My Most Cautious Bike Ride EVER

After a full day of convalescing, I couldn’t wait to get out for a LEGITIMATE bike ride. I felt much better today and the only significant pain I still had was the one in my lower part of my left leg. I think the worst of yesterday’s pain came from the bike parts I fell onto. I’m pretty sure the handlebar poked deep into my thigh and the chain ring injured my ankle.

The sun was rising higher in the sky and most of the ice on the roads had melted away. It was going to be a nice day. At the very least, I wanted to re-visit the scene of my crash and ride a few blocks beyond. Maybe I’d even find a few collections.

I felt GREAT! I had a feeling I could make it down to the Mississippi River — my go-to place when I’m feeling down. I made it easily and I was almost pain-free. Cycling is the BEST!

Yesterday I rode home with this crooked brake hood without even noticing. I saw no other injuries to The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong this morning. I wish my body was made of steel like his.

There were still a few patches of ice, but I was especially aware of them today.

This, to the best of my memory, is a re-creation of yesterday’s accident scene.

I liked this reflection of the Highway 61 Bridge.

I also liked this reflection of railroad cars.

I hadn’t forgotten about collections. Here’s a collection of ducks. The geese are mostly gone now.

Here’s a collection of percussion instruments for public use.

I took this opportunity to showcase my musical abilities. I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty awesome. You can see for yourself in the following video.

On the way home, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong wanted to play a game of Bicycle Baseball. “Not today,” I said.

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.

10 response to "My Most Cautious Bike Ride EVER"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: December 20, 2020

    Glad to see that you’re recovering well and that your wits are as intact as ever. Great bridge shots, and an awesome musical performance. I was a bit disappointment in the reenactment of the crash though. Couldn’t you have put yourself in the picture so we’d have a better idea of how it went down?

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 21, 2020

      I have to agree that the reenactment was pretty lame. My excuse is that my leg was also kind of lame, so I couldn’t stoop down to place myself on top of the bike.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: December 21, 2020

    I’m not sure I recognized the tune, maybe Joy to the World, the ice is gone …
    Great bridge shots!

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 21, 2020

      You didn’t recognize it because it was an original jazz tune that I had just composed. You got to enjoy the world premiere right here on Cycle365.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 21, 2020

    A nice ‘collection of reflections’

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 21, 2020

      Thank you. I don’t remember ever seeing the Mississippi River so calm. All I had to do was aim the camera at the water and the result was reflection perfection.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: December 21, 2020

    If you are thinking of getting into music as a profession … keep your day job.

    Photos are quite nice. It does look like Mr. BB has slightly akilter handlebars as I look at the front wheel. May just be the angle of the photo.

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 21, 2020

      But my day job is “doing nothing.” Nobody is going to pay me for doing nothing, so I figured xylophone playing might be an easy money maker for me. Perhaps I just need a little more practice.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 21, 2020

    That wasn’t the Blue Danube on the xylophone??
    The ice patch reminds me of riding across a long patch of ice and thinking — I really shouldn’t be here!
    The rail bridge and reflection is one great photo.

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