Category Archives: misc.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT … A LAUGH OR TWO

Quite frankly I have ran out of stuff to post. Nothing new has come along which has inspired me to post about. So I have decided to do something different. What I have in mind has nothing to do with tadpole trikes. I really enjoy good humor as I am sure many of you do as well. Thus what I am doing here in this posting is sharing some of my favorite comedy videos.

HERE is the full length version of this comedy skit.

From the opening scenes of the comedy movie, The Shakiest Gun in the West …

 

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NEWBIE’S TRIKE TESTIMONY

A new tadpole rider posted this awesome testimony which I want to share here for others who are considering getting a recumbent trike.

“I’m new to triking, just got mine in March and I’ve only got 39 miles on it. I wanted to share some thoughts for any other newbies or people considering getting a trike.

I was worried about hills before I got my trike. I’d heard that it was harder, slower, etc. to go uphill on a trike. I can say that my first time out, I was able to get up one hill in particular that I could never get up on my regular bike. I always had to stop, get off and walk, but not on the trike. I went slower and used the low gears, but I was able to make it up without any real problems. So pleased by that. I haven’t walked up any hills!

I was also able to stop on a hill, not tip over, and get going again. Impossible for me on a regular bike.

Nothing hurt. Not my bum, hands, wrists, shoulders, etc. I can tell Im out of shape, but no pain from sitting on the trike. It’s wonderful!

I was also worried about being too slow overall, since hubby still rides a bike. Thought it wouldn’t be fun for him to ride together. But even being out of practice for a couple of years, I’m only about 2 mph slower, on average, than what I used to ride on a bike. Not a big difference.

Finally, I never realized how tense I was on a regular bike, especially riding along the road, until I was able to relax on my recumbent trike today. Bumps and rocks, dirt, sticks, traffic passing me, going downhill too fast, they all used to cause me tension when riding on two wheels. No worries at all on three! I could look around and really enjoy the scenery instead of staring at the road and watching for trouble. (Yes, I watched for traffic and made sure to be over to the side, but it wasn’t stressful.)

I’m really happy I bought a trike. It’s made cycling fun again, actually more fun now that I’m not so anxious or in pain. Sorry for the rambling post – I must be in the honeymoon phase with my trike 😊 looking forward to the summer!”

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I could not agree more. I can readily identify with everything they said. As for me …13 plus years later …. I am still on my honeymoon.

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529 GARAGE … A SERVICE FOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT THEFT

A few weeks ago a comment was left on my article entitled “Our Trikes are Missing” posted on April Fools Day. I took a look at it and thought it would be good to post an article on this blog about this service. Here is what they say …

“In 2013, we set out to create a sustainable program that helps reduce bike theft, promote cycling, and make cities and campuses more bike friendly. The result is the 529 Garage.”

“Our strategy is simple – galvanize riders, shops, police, schools and cities with a common set of tools that allow communities to become better organized than the criminals. Cities that we have joined forces with have seen meaningful, double-digit results in the first two years.”

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RELIVE SMARTPHONE APP

 

RELIVE is a neat app. I first was introduced to it watching Matt Galat’s videos. It really caught my attention but I never considered actually trying it myself. My rides are rather boring … I ride the same trails every day with very little variation. So capturing the route I ride on a video just isn’t something most people would be interested in seeing day after day. Never the less, I decided to give it a try. Relive offers both a basic free version with limited features as well as a paid version which offers some goodies not found on the basic version. I believe the paid version costs $6.99 a month and offers a 30 day free trial. One feature I like on the paid version is you can change the speed of the video. The free basic mode goes way too fast for my liking.

Free to join & use Relive
Free 3D videos of your activities
Millions of outdoor people
Track GPS with Relive app
Works with other GPS trackers

I am not much into high tech stuff. I never have been. I much prefer simplicity in my life. I prefer to avoid the challenge, frustration and aggravation that comes with this high tech world we live in. I would not even have a smartphone if it wasn’t for wanting to have weather radar with me while I am out riding. I much preferred my simple flip phone as far as a cell phone. I started out with an Android phone but last year I switched to an iPhone. It did not take very long before I regretted it and nothing has changed. I much prefer an Android. Quite frankly I don’t see what all the hype is about touting the iPhone as being superior.  It doesn’t impress me any whatsoever.

Anyway, Relive is available for Apple and Android. Reading about Relive and watching YouTube videos about it one would think that it has to be used with Strava or a similar app … that Relive is not a standalone app. However, I only installed Relive and it is working fine for me. It creates videos of my rides laying them out on Google Earth just like I have seen elsewhere such as Matt Galat’s videos.

It is rather interesting to see one’s ride recorded like this. I only wish I could work with this program on my desktop computer rather than having to do everything on my smartphone. I am still in the learning process as I have only been using it for three days thus far. I just learned today that you can take pictures while out on your ride and they will appear in the Relive video right where you took them.

Here is a screenshot of a paused video showing the entire ride route:

Here is my ride laid out on a map:

I am going to try something here hoping it will work. If it does you will see my 3rd ride I have recorded with the Relive app.

