It was nice to get back out into the countryside today, away from heavy traffic and stop lights and robotic voices telling me to WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT . . .

I took my roadie bike north across the Mississippi River and rode along both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. A rider doesn’t get many views of the St. Croix River itself this far south, but to make up for that, the rider DOES get to cruise on some quiet roads with nice, sometimes challenging, rolling hills.

I’ll get the required “Before & After” pictures out of the way before showing a few more pictures from my St. Croix River valley ride.

April 26, 2015: See? The middle finger isn’t the only hand gesture I use while on the road.

June 17, 2020: Different sign, different state, different bike — but same hand gesture. In this case, I was just happy to be getting out of Packer-Land.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I just want to say that I’m starting to develop a new attitude about having to write and post pictures every single day for about four weeks. Since the ‘rona cheated me out of my spring bike tour, I am now looking at this Before & After thing in an entirely different light. Instead of whining about how hard it is to keep this up, I am starting to trick my mind into thinking I’m on a bike tour where I relish writing about my observations every single day. I hope this Jedi mind trick will keep me going for at least another week until I think of some other trick — like maybe some kind of Nietzschean existential twist.

More pictures from my Cycle365 bike tour:

Rolling hills and view-blockers too.

If sheep go to heaven . . .

. . . and goats go to hell . . .

. . . where do horses go?

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.

2 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: June 17"

  1. By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 30, 2020

    Cake certainly does prolong the magic. Any ride is better with cake.

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