It is that time of year … the time when those of us who live in places where Autumn occurs and the leaves change to beautiful colors. Riding our trikes at this time of year is always special I think. I don’t have to go anywhere to see them as they are right in my front yard. Here are some of the Autumn colors out in my front yard:
I have red maple and red oak trees and burning bushes.
Still there are so many beautiful trees, bushes, shrubs, etc. out there to behold beyond my front yard and I really enjoy getting out there each Fall and seeing them. One of the best ways to do this is by riding my tadpole trike.
The lovely Fall colors don’t last however and before long they change more and fall off of the trees piling up on the ground where we must then deal with them. (Many people remove them while others mulch them. Still others do nothing. For what it is worth I don’t believe in removing them as God designed fallen leaves to decay and fertilize the soil. Instead foolish man hauls them away to a landfill paying lots of money to do so. Then many people pay out more money to have dangerous chemicals sprayed/spread onto their yards. I won’t say anything more. I personally mulch them and it works out great.)
Riding along a trail or road covered with leaves can be challenging and a bit dangerous as one can not see the edge of the pavement and can easily ride off it and get into trouble, especially if there is a drop off. That can be really dangerous on a bicycle.
Fortunately on a tadpole trike it is a bit safer. Never the less we need to be careful how we handle the situation or we could find ourselves over on our side or even upside down in some of those leaves or anything else that might be off to the side of the trail. So if you find yourself riding along and suddenly your front wheel goes off of the edge of the pavement be careful when you attempt to get back up onto the pavement. I already touched on the subject of tipping over. Besides that you can damage your tire if things go wrong. And some tires damage more easily than others depending upon how they are made and the material they are made of.
(Yeah, ( know … that is a Spring picture)
Some trails and roads are just downright enticing …
… while the views off to the sides of both trails and roads can be breathtaking.
As awesome as it all is be safe out there. Don’t get so caught up in taking in all that beauty that you do something careless which results in an accident. If there is a safe place to stop and take it all in that would be the safest way to go about it.
Only God can create such awesome beauty and it is so important that we recognize this and give Him the praise, thanksgiving and glory due Him alone. As I ride along one of these enticing trails I like having communion with my Creator and telling Him how awesome He is.
If you don’t happen to live in a place where you have this beautiful annual transformation of the seasons in some ways I feel sorry for you. But then again you probably don’t have what follows this awesome beauty to contend with either. It too can be very pretty, but it is not so pleasant to be out in it, especially when it is bitter cold and the snow is wet and deep. It is at this time I am somewhat envious of those who don’t deal with these four seasons.
I try to ride year round, but when it gets too cold and/or too much snow to deal with I stay home. I keep hearing that this is going to be another very cold nasty winter which will be the third one in a row. I was hoping for a mild winter so I could …
KEEP ON TRIKIN’