OBSTACLES WE ENCOUNTER
Life is full of obstacles and while riding our trikes it no exception. Whether it be natural such as a fallen tree, a flood, etc. or man-made such as a barricade set up, a bollard, a kissing gate (how many of you know what that is?), a detour or road/trail closed sign, or some other nifty thing placed in front of us … they all accomplish the same thing … slowing us down, making things more difficult, costing more time and effort, causing us to turn back having to give up progressing onward … at least on that particular pathway we are attempting to travel on.
It is a lot easier for a person on foot or a bicycle to deal with this than it is for a trike rider.
Encountering flood water and attempting to ride thru it can be risky business. It just may be deeper than anticipated and you can get a sitting bath. If the water is cold and/or nasty that isn’t so good. I speak from experience.
This is a kissing gate … try to get thru that on a trike. Some are made so you can, but this one above isn’t one of them. The one pictured below a trike can get thru, but just barely. These certainly are not very convenient.
Bollards just usually slow us down, but some are spaced too close together for a trike to get thru. For sure be careful when approaching bollards. They have a nasty habit of jumping right out in front of tadpole trikes. 🙂
I see these signs a whole lot more than I care to … mostly due to trail flooding from the rivers they run alongside of.
As a volunteer Greenway Ranger for our local trail system I report problems I encounter while out on the trails and many of them I take care of myself as long as I can. I cut and remove lots of fallen trees and tree branches. I like riding on the trails so I do what I can to help keep them open.
Well, all I know to say is … OBSTACLES? … YOU’LL HAVE THAT! … Let’s all try to …
KEEP ON TRIKIN’
Posted on September 24, 2014, in riding, safety, tadpole trikes and tagged dealing with bollards, riding on trails, tadpole trikes, trail closures, trail detours, trail obstacles. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.