And here is a YouTube video showing what the Relive video looks like:

Here is another sampling …

And here is one more …

 

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COVID 19 … THE TRUTH

It is time to wake up …

Well, the evil hearted global elitists removed this video off of YouTube. Of course YouTube is very much in cahoots with them. It is probably just a matter of time before these other videos posted here will disappear too. I fully expect that this blog will someday disappear as well as these people don’t want their evil deeds exposed.

Since YouTube and other controlled media will continue to stifle and snuff out the truth these videos I am posting will continue to disappear. Therefore I am including a link to the search results for “Covid 19 Plandemic” so you can see what still might be available to view. Unfortunately two of the best I posted here have already been removed by YouTube. YouTube claims they were removed for violation of terms of service. That’s hogwash!

 

Here is the same doctor on another video which is still up on YouTube …

Here is another video to help us understand all of this … It is all about gaining more and more control over us … preparing us for what lies ahead in their global takeover agenda …

The following text is from the video description for the next video below:

Perspectives on the Pandemic Episode 5: In this highly-charged follow-up interview, Knut Wittkowski says his initial claim has been vindicated: The lockdowns – always a dubious proposition for a respiratory virus – came too late in the U.S. and elsewhere, and were therefore even worse than useless. By turns emotional and darkly comic, Wittkowski ranges across all the essential topics of the crisis, and gives answers you are unlikely to see in the major media. Not to be missed.

Episode 1: https://youtu.be/d6MZy-2fcBw
Episode 2: https://youtu.be/lGC5sGdz4kg
Episode 3: https://youtu.be/VK0Wtjh3HVA
Episode 4: https://youtu.be/cwPqmLoZA4s
Episode 6: https://youtu.be/3f0VRtY9oTs

A transcript of this interview can be found https://www.thepressandthepublic.com/…

And, read Wittkowski’s study here: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.03.28.20

00:15-Wittkowski explains his background
02:17-Reaching herd immunity in New York City
03:48-Does Wittkowski have a political agenda in his science?
04:44-How has Wittkowski’s assessment of the epidemic panned out?
07:37-Were peak infection rates reached before lockdown in some countries?
10:38-The state of New York City hospitals
12:01-Are we past peak COVID-19 infections?
14:00-On contact tracing
14:40-Were early calculations an honest mistake?
19:44-Did public officials forget that lockdown would cause more deaths?
22:20-Does COVID-19 self-limit?
25:41-Approaching herd immunity
28:43-Could we have reached herd immunity sooner?
33:35-Is sunshine and being outdoors really a way to combat COVID-19?
35:22-Bill Gates’ role in the pandemic
38:20-Debating the necessity of lockdowns to combat COVID-19
39:46-On the latest antibody tests and studies to have come out
44:16-COVID-19 is not fundamentally different than any other flu
47:43-Who is benefiting from the pandemic?
50:40-What’s happening in Sweden
52:07-Are we heading for a second spike of COVID-19?
56:20-Investigating the death toll
57:40-Is the pandemic fabricated?
59:43-The science behind our approach
01:02:06-What do we do now?

HERE is another video by former Senator Ron Paul which I can’t post here on this blog. Senator Paul and his son, Rand are true American patriots who serve honorably standing against the enemies of our country (foreign and domestic).

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ONE WAY MEANS ONE WAY

 

Recently I was riding in a bike lane on a one way downtown street when I saw a guy on a bicycle riding in the bike lane coming toward me. Most bike lanes are not very wide so a serious problem was quickly developing. There is a natural scientific physical law most of us are familiar with … two objects can not occupy the same space at the same time. Something has to give. Yes, I was in the right of way. I was going the correct direction on this one way street. The bicyclist was going the wrong way. But ya know, the fact that the law was on my side didn’t really matter. We were about to collide and something needed to be done to avoid it. Fortunately there was no traffic nearby so I was able to ride over into the adjacent lane to avoid a collision.

Now I did not appreciate what this guy did. He was clearly in the wrong and in violation of the law. I guess what bothers me the most about this is how he conducted himself. He showed no sign of it bothering him. He will no doubt continue to do this sort of thing. I just hope he doesn’t end up causing injury or worse to others. Just one street over is another one way street going the other direction. It also has a bike lane and he could have and should have been riding there if he wanted to go that direction.

Why would he do this you might ask. I know it certainly comes into my mind. Surely he knows it is wrong and against the law. Surely he knows that he is endangering lives by doing this. He obviously doesn’t care. How can this be? How can someone be like that?

We as humans are an interesting lot. We not only come in all manner of shapes and sizes and even in a few different colors. We speak multiple languages and have numerous different cultures making us unique and different from each other. Yet in all of the differences that might exist we all share one thing in common. We are all born with a sin nature.

Most of know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where God their Creator came down to earth and walked with them each day. God gave them free reign in the garden with only one exception. He commanded them not to eat  the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He warned them of the consequences of doing so. Like us Adam and Eve were created with free will. Like us they had the freedom to choose what they were going to do as well as the responsibility and accountability for those choices.  In those choices we also face consequences. Adam and Eve were warned but they chose to disobey. In doing so the consequences were huge and to this day effect every human being.

Man’s disobedience did not end God’s great love for us. However, it did bring about a major problem. God is holy and pure while man had become sinful … unholy, impure. Yep, that is a problem. God can no longer have us in His presence. Our sin separates us from Him. So what can be done? Can we do anything to change this? Do we have it within our power and ability? I will give you a hint … God tells us that all of our righteousness is as filthy rags in His sight. We are helpless! We have a major problem indeed.

