FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR COMRADERY & HELPFUL INFORMATION & INTERACTION

Finding a Facebook Group about recumbent tadpole trikes is about like trying to find a cold medication at the pharmacy. There are just so many to select from one is overwhelmed. And, of course, some are better than others. Some are far better while some are not so good. I am not here to make recommendations or rate any of these groups. Obviously it is not practical to join a whole lot of them. One thing I will say … just because one group has over 7000 members while another group only has 123 members is not necessarily a sure way to select a group. One would think it would be and should be but my experience tells me otherwise.  One thing I have learned the administrator(s)/moderator(s) make a big difference. I quit one group because I could not tolerate the lousy job the administrator was doing. I found I had no use for the guy. Constantly butting heads with him I finally had enough. I miss the group but I sure don’t miss him. Facebook groups need rules that everybody needs to abide by. There are always those who won’t and don’t obey the rules and thus cause problems for the group. A good administrator stays on top of this and disciplines members or removes them from membership. In these groups one will find seasoned knowledgeable experienced trike riders who can and do share what they know with others who are newbies or just not as experienced and knowledgeable. Those who have questions and issues can get help in these groups. I highly recommend joining a few. I have two Facebook groups I have started concerning tadpole trikes. I even have a third group which is on Cloudhub which is an alternative to Facebook. Cloudhub just never caught on. My Cloudhub Recumbent Trikes Group only has 4 members. My first Facebook group I started years ago was Tadpole Rider Group. It quickly grew to the second largest FB groups about recumbent trikes. Due to health reasons at the time I made the decision to shut it down. Years later the health issue no longer existed and I made the decision to restart it. This time around, however, it never took off like it did the first time. Over the last few weeks it (Tadpole Rider Group)  has doubled in membership but still it is only about 283 as I type this. There would be more but one ongoing problem I am experiencing is that several of those wanting to join are not answering the two vetting questions as well as agreeing to obey the group rules. Without this they won’t be approved to join. I hate turning away people who want to join but it is necessary to have these questions to help weed out SPAMMERS, ROBOTS and other unwanted applicants. If you are a Facebook user and don’t belong to a FB trike group at this time I invite you to look into it. You can simply do a search on FB for recumbent trike groups. Enjoy the interaction with fellow trikers. And most certainly …

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THANKS FOR SWEETHEARTS

Hey, it is that time … sweethearts day. Why we observe it in mid winter instead of during nice weather I don’t understand. This picture shown above isn’t possible around here where I live. The snow and ice on the ground won’t permit it. So we must come up with other ways to observe Valentine’s Day. Even if we could ride on trikes riding side by side on a trail can cause issues for other trail users.

Even riding side by side on the same trike could be a problem as the trike may be too wide. It is a nice thought though.

This might work but it is not a trike … and no smoochin’ on this machine. Hopefully these two are not sweethearts. And thankfully these two below are. Otherwise I would probably have a black eye and large bump on my head.

I would rather smooch with my sweetheart inside anyway. Hope you have a happy sweetheart’s day.

And try to  …

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IN OBSERVATION OF MLK JR HOLIDAY

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note- My apologies for the appearance of this post. I worked hard to lay it all out right but for some reason it refuses to post the way I have it laid out. The video I have embedded is suppose to appear much further below but it is clear at the top blocking the title of the post. No matter what I attempt to do it won’t change.  BTW, the title of this posting is OBSERVING MLK  jr HOLIDAY.
 
The city in which I live, Fort Wayne, Indiana, was built on the confluence of 3 rivers. The St. Joe River  flows in from the north. The St. Marys River flows in from the south and then turns east and joins up with the St. Joe River where it continues east and the name is changed to the Maumee River. Our original trail system was built alongside of these three rivers and is called the Rivergreenway.  Of course, having rivers means having bridges to cross the rivers. Traffic flow into and out of a city with rivers is limited by the number of bridges available. One of our main north-south streets underwent closing the bridge several years ago to totally rebuild it. Of course, that was a major inconvenience but once the project was completed and the new bridge was opened for use it got everybody’s vote of approval. The new bridge is quite nice. It was dedicated to the late Martin L. King, Jr.
 
Here is a video of a tadpole trike ride over the bridge and thru  the east side of Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. Several of Mr. King’s quotes are displayed along the length of the bridge.
 

