HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s morning just happened to be the coldest morning of the year so far (14-degrees below zero.)  That’s pretty brisk, even by my standards.  By 10:00, however, it had warmed up about 11-degrees so I bundled up and began my Holiday Challenge ride.  (Wouldn’t want to miss one, you know.)

It was a very short ride, but I still managed to copycat a couple of other people’s Monthly Challenge ideas along the way.  In fact, this post itself is a copycattism of Nancy’s original Holiday Challenge idea.  It seems I’ve become such a copycat that sometimes I don’t REALIZE I’m copycatting even when engaged in the very act of copycattery.

Despite the copycatitiousness of this entry, I’m not counting it as one of my three Monthly Challenges because I didn’t build a snowman.  It would take a much bigger fool than me to make a snowman when it’s this cold.

I took this picture just before I left so you wouldn’t think I made up some kind of lame cold weather excuse just so I wouldn’t have to build a snowman.

A “START OF THE RIDE” picture to copycat Hopkins’ challenge. (The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong sends out a special HELLO to Hopkins.)

My rip-off of Bill’s MOUNTAIN challenge. Technically, it’s not a real mountain–but try telling that to G-2 as he struggles toward the summit.. (P.S. I have not yet given up on trying to find an actual mountain-sized mountain.)

Believe it or not, there is a Little (VERY little) Free Library straight in front of my handlebar stem.  My apologies to Nancy for not providing a better rip-off of her theme.

Oh no, I didn’t forget the END OF THE RIDE part of Hopkins’ challenge. Most likely that’s because it was only about 1/2 hour later.

I feel bad that I couldn’t knock off a few more challenges today.  Unfortunately, I felt like I was getting frostbite every time I removed my mittens to take pictures.  I’ve copycatted many of the challenges in my posts so far, but I know I still have to capture a better mountain, some bicycle-themed stuff, some sheep in shadows (gasp!), and mailboxes/monuments/memorials.  (And Suzanne, no I haven’t forgotten about your side-challenge of standing on my head on a tree stump.)

I made it back home and the frostbite wasn’t too bad at all, which was nice because it would have been pretty hard to type up this report if I had to have a few of my fingers amputated.

Well, it’s time to wrap this thing up.  I have to start doing the prep for a nice Valentine’s Day dinner for The Feeshko–my one and only true Valentine.

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.

7 response to "HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Valentine’s Day Edition"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: February 14, 2020

    I saw your weather on the news this morning., so I KNOW you are not making up that story! I have difficulty riding in weather below 32, so I doubt I could get my self out in anything below freezing!!

    AND you risked losing fingers to give us these great photos. You are a hero.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 14, 2020

    Ooooh!!! Thanks!, and a Hallmark Card as well!

    Looks like G-2 is most of the way up Mt Everest.

    I get cards at the Dollar Store and write on the back —> I didnt care enough to send the very best 😉 JK!!!!

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 15, 2020

    Sorry Lovely Wife said I can’t be your Valentine. Nice and warm here.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 15, 2020

    That surely qualifies as a mountain! We might even need to designate it as a National Park!

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 15, 2020

      It does kind of resemble the upper 3,000 feet of Mt. Rainier.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: February 16, 2020

    Ooh, it’s like getting the cards in the little box you decorate and put on your desk in elementary school. Not only do you have enough time to think of creative things… you even have time to make up creative things like valentine days cards. The workers among us are jealous. Not jealous of those temps though – sheesh, that is cold!

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: February 16, 2020

    As Nancy said, heroic to ride in that cold! The Valentine is all the more appreciated.

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