But God in His great love for us did something about it. I started out this posting talking about ONE WAY. This hasn’t changed. God provided the answer to our sin problem and He tells us that the provision He alone offers is ONE WAY. There is a video presentation explaining and illustrating His provision for us. In this life all of us are travelling along on a wide ONE WAY road just as is illustrated in this video. This picture illustration does an excellent job telling what happened in the Garden of Eden and the history of man. It covers from birth right up unto death. Look carefully at what is illustrated. Look at the faces of the people. Look at how humanity is all shuffling along and what is awaiting them up ahead. Look at their faces as they finally discover and understand their fate they are about to experience. It is too late to avoid it as they already went past the free love gift God offered them. As you watch this video you have two choices. You can harden your heart and reject God’s free gift like the one boy did. In doing so you will continue to shuffle along with the masses missing out on what God had for you. Or you can be like the other boy and the girl who allowed God’s love to penetrate their hearts and receive what God offers to all of us. What will you do with Jesus?

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A reader left this comment. I am posting it here as I know not everybody reads comments.

A few minutes ago I texted this to my friend… “ When I have read books & stories about Armageddon or the Rapture, I always wondered how in the world God could ever get the attention, or interest, of 7.8 billion people.

The thought just occurred to me that the whole planet is now ‘at attention.’

Do you think something from God is about to happen?”

And her immediate reply was something that her own friend had just sent to her…

“In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship. You want to worship athletes, I will shut down stadiums and arenas. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down every venue. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters.. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You want to worship your own bodies, I’ll close down all the gyms. You want to worship your own intellect and pat yourself on the back with a graduation, I’ll close down your schools. You want to place your trust in your friends and not in Me, I’ll make sure you can’t even meet with them physically. You don’t want to seek my face and worship Me, I will make it where you can’t go to church.” “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Maybe we don’t need a vaccine, maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters…Jesus!”

RIDING DURING THE COVID 19 PLANDEMIC or 50 MILES OF HIDDEN SMILES

Are you among those who are riding during the Covid 19  PLANdemic? From what I have gathered not all states or local governments are permitting the public to go out for exercise during this time of planned evil thrust upon us. And in some places the trails are closed. Here in Indiana where I live outdoor exercise is being encouraged and there certainly are a whole lot of folks out there on the trails. Sadly all too many are not following the guidelines of staying far enough apart. And very few are wearing face masks to protect themselves and others. This man-made virus is truly dangerous and it can’t be known whether we have it or not unless we come down with symptoms. And at first we were told 6 feet is sufficient distance between people but now they are saying 20 feet. Furthermore they say that a sneeze can shoot the droplets out 27 feet so it doesn’t sound like 20 feet would be enough. To make matters worse it lingers in the air for a very long time … up to 4.5 hours I think I read. And then once it lands of surfaces it can last on that surface from several hours to several days depending upon what the material is of the surface. The bottom line is … be very very careful. Even in our homes we need to practice extra precaution than we normally do.

I know it is hard but stop picking your nose and sucking your thumb.   Did I really say that?

I have been out nearly every single day. Today (April 8th) as I compose this is no exception. With warmer weather finally arriving I have increased the length of my rides. Today (April 8th) I rode 50 miles. I stlll had that recumbent smile taking place but no one could tell it as it was hidden behind a mask.

Yesterday was 60 miles … all with a mask on. I don’t mind wearing a mask in really cold weather but once it warms up enough so that it is comfortable outdoors wearing a mask is no fun. But it is better than going around unprotected like most people are doing. That ol’ recumbent smile is certainly going to waste, but hey, that’s okay. Maybe no one else can see it but I can tell it’s there. I can tell because I am enjoying my ride the same as I did the very first time I rode a tadpole trike. Some 88,000 plus miles later I am still lovin’ it.

I hope you are able to get out and ride where you are at. Do obey the governing authorities however. Even if you have to hide that recumbent smile behind a mask hopefully you can …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

in the midst of this biological warfare agent purposely turned lose on mankind.

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HERE is an interesting article on the source of the Covid 19 virus … we can thank Barack Obama for it. Those who voted for the scumbag should be ashamed of themselves.

I am adding this comment below from a reader. It was left on another posting but I am posting it here because it pertains to the Covid 19 virus …

” A few minutes ago I texted this to my friend… “ When I have read books & stories about Armageddon or the Rapture, I always wondered how in the world God could ever get the attention, or interest, of 7.8 billion people.

The thought just occurred to me that the whole planet is now ‘at attention.’

Do you think something from God is about to happen?”

