am now almost 76 years old so a few years have passed by since my childhood. I grew up in and near Auburn, Indiana in DeKalb County. Every year I anxiously awaited the arrival of the annual free fall fair which takes place in Auburn. It takes place starting the last weekend of September and goes thru the following Sunday for a total of 9 days. As a child I loved the fair … mainly the carnival rides. One memory I have is that there were lots of leaves on the ground every time the fair came around. BUT now that is not the case. The fair has come and gone and the leaves are still on the trees. They have not started to fall off yet. Only a few trees’ leaves have even started to change colors. The annual leaf pickup service the city provides comes around and our leaves are still on the trees. By the time they do fall they are covered with snowfall often times. That never use to happen. Yeppur … something in the weather has changed. The left wing liberals want us to believe their nonsense about global warming.  The holy scriptures are clear … there is nothing new under the sun. What is happening now has happened before. It is not global warming. King Solomon wrote “What has been, it is what will be, And what has been done, it is what will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 Anyway, the leaves are not changing color and falling off the trees as early in the season as they used to years ago.

Why am I sharing all this you ask? Well, simply enough those falling leaves when they do occur end up on the trails and present a problem. They need to be removed. But when they fall later in the season than they used to sometimes they end up being covered with snow before they get removed making it all the more difficult to deal with. The leaves mixed together with snow are heavy making them hard to sweep off or even plow off. Wet leaves are harder to move than dry leaves. Wet leaves stick to the pavement whether it be asphalt or concrete. I personally don’t like riding on a leaf covered trail as they hide the trail making it dangerous.

Of course, a snow covered trail is just as bad. A few years ago I was riding on a snow covered trail in Tillman Park and as I was going around a curve I ended up way off of the trail since I could not tell where it was. The snow hid it. I was probably 45 feet or so off of it before I realized it and had to turn and head back over to where the trail was. It was embarrassing. And the worst of it was I left tracks showing everybody that came along what happened.

The Fall Fair still goes on year after year but I lost interest in it long long ago. Now I would not go to it if someone paid me. I reckon the weather is not the only thing that has changed. I bet I would still love the carnival rides but I don’t know if I could handle them. And it is not likely I will ever find out. I will just stick with my tadpole trike and  ENJOY THE RIDE. It is wild enough at times. So far I have been able to handle it though. And my plan is to …



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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 (

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