Wow? How’s that for a sensationalistic headline? And it was backed up with an equally attention-grabbing cover photo. As always, the story itself will not be as exciting as all that. (I probably should have been a tabloid reporter. I’m sure the National Enquirer would have appreciated my journalistic skills.)

What really happened was this: I set out on my bike with my new friend, Michael the Bicycle Icicle. It was a relatively nice day (29-degrees F.) so we had plenty of opportunities to employ our specialties. In my case, that was pedaling. In Michael’s case, that was pointing out chimneys, especially chimneys with icicles nearby.

And he does his job well.

Well done, Michael.

Good find Michael, but next time you gotta warn me when a guy comes out and wonders what we’re doing.

Uh oh! Michael didn’t know which chimney to point to, so he split the difference.

Michael started getting pretty cocky. He pointed out these icicles without even leaving the panniers. (But where’s the chimney?)

In an attempt to make up for the chimney omission, he pointed to a chimney without leaving the pannier. (But no icicles)

I didn’t need Michael’s help to satisfy the other part of the January Challenge. WHisky. And Rich’s favorite brand to boot, though he prefers it in those 1 oz. bottles.

CHill (and The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong’s second parking violation in this post)


It seems there are a couple of Cycle 365-ers who are one of a set of triplets. That’s pretty cool. It’s probably for the best that I am a singlet. My cartoon alter-ego, on the other hand, is a QUINTUPLET, and I was lucky enough to capture a photo of him with his four brothers.

100% coincidence that Old Grumbleface predicted I’d gather all of G-2’s quinces for a picture.

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.


  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 27, 2022

    Awww, poor Michael the Bicycle Icicle seems to have lost one of his prongs. 🙁

    Actually, there IS a chimney in the chimney-less photo — its on the white house just peeking over the roof ridgeline. (But you knew that)

    I am going to have to seek out a small Fireball — just to sample it for scientific investigation of suspected suspicions you understand 😉
    Edited to add — a second chimney on the far right of the icicle house.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 28, 2022

    Icicle-wielding madman? Fireball on sale? G-2 x 5? “There are strange things done in the midnight sun….”

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