And her immediate reply was something that her own friend had just sent to her…

“In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship. You want to worship athletes, I will shut down stadiums and arenas. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down every venue. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters.. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You want to worship your own bodies, I’ll close down all the gyms. You want to worship your own intellect and pat yourself on the back with a graduation, I’ll close down your schools. You want to place your trust in your friends and not in Me, I’ll make sure you can’t even meet with them physically. You don’t want to seek my face and worship Me, I will make it where you can’t go to church.” “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Maybe we don’t need a vaccine, maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters…Jesus!” “

OUR TRIKES ARE MISSING

Today is April 1st … April Fools Day. For those who don’t know what April Fools Day is … maybe you don’t have it where you live … it is a day where people play tricks/pranks/practical jokes on each other. We try to come up with something to fool them. Sometimes they are greatly fooled and what transpires is funny. My wife is a Filipino and she knew nothing of April Fools Day. Her first April 1st here in the U.S. she learned about it as I played a pretty good trick on her. I set all the clocks ahead 30 minutes and had her panicking thinking she was late getting to work. Of course, I let her in on my joke on her. Yep, that was her introduction to April Fools Day. That black eye lasted a long time. (only kidding)

Being April Fools Day I thought I would share about something that happened several years ago where a friend and myself were the victims of a prank which was played on us. (It was not April Fools Day when this happened.) We had taken our trikes via pickup truck to ride a ‘rail trail’ in north central Indiana. We stopped at a restaurant alongside the trail to eat lunch. There was no place to lock our trikes to so we used a cable to lock them to each other. We went in to eat and we asked the waitresses to keep an eye on our trikes for us as we could not since the dining area was in a part of the building from where our trikes could not be seen. The waitresses however were frequently where they could see our trikes. They said they would. After eating when we came back out both of our trikes were gone. Needless to say we panicked and were extremely concerned. We looked around a little bit when we saw a guy over on the nearby trail who was signaling to us. He had seen what was going on and pointed to where our trikes had been moved to. They had been taken back behind the restaurant and sort of hidden in between employee cars parked back there. With the trikes being locked together with the cable it took a few people to accomplish this as they would have to have been lifted together and carried the whole distance together. It turned out that the waitresses inside the restaurant had done this playing a trick on us. It sure worked. We were not laughing initially but the employees of the restaurant sure were. They had come outside to watch this. Definitely we were thankful for the man over on the trail who let us know where our trikes were at. In the end we laughed along with the employees. They had succeeded in playing their prank on us. Fortunately we were able to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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BTW, I have had some fun on this blog a time or two before when it comes to April Fools Day. Click HERE to read one of my postings. Another time I had several people fooled as they believed this picture below was real in the posting about tadpole trike makes record jump.

 

CHOMPING AT THE BIT & REARING UP

 

Each day I find myself going thru the same emotions and anxiety … waiting for the time to pass so that I can go out for my daily ride on my tadpole trike. Like a horse chomping on its bit and rearing up, I want to get going. But I have to wait. It is still dark outside and still too cold. I need to wait until it is daylight and the temperature starts to warm up a bit. Of course, I am talking about winter time as in summer time just the opposite is true. In hot weather I try to leave early … at first light oftentimes … so I can get out and get my ride in before it gets uncomfortably hot. It is mid March as I compose this which means that it is still getting rather cool overnight and the coldest part of the day is around 7 and 8 AM. So “here I sit all broken hearted, chompin’ at the bit, I can’t get started”. Hey, that actually rhymes. Hopefully it won’t be long before warmer weather arrives and all this changes.

By the way, I tried my best to get my trike to rear up like Silver so I could show a picture of my trike above instead of a horse, but my steady steed refused to cooperate.

Yep, I am rearing to go (at least in my mind). How about you? I want to get out there and …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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Well, it is light enough and warm enough so I am OUT OF HERE!

CAUGHT ON CAMERA

It happened again. I was out for my daily ride and was riding across a bridge when I saw a guy crouched down with a camera pointed at me. He had snapped this picture shown above and as I was riding on past him he shouted out to me so I turned around and rode back to him. I had no idea who he was but as it turned out he works for the local newspaper and had been there at that location for 20 to 30 minutes waiting for someone to come across the bridge. He was wanting to take a picture for the newspaper to be published the following day. We talked together for awhile and I did my best to be a good ambassador for recumbent tadpole trikes which, of course, I always do.

And no, it was not 1 AM when he took this picture. I was sound asleep at that time. And it was very dark at that time. As you can see it is daylight when I was crossing this bridge. And it was Wed. March  4th. He does say that but I just wanted to be sure no one is confused. I guess he wanted people to know when he was posting this in the newspaper.

This is far from the first time the media has caught me on camera in both still pictures and video. In fact, I think it is about the 8th time. Some have been television news stories and some have been newspapers. And one was when I was caught on Google Maps Street View camera car as we passed each other.

The very first time was nearly a full page article on the front cover of the newspaper. It featured me on my trike with my dog in the basket. That really surprised me as I was expecting the article to be hidden well back into the newspaper and quite small. That picture made my dog well known as people would see us all over town and yell out at us. And when people were up close to us they would make a big fuss over my dog and he loved that. And when my dog was not with me people would ask where he is at. He put a lot of miles on the local trails walking and running as well as riding in the basket.

In my cold weather attire the scenario is somewhat like the Lone Ranger TV show where as the Lone Ranger rides away at the end of the show someone asks “who was that masked man?”

I am sure that there are several of you who have already or will be featured in the media as well. I guess it comes with riding a tadpole trike … something a bit different than is what most people are used to seeing. I told the newspaper person several different things about tadpole trikes but in his limited article all that he said was “Cycling in comfort”. I sure can’t argue that!

At this point in time I intend to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

and in doing so it is quite possible the Paparazzi will continue to pursue me.