As seen in the video  the bridge is capable of displaying various lighting at night making if very attractive. 
 
 

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THE ONLY REASON

Tomorrow as I post this is December 25th. It is the day when most of the world pauses to one degree or another to acknowledge the fact that God came to earth in the form of a human Baby on a mission to provide a way for man to be saved from the consequences and penalty of his sin. Man can not save himself although many try. That Baby grew into a Man and completed the mission He was on. Unlike us He lived a perfect life free from sin. This was most important as He was to be the sacrifice offering for sin … the only offering acceptable to a holy God. You can read more about all of this in great detail HERE . Sadly the world (most of mankind) has rejected this salvation God offers to us. Doing so comes at a very high price as our eternal soul is at stake. God offers us this FREE GIFT of His salvation, but for all those who reject it and ignore it they forfeit the opportunity He offers to be forgiven of our sin and we then must pay the penalty and answer to Him in judgement. God is love and He demonstrated His love for all of us by dying a cruel agonizing death in our place. His love is AIMED AT YOUR HEART. He has done all that is needed and all that He can and will for us to be saved from our sin. The choice and decision is ours. Once we breathe our last breath it is too late to choose Him and receive His gift of salvation. Our fate is sealed. So I ask you … if you have never responded to His invitation … WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS? Someday your heart will be asking … WHAT WILL JESUS DO WITH ME? The answer to that question can be readily found in His written word … the holy scriptures. God is holy and can not allow sin in His presence. We as sinful people have a problem. Our eternal soul will spend all of eternity either with God (if the sin problem has been taken care of) or apart from God. Being apart from God means spending eternity suffering in anguish in hell fire. God has warned us. We are free morale agents. God created us with the ability to choose to do what we want. We have free will. We are not robots preprogrammed by God to do what He wants us to do. There would not be any expression of God’s love in that. Recognizing and responding to God’s love for us loving Him in return is the ultimate expression of love. It is not a matter of obeying God because we have to. It is all about obeying God because we want to … we want to please Him out of a motivation of our love in return. Yes, God demonstrated His great love for us while we were yet sinners … in the very act of sinning and rebelling against Him … Jesus Christ died for us. Therein is love!

I know there are those who will read this and get upset over it. There will be those who want to tell me it has no place here on a blog about tadpole trikes. But you know … none of that matters. There is not a more important message to communicate to others than this message. In obedience to God I am willing to ruffle a few feathers upsetting some. This timeless message may touch a few hearts and that is what matters. So on this Christmas Day I present the Christmas message. It is not about the many things man does at this time of year … putting up an evergreen tree and decorating it, giving gifts to one another, feasting together as family and friends or any number of the things man does during this holiday. The truth is most everything man does is based on paganism practices the Roman Catholic church brought into our culture. And no where in the holy scriptures are we commanded or instructed to observe the birth of Jesus Christ. And He wasn’t born in December anyway. With all of this being true it is important not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” so to speak. This Christmas holiday does exist in our culture so I for one intend to take advantage of it and proclaim the message of the Cross of Jesus Christ. The reason for the season is truly all about the fact that Jesus did come to earth to provide salvation. He came the first time as a helpless Baby. He will be returning soon … very soon … as the King of kings and Lord of lords. His word tells us that He is coming to pour out His wrath (His anger) on all of those who have rejected Him and the salvation He alone offers. Far better is it to accept and respond to His love now than to be the recipient of His anger later. We are without excuse if we fail to respond to His great love while it is being offered and is available to us. Time is short. Besides none of us know what a day may bring forth. Our last final breath could be seconds away. It is all a most serious matter. The greatest gift is not one placed under a tree. The greatest gift is the One Who was placed on a tree. His Name is Jesus. Merry Christmas to all!

Heaven or Hell … it really is your choice.

This song says it all …

Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS and thereby miss out on the salvation our loving God is offering you.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Today, our nation has set aside this day to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. I hope that each of us will set aside some time today to give thanks and praise to God! I also want to encourage you to go one step further, and take some time every day to thank God for every blessing, every test, and every challenge in your life as He uses them for your good and His purposes. 

