Category Archives: riding

11 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR TRIKE FASTER

Utah Trikes has some good videos. Here is one of them …

… WARNING … FOR SPEED DEMONS ONLY …

(only kidding … there is some good info here applicable to all)

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TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD VIA A TADPOLE TRIKE

Most of us will never be able to ride our tadpole trikes around the world even if we truly would like to. There are a few however who are doing this and documenting it on video and pictures so that we can be a part of it. I personally only know of a few people which I will list here. If you know of any others feel free to tell us in comments.

Matt Galat

Sylvia Halpern

Darren Broadhurst

Kathyrn (don’t know last name)

 

Matt interviews Darren …

Gary Solomon of Laidback Bike Report has featured and interviewed some of these world travelers.

For those considering trike travels HERE is some help with equipping one’s trike.

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A Review of an Azub Touring Setup

From the “land down under” (Australia) comes this video I share here. This triker,  Darren Broadhurst, is among the few who is on an ongoing trike journey around the world. He rides an Azub Ti-Fly 20 inch  … which is a fully suspended model.

His video channel description … “After retiring from a full military career I’ve been cycling and travelling around the world for the past 4 years. These are the videos along the way.”

Other videos available from this fellow triker.

His website … every which way but lost.

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EVEN IF YOUR NAME IS NOT GEORGE WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!

Good eyesight is precious. Just try losing it to be convinced. I can speak from personal experience. I am blind in my left eye and struggling to maintain what eyesight I have left in my right eye,. I won’t bother explaining what all is going on. I will simply say it is something I inherited from my mother’s side of the family. As part of my eye care I have to get an injection of a very expensive medicine in my right eye once a month. Each time I go to the eye doctor my eye gets dilated which, of course, makes for blurry vision and the need for sun glasses when out in bright sunshine. Two days ago I had another eye doctor appointment. For the very first time I rode my tadpole trike to the appointment rather than go by car and having a designated driver. It worked out great although certainly my vision was considerably impaired on my return trip home. Yep, I was thoroughly enjoying myself riding along when I hit a curb I didn’t … indeed COULD NOT see and flew up into the air. It was not only embarrassing but I was quite concerned about my trike. A bad bump like that by all 3 wheels could cause serious damage. As far as I know everything is okay. Just a few blocks later I hit another curb. It reminded me of the period of time I rode around with very poor vision due to cataracts. I could identify with Mark 8:24 where it is recorded “… I see men as trees, walking.” In fact, I still deal with this quite a lot. It is not as bad as this picture but in the distance I often times can not distinguish a person from a tree as I look down the trail ahead of me. Yep, good eyesight is so precious.

Watch out for that tree!

Trees are on my list of concerns as well as curbs, etc. My name isn’t George and I am pretty sure that most of you are not named George either. My thinking right now is … this might very well be a time when it would be good to let ol’ George do it. As they say … better him then me. So if your name is George … WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE! Hey, even if your name is not George I would say the same thing to ya. I am pretty sure we all want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

and

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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I am reminded of this song …

Hmmm, makes a guy consider having his name changed to Fred and let George do the drivin’.  Just watch out for that tree!

GETTING UP – GETTING OLD is GETTING OLD

73 is the current number for me. One thing I have noticed is that the older I get the harder it seems to be getting to get up out of my trike seat. I mean, where is a proverbial “sky hook” when needed? That would make it so much easier, don’t ya know?  I think I would benefit from assist bars but I don’t know where I could mount them as I already have other bars mounted that I have my computers mounted on. I may have to look into the matter as the situation is getting worse. I have written about assist bars previously.

Another answer may be a different trike with a higher seat but that is out for me as I can’t afford it nor do I want a higher seat. I like the handling a lower seat offers and would not want to give it up. Maybe I will just have to be the person who actually invents a sky hook. I am quite certain that there is a definite market for them in this world. Hey, maybe I could go out a multi-millionaire.

I don’t think they make a small drone powerful enough to lift me. Heck, even a big drone would be challenged.

Losing weight … lots of weight … would help immensely. I may not even need anything to help me then. Unfortunately that is not likely to happen. Life isn’t fair. I have found that it is a whole lot easier to put weight on than it is to take it off. Nope, life isn’t fair!

One thing is for sure … I need to do something if I want to continue riding as this problem keeps getting worse. A sky hook is needed as I do want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

I reckon I can safely say that Getting Up While Getting Old is Getting Old.

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BTW, I just ordered some assist bars from Power On Cycling. Hopefully they will help me. I am sure I will have to make some changes in order to mount them and use them.

