Infamous Thug hijacks famous giraffe!

Taking his fixation on harassing helpless critters to a whole new level, the Musclebound Thug puts on his Stetson and goes for a joyride on Garmina the giraffe, who does her very best to buck the big bully off

As I was pondering what to doodle next in the ongoing saga of my dimwitted Musclebound Thug, it suddenly occurred to me that the road I ride to create the top of the Thug’s bulging thigh is the same road I used for Garmina the giraffe’s back when I doodled her way back in February 2015. So I got to wondering…would it be possible to combine the routes of two of my favourite doodles into one huge and hilarious episode in the Musclebound Thug series?

As it turned out, the fit was incredibly close…but not perfect. I had to make some adjustments to Garmina’s rear end, lengthening it a tad so that the Thug was clearly riding her and not doing something obscene! This impelled me to give her a new tail and change the configuration of her back legs. Making it look like she was trying to buck the big bully off just made sense.

Taking his fixation on harassing helpless critters to a whole new level, the Musclebound Thug puts on his Stetson and goes for a joyride on Garmina the giraffe, who does her very best to buck the big bully off by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art animals wildlife muscles

Poor Garmina! The Musclebound Thug – such a bully! – should just buck off.

The ride itself was exhausting. The actual doodle added up to 135.8 km (84.4 mi), with an additional 40 km (25 mi) for some dot-connecting in Garmina’s lower extremities plus some on-the-fly troubleshooting/redesigning when I hit an unexpected road closure nearly 100 km (62 mi) into the ride!

Shortly after I uploaded my doodle, Strava tweeted this flattering Tweet.

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The ongoing antics of a tail-tugging Thug

Musclebound Thug monkeys arounds…much to the dismay of a hungry little monkey

Musclebound Thug goes bananas for long tails. After his epic fail in tail-tugging a few days ago, the big ape got down to monkey business. And what better way to lure an unsuspecting monkey than to don a fez and pose as a cute and innocent organ grinder monkey. Cheeky!

Exasperated by detachable tails, Musclebound Thug dons his favourite fez and wraps his hairy knuckles ’round a prehensile tail instead, making an unlucky monkey drop his yummy banana by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art monkey animals wildlife

Exasperated by detachable tails, Musclebound Thug dons his favourite fez and wraps his hairy knuckles ’round a prehensile tail instead, making an unlucky monkey drop his yummy banana

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Guess who’s back [hint: he’s a thug]

Musclebound Thug is back…with a quirky little zoology lesson

It’s no secret that Musclebound Thug likes catching reptiles by the tail. (It’s a #thuglife thing – something that titillates his puny reptilian brain.) But today, his antics got interrupted by an unexpected lesson in zoology.

MT’s twisted tale of tail twisting came to an end courtesy of an odd little phenomenon called “caudal autotomy” – a lizard’s ability of shed part of its tail structure to free itself from predators. Better luck next time, MT!

While indulging his fondness for catching reptiles by their tails, Musclebound Thug gets foiled by a wily lizard’s ‘caudal autotomy’ by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art lizard zoology wildlife

While indulging his fondness for catching reptiles by their tails, Musclebound Thug gets foiled by a wily lizard’s ‘caudal autotomy’

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Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling…

…from east to west, and down the streets of town.

My wife’s cousin Claire plays the bagpipes.

She recently did me a huge favour. When I asked what I could do to repay her, she said simply, “Doodle me some bagpipes.” To which I – oblivious to just how strange and complicated the bagpipes actually are – said “No problem!”

Well, it took a couple tries (my first attempt ended in tears when I found myself off-course more than 30 kilometres into my doodle – see the second image below), but I finally got ‘er done…

Scottish bagpipes by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity music musical instrument Highland Highlands the pipes

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Bagpipes fail

My first attempt at doodling bagpipes ended in disaster and boo-hoo-hoos. Attempt #2 was a resounding success.

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#MSbike

This morning, as thanks for my invitation from the MS Society of Canada to participate in this year’s Scotiabank MS Bike Cowichan Valley Grape Escape, I doodled #endMS. This afternoon I popped out and doodled another of the fundraising initiative’s hashtags: #MSbike.

Following are the Strava fly-bys (at 180x actual speed) that show how these doodles took shape…

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It’s time to #endMS

Yesterday, I received an invitation to ride along on the Scotiabank MS Bike Cowichan Valley Grape Escape – a fundraising ride organized by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

An estimated 100,000 Canadians live with MS – an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that can cause extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Currently there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it.

I’m honoured to be invited to participate!

#endMS by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity #MSbike multiple sclerosis MS Society of Canada Cowichan Valley Grape Escape 2016

On Saturday, July 23, I’ll be riding along on the Scotiabank MS Bike Cowichan Valley Grape Escape – a fundraising event aimed at ending a disease that afflicts some 100,000 Canadians

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Another Olympic doodle: #OlympicPeace

A couple weeks ago, this tweet from the IOC (@Olympics) came across my Twitter feed.

Beyond being moved by the message, I was vaguely aware that the form of the dove would nestle nicely into the cityscape of Victoria. And voila…#OlympicPeace!

#Olympicpeace by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Rio de Janeiro IOC International Olympic Committee Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games 2016

You can create your own Olympic peace dove at olympic.org/peace/#/ …or just get on your bike and GPS doodle one!

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