One can find and read a lot about the first thanksgiving and much of it claims it was much different than what we were taught in school. I am not going to get into all of that. Whatever happened happened. It is past history and we can’t change it. The important thing is what we do today and into the future.

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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 …

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THANK YOU MILITARY VETERANS

Yes, freedom is not free! I know first hand the cost of freedom and am most thankful each and everyday that we have men and women … and even dogs who serve in our military to ensure our freedom. Today is Veterans Day … a national holiday in the United States whereby  we honor those who are serving or have served.

So I salute my fellow veterans …

Yes, I was looking downward in this picture but for good reason …

My friends’ young son had on a navy uniform and we were saluting each other. I was home on leave for the Christmas holiday. Most holidays I was aboard ship so I can identify with the first picture above.

Memorial Day is the holiday we honor fallen veterans but I see nothing wrong with doing so on Veterans Day. A whole lot of those who served never made it back home other than in a flag draped coffin.

As sad as this scene is I can’t help but think about politics and the senseless loss of so many lives. It accomplished absolutely nothing. Ever since Korea we have been playing with the lives of our military men and women (and yes, dogs too). It is quite shameful. I am so thankful that those who are responsible for this will face final justice when they stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and give account for all they have done. They are confident that they will get away with what they have done but they will have a rude awakening.

Of course, that is true of all of us. We will all stand before Jesus and give account … not only for what we have done, but for what we haven’t done that we could have and should have. We will also give an account of every word and every thought we have ever had. We are in big trouble as we all are guilty of falling short and missing the mark. That is why we need salvation. We stand guilty and in need of forgiveness. In God’s great love for us He did not leave us in this predicament. He made a way for us where there was no way. He Himself left heaven and came to earth taking  on the form of man. He was born as a baby human thru a miraculous birth only He could perform. It had to be this way as if He would have been born of man like you and I are He could not have provided the salvation we need. He would have been sinful just like you and I are. But that baby was born sinless because He was born of God not man. That is good news!

No, the freedom that we enjoy is not free. It cost dearly and we all need to be so thankful that there are those who were willing to pay the price.

Our veterans made/make it possible for us to enjoy our freedoms and blessings.

Likewise, salvation isn’t free. A very high price was paid for it. It didn’t cost us. It is free for the asking. But we must ask in order to receive it. Without the shedding of innocent blood there is no forgiveness of sin. It was God’s own innocent blood that was shed for us that make it possible that we might be forgiven. God offers His FREE GIFT to us. What will you do with Jesus Christ? Someday your heart will be asking … What will Jesus do with me? Today would be a perfect day to receive the  FREE GIFT He offers you.

Past and present day military pay honor to fellow veterans …

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TRIKE n TRAIL AMBASSADORS

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.

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STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

assume I am not the only  one of us trike riders who deal with absolute stupidity on the part of trail users. I deal with it on a daily basis … several times a day. What am I talking about, you ask? Let me give you an example. I was out riding along a trail today going around a corner when suddenly right in front of me two females were walking on my side of the trail toward me. I had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting them. I said to them “I can’t get over any farther” which I don’t think they even began to understand. I was as far over to the right as I could get riding on my side. The picture below is just for the purpose of illustration. It is not a real picture but one I put together. The two females are purposely blurred so they can’t be identified. The place on the trail was on a blind curve and well shaded so it was rather dark. As I came around the corner there they were right in front of me. As I said, I had to brake hard to keep from running into them. Stupid is as stupid does!

 

I can’t help but wonder if these people who do such stupid things like this do the same thing if and when they drive a car. I would hope not yet I can’t help but wonder why they would do it while walking. Stupid is as stupid does.

As bad as walkers and runners are I find the worst to be bicyclists. Most bicyclists ride in the center and even left of center and many of them meander all over the place. To make matters worse they pay absolutely no attention to whether or not any others are on the trail. If I am behind them they make it quite impossible to pass them. If they are coming toward me they often nearly collide with me riding over on my side not paying attention. Stupid is as stupid does. And that is really stupid.

And curves and hills don’t seem to matter to them. One would think that they would realize the danger and that the situation is an accident waiting to happen. Many times I have had to brake hard to avoid an accident. Sometimes I have had to ride off of the trail to avoid a collision.  Stupid is as stupid does. Are people really that stupid? Apparently they are.

