SURF’S UP AGAIN … TRAIL FLOODING

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 …

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WHAT HAPPENED TO AUTUMN?

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 …

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DON’T FLIRT, STAY ALERT

 

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 …

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SUMMER’S LAST HOORAY

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 …

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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.

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RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! AND IT DID!

Rain was forecasted and I had pretty much accepted that I would not be able to go out for a ride today nor tomorrow either for that matter. It was not raining when I got up this morning but I looked at the weather radar and saw a bunch of rain off to our west headed my way. So I did not attempt to venture out. As the morning was passing along I noticed that there was still no rain but that radar image scared me off so I didn’t venture out. Time kept passing by and I continued to notice thatit wasn’t raining and I could have been out riding as it was still dry. Finally I took another look at the radar and ALL of that rain I saw earlier was gone … completely disappeared off of the screen. GO FIGURE as they say. So at about 10:45 I finally left for a ride. I did not encounter any rain. I kept rechecking the weather radar and there was absolutely nothing showing on radar. Never the less after about 3 hours of riding I noticed that the sky was looking darker and more threatening off to the west. I learned years ago that one can not trust the weather radar nor forecasts. I made the decision to head back home and it turned out to be the right decision as it started to rain about a mile from where I live. It started raining harder but I quickly rode out of it and managed to stay pretty dry. I had my canopy on my trike so that helped me stay dry. Interestingly upon getting home I checked the weather radar on my desktop computer and it showed rain. My stupid “smartphone” still showed no rain on the same reporting source as I was looking at on my desktop computer. Weird! Anyway, I got a nice ride in without getting wet for which I was quite thankful. As to the weather reporting source … pssshhhhtttt on them. And they even get paid for that … quite a lot, in fact.It is not often I can say RAIN RAIN GO AWAY and it does. I wish I could say it happens quite frequently. I want to …

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I still find my own weather forecasting station to be the most reliable …

MY PERSONAL STORY CONCERNING CYCLING & RECUMBENTS

There is nothing I am about to share here that I have not shared before. I decided to put it altogether in one article so others will know where I am coming from and help them understand my passion for tadpole trikes.

To start with all my life I have been an avid cyclist starting when I was about 6 years old I think. An older cousin helped me learn how to ride a bicycle. I never had training wheels. I just learned to balance my bike right from the start. I first rode a 20 inch bike and gradually got a 26 inch. As a teenager I bought with my own money a white Schwinn 3 speed internal hub English racer style bike. I inverted the handlebars to make it into what was  called a  racer type bike. I was the fastest cyclist where I grew up.  I had a 52 tooth chainring installed and I could really go on that bike.

Stingray style bicycles became popular in my teen years so I made my own 20 inch bike with high apehanger handlebars and banana seat. I could ride wheelies until I decided to end it (literally miles)… far longer and farther than anyone else in town.

When I was in the Navy I bought a lightweight Gitane racing bike … a 10 speed which was all they had at the time. It was a pretty sky blue but it was a prima donna . I swear that spokes would break if I looked at them crosseyed. Over the following years I had several different bikes and continued to ride. It was not unusual for me to ride 50 to 100 miles in a day when I had the time to do so. I was still doing this into my late 30s. I moved to Georgia and found that there was no safe and practical place for me to ride so more than 13 years passed by when I did not ride. I moved back up to Indiana and soon after started back cycling. I found out that there are local bike trails available to ride where I live so I started riding on them. That was almost 17 years ago during which time I have accumulated well over 120,000 miles on them.

As time passed by and my body aged I got tired of dealing with all the discomfort involved in riding a diamond frame bike. It greatly took away from the fun and enjoyment of cycling. I had heard of recumbents and seen a couple of them. I had heard that they are comfortable to ride so I decided to make a recumbent bike.

I used  “donor bikes” and bought a few things like a recumbent seat but I managed to come up with a recumbent bike I started riding which eliminated all the discomfort I had been experiencing on a conventional diamond frame bike. I was really enjoying riding a bike once again. After putting a couple of thousand miles on my homemade recumbent I bought a Sun recumbent bike. In fact, I bought two of them … one for my wife who used to ride with me. They were better bikes than the one I made so all was going well. I put a couple of thousand miles on my Sun recumbent.

