the heavens, the taller the joss stick, the closer the worshipper is to heaven.These giant joss sticks were outside a temple next to the restaurant where we stopped mid-ride for breakfast yesterday. Joss sticks of this size will … Continue reading "Radiant Colours"
Topic #1: Gravity Word has it that Sir Isaac Newton got the inspiration for his famous scientific theories on gravity after he saw an apple fall from a tree. I’m kind of like that dude, because fallen apples were what inspired ME to get in on this informal Cycle365 Gravity Challenge. I guess you could … Continue reading "A Three-Topic Roundup"
We have all seen various items along the road as we ride, some more interesting than others. Some, for the sake of decency will not be shown here 😉 Road Swag or just plain stuff that fell off, jettisoned, or whatever, who knows? Here are a few photos taken over several rides
A row of radiating clenched fists is well outside of what I’d anticipated with this month’s challenge, but you never know what you’ll find until you start looking and use a bit of imagination. There’s a bit of more than a bit of belated blue here too, but it’s not emanating from Rocky and me. … Continue reading "Radiating resistance"
Clouds somewhat radiating from a single source Radiating purple flowers Radiating cracks and rings Paint Splatter Rings in the North Fork — some made by bubbles, some by water striders Impatiens petals Goose Grass Sun’s last rays for the day
I think I have pretty much exhausted the blues ;’-) and radiating. Now will keep an eye out for Rich’s gravity. Gravity surely pulled this out of a child’s hand. These things cannot fight a good solid wind… ‘Tis the time of the year for these gravity grabbed items… Hillside falling… Some trees cannot fight … Continue reading "GRAVITATIONAL PULL"
We all know that cyclists aren’t meant when they put up “Do Not Enter” signs. We can always push the bike around a bit of construction. But I guess sometimes they do mean us and in the picture in the header they wanted to be sure we got the message! We took the detour. The … Continue reading "Stop!"
“Honey,” I said to The Feeshko in my nicest voice, “remember how I didn’t get to go on my bike tour this spring?” “Yeah . . . I remember that,” she replied. “Well, I was thinking maybe I could take a quick four day bike trip next week in its place.” “I don’t think so. … Continue reading "My Humid Ride to Packerland"
Siskiyou County (that’s “sis – kew”) is larger than the state of Connecticut but with a population of only about 45,000 spread across its 6,347 square miles. The county stretches from the Oregon border in the north to majestic Mount Shasta (14,179 feet in elevation) and points south, from Lava Beds National Monument in the … Continue reading "Little Shasta"
Yesterday my ace support crew and I drove up to Siskiyou County on the far northern edge of California—adjacent to southern Oregon—to spend a few days inspecting our new granddaughter. Naturally, Old Grumble-Face found it necessary to bring along the Ogre, and today I managed to slip away for a short ride in and around the … Continue reading "Moon over Montague"
No question about radiation from whatever this was attached to “We are just little cogs in the wheel of life” (Paraphrased from Mongo in Blazing Saddles) Double Radials Radiating R’s Radiating Reinforcements Radiating (?) mud cracks at JR’s Recyclables
This early morning was like a Fall day. Glove liners (Suzanne ?) and helmet liner were definitely needed for my 7:00 ride this time. But is was clear, sunny and gorgeous. I had to ride early today as we are packing up for another RV adventure. We are leaving soon but I wanted to post … Continue reading "CAN’T STOP RADIATING"
A few of you have reported experiencing failure when attempting to post very long comments. This happened to me recently also. The application doesn’t handle it gracefully – it looks like the attempt to save the comment just times out, but I think that the real problem is that the comment is longer than the … Continue reading "Comment length"
I have some catching up to do – you have all been very busy riding and writing. I noticed one challenge is radiation – or something similar. Well, I did make reference to ‘radiant’ in my most recent post so I will link to it HERE. The thing is that we have days following an … Continue reading "A bit of Radiant Heat wouldn’t go amiss"
Party Girl: “Hey, Johnny, what’cha rebellin’ against?” Johnny (Marlon Brando): “Whaddya got?” That’s a classic bit of dialogue from the movie, The Wild One. Today, I was the wild one. The rebellious one. The defiant one. I’ll tell you about the CAUSE of my rebellion in the next few paragraphs. Yesterday I was doing my … Continue reading "REBEL WITH AN INSIGNIFICANT CAUSE"
I saw this article in The Age (Melbourne newspaper) and thought everyone here could appreciate it. It’s about a guy riding every road in his neighbourhood and discovering what’s local. Melbourne has gone back to a strict lockdown where residents cannot travel more than 5kms from their homes – though this was done before the … Continue reading "‘Burbing"
Up the road in Yreka important family business was in progress, but in Santa Rosa there wasn’t much I could do about it except maybe boil some water. To pass the time, I drove out to the crossroads known as Two Rock and parked at the church. From there I pedaled toward the coast to … Continue reading "Sonomarin"
I wonder if I’ll ever get this format completely. I was so confident that I had it this last time, but I see that none of my edits for yesterday’s ride stuck and my very favorite photograph of the day wasn’t there today. In case you wondered, English is my first language. (There were some … Continue reading "I still got a lot ‘a learnin to do"
Got a couple of water radiating shots… As I rode along with Laura these thousands of miles apart, I found a few more radiating things. I have learned from Greg to not say this will most likely be my final radiating post ;’-). You never know.
