CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw

Hello again one and all.  Warmer temperatures have arrived and that ain’t necessarily a GOOD thing.  Sure it feels better than frostbitten cheeks, but according to Channel 9’s morning weather personality, Keith Marler, our snow levels have gone down 17-inches in the last five days.  He says flooding is imminent.

I certainly don’t want to see anybody get flooded out of their home or anything like that, and neither does Doris, but we both feel like a flood might provide an exciting and adventurous cycling opportunity.  We started by riding down to the godfather of all rivers, the Mighty Mississippi.  That awesome river was running noticeably high, but not so high that it was overflowing its banks yet.  Therefore, we didn’t take any pictures of it.  After all, that sue-happy Gregblood has already posted a nauseating number of Mississippi River pictures over the years.  No need to add to the misery.

The Vermillion River, on the other hand, did have some redeeming flood qualities.  Further upstream from the Vermillion River Falls, which were featured on C.L.C. Ride #4, we rode the bike trail that runs alongside that river.  It was closed in a few places.  We took a few pictures.


Speaking of pictures, I bet you’re wondering what kind of camera equipment a cartoon alter-ego uses. In this photo I am taking a picture of Doris with my Canon Cartoon Powershot MXII.


We are adventurers–temporary barriers like this do not deter us.


Nor are we intimidated by a few gigantic chunks of ice that have been swept down the river.


Uh oh! We might have met our match. This overflow onto the bike trail forced Doris to turn around. You have to understand that water makes cartoon characters BLEED.


We detoured up to the bridge that crosses the Vermillion River and took another picture of the flooded trail with our Canon Cartoon Powershot MXII.


Our Canon Cartoon Powershot MXII not only takes great pictures, but it also takes excellent videos too.  Like this one of G-2 boldly riding through a slushy spring thaw.



Next it was time to consider where to go for our official CLC purchase.  I wanted to go to Duff’s Meats to buy a big old chunk of red meat, but Doris had other ideas.  “Man does not live on meat alone,” she admonished.  “The other day I ate your Philly Cheese Steak.  Tonight I’m going to make dinner:  A steamed vegetable medley and a vegetarian salad.”

Isn’t ‘vegetarian salad’ a redundancy?” I wondered.


Here is where Doris wanted to spend the money I earned with my shrewd dollar store investment strategy.


Carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, and microgreens (sprouts of broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, and cabbage.)


Would you like to hear the story about how we were enticed into buying those classic microgreens?  No?  Great!  Here it is.  Just inside the door, there was a young representative from the local farm that raises and packages the greens.  He asked if we wanted to sample some of the product.  It tasted like grass to me, only a little better.  Doris loved it.  End of story.

ALMOST the end of the story.

Fortunately, I got to see Scott’s most recent post before I published this.  He called me a “dastardly identity thief” and accused me of a sneak attack over which one of us can finish the Cycle Life Challenge first.  He’s sounding a lot like that evil alter-ego of mine.  Are they in cohoots with each other?

“Scott, you may not be HOPELESSLY behind, but you’re still behind,” I chortled once again.


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.

11 response to "CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #5: At Play in the Spring Thaw"

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 17, 2019

      I did actually think of setting up a picture of Doris on some kind of boat or raft, but I didn’t want to infringe on Kermit’s and Verne’s territory. Their flotation device pictures should be copyrighted.

      The bikerafting thing does sound like fun. A couple of years ago I read about a couple of guys who did that in some remote area of (I think) Montana. Sorry, I can’t remember where I read it so I don’t have a link for you.

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: March 17, 2019

    I’d just like to remind you and Scott that I did the 7-day challenge in six days a couple of years ago – just saying… I was the last one to enter so I didn’t beat anyone but still.

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 17, 2019

      Wow! You are the undisputed, speediest, 7-day challenge champion.

    • By: Scooter Posted: March 17, 2019

      Brag, brag, brag! Is that even legal? I thought the6 all had to be on different days. Thanks for bringing it to our attention though – we’ll have to report it to the proper authorities to get your entry stricken from the record books.

      • By: NancyG Posted: March 18, 2019

        Suzanne remains the champ of speedy ride completion. Read rule #2. ;’-).

      • By: Suzanne Posted: March 19, 2019

        Legal shmegal! Proper authorities? I doubt you have any clout with THAT webmaster since Crexit! So I remain all-time latest and fastest contestant (and possibly with the fewest km’s, also a record of sorts).

      • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 22, 2019

        Without rereading the rules because We don’t have to, there is no restriction on doing them on seven different days. Therefore Suzanne remains champ, as noted by Nancy. And Suzanne, you talk good smack.

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 21, 2019

    G2 you know how much I love camera talk😊😊 amazing flood on the trail. We would be out of luck if our trail flooded there’s almost no way to get around town….well now that I think about it I could and that might make a nice entry here. Oh ….Jack say you sound a lot like Elmo. We know this because we just bought a talking Elmo for our granddaughters 2nd bday. Jack seems to have been playing with it quite a bit😂😂

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