However … winter was approaching and I wanted to keep riding. I was concerned about attempting to do so on two wheels as it would be quite risky and dangerous.  I had heard of tadpole trikes so I decided to make my own. I was still working full time so it took me about 3 weeks to design and build my trike. I cut up my homemade recumbent bike and used parts of it to make my trike. It was made out of mild steel so it was heavy. It rode and handled great though as I had done my homework and got everything right in  the construction of it.

I rode it thru the winter and was so happy to have it as it was so safe and so comfortable compared to my recumbent bike. I did not have to concern myself with “going down” riding in snow and  on ice. I made it thru the winter and as planned I switched back to my Sun recumbent bike come Spring only to discover that I much preferred riding the tadpole trike. So I switched back to the trike and never looked back. My recumbent bike just sat around so I decided to sell it. I had my wife’s recumbent bike I could ride if I wanted to. She had stopped riding it and it just sat around.

After I put a couple of thousand miles on it I was able to buy a new 2009 Catrike Trail and I sold my homemade trike to a guy who said he planned to motorize it. As things have always gone for me I was not even able to get the cost of the various components I had purchased to build it.

I loved my 2009 Catrike Trail and it’s “space frame” as they call the solid all one piece frame. After about 3 plus years I discovered a “hairline crack” along the edge of a weld on the underside of the cruciform crossmember. Being a professional weldor I understood what I was seeing and the concern of future failure of the weld so I contacted Catrike sending them this picture to show them what I was seeing. They replaced the frame under warranty.

I was thankful that I received a new frame however, I was not happy that I could not get another space frame. This was 2013 and Catrike had changed the design of the Trail model.  The new frame featured an adjustable seat back angle and the frame design change added 2 pounds of weight to the trike. Ever since then I have wanted to find a used space frame to buy and go back to it. I have no use of the adjustable seat back and definitely don’t like have the trike weigh more. I was hoping Catrike would still have a space frame around that they could send instead of the new design but no such luck. I did not think about it at the time but I wonder if I could have got an Expedition frame and paid the difference. In hind sight I wish I would have checked into it. My 2009 frame was silver but Catrike told me I could have any color they were currently offering so I went with green. All of my old components off of my 2009 trike were reused with this 2013 frame. That is why I have a silver boom with a green frame.

I rode my Catrike for about 7 or 8 years I think before I made the decision to motorize it. BionX  was the big name in e-motors at the time so I went with BionX. That turned out to be a big mistake as it was not only expensive but it didn’t hold up and I went thru a big mess trying to get another motor that worked right … which I never did. So I asked for and received a full refund. This was just before BionX went out of business so it turned out to be good timing. I then tried a Golden Motor and it was faulty right out of the box. I got a refund on it as well and  then went with an eZee hub motor which has been great … until about 6 months ago when a problem developed.  The power would shut off just like I was turning it off with the battery key switch. I checked various things but could not find anything wrong. I suspected that the problem was in the controller which is a rather expensive item to replace. Consequently I did not jump on replacing it. I just dealt with the problem in frustration until finally recently I decided to take the gamble and buy a new controller. I was elated to discover my hunch was right. The new controller fixed the problem and now I am once again enjoying my e-motor assist.

Yes, I am sold on tadpole trikes. I new have about 100,000 miles on my Catrike. It is truly a well engineered and built machine which I highly recommend to anyone looking for a recumbent tadpole trike.

Well, this is my story and I am not only sticking to it but I am stuck with it.

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WILD RIDE ON MOUNTAIN TRIKE

am sure this is one exhilarating ride but it not one I would ever consider as it is just too dangerous and playing with death or at least serious injury. People who do stuff like this have issues as far as I am concerned. I won’t go into the matter. I have said enough already. When Satan tried to get Jesus to do something dangerous and life threatening Jesus said to him, “Again it is written (in Deut. 6:16), ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matthew 4:7 ) Many people have not heeded that and have paid a very high price for ignoring it. It is not worth the sacrifice of our eternal soul. After watching this video my comment is that it is not the trike or bikes that are crazy.

