A Man for All Challenges (That’s ME)

If you’re on Cycle365, you probably are aware of the four challenges currently in effect–three September challenges and one year-long challenge. More specifically, thanks to Rich, the challenges are Rollers, Unusual, Machines & Peeves–more commonly known by the acronym RUMP. I didn’t set out to find examples of all four challenges today, but when I … Continue reading "A Man for All Challenges (That’s ME)"

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COMING UP: A Lot of Simple Machine Pictures for Such a Simple Person

The Challenge Czar came up with a pretty tricky challenge for the first part of this month. I had to consult Google to clarify the definition of “simple machine.” The first thing I learned was that Rich didn’t just make up the term. I should never have suspected otherwise. The second thing I learned was … Continue reading "COMING UP: A Lot of Simple Machine Pictures for Such a Simple Person"

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A Hundred Flags, Banners, Pennants & Streamers (In Just Five Photos)

Yesterday, my never-ending search for new and exciting Cycle365 Challenge opportunities took me to Prescott, Wisconsin. I hit the jackpot there. Check it out: Before I go, I have one more photo to display. It’s just a single banner, which qualifies it for the Flags and Banners Challenge. But this one might also qualify for … Continue reading "A Hundred Flags, Banners, Pennants & Streamers (In Just Five Photos)"

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This Post Might Raise A Few Red Flags For Lies and Exaggeration

The 81st Annual Firefighter’s Booya advertisement is actually a folding sign, but if I can use the Cycle365 platform to help My Town’s Fire Department, then I’m going to call it a BANNER. The two or three thousand Hastingites that follow Cycle365 will be glad I did. Add to that my thousands of followers from … Continue reading "This Post Might Raise A Few Red Flags For Lies and Exaggeration"

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I Can’t Believe I Forgot Metaversal Mural Project Day

It’s true, I totally forgot that holiday until I just read Bill’s post. Luckily I remembered a mural picture I had taken last week when I was on my monthly visit with my dad to drive him to his oncology appointment. HIS town is far from the epicenter of the Mural Metaverse. Nevertheless, I got … Continue reading "I Can’t Believe I Forgot Metaversal Mural Project Day"

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IT’S NATIONAL ________ MONTH

Everybody knows the major holidays of each month. Many of us even know some of the minor holidays. Aside from those holidays, most of us have been surprised to see some more obscure celebrations–things like “National Bike to Work Day,” or “National Beer Appreciation Week,” or “National Love Your Dog Month.” Out of curiosity, I … Continue reading "IT’S NATIONAL ________ MONTH"

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I Was Right–Wisconsin Does Have Birds

In addition to that group of vultures, I’ve seen many ducks, geese, pelicans, hawks, bald eagles, great blue herons, redwing blackbirds, swallows, and songbirds. The first two days of my tour have been along the Wisconsin shores of the Mississippi River. That whole stretch is a National Wildlife Refuge, so it only seems natural that … Continue reading "I Was Right–Wisconsin Does Have Birds"

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The May Challenge: Birds, Birdhouses & Birdfeeders

I’m making my monthly trip down to Iowa for my dad’s medical appointments tomorrow. I’ll be there for a couple of days, so I figured I should announce the May Challenge a little early. The title of this page says it all about the subject of the challenge. Since birds exist almost everywhere in the … Continue reading "The May Challenge: Birds, Birdhouses & Birdfeeders"

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The 4/21 thru 4/30 Challenge: Unauthorized Art

This “Unauthorized Art” Challenge is all about GRAFFITI. It does not include outdoor sculptures, murals on the sides of buildings, or other works of art for which the artist received permission. Technically speaking, graffiti is vandalism and we shouldn’t glorify it. But sometimes it can be quite artistic. (Heck, a secretive graffiti artist named Banksy … Continue reading "The 4/21 thru 4/30 Challenge: Unauthorized Art"

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Once Again, The Winter Bike Faces the Elements

I LIKE winter–that is, when it’s actually winter. Mid-April is not winter. The weather is supposed to be more springlike. It’s supposed to be getting better out there, not worse. March had nicer days than this month. Oh well, yucky weather is no excuse for a tough guy like me to abandon my Thirty Days … Continue reading "Once Again, The Winter Bike Faces the Elements"

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A Sports Report Involving The Four Elements

