June 1, 2015: Here is my celebratory picture after riding 1,800 miles from New Orleans to Lake Superior. It was taken on a nice sandy beach on the Lake Superior shoreline in Ashland, WI.

June 18, 2020: Here is my celebratory picture after riding about 1% of 1,800 miles in rural Dakota County. It was taken on a seriously goose-poop-infested shoreline of a pond I’m going to call Lake INFERIOR.

Of course I have to tell a story from my day’s ride, right?

I was cruising along with the wind when I noticed a bicycle rider coming from the opposite direction who pulled over to the side of the road and came to a stop. He got off his bike and bent down near his rear wheel as if he had a flat tire or something.

Like any courteous cyclist, I slowed down and called across the road, “Is everything alright? Need any help?”

“Nope,” he replied, “just picking up roadside litter.”

“Wow, that’s cool. Thank you!”

He just glared at me as he put some unidentifiable object in a bag on the top of his rear rack. Perhaps he was offended. I don’t know.

I was immediately reminded of the time I ran into a similar situation on one of my first tours. In that case, the guy was walking his bike up the road with an obviously flat tire. I asked if he needed a tube or some help changing it. He said, “No thanks, I already called for a ride.” I still remember thinking about self-sufficiency. That dude was NOT self-sufficient.

See you tomorrow.

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 18"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 18, 2020

    More spontaneous ejection material he picked up no doubt.
    As to your Thank You — No good deed (such as saying thanks) goes unpunished.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: June 19, 2020

    “He just glared at me as he put some unidentifiable object in a bag on the top of his rear rack”
    Maybe it was a drug transfer and you caught him in the act.

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