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but be safe out there!

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TAKE THE LANE

Bikes may use the full lane, when necessary.

remember when I first heard about “taking the lane”. It made me cringe. My thought was “You have got to be kidding. That is insane!” There was no way I would consider doing it. But I kept hearing  other cyclists talking about it and suggesting it. Finally I took the plunge and tried it. WOW! What a difference it made. Now I do it all the time. I have to admit that I would not do it everywhere if I have a choice as some roads are just too busy and dangerous.

One thing I will say is that it is important to take the lane when you are taking the lane. Some cyclists still ride over to the far right of the lane and by doing so motorists often don’t move over to another lane. They pass by the cyclist all too closely sharing the same lane.  I always ride either in the middle  (B) or even left of center (A) of the lane which forces motorists to pass me using the other lane. I think the very center is best. Riding in B some motorists will still try to  share the lane and pass by all too closely on your right side.

Another factor involving lane position is that riding on the right side of a traffic lane makes it harder for motorists to see you. When I ride on streets taking the lane I am sure to turn on more of my blinking taillights, especially my brightest ones.  I also usually have one taillight on which is set on steady on … not flashing. I always have my high visibility safety flags flying and flapping attracting attention.

As I understand it in all 50 U.S. States it is legal for cyclists to take the lane. I am not sure of this but I think that if a bike lane exists for cyclists to use some places require the cyclists to ride in the bike lane rather than taking the lane. Personally I prefer to take the lane as bike lanes are too dangerous and I don’t like riding in them.

Here are some tips from this website:

  • Always be predictable – drivers should know what you’re about to do, no sudden, unexpected man oeuvres.
  • If in doubt: slow down, move off the road, stop. Mistakes in traffic are more costly than a few lost minutes.
  • Just like driving any other vehicle in traffic: be careful, calm, but confident.
  • Try to anticipate other people’s mistakes, and position yourself so that when (if) they happen, there’s no accident. Always try to read what the others will do.

Lastly, here are some other websites with useful information on them.

https://www.bikeleague.org/content/traffic-laws

U.S. Bicycle Laws by State

My final words on this … according to what others report motorists behavior and attitudes are not the same everywhere. Where I live and ride I have no issues with motorists. They are respectful and patient. Rarely does anyone honk or yell in anger. Some trikers who live and ride elsewhere report serious issues with motorists. They have bad attitudes and can get quite aggressive and ugly. If that were what I would be up against I would probably have to make some changes and do things differently. The important thing is for all of us to be safe out there.

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AND MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP

ride nearly everyday except on Sundays as long as the weather allows it. And I frequently ride on Sunday afternoons as well. Some days I find myself a bit sleepy while I am out riding. That is a bit of a concern to me as it would be all to easy to fall asleep while riding seated comfortably on my tadpole trike. I certainly can not afford to do that. I mean … I have miles to go before I sleep. And that, of course, reminds me of the well known poem by Robert Frost.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
                    *******
It is not winter and there is no snow at this time but the poem  does trigger memories of yesteryear when I was out  in fresh fallen snow walking or riding my bicycle and observing how super quiet it was out there, especially at night. The snow just seemed to absorb the sound and transformed everything into a special wonderland quite unique and enticing.
I once had to return a truck I had borrowed from a friend who lived  about 20 miles from me. I put my bicycle in the bed of the truck and took off. Upon arriving at my destination I unloaded my bike and started off riding it for home. It was winter and cold. It was near midnight so it was already bedtime … not time to be out riding on a 20 miles journey .  Never the less it was also fresh fallen snow and I enjoyed my ride on a quiet night. I had miles to go before I could sleep.
I try not to ride my trike much in snow as first of all I am much older now. Secondly my trike does not go thru the snow like a bike does.  It can be challenging enough to ride in normal conditions as I age and it seems that it is all the more real … miles to go before I sleep. At least I have not fallen asleep while riding. I hope that never changes as I continue to age. I still have MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP.

