I Will Not Be Denied

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks, so I haven’t been participating to the best of my ability in phase 2 of this month’s Cycle365 challenge. That’s not going to change much with this post, though.

How can I concentrate on bends and crinkles and dents when I’ve been hearing rumblings about other people catching up to me in the Lamps & Reflectors challenge? I MUST submit enough entries to win one of the No Expenses Paid Vacations to Hoopeston. I’d rather have the second prize of two weeks, so I have to be careful not to have TOO many entries. On the other hand, I also have to make sure I post enough so I don’t miss out on the top two prizes altogether. In hindsight, I should have been keeping a spreadsheet of my competitor’s Lamp & Reflector posts versus mine. Oh well, if I only win the Grand Prize, so be it.

Here are the multiple lamps and reflectors on top of that railroad maintenance machine . . . just in case you couldnt see them in the photo at the top of the page.

Multiple lamps on the overhang above 24 gasoline pumps

The number of tiny lamps in signs like this boggle my mind. Then the message changes and a whole different bunch of tiny lamps light up. How do they do it?

Some people like to use REFLECTORS like this to keep out the sun. Personally, I like my car to be 120-degrees when I step inside. That way, it feels more special when the air-conditioner cools it down to 60-degrees.

I thought this was kind of a cool lamp.

This cluster of lamps wasn’t all that cool, but if the picture helps me win a trip to Hoopeston, why not post it?

From the Weird/Unsual Department

I didn’t know WHAT to think of this thing. Is it a bicycle? It does have pedals. It’s not an e-bike–It has a gas tank and a gas engine. It also has some freaky decorations, including a REFLECTORIZED triangle hanging off the back. There’s an unusual purple pannier. There’s tinsel and a fur pelt leading up the pole to the American flag. There’s a bucket strapped to the weird front fork. I have no idea what that back fender is made of. Painted aluminum foil? Is the owner a hippie or a redneck?

Yup, freaky!

My initial though was that this was something pretty strange too. It looked like the barge pilot ran his cargo up onto the shore. I have heard that this BEND in the river is one of the most difficult ones for barges to navigate.

Upon further investigation, the barge had NOT run aground–though by the narrowest of margins.

Luckily, I did investigate. It gave me a chance to add to my LAMP total. See those two spotlights on the top deck? If you’ve ever seen a river barge navigating a big river at night, you know how incredibly bright those things are. I swear, the beams can shoot out to a distance of 1/2 mile.

Finally, a FOLD. A folding sign.

Thank you, Rich, for this challenge. I’m ready to move on to the August Flag and Banner Challenge. Any chance I can win a trip to Hoopeston’s little sister city–Chicago?

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.

3 response to "I Will Not Be Denied"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 30, 2022

    Oh Boy! You are certainly in the lead now!
    Uhhh, Helen has made an audible at the line of scrimmage, and changed the destination,
    I know you will be greatly disappointed, and for that my sincere apologies.

    We both know its best to stay on Helen’s good side (assuming there is one) so I didn’t protest
    I believe you will be very pleased with her new choice. I certainly would be.

    What with the Stink Ditch being covered over, the tomato plant in total disarray, and they are charging WAY too much for tours of Front Street, well, I hope you understand,
    More info will be forthcoming — but no, its not Chicago — we like you far more than that!

    That bicycle IS pretty unbelievable!

    As my Aunt (from Chicago) might have said: Whatthehellizamatterwitdem??

    Stay tuned for the Major Announcement!!

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 30, 2022

    Good heavens! You have aimed your camera at some unusual sights. I’m thinking your new Surly would look good wrapped in fancy decorations made of fur, aluminum foil, tinsel, buckets, etc. Yes?

  3. By: NancyG Posted: July 31, 2022

    A contraption. That’s what that is. The owner sure did fit a lot of different stuff on that contraption.

    Congrats on the well earned and deserved win for this challenge ;’-).

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