With a little help from my friends

Yes, I know I’ve been a pretty faithless participant last month.  Planning our tour, biking our tour and blogging our tour is pretty time consuming, especially when you factor in time for eatin’ and drinkin’.  I’m trying to get my head around the idea of seeing faces in strange places, but I don’t think I’m … Continue reading "With a little help from my friends"

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April 2021 Challenge of the month: colorful sounds

And now for something completely different, let’s bring a new sense into the challenge: sound.  My apologies for those who are hard of hearing or are unable to create an audio file, but it’s only fair – we didn’t make special provisions for the color blind amongst us when we announced the Kodachrome challenge or … Continue reading "April 2021 Challenge of the month: colorful sounds"

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Challenge of the month, March 2021: Kodachrome

As Suzanne tactfully noted, we’ve been tardy in posting the challenge for the new month.  Those of you down under have been in March for several hours already and are undoubtedly champing at the bit, impatient for your marching orders.  Well, your long wait is over.  Champ no longer, champs. In our defense, we’ve been … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, March 2021: Kodachrome"

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A mountain of hazards

Who dreamed up this month’s challenge, anyway?  Suddenly I’m seeing risks everywhere that I never gave much thought to before, and starting to feel paranoid.  Our climb up Mount Lemmon yesterday was just one hazard after another: precipitous cliffs, falling rocks, goblins, ice, heart attack?  Terrible.  Awesome descent though. For additional photos of this climb, … Continue reading "A mountain of hazards"

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February’s Challenge: Hazards

Folks might be getting a false sense of security: there’s a vaccination for the virus, we have a new administration here in our country, the insurrection was unsuccessful.  life is good, or at least getting better. You can’t let your guard down though.  You might avoid falling against that thorny ocotillo on your left, only … Continue reading "February’s Challenge: Hazards"

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The Poet Laureate of our cycling world

One of the satisfactions of being an administrator for this website is the opportunity to bestow honors for exceptional achievement.  I hereby designate Gregory  Garceau the Poet Laureate for Cycle365.  You may not be aware of the impressive body of work he’s been contributing to over on CycleBlaze, but the Awards Committee felt that his … Continue reading "The Poet Laureate of our cycling world"

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Foursies

In my first challenge submission of the month, I think I aced the triangle test and am ready to move on.  Our New Year’s Day ride along Julian wash uncovered a pair of classy quads: the poetic trapezoid shown above, and this artsy rectangle on stilts.  That’s enough with fours, for the moment.

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Challenge of the month, 01/21: Polygons

This month’s challenge comes to us thanks to Nancy (and Rocky extends a special note of thanks, because she’s tired of my lame ideas): Polygons.  For those who have forgotten everything they learned in HS Geometry, a polygon is a plane figure with at least three straight sides and angles, and typically five or more. … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, 01/21: Polygons"

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A clump of cacti / a heap of hedgehogs

I thought I was done with this month’s collection challenge, but this cute little clump of hedgehog cacti was just too adorable to not share.  Sorry, no bicycles, but they’re not allowed on the trails of Saguaro National Park.  And besides, it seemed like this site was getting overburdened by a blizzard of snow posts … Continue reading "A clump of cacti / a heap of hedgehogs"

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A passel of pigeons

OK, I’ll admit that a gathering of pigeons isn’t the most interesting or unusual collection to flash around.  I imagine some of you may have seen a similar collection in your home town/county/state/territory/province. But it’s the best I’ve got to offer today, unless you consider a pod of masked university students an interesting collection. Also, … Continue reading "A passel of pigeons"

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The Collection Challenge: a clutch of coyotes

I’m liking this challenge!  An otherwise ho-hum ride suddenly comes to life when you happen on some interesting subject in an unusual collection.  Not that our hike in Montaña de Oro State Park was humdrum by any means – far from it, actually – but coming across these three coyotes at its close made it … Continue reading "The Collection Challenge: a clutch of coyotes"

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The Collection Challenge: a rack of boots

We’re seeing some creative, imaginative collections here.  Keep up the good work!  My sole offering today is less dramatic and dynamic than those elephant seals, but still unusual enough to be worth posting: a row of fence posts with cowboy boots capping them, on our ride through Edna Valley.  There were probably 20 or more … Continue reading "The Collection Challenge: a rack of boots"

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The Collection Challenge: a herd of elephant seals

New month!  New challenge!  And for me, a new year.  For my birthday ride we took a ride up the coast to Ragged Point, at the lower end of Big Sur.  Perfect weather, a beautiful ride.  Best of all though was getting to see the elephant seal colony beached at Piedras Blancas.  What a great … Continue reading "The Collection Challenge: a herd of elephant seals"

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December Challenge: Collections

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"

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Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points

Vanishing point: the point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge. This month’s theme was inspired by this striking photo from Suzanne’s latest post: I especially like this example because it shows both horizontal and vertical convergence.  There are a couple of other examples below.  Note that the lines don’t actually … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points"

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Challenge of the month, September 2020: Arches

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"

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Challenge of the Month, August 2020: Radiation

This month’s theme: Radiation noun PHYSICS the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves or as moving subatomic particles, especially high-energy particles which cause ionization. BIOLOGY divergence out from a central point, in particular evolution from an ancestral animal or plant group into a variety of new forms. ____________________ There’s a lot to work with here … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month, August 2020: Radiation"

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