I am sure we can all get along out there but it would be a lot easier if some would put more effort into doing their part. But stupid is as stupid does and it is what it is. Try to be safe out there.

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NEW DOMAIN NAME & NO MORE ADS

I have some good news. At least I think it is good news and news you will welcome and appreciate. After all these years of using the free WordPress site hosting service which comes with ads the reader must deal with I finally decided to upgrade to a paid plan which not only should eliminate those annoying objectionable ads but I also got my own domain in the process. I no longer have to use WordPress’ assigned url. From now on just typing in tadpolerider.com should take you to the blog. As the person writing my blog I never have seen the ads others deal with. I have heard about them and I must confess I would not care for them. So I am glad that they are over with. And I love having my own domain. Of course, my old domain url should continue to work as well so it is not necessary to change a bookmark to the new domain.

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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!

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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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 …

 

MMM MMM GOOD … MAKES THE RIDE WORTHWHILE

We have an Amish ran store with a buffet style restaurant located in a small town about 18 miles from where I live. It has long been the destination of my daily ride. Awhile back they added hot wings and barbeque wings to their offerings. This is only on Saturdays.  Each day Monday thru Saturday they have a different offering. Saturday has become my favorite day to go there as I love their hot and barbeque wings. It makes for a good ride even though it means riding  on rural roads which are usually in bad shape from the Amish horses. I have about 3 different routes I have selected. Two of them I have to deal with the bad roads. The third is much smoother so it is the way I usually take. There is only about a mile difference between any of the routes. Of course, there is always the Amish exhaust to deal with … horse poop all over the road. Never the less the food is … MMM MMM GOOD … making the ride worthwhile. And there is a cheap desert which I love available at another business next door. As long as I am able to …

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I hope to keep this as part of my daily rides.

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

LET US NEVER FORGET

Today is Memorial Day … a national holiday where we remember in gratitude those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our nation and our liberties. It is not about high speed race cars, gatherings where we enjoy great food together or anything else. It is about giving honor to whom honor is due. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen gave their all so that we could have the freedom and blessing of such things. My heart goes out to families of those who died while serving in the military … and let’s not forget those in civilian life such as policemen, firemen and others who also have lost their lives serving us. We are so blessed here in America.

My dad served in WW2. One of his duties was being part of a 3 man crew on a Higgins boat landing craft taking the soldiers and Marines ashore usually under heavy fire. He told me of many times hearing bullets whiz past his head just missing him. He had a terrifying experience stuck on the beachhead during the landing of Marines at Iwo Jima when their Higgins boat was damaged. The boat propeller had picked up a steel cable underwater and stripped out the gearbox leaving the boat drifting toward rocks ashore. The three of them had to abandon the boat and try to swim to shore. He never saw the other two men again so he assumed they either drowned or were killed by enemy fire. It was very difficult and dangerous swimming to shore. He had no weapon to protect himself. All kinds of bullets and shells were being fired constantly. All he could do is hide behind an open bow door of an amphibious landing ship. He spent the entire night there. The next morning his ship sent another boat in looking for their boat and its crew. He was all they found.

I can’t help but think about how blessed I am to have my dad make it thru that horror and be able to live his full life. Of course, I would not be here if he hadn’t. And you would not be reading this blog. In his 80s he was presented with a military shadowbox by one of his grandsons.

He was ready to go again …

In his 80s a couple of his grandsons talked him into getting a computer. He learned how to do photo editing and got creative with many different things including this picture above.

Here is a picture of two of my heroes …

 

I am truly saddened and ashamed of and for those who give no thought to what our freedom cost. I myself served 8 years in the U.S. Navy so I know very well the sacrifices military members make.

It was no picnic. But thanks to those who willingly served yesteryear and today my family and some of our friends will be enjoying a cookout with some of the traditional holiday foods. I plan on giving honor to whom honor is due before we indulge in the good food. I invite you to do the same.

Freedom is much cherished by man but sadly even in our freedoms we can be in bondage and not even realize it.

 

The One to Whom the most honor and gratitude are due laid down His life willingly for us. Yes, Jesus Christ, the Name Above All Names, truly set me free and it is to Him I offer my highest praise. No one else accomplished what He did nor could they. Thru the shedding of His totally innocent blood I have forgiveness of my sin and the promise of eternal life. He paid the price I could not pay. I needed a Savior and He willingly laid down His life for me. And He did it for you as well. It is by His grace we are saved. But He won’t always offer us His grace. He came the first time to offer us a means of escaping the fate we deserve.