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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

It is mid August and it is fairly normal for this time of year to be the hottest weather we get. It is this time of year which is often and long been referred to as “the dog days of summer”. I am not going to go into the origins of this saying. You can look it up if you are interested. Dogs don’t and can’t sweat like we humans can so it is harder for them to cool off and control heat build up. Water and shade are essential for them. The same is true for us humans. I have written about the importance of hydration and shade on this blog before. I definitely highly recommend the use of a canopy on a trike it you live and ride anyplace that is hot and where you are exposed to the sun. Having your own portable shade tree helps immensely. HERE is another article about portable shade. Yes, riding in high heat and humidity is like riding in an oven.

Keep your cool by keeping cool. Very few of us have swimming pools waiting for us at the end of our rides. BTW, did you know you can experience heat exhaustion while swimming? I would never guess it myself.

And I doubt very much that we would want to do as this dog is doing …

I would love to join this guy (or gal) during these “dog days” …

Probably the best thing we can do is to avoid venturing out during the hottest time of the day. I like to ride early in the morning and get back home by the time the heat is coming on strong …. usually around 11 AM.

If you can ride in shady areas as much as possible. It feels like riding in a refrigerator compared to riding out under the hot sun.

Don’t take unnecessary risks. It is very dangerous to get overheated. It can be fatal.

Most of us don’t drink nearly as much water daily as we should. We would all benefit and be healthier if we drank the amount we should. And no, other types of drinks don’t count. Yep, water is necessary for life and health. Don’t let yourself get in the predicament the parched man and his mule, Dan, found themselves in …

Would you believe that this song was chosen as number 3 of the top 100 western songs of all time?

One thing that helps me immensely during hot weather is the ability to ride fast without taxing myself thanks to my e-motor. I can generate my own breeze of 20 plus mph .  It really makes a difference.

I almost forgot …. misters are another means of cooling down. If you have one available it will definitely cool you off.

Just avoid getting over heated and you too can be a cool looking dude like this fella …

While we wait for the end of the dog days of summer just remember … “this too shall pass”. Until it does be safe out there so you can …

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IT WON’T RAIN ALWAYS

There is a beautiful Christian song entitled “It won’t rain always” which I was just listening to. Of course, it has spiritual application but as I listened to it I could not help but think about its application to the weather we have been having and its effect on riding. We have been stuck in a pattern of daily rain and thunderstorms. Fortunately there have been breaks in it and I have been able to get a ride in most days. Never the less I can’t help but wonder what’s going on here … when is this going to end?

Along with all the rain we have had some pretty strong winds which, of course, have brought down trees and tree limbs on some of our trails making it impossible to ride on them until they are removed. Fortunately the city has done a pretty good job of removing them already which is very unusual for them to do so this quickly.

Looking at the extended weather forecast I see that the rain has ended for  a few days. Hooray!

It definitely is unusual to have much rain at this time of year. August is normally very dry and the grass stops growing, turns yellow or brown and we get a break from mowing. That is not the case this year. It has been rather hard to keep up with mowing because of the rain causing it to grow and keeping it wet so we can’t mow.

On our newest trail (Becketts Run Trail) there is a bridge which crosses Becketts Run creek. I enjoy seeing the creek when it is swollen up with rain water rushing along. Here is a picture of when it is normal (left) and when it is swollen (right).

Yep, there is no rain in the forecast today so it is looking good for me to …

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36 MILES PER APPLE

We are used to hearing/reading a certain number of miles per gallon for our motor vehicles but how do we measure the distance we can cover on our trikes. A friend used to joke around saying he gets 36 miles per apple riding his trike. There was a lot of truth to that. He brought an apple with him on every ride and would stop  somewhere along the way to eat it. We may not all eat apples while we are out riding but many of us do take some source of food along and others like myself stop at a restaurant to eat while we are out. My point is … hmmm … what is my point? I know I had one when I started out writing this. Our motor vehicles get us from point A to point B running on gasoline. They can go a lot faster and keep us dry and comfortable (warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather) but at a price. Our trikes can do the same but much slower and we are exposed to the elements. But hey, an apple is pretty cheap compared to gasoline. And depending upon how far we are going and traffic conditions our trikes might get us there just as fast or even faster.