Hastings, MN Thanks to the heroics of Son of Bing Bong, the Minnesota Truckers emerged victorious in their Major League Bikeball season opener. Son of Bing Bong went 5-for-5 with two triples, a home run, and eight RBIs, leading his team to an overwhelming victory over the Wisconsin Trekkers. With his perfect batting average of … Continue reading "A Sports Report Involving The Four Elements"

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A CHALLENGE TO CHALLENGE EVEN THE MOST UN-CHALLENGEABLE

Well, the bifurcated March Challenge went pretty well, didn’t it? I think it helped to sustain interest for the entire month. And if you thought my use of the word “bifurcated” (which is about the only term I remember from a college pre-law class) was pretty smart, wait until you see my TRIfurcation idea. Being … Continue reading "A CHALLENGE TO CHALLENGE EVEN THE MOST UN-CHALLENGEABLE"

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More Deep Thoughts on Social Media, A Few Fences, and a Super-Funny Joke that I Made Up While On Today’s Bike Ride

Yesterday’s post about my desire to reduce my on-line presence might have had the appearance of a whiney cry for attention. I didn’t mean it that way at all, though I did appreciate your comments. Emily’s comment, in particular, got me to thinking further about social media and how it effects people–like me. She said … Continue reading "More Deep Thoughts on Social Media, A Few Fences, and a Super-Funny Joke that I Made Up While On Today’s Bike Ride"

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FENCES: Safety Measure? Or Obstacle to Daring Adventure?

A Video Message From Your Chief Safety Officer It’s true–fences can prevent people from absentmindedly wandering off a cliff or accidentally riding their bikes over a waterfall. Sometimes fences can protect us from our own stupidity. One time I wanted to enter a demolition zone to get a closer look at the wrecking ball, but … Continue reading "FENCES: Safety Measure? Or Obstacle to Daring Adventure?"

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A Good Day of Riding, but a Bad Attempt at Documenting the Equinox

On March 19–the day before the spring equinox–I made a plan to get on the road early the next morning for a sunrise picture. Unfortunately, when the next morning arrived, I didn’t remember my plan until the sun had been up for about 15 minutes. I rushed out my back door to get a picture … Continue reading "A Good Day of Riding, but a Bad Attempt at Documenting the Equinox"

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The Last of the Outbuildings

According to my official challenge calendar, today is the last day of the Shed/Barn/Treehouse/Doghouse/Garage/Outbuilding Challenge. Tomorrow–just to keep you informed–is the St. Patrick’s Day/Pot ‘O Gold/Clover/Leprechaun/Everything Green Challenge. Following that, we’ve got the Fences/Barriers/Gates Challenge through the rest of the month. Whew! Just before the deadline, here are my last few outbuildings. I know some … Continue reading "The Last of the Outbuildings"

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If Not for Cycle365, I Might Never Have Paid Attention to Pi Day.

It’s true! I remember learning about Pi in high school, but I never thought about it again in the next 45 years. I did not know there was a whole day dedicated to that geometric concept until Suzanne mentioned it couple weeks ago. I didn’t even realize the significance of Pi Day’s date until I … Continue reading "If Not for Cycle365, I Might Never Have Paid Attention to Pi Day."

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Outbuildings That Didn’t Make the Cut

While riding around this month–always keeping an eye out for outbuildings–I’ve come to find they are even more common in MY Town than chimneys. My goodness, it seems everybody has one except me. Some of them are pretty cool, and those are the ones I’ve been posting. Most of them are not picture-worthy at all. … Continue reading "Outbuildings That Didn’t Make the Cut"

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OUTBUILDINGS WITH A VERY IMPORTANT FUNCTION

Have you ever wondered how tap water gets from the city water tower to the faucet in your housing development? But it IS an interesting process. Gravity is part of it, but another part are those little outbuildings scattered around town that contain big pipes and valves and other equipment. Today’s post is all about … Continue reading "OUTBUILDINGS WITH A VERY IMPORTANT FUNCTION"

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The Czar Struggled to Meet His Own Challenge– Until He Found the Right Neighborhood

That was a pretty funny video, wasn’t it? The reason I started my post with it wasn’t because of the obvious hilarity though. The real reason is because I wanted to showcase the gray shed. That weathered little outbuilding is what gave me the idea for this challenge a couple of weeks ago. All of … Continue reading "The Czar Struggled to Meet His Own Challenge– Until He Found the Right Neighborhood"

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ELEMENOPEAbody Award Winning Post for Excellence in Cycle365 Journalism

