Three more for November The last EMPTY of this kind I hope. Once again I went out and after I took my first shots my camera notified me that the memory card slot was empty! What to do? I rode home, got the memory card and set out again to get some last pictures and … Continue reading "The Last Three"
Out for a somewhat chilly (30’s F) ride this morning looking for collections of stuff which turned out to be successful This submission is for the empty challenge I present empty beverage containers along 1550E aka south 7th Street aka Hospital Road The least they could have done is arrange the containers in tidy fashion … Continue reading "Cycle Life Challenge Ride #10 Untidy Emptyness"
It’s so great that some sage proposed that we ‘just ride’ this month. The pressure’s off to find some theme inspired photo to justify the post. Today’s ride to Paskenta nearly qualifies for several challenges. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so it just misses qualifying for the Holiday Challenge. Or is Black Friday a Holiday … Continue reading "The Paskenta Ride"
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been taking you along to various scenic and ethnic districts located in MY Town. Unfortunately, I’m not particularly familiar with the ACTUAL places they represent. I’ve been to Death Valley and eastern Illinois, but not enough times to say that I truly know the character and depth of … Continue reading "Riding Around Small Seattle"
I passed by this collection a couple of days ago and did not take a photo as I know how finicky the committee is about jump starting a month. Then I saw Suzanne’s post which was a brain storm — a transition photo from November to December challenge. Had to copy that. So I went … Continue reading "EMPTIED COLLECTION"
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"
I found a picture that I thought would be a good transition from the November challenge “empty” to the December challenge “collection”. Here it is, a stash of empty bottles. Or is it a cache of empty bottles? Saw those bottles next to the road on my outing yesterday. It’s getting cold now, but the … Continue reading "A Collection of Empties"
‘ello lords and ladies of Cycle 365. I’m bloody well privileged to present the fourth installment of the Diversity Tour of MY Town. This one is dedicated to DJG — from whom I’ve learned almost everything I know about England. Obviously, there is no way MY Town’s British enclave could be as great as Great … Continue reading "This Old Chap Tours Good Britain"
Just A Ride Challenge Holidays Challenge Cycle Days Challenge I don’t always find ONE challenge on a ride, and looka here, I got three. It would be just a ride today. Something between mist and drizzle welcomed me as I started riding from home at 8:30. I intended a relatively short ride this morning and … Continue reading "ONE RIDE; THREE CHALLENGES ;’-)"
I intended to undertake an early ride from our rental cabin on the Klamath River up to our son’s ranch in Montague, then return to the cabin by bike later in the day following familial festivities. However, overnight a thick fog formed in the river valley and the temperature dropped to almost 20° F. When … Continue reading "Klamath"
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"
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"
My ace support crew arranged a brief getaway for us in Siskiyou County. Unfortunately, due to a computer error the cabin she rented was actually in Dakota County, Minnesota. Whew! That entailed quite a long drive east, but the rental was non-refundable. That’s how we came to spend a few delightful days in Hastings, Minnesota … Continue reading "A visit to MY Minnesota"
My ace support crew, bless her heart, couldn’t bear the thought of Thanksgiving without the grandkids. She decided that heading to Siskiyou County and celebrating the Feast of the Turkey the weekend ahead of the actual holiday would allow us to avoid the virus and the wrath of Dr Fauci. To that end, she rented … Continue reading "Iron Gate"
This is the third installment of what will prove to be an excessively bizarre series of visits to the various ethnic areas in and around MY Town. I discussed our amazing diversity in my Little Australia post, so I’m not going to elaborate further here. We have a German Quarter and it’s got pretty much … Continue reading "MY Town’s German Quarter"
This doesn’t qualify as a challenge post, since there’s nothing empty about the featured image. Quite the opposite, in fact. I just thought I’d pass on our encounter with a googol of snow geese at a refuge not far from Chico – one of the most memorable bird sightings of our lives. You might especially … Continue reading "A googol of geese"
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"
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”"
I was not planning to post my photo #32 until later when I have more days to post, but with Greg’s post with all those trees I thought he needed this one too. OUR SHOE TREE Those shoes have been hanging there for a long time, and more seem to get added from time to … Continue reading "MUST ADD TO GREG’S TREES"