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By the way, if this gets me into deep water so be it … I have been there before …

 

WORLD INTEREST IN TADPOLE TRIKES

As you know I have this blog about tadpole trikes. What you may not know is that it is viewed in nearly every country on the face of the earth. I find that amazing that there are people in places where they probably don’t even have a good clean safe source of water have been online checking out this blog. Here is a world map showing in green what few countries have not had anyone view this blog.

As you can see there are not very many. All of the black are countries that have had someone view this blog. Below is a list of the countries and the number of views from that country as of this date (Feb. 10, 2020) when I am composing this.

United States 391476
Canada 42388
United Kingdom 38304
Australia 19912
Germany 19707
France 14719
India 6793
Sweden 6588
Brazil 6485
Italy 6258
Netherlands 6218
Spain 5965
Poland 4758
Hungary 4363
Philippines 4270
Belgium 4062
New Zealand 3358
South Africa 3075
Finland 2899
Mexico 2770
Indonesia 2686
South Korea 2672
Denmark 2648
Russia 2627
Argentina 2499
Switzerland 2472
Japan 2469
Turkey 2448
Romania 2412
Thailand 2385
Czech Republic 2290
Norway 2082
Ireland 2056
Singapore 2053
Malaysia 1861
Ukraine 1831
Colombia 1774
Portugal 1659
Austria 1636
Serbia 1381
Slovakia 1372
Chile 1316
Taiwan 1295
Croatia 1283
Hong Kong SAR China 1201
Greece 1147
Slovenia 1095
Lithuania 1056
Bulgaria 1045
Israel 922
European Union 894
Saudi Arabia 858
Vietnam 652
Pakistan 580
Peru 569
Venezuela 528
Latvia 489
United Arab Emirates 480
Egypt 463
Puerto Rico 430
China 413
Ecuador 389
Estonia 372
Morocco 368
Bolivia 290
Uruguay 280
Belarus 280
Costa Rica 278
Kazakhstan 196
Bosnia & Herzegovina 192
Bangladesh 176
Georgia 174
Macedonia 168
Iceland 165
Luxembourg 159
Algeria 155
Kenya 155
Panama 151
Sri Lanka 149
Nigeria 147
Dominican Republic 144
Cyprus 141
Moldova 137
Trinidad & Tobago 130
Oman 121
Paraguay 119
Qatar 117
Malta 113
Jamaica 112
Guatemala 110
Lebanon 108
Brunei 108
Réunion 104
Kuwait 104
Tunisia 98
Barbados 97
Myanmar (Burma) 97
Iraq 97
French Polynesia 80
Albania 78
Nepal 74
American Samoa 70
Mauritius 68
Montenegro 62
Azerbaijan 61
Jordan 57
New Caledonia 54
Cambodia 52
Ghana 51
Bahrain 49
Ethiopia 49
Bermuda 47
Belize 46
Jersey 46
El Salvador 44
Rwanda 43
Bahamas 39
Tanzania 38
Uzbekistan 37
Isle of Man 36
Aruba 35
Guam 33
Mongolia 32
Nicaragua 31
Caribbean Netherlands 31
Kyrgyzstan 28
Mozambique 27
Fiji 26
Guernsey 26
Honduras 26
St. Lucia 25
Cayman Islands 23
Palestinian Territories 21
Zambia 21
Namibia 20
Guadeloupe 19
Macau SAR China 18
Armenia 18
Zimbabwe 16
Senegal 15
Haiti 15
Uganda 14
Botswana 14
Laos 14
Suriname 13
Sudan 13
Norfolk Island 13
Antigua & Barbuda 13
Cape Verde 13
U.S. Virgin Islands 11
Cuba 11
Andorra 11
Guyana 10
Libya 10
Faroe Islands 10
Cameroon 10
Madagascar 9
French Guiana 9
Turks & Caicos Islands 9
Gambia 8
Côte d’Ivoire 7
Guinea 6
Solomon Islands 6
Martinique 6
British Virgin Islands 6
Maldives 6
Liberia 6
Papua New Guinea 5
Monaco 5
Yemen 5
Angola 5
Åland Islands 5
Congo – Kinshasa 4
Gabon 4
Gibraltar 4
Grenada 4
Congo – Brazzaville 4
Malawi 3
Curaçao 3
San Marino 3
Afghanistan 3
Chad 3
Burkina Faso 3
Cook Islands 3
St. Vincent & Grenadines 3
Mali 2
Swaziland 2
St. Martin 2
Liechtenstein 2
Niue 2
Micronesia 2
Benin 2
Seychelles 2
St. Pierre & Miquelon 2
Lesotho 2
Sierra Leone 2
Somalia 2
Dominica 1
Falkland Islands 1
Togo 1
Burundi 1
Bhutan 1
Equatorial Guinea 1
Mayotte 1
Turkmenistan 1
South Sudan 1
Samoa 1
Timor-Leste 1
Syria 1
Antarctica 1
Kosovo 1
Anguilla 1

Like I said, I find it rather amazing that there is such interest in tadpole trikes all over the world. Of course, I am sure that some landed on my blog very much by accident … by misdirection by a search engine … or whatever. And I am equally as sure that some who visited the blog didn’t stick around to actually read it, especially when they discovered it had nothing to do with what they were looking for.

