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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The December Challenge: A-B-C, It’s As Easy As 1-2-3

I see we are nearing the end of another month and another challenge. I have definitely been entertained by your words and pictures that show your weather conditions. I’ve seen your blue skies, your cloudy skies, your fog, your frost, your rain, your sleet, your light snowfall, and even your heat. For the most part, … Continue reading "The December Challenge: A-B-C, It’s As Easy As 1-2-3"

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The Last Days of Storm Chaser Greg

It’s been a tough month for Storm Chaser Greg. November was supposed to be the time for him to showcase his storm chasing skills. He should have been reporting on disastrous blizzards, icy roads, freezing rain, blistering winds and backbreaking slush. Instead, he was reduced to exaggerating the danger of warmer than average temperatures, bright … Continue reading "The Last Days of Storm Chaser Greg"

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It Could Be Worse–Like If You Lived In East-Central Illinois

[Due to technical difficulties at the Channel 6 Weather Department, there is no video to go with Storm Chaser Greg’s report today. Instead, here is a photo and written transcript of his freaked-out broadcast.] Once again, I just HAD to go out there to see for myself if things were as bad as Storm Chaser … Continue reading "It Could Be Worse–Like If You Lived In East-Central Illinois"

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Something Like Four Pictures and Four Short Videos About Today’s Minnesota Weather

I’m not going to subject you to Storm Chaser Greg’s irritating voice and insane weather hysterics today. No doubt, that guy’s schtick is wearing thin on everybody by now. I ignored the warning signs and went for a bike ride. If I didn’t have such a sturdy bike and such a tough-guy spirit, that could’ve … Continue reading "Something Like Four Pictures and Four Short Videos About Today’s Minnesota Weather"

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A Gray Sky Makes Everything Else Look Gray Too

It’s true, gray begets gray. After three consecutive days of dark gray skies here in MY Town, EVERYTHING is starting to appear gray to me. At this point, I’m even hallucinating in gray. Nevertheless, I was compelled to go for a bike ride in the grayness again today. But, of course, I had to tune … Continue reading "A Gray Sky Makes Everything Else Look Gray Too"

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A City For All Seasons (All of Them Terribly, Terribly Hazardous)

I looked out the window and it seemed much brighter than it should have at 7:00 a.m. this time of year. Thank you Central Standard Time. It also looked pretty nice out there but, as everybody knows, looks can be deceiving. In order to get an official weather statement, I turned the TV on and … Continue reading "A City For All Seasons (All of Them Terribly, Terribly Hazardous)"

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From Dangerously Boring to Frighteningly Windy

At the end of yesterday’s post, I hinted at the change in weather that was taking place over the course of my bike ride. I hope the suspense wasn’t too unbearable, but it probably was. After all, I have been called “Cycle365’s Master of Suspense” and “The Alfred Hitchcock of the Cycling World” by lots … Continue reading "From Dangerously Boring to Frighteningly Windy"

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Uncooperative Minnesota Weather

I can’t believe it’s already November 5th. Correction: I CAN believe the date. What I meant to say is “I can’t believe it’s already five days into the November Weather Challenge and Storm Chaser Greg has yet to make an appearance. This challenge seems to have been tailor-made for his over-the-top weather reporting. I guess … Continue reading "Uncooperative Minnesota Weather"

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EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, WILD ANIMALS WILL SHOW OFF TO CYCLISTS

Before I get to the wildlife photos and videos, I thought it would be appropriate to re-print this article from the Media section of today’s edition of the New York Trying Times. “According to the latest Harris Poll, Czar Greg’s job approval numbers have taken a major upward turn. In fact, it might be the … Continue reading "EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, WILD ANIMALS WILL SHOW OFF TO CYCLISTS"

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WEATHER (sic) YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, HERE COMES THE NOVEMBER CHALLENGE

According to the latest Harris Poll, my job approval ratings are dropping faster than President Biden’s. My leadership skills as Czar of the Monthly Challenge are in question. Cycle365 participation rates and readership numbers are plummeting as fast as my popularity. According to the My Pillow guy, my election to this website’s highest post was … Continue reading "WEATHER (sic) YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, HERE COMES THE NOVEMBER CHALLENGE"