 

 

We are accountable to Jesus, our Creator …

 

He is coming a second time to pour out His wrath on those who have rejected His grace and offer to save them. If you have not done so already I ask you … WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS? He alone offers salvation and forgiveness of sin … and it is free to you. He paid the ultimate price for our salvation but He offers it freely to us …

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

Many military and first responders may not have lost their lives but they lost limbs and more. Wounded Warriors organization exists to help.

Recumbent tricycle resources for wounded military

https://www.thewarriorriders.org/

Air Force Wounded Warriors camp

WINTER BLAHS

Now I ask ya … does winter get you down like this fella? I am asking for a reason. That is where I am at right now … just trying to hold on until better weather arrives. The problem is the extended forecast (15 days) is for more of the same … cold and some form of precipitation almost everyday. I haven’t ridden my trike for a couple of weeks now and it is looking like it will be even longer until I will be able to again. In short, I am somewhat bummed out. I didn’t have anything prepared to post on this blog today and quite frankly haven’t felt like writing anything. Forcing myself to do so this is what came up … the Winter Blahs. I should not complain however as up until a couple of weeks ago we have had a pretty decent winter here in northeastern Indiana. I have been able to ride nearly everyday up until a couple of weeks ago. I am hoping come March the weather will improve and I can get back out there. That being said, March is traditionally a very unpredictable month. All too often it turns out to be the worst winter weather of the season. It can really get a guy or gal down …

 

Meanwhile I am not getting hardly any exercise which, of course, is not good. And it is hard to find something to keep myself busy at. I have found myself taking more naps than I have before. I am doing my best to …

HANG IN THERE.

How about you? Or are you either a snowbird or one of those who live somewhere where you don’t have to deal with winter and can …

KEEP ON TRIKN’?

Yes, I could bring my trike inside the house and set it up on a trainer to pedal it, but quite frankly, I hate indoor exercise. I used to try walking at the mall early in the mornings during winter time but I ended up walking around outside as I needed fresh air. I could not stand breathing the air inside of the mall.

Well, I know Spring is coming and I just have to deal with things until then. I have done it before and I can do it again. It just seems to get harder as I get older. And there is just nothing I can do about that. I wonder if Dairy Queen is open? Ah, but I would have to wear a stupid face mask just to go there … and that’s if they are even open inside. “They” have made it so I don’t even want to go out … just stay home. At least time does seem to be passing by fairly quickly. I mean it is mid February already. It seems like January just ended.

We had very little snow this winter so I can’t complain about that. The problem is it is staying so cold that what snow we have is not melting and more keeps coming adding to it. I am told that most of the trails have been plowed off but I can’t ride to them from home like I usually do. Besides it is just too cold to venture out. It is still too soon for Spring but I sure hope this does not end up being the case …

I have seen snow in June once several years ago. It was a freak thing and it was only some snow flakes falling … no accumulation. It was too warm for that.

Then there are always those who like winter and want snow. What’s their problem anyway I wonder? Bless their hearts!

Hey, now here is an idea to help pass the time til this winter ends. But by then I probably would not be able to get up much less pass thru the door. It sure sounded good though.

There is picture proof! I think I am going to make it after all! A couple of more weeks and hopefully I will be able to once again …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

WANNA BE A WRITER ON THIS BLOG?

 

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN (OR WOMEN)

Are there any out there who would like to try their hand at being a contributing editor on this blog? Here is your chance. I am looking for those who would be interested in writing up something related to tadpole trikes to be posted on this blog. It doesn’t have to be a long article. It can be with or without pictures or videos. Just write it up in an email and send it to me. If I approve it (I most likely would) I will post it. Who knows? It could be the start of a great career for you. This blog is viewed in over 190 countries of the world. Just send your composition to me at:  tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

 

In all the years I have had this blog I am the only one who has ever had an article posted on it. I think it is time to change that. So while you are stuck inside like me thru the cold winter get busy and write up something. And may we all be able to soon do what we like best …

