WHAT IS THE TRUTH?

WHAT IS THE TRUTH? The truth is not difficult to acquire. First of all Jesus said of Himself … “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN CAN COME TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME.” The WORD OF GOD is one of the many names of Jesus. TRUTH is found in the holy scriptures as God can not lie. One of the truly extraordinary things found in God’s Word is prophecy. Prophecy is foretelling of future events. Much prophecy was written about the End Times. Prophecy was given to us not to scare us but to prepare us. If you listen to/read only what the main stream news media puts out you will be totally misinformed and mislead. You will be deceived. President Donald Trump knows the truth and he knows that the main stream news media lie to us big time. That is why he refers to them as “FAKE NEWS!!”

Let’s take a look at some End Time Bible Prophecy and then check out what is going on in this world we live in. One of the key things the Bible tells us will happen the End Times is that a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, A ONE WORLD RELIGION, A ONE WORLD SYSTEM will come into place. Anyone who takes an open honest look around can see that all this is shaping up … falling into place. It is all coming together. Global Elitist who are super rich and powerful are behind what is happening. They have a 16 year plan they are working to accomplish their goal. They made great headway when their puppetman, Barack Obama was in office. They were all set to continue, believing that Hillary Clinton would follow Obama, when they got a big surprise. Donald Trump won the Presidency and immediately started reversing everything these evil people had done and put into place. And we reaped the rewards as he worked hard making America Great Again!

Pres. Trump loves America and he knows what is going on … what their agenda is and how they are going about it. They fought him in every way they could falsely accusing him, attacking him, and doing all they could trying to defeat him … all without success. Finally when he easily won his 2nd term election they cheated big time and stole that away from him. They got another puppetman in the oval office and immediately started undoing all the good things Pres. Trump had done. Their goal is to get back on course and schedule.

They had to act fast so they devised a plan to totally derail the world and gain much control. They own and control the main stream news media they use it to lie to us and convince us of those things they want us to believe. In order for them to take control they must get us to do whatever they want. So they purposely turned a biological warfare agent lose upon the world. We know it as Covid 19. It is real enough but what we have been told about it is 99 % lies.

Wow! Where do I begin? First off, it is not nearly as dangerous as what we are being told. It has a 99.97 % survival rate among healthy people so it certainly is not all that dangerous. They tell us it is but they are lying. There are known cures available but the powers that be quickly moved and stopped the availability of any and all of them. We are dealing with very evil people!

We are told we must wear masks to protect ourselves and others. There is absolutely no science behind this. The truth is none of these masks can stop a virus. A virus easily and readily passes right thru them. Wearing a mask is actually very unhealthy. Again, these people don’t care about our health and well being. This all about their control over us … seeing just what they can get us to do and get us accustomed to obeying them.

What about the vaccine? A virus that has a 99.97 % survival rate as well as known cures does not need a vaccine. So why is there such a push for a vaccine? I will clue you in … it has nothing to do with preventing anyone from getting Covid 19. The global elitists have told us their plan and part of that plan is to greatly reduce the world population … to a more “manageable number”. Again, we are not being told the truth. Many many people who have received the vaccination have already had problems. They have gotten seriously sick. Tens of thousands around the world have died already. You won’t hear about it on the Fake News. Of course, anyone who reports the truth is accused of spreading false information. These evil people hire more evil people who claim they have checked the facts and side with the main stream news accusing those telling the truth of lying.

At this point I want to share this … my wife is originally from a small island in the Philippines. Because it is small it is more less impossible to hide what is going on. Many people on that island have received the vaccine and many of them have already died. My wife is in communication with several people from that island so she keeps informed about all of this. I have read that it is expected that within 2 years time those who have received the vaccine will be dead. I hope it is not true, but it would not surprise me. God is able to prevent this. I am not saying He will, but I know He can. We have a pastor friend on that small island in the Philippines who received the vaccine and then got deathly sick. Many people prayed for him. He has survived. He is the only one known on that island to have survived after the vaccine brought them down.

Fear and intimidation is what the global elitists are using to try to control people. Thru the main stream news media they lie to us causing people to believe that this virus … now saying it is a variant which is much much worse than the original. Personally I don’t believe any of it. I think all the reports about the number of cases and seriousness is all hog wash … nothing but lies. They want people to be fearful and so scared and convinced that they can control everyone.

The interesting thing about all of this is how inconsistent their information is. They keep changing what they say all the time. If they were simply telling the truth they would not be doing this.

The more people don’t buy into their lies and follow them in obedience the more we can interfere with their plan and schedule. They were already set back 4 years thanks to Pres. Trump. There is a lot to learn and understand about all that is going on. However you sure won’t learn it listening to the FAKE NEWS. I don’t think they are capable of reporting the truth.

