TIME MARCHES ON … THINGS KEEP CHANGING

It sometimes amazes me how much things change. I was reflecting back on an earlier time (in the 1970s) when I worked at a factory which built what is commonly called “cherry pickers”. A more proper name was mobile aerial work platforms. I knew that sometime after I left there they went out of business. I didn’t know until today that they had filed bankruptcy. I remember the street they were located on and I tried looking the address up on Google Maps street view only to discover there is no trace of them ever existing. All the buildings and parking lots are gone and everything looks entirely different today. It all looks very nice today … far improved over what it looked like back then. It is all past history with nothing to show for it.

Why am I sharing all of this you ask? It has nothing to do with tadpole trikes. And to be honest I don’t know if I can make a connection. I would imagine that there are trails that go thru or by places that have changed drastically over the years. I guess I have seen minor changes but nothing comes to mind which qualifies as major drastic changes here where I live and ride. Well, bite my tongue. I just told a big lie. I forgot about downtown in the city of Fort Wayne. Some major changes have and are happening.

Has the scenery changed over the years where you ride? Where I ride it depends upon where the trail runs. If it is near downtown in the city it has changed considerably and continues to do so as some major construction and development is ongoing. But if the trails are away from the city  things are not as likely to change.

I can honestly say that one thing that has changed is me. I am getting older (almost 75) and this body isn’t as spry as it used to be. It has slowed down some and it can’t take the cold weather as well as it could several years ago. I can remember riding in shorts in temperatures in the 40s. I sure would not do that now.  I used to be a Greenway Ranger … a volunteer helping the city trail management by being their eyes and ears out there on the trails and helping keep the trash cleaned up. I stepped down from that a few years ago. I still do everything I did before with the exception of cleaning up people’s trash. I got tired of that. I am glad to be able to report that the trash problem doesn’t seem to be as bad as it used to be.

Well, like ol’ Forest … “that’s all I’ve got to say about that.” Like another thing that comes to mind … CHANGE HAPPENS!  Hang in there and …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

FREE GIFT awaits you!

Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

One thought on “TIME MARCHES ON … THINGS KEEP CHANGING”

  1. Nice story, I can relate… I’m 80. I lived in the western suburbs of Detroit (Redford d Twp & Plymouth Twp) MI, until the cold biting at my butt moved me to Fort Myers FL in 2001. I’d like to buy a trike due to being over wight and not being able to walk a long distance due too a bad lower back for exercise.

    Other than the one mile square gated community I live in. There are no bike trials, what so ever, in the area of north Fort Myers were I stays at (ghetto speak). In snow bird season, I would be seriously taking my life at risk pedaling in my complex. Off season with a long tall flashing lighted rear antenna and flashing head lights. I might have a chance to survive the senior citizen auto traffic here in my complex. But, it could get real boring being land locked in a one square mile area.

    I have a mid size SUV, so a smaller trike or a folding one would get me to some trails, some where. I just don’t know of any that are available within a reasonable driving distance. I would like the comrade of some fellow riders also. I’ve got some good friends here. But so far I haven’t been able to talk them into buying trikes along with me… I’m itching too pull the trigger though. I’m not getting any younger. And, I have to get rid of this GD weight around my gut!

    Kind regards,
    Rascal

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