So if someone asks you what kind of mileage you get riding your trike you can tell them 36 miles per apple or whatever. Some people are all into the matter of not polluting our atmosphere with engine exhaust and use their trikes as their only means of transportation. So the idea of moving down the road or trail powered by apples flicks their Bics. All I can say is … whatever the case is …

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Just so they don’t throw their apple cores onto the ground. That is polluting too!

BICYCLE TRAILS I HAVE RIDDEN

With over 110,000 miles of trail riding most of them have been on my local trails here in Fort Wayne, Indiana where I live. I have however managed to ride on a few other trails … mostly in northern Indiana. Among them are: Angola Trail, Auburn Trail, Decatur Rivergreenway, Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Nickel Plate Trail, Panhandle Trail, Cardinal Greenway, and the Monon Trail. In Ohio I have ridden on the southernmost section of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. That is about it. It is certainly not a large number of trails. I know some riders have a huge number compared to me. I am just not in a position to travel about seeking out trails to ride like some do. Like I said, most of my trail riding is on my local trails. I will say this … I do know my local trails quite well … possibly better than anyone else who rides them.

I would love to ride on a lot more trails checking a new one out each day. If I were a rich man and not committed to my wife needing to be here for her I would be doing that very thing. I don’t know if anything will change once my wife retires. I am older than she is so I have been retired for a number of years. But you know, thinking about it I doubt very much if I would travel about to ride different trails and that is because I can’t sleep worth a darn in any bed other than my own. My body just can’t take it. So I have my answer … it ain’t gonna happen. I will just do my best to …

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5 THINGS ABOUT RECUMBENT TRIKE RIDERS

Rarely has there been anything fellow tadpole rider, David Goldman, said i his videos that I did not agree with. These 5 things about recumbent trike riders are no exception. He hit his head on the nail again. Wait … I said that wrong … he hit the nail on the head. There, that sounds better. Hey, I am just messin’ with ya … and maybe David too. What can I say? I am known to be a bit ornery. 🙂

Here is a link to all of his YouTube videos … https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLiC0Jo0lsF4YHimM4qkHA/videos

David has a website … http://davidridesatrike.com/

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RIDING LEGALLY BLIND

This is a subject I can honestly say … BEEN THERE, DONE THAT! Yep, awhile back I was riding daily with extremely poor vision. It was downright dangerous and I had some close calls. I was usually riding by myself so I didn’t have anyone around to help me stay safe. I had some harrowing experiences. I am glad to say that I survived all of them and am here to talk about it. But rather than talk about my personal experiences I would rather talk about the solution two friends  have come up with. One of them is legally blind and it would be very dangerous for her to ride entirely on her own. Her friend who she rides with leads the way. On the rear of her trike she has two extremely bright flashing taillights which are large in diameter and sort of a purplish pink color. The legally blind gal can follow behind her and is able to see these lights and follow her. They also employ two way radio communication which enables the lead trike to inform the other trike of any information needed to keep her safe and help her know what she needs to do or expect.

The bright taillights flash very rapidly and can be seen from a very far distance away. Whenever I see them from afar off I always know it is them as nobody else has taillights like those.

The lead trike can communicate such things as: slowing down, stopping, turning left or turning right … whatever is pertinent so that the other trike can take such action as and when needed.

I have known these two gals for several years now and we have often conversed together and sometimes ridden together. I think it is great that they have come up with this system that works so well for them. It enables the legally blind person to …

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BTW, now I am totally blind in one eye but can see fairly well out of my other eye. So it is much safer for me now than it was some time back. I am enjoying daily rides feeling fairly safe out there.