Even so I am also confident that there are some who live in some place where they have no hope or means of ever having a tadpole trike. They can only dream and wish. My heart goes out to them. If I had the ability I would provide them with a trike.

Then again some live places where it would be quite impossible to ride a tadpole trike if they did have one. Even a bicycle could not handle the place where they are at.

Many of us need to count our blessings. Some among us have more than one trike. Some even have several trikes. I sometimes ask myself … would I have more than one trike if I could afford it? I don’t know the answer to that. I can only ride one at a time so do I need more than one? Well, I won’t go any farther on that subject. I know I am grateful that the Lord has provided me with the means of having one. I was able to buy it just before I retired as extra funds became available as I started receiving SS just before I retired. Yes, I am so thankful to have my trike as I truly …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

I just checked and there are about 38 days left until Spring arrives.  (I asked Google and “she” said that there are 21 days left. So much for being able to trust what Google reports.) Of course, that is just a day on the calendar. It may or may not be reflected in the weather department. We can only hope. I know I am sure ready for it. Even though this has been a pretty mild winter for the most part, this month (February) winter weather has finally arrived for many of us. Even so, it still isn’t all that bad. Here in northeast Indiana we are having pretty much typical normal winter temperatures and so far bitter nasty winter weather has not reared its ugly face. Even so many tadpole trike riders are hibernating waiting for much nicer weather. Most of them haven’t even ventured out when the quite mild winter weather was upon us. I know some who don’t venture out on their trikes until the temperature is in the mid 70s. By that time several weeks of nice riding weather have passed by. Oh well, it is their choice and their loss.

Anyway, Spring arrives Thursday March 19th this year. That is the earliest since 1896. I just hope the weather is in tune with it and we do have decent weather even before then. It is my understanding that the groundhog did not see his shadow this year so that means we are suppose to have an early Spring.

Spring is my favorite season of the year followed by Autumn.  Of course, winter is my least favorite even though the snow and ice can be beautiful as captured in the image above.

Certainly the beautiful blossoms of Spring are breathtaking and I love seeing them. During winter where everything looks so drab and ugly for so long (with the exception of a new snowfall or ice storm) this natural beauty appears faithfully which only Jesus (the Creator of all that exists) can produce reminding us that He is still there and very much in control.

We don’t have many cherry tree blossoms here where I live and ride but we do have tulip tree blossoms which are quite pretty.

Yes, I am counting the days awaiting all of this knowing that I survived another winter and better riding weather has arrived. It is great to …

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THE HARDEST PART OF RIDING A TADPOLE TRIKE

I have always been one to joke around and try to get laughs. I guess I got it from my dad. It has got me into trouble more than once starting back in my childhood. Throughout school I was the class clown … always doing or saying things to get a laugh out of my classmates. Once a teacher sent me out of the classroom to stand in the hallway when I said something in response to him that he didn’t like. The class laughed but he didn’t. I don’t think he had much of a sense of humor.

Why am I sharing this you ask? Well, I am leading up to something which has to do with tadpole trikes. Really, I am. One of the things I have said numerous times with people about tadpole trikes concerns how comfortable they are to ride. I tell them that “THE HARDEST PART OF RIDING A TADPOLE TRIKE IS TRYING TO STAY AWAKE”. Although I say that jokingly it is not far from the truth. It would not be all that hard to fall asleep while riding along as they are just that comfortable to ride. Riding a tadpole trike is much like having a recliner chair on wheels. I won’t go as far as saying it is “overstuffed” but, hey, it sure beats the extreme discomfort or riding a diamond frame bicycle.

Here is a well made video on the subject …

There are things some manufacturers do to add additional comfort to their trikes such as extra padding on the seats and wrist rests. And there are things individuals do to add additional comfort such as seat pads, neckrests, pedal extenders, shorter crankarms, etc.

There are some adjustments on some trikes which can be made to accommodate the individual. Seat back angle is one of those. Some riders prefer to be very reclined while others want to sit quite upright. Seat height also comes into play but that is usually a matter of the particular model of trike one chooses as the seat height varies between manufacturer’s models.

I have written about the subject of comfort before. Yep, riding a tadpole trike is quite comfortable. DO TRY TO STAY AWAKE! We all want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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WE ALL GOTTA GO

I wrote about this once before several years ago. Nothing has changed since then. It is still a most serious and desperate matter. I am talking about building trails to use but failing to provide restrooms.  I mean … come on now … we all gotta go. It is a human need. Why don’t these people involved in trail planning and building accommodate the people they are building the trails for? I mean it is not just something that would be nice but it is a genuine need. What is wrong with them? Do their brains not work? Do they not care about us? Yes, I know trails are quite expensive to build and adding restrooms into the picture would greatly increase the cost. It does not matter. Restrooms are necessary. Here where I live we have very few restrooms available on our trail system. Most of the ones we do have are located in city parks. Not all of our trails go thru or near city parks. To make matters worse most of them are closed for 6 months out of the year for concern of frozen plumbing and expensive damage from that happening. There are just a very few “port-a-potties” the city rents but they are too few and too far apart. And again, come winter time most of them disappear. I don’t know what the answer is but as far as I am concerned as much as I like to see trail expansion (more trails being built and added to the trail network) I would rather see them use the money to add restrooms to the existing trails … even if they are simply port-a-potties. Right now we only have two restrooms that remain open thru the winter as they are heated. One is in a city park near a trail. The other is in another city park but no where near a trail so to use it means riding several blocks off of the trail. Yep, we all gotta go, but where? Is anybody listening? I don’t think so. I know I have brought the subject up before the city before but it falls on deaf ears. I tell ya if I was in charge things would be different. Having somewhere to go would definitely help all of us to not only …

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but to be able to remain out there longer and ride farther instead of having to try to make it somewhere to accommodate our human need which grows quite desperate.

