A Challenging Challenge Ride

The first truly wintry weather of the year made this an exciting day for me. The grass was covered in snow. The streets were coated with ice. The air was frigid. The wind was blustery. In other words, a great morning to be on a bike searching for things beginning with A,B,C,D and E.

I was extra, extra careful out there. I pedaled slowly, kept both hands on the handlebars, and didn’t make any sharp turns. My goal for this winter is to have ZERO CRASHES on the ice and snow. If I’m able to achieve that goal, it will be the first time in about 20 years.

Look, I’m still a tough guy, but those bumps and bruises and sprains seem to hurt a little more every year. I’m getting older but I’m not, like, OLD-old. I still think of myself as being young and hip. I sure don’t need a broken hip. That would be humiliating.

Enough whining about injuries and age! I now invite you to view the pictures from my bike ride.






You may have noticed I resorted to the German language for that last one. I have more than 50 words in my German vocabulary and eis is one of them. Thank goodness for that, because I really liked that picture of frozen footprints and tire tracks in the eis, and it would have been a shame if I couldn’t use it because the English version of eis begins with an “I”. (An aside: Most of the other German words I know are food names.)

After worshiping at my Church of the Great Outdoors with a bike ride this morning, I joined The Feeshko at her Church of the Catholic faith for their annual pancake, scrambled eggs & sausage breakfast. It was delicious.

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.

10 response to "A Challenging Challenge Ride"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: December 5, 2021

    Church pancake breakfasts are great! And volunteer fire department breakfasts are pretty tasty as well. I’m liking your goal of not crashing on the eis this winter. I think I’ll give that a try myself.

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 5, 2021

      I rode the Great Bike Ride Across Iowa for six years. Two of the most revered food sources on RAGBRAI were the church suppers and the fire department pancake breakfasts. Good stuff.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: December 5, 2021

    Eis would cause me to add for keeping that photo. If I had known eis ;’-). Day glo? Somehow that seems like a stretch of the rules, but you being the rule maker must know ;’-). Do continue to be extra extra careful. We don’t want our guru challenge maker and chief to be out of service for any amount of time!

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 5, 2021

      Before posting this I Googled “Dayglo” to make sure it’s legit. It is.

      And I do promise to be careful and risky at the same time.

      • By: NancyG Posted: December 5, 2021

        Thank you for both of those answers ;’-). I was thinking of ‘dayglo’ as being a color, thus a descriptive of something rather than the something. As in ‘dayglo’ sign. I cannot pick up a ‘dayglo’ but I can pick up a sign. So, I am happy that you have clarified that this works.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 5, 2021

    Do be judicious cycling on ice or you may get eis-creamed!

  4. By: Scooter Posted: December 5, 2021

    Glad to hear you’re finally coming to your senses a bit, not-so-OLD tough guy. Just think of how wise when you get to be OLD-old! Something to look forward to.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: December 6, 2021

    I guess czars are used to eis and snow. I was tempted to use some German words, too. That picture justified eis for sure. Unfortunately, the words for wind, snow and rain – wind, schnee, regen – are of no help in German.

  6. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 6, 2021

    Mein Gott, young fellow…I suppose words aren’t exclusive to English. Glad I’m not playing you at scrabble though.

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