Lastly, I want to state very clearly that there is only one way to escape being a victim caught up in what lies ahead. These evil people will eventually achieve their goal and it will eventually usher in the return of Jesus to this earth. He is coming to straighten it all out and set up His government. However, I must warn you before that happens He has prophesied that He is coming back in righteous anger to deal with all who have rejected Him not obeying the gospel message and receiving the salvation He alone offers.

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

CROSSWALKS AND THE LAW

Do crosswalks scare and concern you like they do me? I nearly got hit today crossing a busy street while using the crosswalk. Here in Indiana where I live the law for motorists concerning crosswalks is a joke. Rarely does anyone pays any attention to the law requiring motorists to yield to those who are in the crosswalks. Even the police pay no attention to the law. I had sat there waiting and waiting for the traffic to clear so I could safely cross the street. Nobody stopped to let me cross. Finally the way appeared clear and I took off. The next thing I knew a pickup truck came speeding along headed right for me. I never saw it before I started to cross. I threw up my arm signalling for him to stop but he just kept coming getting dangerously close to me. He slowed down a little but wasn’t about to stop. He steered over at the side of the street to avoid hitting me. Once he got passed me he zoomed off on his way. Like I said, the law doesn’t mean a thing. It gets old and I can’t help but wonder why drivers get away from it … why the law is not enforced. I say if it is not going to be enforced then get rid of it. I think it is high time arrests are made and that they really crack down on it. As a teenager growing up I rarely had gone far from home. Then I joined the Navy and upon arriving out in California I saw the police really enforcing crosswalk laws. I was amazed thinking “What’s wrong with Indiana that they don’t do this?” I was truly impressed with California. That was back in the 1960s and 1970s. I don’t know how it is now.

Many trails cross roads and often times there are crosswalks there. I have found these to be especially dangerous. Some motorists do stop to allow trail users to cross. That is appreciated but there is a problem … a bad problem. They stop but other motorists don’t. Whether coming from the opposite direction or the same direction. The trail user faces morons that not only don’t slow up but they actually go over into another lane to go around the car or truck that stopped to allow the trail user to cross. It is so dangerous. People are nuts! When a motorist does the right thing yielding to those in crosswalks other motorist  get mad honking their horns at them and yelling at them before tearing around them truly endangering anyone who might be crossing the road. So I have learned to be extremely careful when someone does stop to allow me to cross.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedestrian_crossing

WHY DID THE PLAINTIFF CROSS THE ROAD? Understanding Pedestrian and Crosswalk Laws in All 50 States

https://www.bikeleague.org/StateBikeLaws

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CYCLING OVER 80 WITH A RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE

 

Although my dad never rode my homemade recumbent bike he did pose on it for a picture. He was in his late 80s then. He remained active into his early 80s but didn’t do much after that. Truthfully I think he wore himself out physically caring for my mother. He lived another 9 years past her passing at 84. He was 93 when he died. I would have loved to see him on a tadpole trike but alas it never happened. It would have been great riding together.

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I have a brother in law who is now about 88. A few years ago after my sister died he talked to me about getting a tadpole trike and riding with me. That would have been neat but it never happened. He has some physical issues preventing him from pursuing it.

I am 74  1/2 now. I hope to be riding in my 80s if I am still kicking. That being said, I have noticed some significant changes as to my physical body over the last few years. Oh, I am still riding nearly everyday and I am still riding 30 to 50 miles or so each time I am out. However, it comes harder than it used to. So I am rather certain that I will be riding less distance and maybe not everyday But I do hope to … KEEP ON TRIKIN’.

Here is a video on the subject of riding in the 80s:

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THE WORLD IN TURMOIL

While out riding yesterday I was truly enjoying the great Indiana weather and thankful unto the Lord for another beautiful day the Lord Jesus had created. The temperature was around 70 degrees and the sky was blue with only a few small clouds. One could not ask for better weather. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride. Later after getting back home I was watching the news and they were talking about the haze over most of the United States created by the many wildfires burning in the western U.S. And they advised people to stay indoors as the smoke causing all the haze is very unhealthy to breathe in.

And then there is all the horrific flooding going on in Europe. And there is usually various storm damage going on in many different locations. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes take their toll as well.

Lastly, there are many places where war and civil unrest are going on so that it is unsafe to venture out.  All of this and more effect our ability and opportunity to RIDE BOLDLY RIDE and being out ENJOYING THE RIDE’.

Again, here where I live nothing has happened to change anything. I am out riding nearly every day. All I have to deal with is some of the trails closing due to river flooding and nasty slippery sticky mud left behind when the flood water subsides. I just have to wait awhile until it is all cleaned up and the trails are reopened. That can take quite awhile sometimes. Even so I am still able to ride as other trails are still open and available. And there are always streets and roads I can ride if it comes to that.