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Using Cycle365 In An Unauthorized And Somewhat Sneaky Way

That’s right, folks, this post is deceitful in every way. The underhandedness began when I checked the “Challenge of the Month” box. Yes, it does show me riding my bike decorated with a really cute dog and a predatory bird. But it’s a picture taken long before the “October Decorate Your Bike Challenge” began. In … Continue reading "Using Cycle365 In An Unauthorized And Somewhat Sneaky Way"

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Sad: Ending a Fun Bike Tour. Happy: Special Dispensation from The Feeshko to Continue On. And a Surprisingly Happy Ear Worm

I know I’ve been largely absent from my own monthly challenge and, again, that’s because I’ve been preoccupied with my bike tour in Idaho. But I check in on this site once in a while and I appreciate the participation. I cannot believe there is still a German gal who continues to post something happy … Continue reading "Sad: Ending a Fun Bike Tour. Happy: Special Dispensation from The Feeshko to Continue On. And a Surprisingly Happy Ear Worm"

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Happiness Is Being In The Snake River Canyon. Sadness Is Having To Leave It.

It was real easy to get down into the canyon — like, 40 mile per hour easy — and it was easy to ride in the canyon. Maybe that’s why I’m so happy. But possibly the happiest part was the 10 mile, 2,000 foot climb out of the canyon on a road that I can … Continue reading "Happiness Is Being In The Snake River Canyon. Sadness Is Having To Leave It."

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Food Related Pictures From Our Road Trip

The Feeshko and I took our time driving out to Spokane, WA for her niece’s wedding, dividing the 1500-mile drive into four days and three nights. The first night was spent in Bismarck, the capitol city of North Dakota. You might recognize the capitol building pictured in the featured photo. Once I wrote extensively about … Continue reading "Food Related Pictures From Our Road Trip"

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Cyclist’s Favorite Treats, And Where To Find Them In GREG’S Town

Hi folks, Chef G. here, and welcome to another episode of The Chef G. Cooking Channel The Cycle365 Food Challenge. I’m glad to have been invited back even though bicycling isn’t exactly my area of expertise. But I AM a big shot chef, and that’s why my alter-ego asked me to show you HIS Town’s … Continue reading "Cyclist’s Favorite Treats, And Where To Find Them In GREG’S Town"

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FOOD: An Eventful Day and a National Night Out

I rode around on my bike for a while yesterday, visited our local farmer’s market, and took a few food-related pictures. What could provide a better day than that? I’ll tell you what: Finishing off the day with a neighborhood block party/potluck food fest. Before I get to the pictures however, I have to come … Continue reading "FOOD: An Eventful Day and a National Night Out"

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More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the University of Minnesota’s “College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences”

Sure, MY state’s biggest university has a world renowned agriculture program, but I really think it would have been sufficient to simply call it the “Farming Department” — just as my alma mater had simple names like “Political Science Department” and “History Department.” Instead of simplicity, however, the University of Minnesota seems to have gotten … Continue reading "More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the University of Minnesota’s “College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences”"

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The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Done (and that’s sayin’ something)

That’s right, today I surpassed the stupidest stupidity of my stupid cycling career. Or maybe it was yesterday that I achieved the height of stupidity. I’m not exactly sure. Let me tell the story. The Feeshko and I drove back to Iowa yesterday. My dad had a medical appointment to keep and it was in … Continue reading "The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Done (and that’s sayin’ something)"

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THE NORTHEAST IOWA TOURISM BROCHURE FOR CYCLISTS: Part Three

A QUICK SUMMARY OF THE FIRST TWO PARTS OF THIS HIGHLY INFORMATIVE, TOTALLY NUTTY, MILDLY SATIRICAL, IOWA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-APPROVED TOURISM BROCHURE FOR CYCLISTS: First I covered the cultural stuff for which Iowa is super-famous. Then I wrote about Iowa’s historical, scenical, landscapical, and national parkical highlights. Now comes part three. Today I will be … Continue reading "THE NORTHEAST IOWA TOURISM BROCHURE FOR CYCLISTS: Part Three"

