New Year’s Day Chimneys

Before I start showing my chimney pictures, I want to acknowledge some of the difficulties some Cycle365-ers have expressed regarding the January Ch-Ch-Chimney Challenge. I also want to provide some relief.

  1. For the folks who might be experiencing some serious anti-bicycling weather, or who might be having their bicycles overhauled this month: Please remember that hiking, skiing, skating, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, and other outdoor activities are not excluded from this challenge.
  2. For the folks who are concerned about my inclusion of “th”, “sh”, “ph”, “wh” and “ch” words, while absent-mindedly neglecting “rh” words: I hereby correct that oversight. Please post your rhino photos.
  3. For those who live in warm climates where chimneys are rare or non-existent: Don’t forget about industrial smokestacks. Or even the exhaust stacks on big trucks. Or even exhaust pipes on automobiles. Or bongs. Or anything at all that spews smoke.
On one of my bike tours, I visited “The World’s Largest Truck Stop” in Iowa. I was fascinated by some of things for sale there, but this exhaust pipe display was the only thing I photographed. Some of the literature called them chimneys, so I guess we can call them chimneys too.


I started riding at 9:30 a.m. and thought I might be the first Cycle365 poster of the year. I should have known better.

It was 9-degrees below zero, with a wind chill factor of 37-degrees below zero. As they do every time this happens, the TV weathermen reminded us that such temperatures can cause frostbite to exposed skin within ten minutes. That’s why I didn’t take my gloves off for too many pictures today. I didn’t ride very far either.

Before heading into the cold, however, I conducted my annual science experiment from my back porch. For some reason I think making one’s own cloud from a pot of boiling water is really cool.

These chimneys are working overtime on a national holiday to keep the middle school warm.

My hands were already cold when I stopped for this picture.

Chimneys like this one are a telltale sign of a house that burns firewood for heat. (That stack of firewood behind the house is another sign.)

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 "New Year’s Day Chimneys"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: January 1, 2022

    I really like those truck stop chimneys. Very brave of you to capture any chimneys in that weather! We had 57 F today and sun!

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

    “It was 9-degrees below zero, with a wind chill factor of 37-degrees below zero”

    Dang!!! That bring to mind several metaphors involving brass monkeys, witches, and well diggers in the Klondike!

    Beware of the people in the little white van with the jacket with the reallllllllllllly long sleeves!!

    A quick look at Santa Rosa’s weather shows some pretty frigid temperatures — for California.

    Other than that, always fun to see the boiling water fling, and great chimney photos.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: January 1, 2022

    Yep, too cold. Full-stop.

    That is a very broad definition of chimney – I always thought of exhaust stacks as… exhaust stacks. I suppose they are a specific type of chimney? We have more flues than chimneys in my town I think – more people have wood burning heaters than a traditional fireplace in homes built after the 1940s or so.

    Good to see the fresh dump of snow, though!

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