Reflecting upon all the turmoil in this world we live in I find I have so very much to be thankful for. Lord, help me this day and always to have a truly thankful heart and to always remember that every good gift comes from Your hand.

Yesterday as I was out riding I stopped for lunch and enjoyed some delicious food and great music the restaurant was playing. Many restaurants play music that make me want to leave the premises and take away from a pleasant dining experience. It cries out … “MARANATHA:”. Until then my plan is to …

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By the way, did you know that all of these things I mentioned going on are prophesied in God’s Word (the Bible) to be happening in the Last Days? Jesus is coming back soon and boy is He mad. That is prophesied too.

PRACTICING PATIENCE WHILE WAITING ON A TRIKE ON ORDER

Most of us know that this PLANdemic (not pandemic) has made a big mess of lots of things in life. Bike shops are struggling to get bicycles, trikes and all sorts of accessories delivered in a timely fashion once ordered. I was in my local Catrike dealer the other day. They not only don’t have any Catrikes available to display but because they don’t and because it will be awhile before anymore come in they removed the display racks. They have several different models on order but it will be a long time before any arrive. So as frustrating and aggravating as all this is it all comes down to practicing patience … as hard as that is to do. It helps to have a trike to ride while waiting on a new one to come in. Such is the case for David. He is waiting on a new trike he ordered.

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OVER 96,000 MILES AND COUNTING … A TRIBUTE TO CATRIKE QUALITY

I bought my Catrike Trail new back in 2009. Now, some 12 years later I have over 96,000 miles on it. And I am elated to be able to report that it is  like new as far as mechanically. I would not be afraid to start off on a world tour on it just as it is. So I don’t mid tooting their horn. They make an excellent product.

That does not mean that there isn’t room for improvement. I have had problems with their wheels not holding up to what they go thru here where I live and ride. Between bad pot holes and bumps all three of the Catrike wheels have been destroyed. I replaced them with more Catrike wheels only to have them destroyed even quicker than the original ones. So I stopped buying the Catrike wheels and bought some heavy duty BMX rims and had my local bike shop lace my hubs into them. The BMX wheels have held up great and I no longer have spoke breakage problems like I did with the Catrike wheels.

My 2009 frame

 

Other than the wheels I can’t say that I have had any other issues which come to mind. Of course, I have experienced the usual … various components wearing out such as tires, wheel and headset bearings, brake pad and rotors, shifters, derailleurs, chains and sprockets wearing out, etc. Even so most of these have lasted incredibly long … far beyond their expected life.

About 4 years after buying my 2009 model I discovered a hairline crack alongside of the weld on the bottom side of the crossmember. I am a highly experienced and accomplished weldor so I knew what I was up against. The weld could fail anytime or it could last for many years. Catrike warranted the frame so I contacted them about it sending them pictures to show them what I was talking about.

In my opinion I think they should also have placed a gusset on that side like they did the other side.

Anyway, they replaced the frame under warranty. However, they no longer offered the space frame like my 2009 model had. They sent their new frame which was a 2013 model. I don’t like the new frame and ever since I got it I have wondered if I should have taken my chances on that weld and kept the 2009 frame. Too late now.

For what it is worth I have never seen any pictures of a Catrike with a broken frame. I certainly have seen pictures of other brands with broken frames. In all the years I have been following and reporting on tadpole trikes I have never heard of a Catrike with a broken frame. I would guess that they exist, but it is interesting that I have not seen or heard of any.

My 2013 frame

 

I am sold on Catrike. I don’t think there is a better tadpole trike made regardless of the cost. And I don’t think there is a better engineered tadpole trike. There is one competitor which I won’t name other than to say they claim to have inspired engineering. Their trikes are quite expensive but in my opinion Catrike is much better engineered and built. I would not trade my one Catrike for three of their models of my choice unless I would be allowed to sell them and buy what I want.

Thru the years I have made changes adding and removing various stuff. Here is a picture of my trike with a canopy I had just installed on it. I also have a hub motor in the rear wheel and two batteries.

I have never owned any brand than Catrike but I have ridden a few other brands. It is a clear choice for me.  Now if I could just figure out what they were thinking when they name it. I am referring to the spelling. I know it is pronounced CAT TRIKE, but it sure isn’t spelled that way. CAT RIKE … CA TRIKE. Several times I have seen people spell it CATTRIKE. I wonder why Catrike didn’t do that. But no, they spelled it ….

 

… just to mess with our minds, me thinks. Hey, whatever you ride and whether you can spell it or not …

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CUSTOM MADE SAFETY FLAGS

Custom made safety flags seem to be popular and in demand. There are only a few sources I have heard of for them and I am not sure they are all still around. One of them I know that is is Lewis Ballie. You can visit his Facebook page HERE.