What about where you ride? Are restrooms available along the trails? Please tell us by leaving a comment.

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Hey, I would even settle for one of these with a hole in the ground like we used to have a long time ago. The Amish still use them.

70 steps to the outhouse by Will E. Makeit

I am reminded of the joke about the “two seater” outhouse where a couple of guys decided to have some fun. They rigged up a loudspeaker down under the seats and had a microphone hooked up to use a distance away where they were out of sight. They would wait until someone came along (preferably female) and sat down to use the outhouse. Then that person would hear a voice coming from down below them asking them to move over to the other hole (seat) as they were performing some work below where they were seated. The person would panic and rush out of the outhouse as quickly as they could.

And speaking of “WE ALL GOTTA GO” … God has said to us that “it is appointed unto man once to die and after that comes (His) judgement” Hebrews 9:27 … and  says “It is a fearful and terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God [incurring His judgment and wrath].” Hebrews 10:31  Are you prepared to meet Him? What have you done with Jesus?

LOOSING IT HERE, BOSS! (my headlight , that is)

I assume most of us have come across items others have lost and I assume most of us have lost items.. The old adage “finders keepers, losers weepers” come to mind. If we are fortunate it evens out but we are not always fortunate. Definitely I have not been one to have things even out. In fact, I think the only thing I have found while out riding that was of any real value was a Cateye taillight. It is not as bright as some of the ones that have come along since it was manufactured but still it is fairly bright. I seldom use it however. Recently I lost a headlight which I valued and do miss. I was using a universal clamp I have had for quite some time. It adjusts to accommodate various lights. I had switched to this headlight just this morning when I lost it. Apparently I did not have the clamp tight enough to securely hold the headlight. I assume somebody got a nice headlight out of the deal. I thought I knew where I lost it as I noticed it was missing just a short distance past the area I thought I heard something drop. I went back to look for it but didn’t find it. I ended up retracing my ride all the way back home and back again to where I first turned around looking for it. I even got off of my trike and carefully walked around looking for it. No one was around when I had heard the sound of something dropping. I was going across a boardwalk at the time and was nearly at the end of it. So if it did fall there I am quite sure no one else got it. And after a very careful look (three times) for me to have not spotted it would have to mean that it fell and rolled somewhere where it is very well hidden. I had just put brand new batteries in it and it was flashing very brightly which should have made it pretty easy to spot. It is kind of a sickening feeling when you lose something you value. Yes, it can be replaced. I just don’t like wasting money buying something I already had and was working fine. Anyway I immediately went to the LBS (local bike shop … or local bike store) and bought a new headlight identical to it. I like having at least one battery (AA or AAA) powered headlight and taillight as I can change the batteries while I am out riding if I need to. And the batteries last a very long time compared to the rechargeable type. They are another story and have let me down more than once with no recourse while I am out riding. Well, as they say … that is my story and I am stuck with it. So if you are riding along and see a headlight laying near the trail flashing away … well, no, it is not likely mine. That would be too far for it to roll. Hopefully you won’t loose anything … especially anything of value … while you are out riding. It is no fun, I tell ya. It is definitely not my idea of …

ENJOYING THE RIDE!

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Oh by the way … since this happened I have removed the universal clamp mount (shown in the picture below) and am using the mounts that came with the lights I am now using. I added another mounting post opposite the one which Catrike has on the front derailleur post. It is working out well.

CAMERA MOUNT

Thru the years I have tried various ways to take video as I ride. I have mounted my camera on my trike a couple of different times but never liked the results. One thing I object to is the camera picking up road noise thru the mount I had for it. I have had the camera helmet mounted but didn’t care for that at all even though there was probably the least jarring of the camera that way. Most of the time I have just held the camera in my hand. I really don’t like doing that however. Recently I have been trying out a mount I made using the mount for a headlight. I had to modify the headlight mount in order to mount the camera. Much to my surprise it doesn’t transfer much road noise into the camera.

Where I live and ride the road and trail surfaces are fairly rough so getting jarred around is a problem I have to deal with when it comes to taking video. Much to my surprise the jarring around using this camera mount is not as bad as I expected it would be. Never the less it is still present so I am considering doing some experimentation to see if I can improve upon this.

Also I would like to be able to quickly and easily remove the camera to hand hold it should I come across something I want to catch on video which requires re-aiming the camera or even moving it following the subject matter. Also I want to be able to easily remove the camera (only) and take it with me if I should stop for lunch or shopping while out riding.

Many of us like to video tape our rides and we do so for various reasons. How do you go about it? Please tell us by leaving a comment.