After a couple of warm days, it’s pretty cold again here in Minnesota. And VERY icy too. It was so icy that I didn’t ride at all yesterday. Don’t worry though, I occupied my time with a dispute with Google over a post on my cooking blog. When I looked at the blog before posting … Continue reading "ELEMENOPEAbody Award Winning Post for Excellence in Cycle365 Journalism"

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MENTALLY UNBALANCED MAN WEILDS HUGE ICICLE IN THREATENING MANNER

Wow? How’s that for a sensationalistic headline? And it was backed up with an equally attention-grabbing cover photo. As always, the story itself will not be as exciting as all that. (I probably should have been a tabloid reporter. I’m sure the National Enquirer would have appreciated my journalistic skills.) What really happened was this: … Continue reading "MENTALLY UNBALANCED MAN WEILDS HUGE ICICLE IN THREATENING MANNER"

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A WHirlwind day of THrills & CHills, GHastly RHetoric and other SHocking PHenomena

It was an utterly amazing day of riding here in MY Town, which is sometimes known as SHangri-la. Chimneys and CH, SH, TH, WH, RH, PH and GH words jumped out at me from every direction. I took several hundred pictures and I’m going to share every one of them with you in this post. … Continue reading "A WHirlwind day of THrills & CHills, GHastly RHetoric and other SHocking PHenomena"

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My Longest and Most Successful January Challenge Day Yet

The obvious reason for my great success is the warm weather MY Town was blessed with today. The temperature rose up to the mid-30’s (or should I say, the mid-1’s for the benefit of my international friends) and there was no wind. As a result, I was able to ride longer than I can when … Continue reading "My Longest and Most Successful January Challenge Day Yet"

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New Year’s Day Chimneys

Before I start showing my chimney pictures, I want to acknowledge some of the difficulties some Cycle365-ers have expressed regarding the January Ch-Ch-Chimney Challenge. I also want to provide some relief. For the folks who might be experiencing some serious anti-bicycling weather, or who might be having their bicycles overhauled this month: Please remember that … Continue reading "New Year’s Day Chimneys"

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Some Serious Business and Some Silly Business

Serious Business Regarding the January Challenge As I announced earlier in the month, the January Challenge is going to be all about CHIMNEYS. As I also announced, I came up with the idea independent of any chimney suggestions from certain members of Cycle365. The Czar has spoken. So go nuts with chimney pictures while out … Continue reading "Some Serious Business and Some Silly Business"

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MONTHLY CHALLENGE LETTERS IN ACTION (Starring Anatomy Award Winning Actor, Director, Screenwriter & Cinematographer Gregory S. Garceau)

I tried something different today. I made short videos for an A, a B, a C, a D, an E, an S and a Q. Making this experiment even MORE exciting is that the words portrayed in this post aren’t THINGS. No, they’re ACTIONS. They aren’t verbs though. They’re “gerunds,” which are kind of like … Continue reading "MONTHLY CHALLENGE LETTERS IN ACTION (Starring Anatomy Award Winning Actor, Director, Screenwriter & Cinematographer Gregory S. Garceau)"

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QUITE A QUANTITY OF Q’S: Testing the Limits of Quedibility

I thought the Queen of Dairy’s home (The Dairy Queen store) was going to be a slam dunk for today’s Q quest, but for some reason the Dairy Queen Corporation decided to eliminate the words “dairy” and “queen” on their locations in favor of “DQ.” I rode around the entire place looking for one single … Continue reading "QUITE A QUANTITY OF Q’S: Testing the Limits of Quedibility"

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Challenge Czar Makes Early Announcement

[MY Town, Minnesota] Czar Greg held a rare press conference this morning regarding his much-anticipated January Cycle365 Challenge. It was his earliest announcement since he was elected (forced) into the position back in June. In his opening remarks, he acknowledged all of the issues facing the world at this time–extreme political divisiveness, supply chain problems, … Continue reading "Challenge Czar Makes Early Announcement"

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A Beautifully Cold Day in Eden

By The Numbers 6: Miles 9: Kilometers 10: Degrees Fahrenheit -12: Degrees Celsius 87,000,000,000: Snowflakes 6: Photos Taken 10: Cold Fingers (due to taking mittens off for the 6 photos) 8: Incredulous waves and/or smiles from motorists 0: Wipe-outs 2: Wipe-outs avoided (by extending my right foot onto the road, thereby preventing a fall) 0: … Continue reading "A Beautifully Cold Day in Eden"

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