This post is really just an excuse to follow up on my last post. If you remember, I was staying at my son’s house taking care of his kitty, and taking advantage of the local rail trails near his house. As the time I submitted that last post, I was scheduled to be there one … Continue reading "It’s Nice to be Home"
Too easy! Sorry for not challenging you more this month, but once you start looking around there are examples everywhere, even without counting our bicycle spokes. We’ll try to toughen things up a bit next month so we don’t all get lazy, but in the meantime here are a few more examples from my last … Continue reading "Radiation: such an easy challenge!"
Nancy proposed that we ride together. Granted this would be difficult as I live in Kentucky and she lives in Washington. The idea is when I get the chance to ride, I’d let her know and she’d also try to ride that day. My daughter offered to keep her dad an extra afternoon this week. … Continue reading "A Double Challenge"
Early morning bike rides are the best! As I was enjoying my quiet time on the bike at 7:00 this morning, I also had some radiating awakenings. Of course I HAD to include the obligatory wheel. Things got better from there on. I think things can radiate UP as well as out… Early morning shadows … Continue reading "A RADIATING MORNING"
– To those individuals who predicted I’d be back with another radiation post this month — despite my claim to the contrary — I congratulate you. I don’t know how your outsmarted me, but you did it. I would much rather gloat than eat crow. I wish I had said a Terminator-like “I’ll Be Back.” … Continue reading "Admiring Trash and Eating Crow"
I’ll start with an apology – I have left all the comments on my last post unanswered. So thank you thank you everyone for your kind and generous words. I really do appreciate them, but get bogged down sometimes. And I do see that many of you do scroll through and find the comments made … Continue reading "Radiation in the Woods"
Radiating Whiskers Corn Tassel Ears radiating from the stalk Leaves radiating from the stalk Ragweed ? Radiating foliage Star radiating smaller stars Headlights Sunlight reflection Sunset reflection from rails Sun sinking into the corn
So here I am in the great state of New York. The last few days, I’ve been doing some house and cat sitting for my son while he and his partner are off on vacation. This is the first time I’ve ventured out of state since mid-March. My son’s house is located in Dutchess county … Continue reading "Change of Venue"
Phew, I stay away for a mere few days and there are so many posts I can hardly keep up!! Nicely done everyone. Now, I have only two for radiation for this post. I will continue looking of course, and now have added ‘gravity’ per Rich ;’-0. Getting even part of my bike into the … Continue reading "A LITTLE RADIATION"
I’m trying not to be blue about my lateness in posting this. I’ve been assured there aren’t website police checking dates. Jim was staying with my daughter for the afternoon on July 9th, so I took the opportunity to ride my bicycle…only third ride in 2020. I must try to do better! The location was … Continue reading "Blue because I’m late?"
Ah, more beautiful spring-like weather that finally aligned with a weekend. We only had half of our normal rainfall for July which meant there were many gorgeous days… they just usually lined up with the weekdays when I was doing the super-long stressful working hours much of the month. So here is August and the … Continue reading "Radiate Away"
Raleigh ready to go in search of radiance Beautiful morning for a ride after nearly all day rains yesterday Waves radiate from dropped pebble with secondary waves from splash impacts Second pebble impact with lots of baby splash impacts radiating waves Rock thrown into the North Fork with the current extending the waves downstream
It’s August, so the Radiation challenge is on. But our ride to Lummi Peninsula was a few days ago when Blue was still the order of the day. Confusing, but I’ve got both challenges covered so I’m claiming double credit. The blues were easy, but interesting examples of radiation took a bit more thought. There’s some … Continue reading "Two in one blow"
I must say, I wasn’t too sure about this “RADIATION” theme for the August challenge. The word conjures up images of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and animals with horrible deformities. It also reminds me of 10th-grade geometry class where the radius between me and a grade of D was razor thin. Almost as awful … Continue reading "The Day I Was Exposed To Excessive Radiation"
I don’t always take my birthdays that seriously, but becoming an octogenarian did feel a bit – what’s the right word – portentous? meaningful? auspicious? awesome? formidable? something else? none of these? all of these? Whatever, here I am, riding my bike and feeling pretty good most of the time. Here’s the post with pictures … Continue reading "Cycle Days Challenge: July 2020"