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THE NORTHEAST IOWA TOURISM BROCHURE FOR CYCLISTS: Part Two

As you may recall from yesterday, the first part of my tourism brochure concentrated on the amenities Iowa has to offer to the jet-set crowd: The fine dining, the night life, the luxury accommodations, the world-class shopping, etc. Today I’ll be presenting Part Two of the brochure. As promised, it will be geared toward those … Continue reading "THE NORTHEAST IOWA TOURISM BROCHURE FOR CYCLISTS: Part Two"

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THE NORTHEAST IOWA TOURISM BROCHURE FOR CYCLISTS: Part One

The Feeshko, Diggity, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong and I drove down to Iowa for the Fourth of July Weekend, which includes the birthday of American independence, and even bigger than that, the birthday of ME. It was an impromptu visit, motivated by an auto accident in which my dad was involved. He was very … Continue reading "THE NORTHEAST IOWA TOURISM BROCHURE FOR CYCLISTS: Part One"

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I’m Trying To Do The Best I Can In My Own Challenge

I’ve been happy to see a few July “Face” Challenge posts already. I must say, the pictures have all been worthy of the fine grades I’ve given them. It makes me feel like I succeeded in making the challenge not too impossible, but it also makes me feel like my students are smarter than ME. … Continue reading "I’m Trying To Do The Best I Can In My Own Challenge"

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The NEW July Challenge

Hi folks, Czar Greg here again. In the few short minutes since I posted “The River-Riding-Vulture-Fleeing-Eagle-Swooping Video Challenge,” I have gotten a flood of very negative feedback. I’ve been rudely reminded of my pledge not to make nearly impossible challenges. People have refused to participate in such a specific challenge. Some of them have promised … Continue reading "The NEW July Challenge"

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SPECIAL REPORT: Czar Issues the July Challenge

Hi folks, Czar Greg here, and today I am pleased to announce my very first monthly challenge. I am confident you will find it to be fun, interesting, and — most importantly — goofy. So, without further fanfare, here is the challenge: Ride your bike down to your local river and take a video of … Continue reading "SPECIAL REPORT: Czar Issues the July Challenge"

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Live From Minnesota: The Czar-Elect’s Inauguration Speech

Thank you for that fine introduction, Vice-Czar Bing Bong, and I thank all of you esteemed Cycle365-ers and citizens of the world for that warm welcome. I also want to thank you all for electing me to be your Czar of the Monthly Challenge. I am definitely excited to begin serving you in that capacity … Continue reading "Live From Minnesota: The Czar-Elect’s Inauguration Speech"

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SCAVENGER HUNT: On This Day I Found Two of the Last Three Items

Yes, I was hoping to find all three remaining items, but sometimes a person’s hopes do not become reality. ********************************************************************** [As so often happens, the sentence I just wrote reminded me of a life experience: Back when I was an employee for a very results-oriented company, I did my best to play their game. I … Continue reading "SCAVENGER HUNT: On This Day I Found Two of the Last Three Items"

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SCAVENGER HUNT: Major Bore Has More That You Can’t Ignore For Round Four

I’ve still got three more items to find for Round Four of Rich’s excellent Scavenger Hunt – – a brick street, a mini liquor bottle, and a stack of bricks. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find them here in MY Town. Therefore, I’m thinking I’ll have to make a trip over to … Continue reading "SCAVENGER HUNT: Major Bore Has More That You Can’t Ignore For Round Four"

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Animals & Clouds That Look Like Something Else

Yup, I managed to complete Round 3 of the Cycle365 Scavenger Hunt today. Interestingly, I accomplished that feat even though I was on a completely unrelated cycling mission. Right now I’m typing away and I still don’t know whether I should address the Scavenger Hunt first or the Completely Unrelated Cycling Mission first. I think … Continue reading "Animals & Clouds That Look Like Something Else"

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When It Comes To Scavenging, Vultures & Hyenas Have Got Nothing On Me

I’ve got a lot of pictures to show today, so I’ll dispense with the my usual long stories and personal histories and general ridiculousness. Let’s get right to it, shall we? I was pretty sure I could find a couple of the items at the road construction project going on just a block from my … Continue reading "When It Comes To Scavenging, Vultures & Hyenas Have Got Nothing On Me"