BECKETTS RUN TRAIL … FORT WAYNE’S NEWEST TRAIL

PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE TRAIL MANAGER THAT THIS TRAIL IS NOT OFFICIALLY OPEN YET. NO ONE IS SUPPOSED TO BE USING IT UNTIL THEY DO OFFICIALLY OPEN IT. THAT PROBABLY WON’T BE UNTIL THIS FALL. THE CONTRACTORS ARE STILL DOING WORK ALONG THE SIDES. . IF YOU DO VENTURE ONTO THIS TRAIL AND ENCOUNTER WORKERS OUT THERE DOING THE WORK ALONG THE SIDES PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE ON, ESPECIALLY IF IT CAUSES THEM ANY INTERFERENCE IN DOING THEIR WORK. JUST TURN AROUND AND GO BACK. PLEASE DON’T MAKE THEIR JOB MORE DIFFICULT AND UPSET THE TRAIL MANAGEMENT PEOPLE.

Although it is only about 1.75 miles in length it is a welcome addition to our local trail system. And there is a plan to extend it and have it connect to the Pufferbelly Trail which will be great. Once that happens we will have a loop to ride instead of just a linear trail where we have to turn around and go back. Unfortunately that will probably be a very long way off before it becomes reality. I have not heard or read a recent report as to the total amount of miles our trail system is now but I am pretty sure it is in excess of 125 miles.

The St. Joe Pathway is on the east side of the St. Joe River. This new trail, Becketts Run, is on the west side of the river … at least for a ways before it turns westward following Becketts Run Creek.

The Becketts Run Trail is shown in red in the image below. It starts just north of St. Joe Center Rd. and currently ends at North Clinton St.

To ride to the trail one takes the St. Joe Pathway going under St. Joe Center Rd. Upon emerging on the north side of St. Joe Center Rd. the connecting ramp takes off at the 180 degree curve and runs alongside of St. Joe Center Rd.

To drive to the trailhead parking lot one needs to turn north off of St. Joe Center Rd. onto Martin Luther Drive which is the first road west of the St. Joe River. As it curves westward and goes back into the Lutheran Seminary the trail and trailhead parking lot can be seen on the right just past the chain link fence and tree row.

There is a nice paved parking lot at the start of the trail …

Here is the start of the trail …

Here is where the trail turns westward following the creek …

Here is my trike parked by the bridge over Becketts Run Creek …

And here is the creek. The picture was taken standing on the bridge.

Getting close to the end …

And here is the abrupt end of the trail … to be continued someday.

Here is a video I made today starting on the new ramp just constructed to get from the St. Joseph Pathway (part of the Rivergreenway) over to Becketts Run Trail. I apologize for the jerky video. It was the best I could do holding the camera in one hand as I rode along. I was getting bounced around pretty good.

Below is a picture of where the video starts at which is the connecting ramp off of the St. Joe Pathway. In this picture it was still under construction. The concrete had not yet been poured.

COME RIDE THE FORT WAYNE TRAILS

 

and here is the post I just made recently about this new connecting ramp …

THEY LISTENED TO ME … HARD TO BELIEVE

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THEY LISTENED TO ME … HARD TO BELIEVE

We have a new trail … the Becketts Run Trail … here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Currently getting to it is rather dangerous as it requires crossing a very busy road. That will soon be resolved however as the city is building a concrete ramp to use which connects another nearby trail to the road one has to take to get to Becketts Run Trail. I observed how they intended to build it and sent an email to the person in charge of our trail system with the suggestion that they modify the ramp where it joins into the existing trail. They had it teeing in at a 90 degree angle maintaining the width of the ramp. I made the suggestion that they widen it out considerably where it meets up with the existing trail (red areas in image below). I said that it would make it a lot easier and safer for cyclists to turn on and off of the ramp.

I am very pleased to say that they redid it and flared it out as I suggested. For this to happen my email was forwarded to the city engineer. Apparently he agreed with me as the change was made. Right now as of last Friday it was formed up to pour the concrete, but it had not been poured yet. Hopefully this week it will be poured.

I know I for one will appreciate having this modification from what they were originally going to do. It is a good idea to get input from those who will actually use the trail. What they came up with on their own would not have been nearly as good as this will be. I am glad it didn’t fall on deaf ears this time. Hopefully sometime later this week I can start using it.

Update – As soon as I got done posting this I went for a ride. I rode out to this location and much to my surprise the concrete is not only poured but it is set up and usuable. How ’bout that sports fans? I assume they poured it Saturday.

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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.