KEEPING ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

For those who don’t know, I got into writing this blog as a result of being asked by Steve Greene to write articles for his Trike Asylum blog. I only wrote a few articles for that blog  before I started this blog. I am most thankful for his help in getting started in this. HERE are some of the articles I wrote on Trike Asylum. Unfortunately the pictures and videos are missing as all that was saved was the text.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Yes, what is in a name? For many years the Facebook RECUMBENT TRIKES GROUP has flourished and led all similar groups in size (over 10,000 members). It has always been my favorite group. However recently the originator of the group changed the name of the group to Recumbent Weiner Trikes Group which has caused quite a stir. Some 200 or so members have left the group. Why this man did this I will never understand. It is so irresponsible and infantile of him. Some think it is funny and are “milking it” for all it’s worth with their posting and comments. In my opinion it has totally destroyed the group. It has invited unlimited abuse of the group rules. There is no end in sight. It is my understanding that the name change can happen once a month so it is nearly a month before it can be changed back. Meanwhile  the posting and comments continue on to where I don’t even want to look at it anymore. And I know that there are others who feel the same. There are those who try to say this was done as a joke. I am among those who see absolutely no humor in it whatsoever. Instead what I see it someone with both a sick mind and a sick heart doing a really inexcusable thing.

BTW, I just discovered that the name Recumbent Trikes Group has been snatched up and is no longer available for the original group to take it back. What a pity. But then again it looks like this was done on purpose so that no one else could grab the name. In a month when the name can be changed back it will be available to do so.

At this point I wlll put a plug in for another Facebook trike group. Mind you there are several but I only want to talk about one. I am sort of partial to it because it is a group I started and administrate. I am a firm believer in having group rules and enforcing them. This group, Tadpole Rider 2, has been around for awhile but at this point it hasn’t grown much in membership. I need to explain that the 2 in the name is there because I first started this group naming it Tadpole Rider. It quickly grew and became the second largest recumbent trike group on Facebook. Many members had told me that they like the group better than the Recumbent Trikes Group as they found it more informative and helpful. As time passed by I was experiencing various issues in my life including some very serious eye vision problems. I made the decision to close down the group. I know that it upset a lot of people and no doubt is the reason it has not grown much since I restarted it again later on. Facebook would not allow me to restart the group using the same name so that is why the 2 is in the name.

So if you would like to be part of a Facebook recumbent trike group that is no nonsense  and adheres to the rules please consider joining  … https://www.facebook.com/groups/2597823273637618/

Together we can make this group grow and become a bustling forum like it was previously. Just for your information my eyesight situation is currently under control. Although I have gone totally blind in one  eye I have pretty good vision yet in the other so I am able to function pretty much normally once again.

May we all continue to enjoy riding  and …

 

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

LIFE’S INTERRUPTIONS

It is Sunday evening the 28th as I sit down to write this. I am sure we have all experienced various happenings in our lives which take up away/keep us from being able to do other things we would like to be doing. Indeed … other things we would prefer to be doing. That certainly has been happening to me lately. I have not been able to ride my trike for three days now and tomorrow isn’t looking too promising either. Obviously having a working computer is essential in my life. I could not be involved with this blog without one. I have been having some major computer issues in my life lately. All of my computers are old as computers go. My best computer has developed some major problems with hardware failure. Sometimes it works okay for awhile but it freezes up constantly and has to be rebooted frequently. I have to “hard boot it” which I don’t like doing as it can and eventually does mess something up so that it won’t boot up at all. That happened and it became apparent it was time for a new computer. So yesterday my wife, her nephew and wife and I went computer shopping. We were quite disappointed to find out lots has changed with computers. Most of them can not be modified anymore. A simple thing like changing the hard drive can’t be done. Also most stores we checked are out of stock or the store does not stock what we were looking for. We were told we would have to order it online or that their store didn’t even have it available … that we would have to go directly to the manufacturer’s website to order it. We were quite disappointed and frustrated but I suggested stopping at one more store and low and behold they had what we were looking for and it was on sale at a very low price. So I grabbed it while I could.

