We have just had a bunch of rain which means one thing … trails flooded over … which means one thing … BOO HOO! At least it is not as bad as it was a few years ago when I filmed this video.
It happens all too frequently and gets old for sure. Personally I think it is a bad idea to build trails along rivers. Two things for sure about all that water … it is wet and it is cold. Oh, and three more things … it is muddy, messy and very slippery. However, that is what we have and must constantly deal with. I do my best to deal with it and …
I remember growing up we had the beautiful Autumn leaves by late September and a lot of them were already fallen off of the trees. This is a month later (late October) and the Autumn colors are just now starting to change. Most trees are still quite green. What’s going on? No, I don’t believe in what they are calling Climate Change as it is a lie with an agenda behind it. I do believe in periods of earth’s history where the weather has changed … warming up and cooling down. Remember … there is nothing new under the sun. It has happened before and it will happen again.
What does this have to do with tadpole trikes you ask? Absolutely nothing. The only connection I can make to it is the fact that I am not enjoying seeing those beautiful colors as I am out there riding. And I truly miss them. By the time the leaves have made their annual change of color it will be later in the season and colder … at least that is my guess. It is already cooling off to where it is uncomfortable out there if one isn’t bundled up sufficiently. And I have made the mistake 2 or 3 times of not being dressed warm enough to be comfortable while out riding. I am doing something about that as it is no fun riding and being cold.
Maybe where you are what I am saying does not apply. Perhaps your leaves are already changed at their normal schedule and the colder weather either hasn’t happened yet or it has happened and you are dealing with it. I know some riders quit early in the season and put their trikes away until sometime next Spring. Not me, I try to keep riding thruout the winter. I am not thrilled with dealing with winter and it is getting harder for me as I get older. But I am still trying to keep on trikin’. And yes, I know there are some of you who don’t deal with any of this … no Autumn leaves, no cold weather, no snow, no ice, no freezing rain. Winter season is the only time I am envious. You get to keep on trikin’ while I may have to quit for awhile until the weather improves.
Whether I have pretty leaves to look at or not I am hopefully going to …
TerraTrike is coming out with a new model they call Spyder. Using their own words to describe it .. “designed for performance, the Spyder is stiffer and aerodynamic where it needs to be for acceleration and sustained speed, and yet compliant for comfort. All elements of the trike converge to deliver a performance machine which will satisfy your inner speed freak.” It will be interesting to see how this model measures up. I see it has a 19 foot turning diameter.
This model costs almost $4000. For that amount of investment one could get a much higher quality better engineered trike such as a Catrike. It says it is designed for sustained speed.
On the home stretch of my ride today I was on a wide sidewalk near the VA Hospital where they have major construction going on. They have a temporary fence erected along the sidewalk I was on. I am calling it a sidewalk but the city of Fort Wayne calls it a trail. To me at best it is a “glorified sidewalk”. There is no way I could ever call it a trail.
Anyway, as I was riding along I could see for quite a distance that there was no one else around me I was sharing the trail with so I was glancing around as I rode along just seeing what I could see. As I rode along I looked back ahead of me just in time to see a wooden pallet laying down on the sidewalk blocking off a fair amount of it. Thankfully I was able to miss it. There was a second pallet laying down just a few more yards past the first one.
I was quite fortunate to have seen them in time. If I would have hit either one it could have really messed up my day. Both of the pallets had been leaning up against the fence for the last few days. Somebody purposely and maliciously laid them down. I don’t know why they were on that side of the fence to begin with. All of the construction, supplies and equipment were being stored on the other side of the fence. There was no reason for them to be on the outside of the fence.
It indeed can be dangerous out there and flirting with things rather than paying close attention can be disastrous. We all want to …
Ambassadors … we need more of them. You can be a self appointed ambassador for tadpole trikes and bike trails. All it requires is a passion within you which drives you to share and be a representative unto others. You can do this in everyday life … every where you go … every time you go out riding. One of the ways I like to serve or function as an ambassador is to help others learn our local trails. Although admittedly I enjoy checking out new (to me) trails sometimes trails are not very well marked making it difficult for those unfamiliar with them to successfully ride them. As someone who is extremely familiar with our trail system here in Fort Wayne, Indiana I can be of much help to those riding our trails for the first time. I have long offered my service in this matter and a few people have accepted my offer. Tomorrow I plan on doing so again with a tadpole trike rider coming to Fort Wayne wanting to ride our trails. I know that there are many of you who already do this. As they say “down under” … good on you.
I just got home from a 51.41 mile ride on this day … what looks to be summer’s last hooray. The high temperature today is forecast for 82. It was another beautiful day for trike riding in northern Indiana, Fort Wayne to be exact. The 10 day weather forecast shows lower temperatures … still nice weather but no more 80s. That is fine with me as I prefer it lower than 80. I will have to say that as am getting older the 80s don”t effect me like they did when I was a few years younger. I wore a sweatshirt all day today while riding and was quite comfortable with it on. A few years ago I would have been quite miserable … way to warm. I took the sweatshirt off upon coming home. It is pretty breezy outside today . The 15 mph wind plus my 20 plus mph trike speed is enough where the sweatshirt feels good. Fall weather is almost here. I look forward to the pretty Autumn leaves but I sure don’t look forward to what follows … winter. Come winter I will be missing summer. Definitely Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons for riding. Winter, of course, is my least favorite. I try to …
KEEP ON TRIKIN’
but is gets rather difficult and unenjoyable when it gets cold. I am not a fan of indoor stationary exercise so riding outdoors is the only option for me.
Being already blind in one eye it is most important that I protect my only good eye. I always wear safety glasses while riding. Yesterday while out riding I had a face to face encounter with a fair size grasshopper. I saw it, I heard it and I felt it. WHAM! It struck me hard right in the center of my eye glasses over my good eye. I was fine. I don’t know how the grasshopper faired as I never saw him again. All I know is the eyeglasses saved me. If I had not been wearing them that hard impact would have been to my eye. It might have been disastrous … taking out my eye.
Recently there was a news story about a 2 x 4 board coming thru the windshield of a woman’s car. Years ago I had a 2 x 4 come thru the windshield of my Harley Davidson motorcycle. It came off of a trailer being towed by a dump truck in the north Georgia mountains. The 2 x 4 was about 12 to 16 inches long. It was slowed down a little bit by my windshield but it continued on and struck me in the face. My helmet stopped the worst of the impact but my nose got struck hard. The 2 x 4 had turned sideways so that helped. It still hurt a lot! Had it not turned sideways it probably would have killed me or at least knocked me out causing me to wreck. Fortunately I quickly recovered and after pulling over and stopping to “collect myself” I turned around and chased after the truck. I eventually caught up with him just as he was pulling off of the highway stopping at his place of business. I confronted the driver about what had happened. He was in total denial saying there was no way it could have come from his trailer. I had seen it so I know it did. It cost me a small fortune to replace the broken windshield. I was most thankful that it wasn’t any worse than it was. I had an angel watching over me that day.
We just never know what may happen while we are riding along. We only have one pair of eyes and they can be seriously damaged in an instant.
BTW, the eye glasses in the picture above are not the ones I wear. Mine are wrap around type which also offer side protection. Here is a picture of the ones I wear.
EYE PROTECTION — DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT! (You only have one set of eyes and once injured … well …)