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

 

Today is January 1, 2020 … New Years Day . Yep, a new year is off and running. Some people make a New Year Resolution … something they decide they should do to make a change in their life. I have never been one to do that. for that matter I have never been one to set goals to achieve in life. I just live my life day to day.  For me that works great as I don’t deal with stress or anxiety. I never have. And I don’t have to concern myself with disappointment as a result of something not happening in my life. I am sure some, perhaps many, would argue that my thinking and approach is all wrong … that I have nothing going on to challenge and “grow” me. Perhaps this is true. I don’t really know nor do I care.

Why am I writing this you ask? I don’t know. It is Jan. 1st … New Years Day … and I needed to come up with something to post. Another question is … where am I going with this? And again, an honest answer is I don’t have a clue at this point in time. I got myself into this and now I need to get myself out of it.

Oh yeah, I am suppose to be writing about New Year resolutions. Do you make them? If you do, how well do you do at keeping them? Someone will probably say … this year I am going to ride my trike at least 30 miles a day. They start out with the best of intentions but within a few days they fail to achieve the 30 mile distance. Thus they have broken their word they made to them self and perhaps to others including God. When this happens we tend to be hard on ourselves. It is not good.

Perhaps a different approach is needed. God’s Word cautions us not to boast about tomorrow because none of us know what will happen in the next second of time much less tomorrow. That being the case perhaps we should say”with the Lord’s help I will try to …”.  And perhaps we need to think along the lines of “if I fall short of my goal I will accept it and move on picking back up  and working toward achieving what I started out to do”.  And if we discover our goal was set too high for us to accomplish that is ok. We simply need to lower the bar and do whatever we are capable of. Beating up on ourselves is not the answer.

Here in the United States as well as some other places in the world New Years Day bike rides are quite common. Some people ride by themselves. Others ride together with family or friends. And some ride in planned organized rides in our communities. Here where I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana this community has such an organized ride for bicyclists as well as motorcyclists. It is nice to have these rides available. There is only one problem … ol’ man winter” The weather dept. can definitely mess up our plans. Sometimes the weather is just too nasty to venture out … at least for many of us. I personally have only ridden on a couple of these New Years Day rides as the weather was not to my liking most years. Actually for me, riding the couple of times I did go was enough for me. I am not crazy about going anymore. Riding with a large number of people in close quarters doesn’t appeal to me. I much prefer to ride with just a very few other trikes. I really don’t like riding with bicycles at all. Most cyclists tend to meander around all over the place and pose a dangerous threat to my safety and others. So even if the weather is decent enough to venture out on Jan. 1st I usually just ride by myself staying away from the crowd. To quote the words to a song …. “the name of the game is I like it like that”.

No, I am not making any New Year Resolution, but I will be out there as much as I can riding thru the winter and doing my best to …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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GIVING THANKS EACH DAY

It is almost Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. I am thankful for this holiday where we as Americans pause in our busy lives to give thanks to God for the many blessings we enjoy from His hand. I am truly thankful for many different things in my life.  I could compile a long list here but I will spare you that. Reflecting back I am thankful for my dad who lovingly made the money I needed available to me so that I could purchase the various items needed to fabricate my first tadpole trike. Otherwise I may not have ever got into this great sport of tadpole trike riding. And again, reflecting back I am thankful I was able to start receiving social security a couple of months before I actually retired from my job. That extra money made it possible for me to purchase my Catrike Trail tadpole trike. Otherwise it is likely that never would have happened. I am thankful for relative good health that each day I can enjoy and benefit from riding my tadpole trike. I am thankful for new friends I have made over the years thru riding my trike. I am thankful for the privilege of having this blog which is read all over the world in at least 193 countries. I am thankful for the many comments I have received back from readers of this blog which thanked me for helping them and encouraged me to continue on. I am sure that if I continued to think about this subject there are many more things I could add to this list.

Before I bring this to a close I just want to say that I am thankful that my Creator, Jesus Christ, loves me so much that He willingly died in my place so that my sin could be forgiven and I would not have to face the death sentence that was upon me as a result of my sin. And I am thankful that He is not a respecter of persons. He loves each of us just the same. He offers the same deal to each of us … forgiveness of our sin … and eternal life with Him. All He requires is that we come to Him on His terms. His great love is AIMED AT YOUR HEART. None of us know what a day may bring forth. We don’t have the assurance of our next heart beat and breath. Death could happen for any of us in the blink of an eye. Procrastination is a very dangerous thing for if we die in our sin our fate is sealed.

At this point in time I have no intention of stopping writing new  articles for this blog. But what if I were to do so? What would I communicate in MY LAST POST?

I am so thankful that each day (weather permitting) I can …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’ and ENJOY THE RIDE!

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TADPOLE RIDER FB Group

TADPOLE RIDER FB Group

I have decided to restart the TADPOLE RIDER Facebook group. It is an OPEN  (PUBLIC) group so anyone can view it without joining. Membership is required however if you wish to post or comment to a posting. If you are interested in joining it you can do so by requesting membership thru the FB group. Please be advised that this group is about tadpole trikes and only tadpole trikes. Postings and comments which do not pertain to tadpole trikes will be removed. Members who repeatedly violate this after being warned will be removed from membership. Postings and comments must not be used for personal attacks on other members. This will not be allowed.

TADPOLE RIDER Facebook group

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FROM ME TO YOU … HAPPY 4TH

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