Now I have used Linux Mint operating system for a long time. I was so glad to get away from Microsoft Windows. There is very little about Windows that I missed … mostly third party software that was not available to run on Linux. It is nearly impossible to find a new computer with a Linux operating system. Everything is Windows 10 and I loathe Windows 10. It is the worst operating system Windows has come out with yet in my opinion. I find it very user unfriendly and difficult to navigate. Many of the changes that have been made are downright idiotic. I started out using Windows 95 and to this day I still think it was the best operating system Microsoft ever produced as far as being sensible in the way it was designed. It was a lot easier to use in many ways. XP and Vista remained fair but once they got to Windows 7 they had ruined their operating system in my opinion. And, of course, Windows 8 was horrible. Anyway, this new computer I have has Windows 10 on it and I hate it. I had every intention of installing Linux Mint 20 on it either alongside of Windows 10 or on the second hard drive this new computer has. However I discovered that Linux Mint 20 won’t run on this Intel I5 processor. So I am stuck with only Windows 10 for now. It is maddening. I am not sure if I will keep this computer or not. Of course, I can’t open it up without voiding the warranty and I don’t think it would do any good anyway. One thing I may be able to do is install an earlier version of Linux Mint as I think it will run ok on this processor. Hopefully tomorrow I will give it a go. Of course, that will mean day 4 with no trike riding … very unusual for me.

Today, Monday the 29th,  as I continue to write this it is cold and snowing (sometimes raining) so once again  riding my trike has been denied me even if I was not working on my computer. And tomorrow, Tuesday the 30th is another snow day so I may not get out riding again until Wednesday, Dec. 1st. I guess I will survive but I certainly am not used to going this long without being able to get out and ride.

So anyway what I am trying to say is we can have various kinds of interruptions in our lives which prevent us from doing those things we would prefer to be doing. Of course, I am sure you knew that. I really want to

…                                                         KEEP ON TRIKIN!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

 

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES or WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER and DO IT ANYWAY YOU CAN PAY A PRICE

Have you ever done something that you knew better than to do and experienced the consequences? I am pretty sure most all of us have as it is part of being human. If nothing else that is one way we learn in life. Yesterday was one of those days I paid a high price for my stupidity. I am well aware of the concern of carrying various things in the front pockets of my pants when I am riding a recumbent. Those items have been known to fall out. I used to carry my wallet in my left front pocket of my sweat pants I wear in colder weather. I have lost it a couple of times but fortunately I discovered it quickly and was able to turn around and go back to get it before anyone else did. So I stopped carrying my wallet in my front pocket. However, later I went back to doing it as it didn’t seem to be a problem anymore. My wallet stayed in place and I rode many thousands of miles with it in that pocket. Recently I bought a new wallet and yesterday I discovered that unlike my previous wallet this new one didn’t seem to stay put. I was riding down a city street taking the lane when it fell out. I didn’t notice it so I just kept going until I got to the trail I was planning on riding and turned off of the city street. It was a couple of hours or more before I discovered I had lost my brand new wallet. I went back to the area where I had lost it but, of course, it wasn’t there. Somebody else has it now. I am hoping they will return it but I am not holding my breath. Of course, I immediately started doing all that needed to be done reporting lost credit cards, getting them replaced, getting a new drivers license, etc. There is a lot to do when this happens and it is a royal pain. And the bottom line is it is so unnecessary … if only … if only I would have used my head it never would have happened. But it did and yes, I learned a valuable lesson. It was an expensive lesson as I had more cash in my wallet than I normally carry. And, of course, I have various fees involved in replacing credit cards and drivers license.

Yes, when we know better but do it anyway we can find ourselves in deep doo doo. So do try to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN!

Just try not to do anything stupid like I did. It definitely will help you to …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

UPDATE … There is good news … answer to prayer. When I got back home from my trike ride yesterday I checked our mailbox before going inside of the house. I saw a large priority mail envelope folded in half stuffed into our mail box. I wasn’t expecting anything via the post office so I was curious as to what this was. I pulled it out of the mailbox and noticed that whatever was in it was the size and shape of my lost wallet. I opened it up and sure enough it was my wallet. Somebody had placed it in a blue collection box and our neighborhood post office sent it to me. The post office wrote a sticky note which was attached to the wallet. It simply said that it was found in a blue collection mail box. All my money was gone as well as a check made out to me which I hadn’t cashed yet. Also some misc. cards and my list of medicines I take were missing but everything else was there. God is good! And a kudos to the post office as well!