looked out the window into our back yard early this morning and what did I see? It was not anything I wanted to see. It was that nasty four letter word … SNOW! And it is only mid October as I type this. I tell ya … I AM NOT READY FOR THIS! Yesterday was cold, windy and light rain off and on. It was not a pleasant day for riding … and it is still early Autumn. Oh woe is me … whatever will I do? I’d give a lot of dough, if only I could know … the answer to my question … is it yes or is it no? Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight? When your mother says don’t chew it, do you swallow it in spite? Can you catch it on your tonsils and heave it left and right? Now I ask ya … does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost over night? Old timers will know where that came from, but younger folks won’t have a clue. It doe not have anything to do with anything. It just sort of fit and flowed off of my pen … and I am not even using a pen. (See the video at the bottom of this article.)

By now you have probably figured out that I don’t have anything in mind to write about and am just rambling on here. But the weather outside is frightful and so I think I will remain inside today. I had enough of nasty riding weather yesteday. And we have only just begun. At least 6 more months can be expected. It is probably more like 8 more months before decent weather returns. Why do people choose to live in the north and deal with nasty weather? Well, at least I have something to look forward to today. I will be going to an eye doctor to get my monthly injection in my eyeball. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is not really as bad as it sounds. When I first heard about it it made me shudder, but after experiencing it I discovered it was no big deal … a piece of cake … at least when the doctor is skilled. I have a great eye doctor I deal with. Sure I would much rather not have to get the monthly injection but it is helping to preserve what eyesight I have left in my one eye. The other eye is already totally blind. Thank God for two eyes as I still have vision in one and it enables me to …


and most every other thing … even compose a nonsensical article for this blog. Hopefully we will both live thru it.

BTW, the snow had all melted away by afternoon. I understand that we here in northern Indiana were fortunate as some states got 12 to 18 inches of snow and more is forecasted for them.


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Now for a bit of nostalgia …



rain rain go away

Most of us know and remember the saying “Rain, rain go away. Come again another day”. This has been a rather unusual year thus far. Here in the Mid-Eastern United States we have had rain nearly every day for what seems like a couple of months or so now. It really effects the cycling as well as most anything else in the realm of outdoor activities. Even what few decent days we have had in the weather department our local rivers have been and remain flooded. That means that a whole lot of our local trail system is flooded over and closed. I have been seeing places flooded over I have never seen flood previously. Even once the rain stops (if it ever does) and the river levels fall below flood stage the trails will continue to remain closed for a long time as they have to first dry out and then there will be much clean up needed before they can be reopened. So riding is greatly impaired this year. Those of us who ride are having to ride on streets and roads instead of the trails. Even some of the streets and roads are flooded over sometimes. It is like “one can’t win for losing”. I made up a couple of pictures with captions to express “how I feel” in regards to riding my tadpole trike and not being able to ride it. I first posted it on Facebook so many readers of this blog have already seen it. However, not everyone uses Facebook and is involved in the trike groups on Facebook. So I thought I would make up this posting on this blog with the pictures so they can be seen here. I think you will appreciate them and share the same emotions expressed in them.

how I feel

I suppose I could attempt going this route …

Trike Boat in water

I am pretty sure that this would only be good on relatively calm waters however. Swift running waters of rivers could spell disaster. At best it would probably end up with a long trip to Lake Erie … not what I set out for. As you can see on this map the Maumee River is formed in Fort Wayne by the merging of the St. Joseph River flowing SW and the St. Marys River flowing NW. The Maumee River flows NE to Toledo, Ohio and into Lake Erie.

Maumee river map

Well, that’s my story and I am stuck with it … I mean … I am sticking with it. But I sure hopes this rain stops and the trails can get opened back up. For those of you who need rain and aren’t getting any … I feel for you and sure wish I could share some of ours with you. That’s just how I feel. I want to…