HERE is another source of custom flags.  And HERE is another one.  HERE is another one. Although I abhor the name ‘Devil Woman’ this flag maker chose I will include her HERE. In doing an online search for custom made recumbent flags I was surprised to discover how many search results turned up. These I have linked to are only a few of them.

And HERE is a website I recommend concerning safety flags. I fully agree with what they say. High visibility colors and lots of movement are required for a good safety flag. If a flag can’t be readily seen and attract attention it is worthless and serves no purpose. I see flags that can barely be seen up close much less farther away. I have had people tell me they saw my flags from over a half mile away.

I know that there are those who won’t use safety flags. They make ridiculous excuses like “a flag slows me down” or “I don’t like to hear the flapping”.  I would rather ride .5 mph slower while being seen then living dangerously not being seen. And I love hearing the flags flapping as I know they are doing their job keeping me safe.

Yes, I know there are lights … something I also highly recommend in addition to the safety flags. I have very bright flashing taillights and headlights which can be seen far off, but I have had people tell me that they saw my flags before they saw my lights.

Being seen will help us to …

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WHO NEEDS E-MOTOR ASSIST?

The picture above is meant to be funny but it is all too real for some of us, myself included. If I ride without the aid of a motor trail walkers literally pass me by oftentimes. It is rather embarrassing. So I can truthfully say that I need and appreciate having e-motor assist. I just don’t have much strength and stamina in my knee joints. The other day I was riding alongside of my wife who was walking. She challenged me to a race (without the use of my motor) even though she was not in shape to run. She took off and got out ahead of me. I worked hard pushing on the pedals and managed to catch up to her and pass her only to hear her accuse me of using my motor which I didn’t. Yes, I beat her but I paid for it. My knees hurt the rest of the day and I was just starting my ride. I will not do that again.

Yesterday I bought a small jar of pain relieving ointment and applied it to one knee before going riding today. Much to my surprise and delight it did help. Actually I bought the ointment not so much for the ointment in the small jar but rather I bought it for the small jar itself. I want to use it to put some Watkins salve in once I empty the ointment out of it. I lost my small “tin” of the salve awhile back. I like to carry it with me at all times. I have a large size tin of the salve to use to fill the small jar. I may be emptying the pain relieving ointment quicker than expected now that I know it works as well as it does. I am still not going to have any more races with my wife or anyone else. I am just too old and out of shape. Well, I am not really out of shape. Round is a shape!

Anyway, my point is some of us really do need and benefit greatly by having e-motor assist. Without a motor helping me I ride very slow and not very far and I hurt bad as a result. It is misery for me and no longer enjoyable like it used to be. With a motor helping me I can ride much faster  … 15 to 25 mph … and much farther … 40 to 50 miles or more … and it is all fun once again.

A second point is sometimes we should not listen to our wives as it just leads to problems and trouble. But hey, I did beat her! Just don’t ask me if it was worth it. 🙂

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WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA

am sure many of you have seen the Colonial Penn Life Insurance TV commercials where they use these words — woulda, coulda and shoulda . It kinda catches your attention. For me it has stuck with me enough that it is what has come to mind in writing another article for this blog. Woulda, coulda and shoulda are short for would have, could have and should have. Thinking of these words what comes to mind mostly is regret — wishing I had made a different choice or done something differently. Many people buy trikes only to regret that they didn’t buy a better one or one with more gears or an internal hub instead of a derailleur. Another thing that comes to mind is riding — I whoulda ridden further, I coulda ridden further, I shoulda ridden further. What I have left out thus far is what follows these words and that is “but”. When the word but is added it is excuse time where we try to defend ourselves. We make excuses as to why we made an unwise decision or choice or failed to do something. Hopefully when it comes to the matter of decisions and choices we learn from it. As to an excuse for not riding farther it can be quite legitimate and acceptable but it can also be lame and unacceptable. Well, I probably woulda come up with more for this posting than what I did. I would like to think that I coulda come up with more. And if I woulda I shoulda. Yep, woulda, coulda and shoulda apply to lots of things. And before some of you leave a comment I will say it for you. You probably woulda found something better to do with your time than read thru this. You certainly coulda found something else to do. Had you known you probably shoulda found something else to do. Hey, you can blame me. I will work as an excuse. Anyway …

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All this woulda, coulda and shoulda stuff brings to mind this song by my favorite quartet …

 

CELEBRATING FREEDOM

We have so much to be thankful for when it comes to our cherished freedom. Thanks to all of those who have made it possible.

 

And here is some special music for the occasion …

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from the One Who gave us our ultimate freedom and blessings. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. John 8:36