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DESPERATE TIMES REQUIRE DESPERATE MEASURES -Hippocrates

LOSER, QUITTER, WIMP, FAILURE, SLACKER. Those were the words going through my mind yesterday after I was unable to complete Rich’s Checklist #2 in a single day. A new day has dawned! I’m refreshed, re-hydrated, and fully-prepared to finish what I started. I don’t care what it takes, I don’t care how low I have … Continue reading "DESPERATE TIMES REQUIRE DESPERATE MEASURES -Hippocrates"

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Random Strangers Show Up In MY Town And Charm The Heck Out Of The Feeshko And Me

So I was riding north along the Mississippi River Trail, just minding my own business, when I noticed two bicycle riders coming from the opposite direction. They had panniers on their bikes, so I assumed they were on some kind of bike tour or something. Being a bit of a bike tourist myself, I thought … Continue reading "Random Strangers Show Up In MY Town And Charm The Heck Out Of The Feeshko And Me"

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Things I Haven’t Photographed Before And The Reasons Why

It’s possible I MIGHT have shown a picture of the field shown above, but if I did, it wasn’t in the state it is now. Just a couple days ago it was a field of tall prairie grasses, prairie weeds, and prairie bushes. Now it’s a field of ashes and charred sticks. Obviously it was … Continue reading "Things I Haven’t Photographed Before And The Reasons Why"

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The Contents of My Pannier and Other Things I’ve Never Photographed Before

I went on a 25-mile ride today and I didn’t take a single picture. I didn’t stop at all except for a quick pee. So what have I got to offer? Well, it only took the previous two Cycle365 posts to incite me into action. IllinoisRich and Old Grumbleface displayed what’s inside their bike bags. … Continue reading "The Contents of My Pannier and Other Things I’ve Never Photographed Before"

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Speed and Untamed Competitiveness

As far as I can tell, this month’s challenge is to photograph something you’ve never photographed before. Suzanne proposed it a couple days ago, Old Grumbleface seconded it, Lednar Zeppelin thirded it, and Gregblood fourthed it. And there were no objections. (There may be some objections to “thirded” and “fourthed” coming soon though.) So, as … Continue reading "Speed and Untamed Competitiveness"

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A Guided Tour Through Various Landscapes From MY Town To Spring Lake Park, Within Spring Lake Park, And Back To MY Town Via An All-Terrain Vehicle

But First, A Weather Report According to Cycle365 Weather Alarmist, Storm Chaser Greg, April weather has been generally pretty shitty. (He asked me to point out that he is the only Minnesota weatherman who, so far, has the guts to use that meteorological phrase in the public media.) A warming trend will be moving in … Continue reading "A Guided Tour Through Various Landscapes From MY Town To Spring Lake Park, Within Spring Lake Park, And Back To MY Town Via An All-Terrain Vehicle"

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MORE SOUNDS: Planes, Trains, Trucks, and More Trains

I think my enormous success with this month’s “Colorful Sounds” challenge can be attributed to two things: My acute sense of hearing and my incredible luck. I’m pretty sure the hearing thing comes from many years of exercising my eardrums at rock concerts, in the Greg Room in front of my loudspeakers, and blasting loud … Continue reading "MORE SOUNDS: Planes, Trains, Trucks, and More Trains"

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Some Bike Rides Are More Interesting Than Others

The first three-quarters of today’s ride was pretty mundane. It was just another ride in the hills and farms of Washington County just north of MY Town. Nothing to write home about, and certainly nothing to post on Cycle365 about. (Except maybe for my first flat tire of the season.) That all started to change … Continue reading "Some Bike Rides Are More Interesting Than Others"

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HALLELUJAH! It’s Easter Sunday and the Lord and the Temperature Have Risen

Happy Easter everybody, and let me tell you, it sure has been a happy Easter for me so far. Where do I begin to tell you about it? I suppose I should start with the Featured Photo. Can you tell what it is? That’s right, the Easter Bird paid a visit to my house and … Continue reading "HALLELUJAH! It’s Easter Sunday and the Lord and the Temperature Have Risen"

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