To say that I wanted to go back to Death Valley after viewing Old Grumbleface’s recent posts would be a gigantic understatement. If we weren’t living in the time of Covid, I might have booked a flight to Las Vegas, like, YESTERDAY. To say that I wish I had as big of a beard and … Continue reading "Grumbleface Jr. Goes To Barely Alive Valley"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
I’m not sure why this challenge has been harder for me. I leave home on a ride empty-headed with the best intentions, but return empty-handed. All of the photos seem to have something in them – flowers, trees, birds, the usual riffraff that keep hogging the stage – but finally a suitable image showed up. … Continue reading "An empty wharf"
Let me tell you, after seeing Storm Chaser Greg’s frightening weather report on the news this morning, I thought maybe I should skip going out for a bike ride in that stuff. There is no glory in being found in the snow, curled up in a frozen fetal position. Even so, I still had to … Continue reading "The Big Empty (Empty of Anything Meaningful That Is)"
I’ve shut off the ability for someone to self-register as a new user on the site. For some reason we’ve been experiencing spam new registrations from porn sites very frequently starting a few days ago. These would come in occasionally in the past and were a minor nuisance to clean up, but now a new one … Continue reading "Announcement: New Users function disabled"
Last weekend, after I got back from Nigel’s house after the overnight ride up his way, I noticed something very empty. My handlebar bag was devoid of its normal occupants. I’d left Verne and Kermit behind at Nigel’s place! Don’t despair. I am sure they are lapping up beer and potato chips and television, since … Continue reading "Most definitely an empty road"
As I have not posted these in my blog https://adventureswithnancyg.blogspot.com, I will post these five photos of the day for our challenge. Now up to date for the ongoing challenge for this year. Some words about each ride are on my blog if interested.
Beautiful day for a morning ride, sort of aimless, but keeping an eye out for this or that. Lots of empty lots, including the Honeywell school location included previously, but other stuff too. Just nice to meander around with nothing specific in mind Here are some photos
Empty or not empty, that is the question. No, the question is how legitimate is it to sneak in non-empty pictures. But to be a hair-splitter, you might say empty of empty is empty. Anyway, I have some pictures to post. It just now occurred to me that I didn’t have to go to such … Continue reading "Empty or Not Empty…"
The first two photos, you are about to say that those are not empty. You would be right — technically. But, they are empty of their intended purpose — people. A replica of the building that once upon a long time ago was a train station, has not been successful as “something” else. There has … Continue reading "JUST ANOTHER EMPTY POST"
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"
Empty buses Note the Social Distancing 😉 Empty cab on some sort of conveyor machine At JR’s Recyclables and likely to stay empty Empty flatcars headed toward Yard Center near Chicago Empty bulkhead cars Empty greenhouse glowing in the setting sun Empty bicycle rack and classrooms White sack suspiciously may contain shredded ballots (was not … Continue reading "Empties"
After a fairly sleepless night last night, obsessively checking my phone for election updates every hour or so, I decided I needed to get out on my bike for some stress relief. The last couple of days have been sunny, but cold and very windy here. I’ve managed short rides, but they’ve been challenging. Today … Continue reading "Election Stress Relief Ride"
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)"
Since 1984 I’ve hiked through Sugarloaf Ridge State Park many, many times. I pedal the park occasionally, but not as often as hiking it, because few trails are designated for bikes, and they tend to be too steep. Today, however, Sugarloaf deserved a visit on two wheels. Read more at Bill Bikes: Sugarloaf, Part 1 … Continue reading "Sugarloaf"
The empty challenge seems simple enough. And maybe it is, if you are taking pictures of objects that contain something. But a lot of things that are empty are actually full of something else. The landscape could be empty of people, but full of trees. The farmer’s dam could be empty of water, but full … Continue reading "An existential crisis"
The last commute for a while anyway. The past months I have ridden to Pasing on the outskirts of Munich about three times a week. That’s where my tai chi school is and the gym where I work out in an attempt to maintain a little strength that doesn’t come automatically just because I ride … Continue reading "Just Ride: The Last Commute"
After a big night of Halloween celebration, I began November with a six-pack of empties. HOLD ON! Don’t be thinking I celebrated last night’s holiday by drinking a six-pack of beer. Despite the title of this post and the featured photo, my celebration involved nothing more than handing out candy to kids and scaring them … Continue reading "A Six-Pack of Empties"