DON’T FOLLOW ME … I’M LOST

Wow … was I ever lost … as in … I sure was lost … as in clueless. Yesterday I rode most of the way with a friend to where he lives. I stopped just a very short distance from his house to head back to the trail we left. I knew how to get to my house from his house but I wasn’t going to my house directly so I tried navigating my was thru subdivisions I was not familiar with. To make matters worse there was lots of street closures for construction projects going on so I had to find a different route. I had no idea what streets we had just taken to get thru the various subdivisions. I would need to study a map to figure it out. Many of the streets were dead end so I had to keep turning around and going back. I had told my friend when he surprised me and turned into a subdivision rather than stay on the trail along the main street (which I thought he would do) that I will probably need him to ride back with me a ways as I would never remember the route he was taking thru the subdivision. I was just kidding but it sure would have helped. I got so lost and turned around. I had no idea where I was at and where I was headed … where I needed to go. Basically I just wanted to come out somewhere where I was familiar with the area and would then know what to do. I finally did and I sure was surprised as I was miles from anywhere I expected to be. Fortunately I was very familiar with the area and it was simple enough from then on even though I had a very long way to ride to get back to the trail. And where I came back onto the trail was many miles from where I got off of it It all worked out and I had a very good ride even though it was a bit embarrassing. I mean … it is not the sort of thing I would want to tell anyone. Hey, what am I telling you for? This is embarrassing. Here is a map of sorts. I can’t fill it in any better than this as I don’t have a clue what streets we rode on (blue line) after leaving the trail (red line). The black circle is the approximate area I was riding around in totally lost. I came out onto Trier Rd. and then I knew where I was and what I needed to do to get back onto the trail. As you can see I was far from where I got off of the trail.

 

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ONE GREAT VIDEO of JAYOE!

A friend of Matt Galat compiled this video for him and did an excellent job of it. BTW, the YouTube video description is in itself an interesting read.

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TAKING THE LANE

Growing up I never heard of “taking the lane”. As a child and up thru my teen years I chose to ride on the left (wrong) side of the road against traffic. My thinking and reasoning was that I was able to see the traffic ahead of me coming at me and, if need be, I could take evasive action to keep from getting hit. I never had a policeman stop me for doing this. Later as I grew into adulthood I started riding on the right (correct) side of the road but I stayed over to the right as far as possible trying to stay out of the way of all traffic. BTW, now I try to avoid riding on the left (wrong) side of the road as I came to realize that doing this does present problems for motorists. It can confuse them and shake them up.

In recent years I started hearing about riding out in the lane of traffic “taking the lane”.

When I first heard it I thought it was nuts … asking for disaster. I started experimenting with riding out in the traffic lane and found that there was no problem in doing so. I got more and more comfortable with it and came to the realization that it is safer and better than riding over on the right hand side. So now I take the lane almost all the time. The exception to that is if I am riding somewhere that has a very wide lane where there is plenty of room for motor vehicles to safely pass by me . I am also leery of taking the lane of a road where there are hills and curves which would make it impossible for a motor vehicle coming up behind me to see me in time to avoid colliding with me. It is best just to stay off of roads like that as they are just too dangerous. I want to be safe out there and …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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BTW, I haven’t mentioned designated bike lanes. The concept sounds good but I find them objectionable to use as they are just dangerous. Motor vehicles drive in them, park in them, cut cyclists off not paying any attention to them. Then there is the fact that a cyclist is trapped in a narrow lane between moving motor vehicles and parked motor vehicles. The parked motor vehicles pose a real threat as doors are opened just as the cyclist is riding by. Also the parked vehicles start pulling out often not paying any attention if cyclists are riding along coming up to them. I have also noticed that the surface of bike lanes is usually the worst part of the street as far as the surface. There are lots of manhole covers, pot holes, debris, etc. to contend with. It is difficult and dangerous trying to move about to avoid it.

TRIKE TRACKS – BEING MADE by MARTIN SCHMIDT

Martin Schmidt is a fellow tadpole trike rider who hails from Germany. He rides a HP Velotechnik FS26 Scorpion trike and has been making lots of journeys on it capturing much of it on video. His website and his videos are in German so those who don’t savvy the language are out of luck so to speak. Although I took a course of German in high school I don’t remember a word of it. So I can only enjoy seeing the German countryside shown in his videos.

YouTube videos

website

contact form on his website

Here is a sampling of one of his many videos …

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READIN’, RIDIN’ n ‘RITHMETIC

At 73 years old I no longer have much interest in the “Three R’s” I,  like everybody else, was dealing with as I was growing up. Oh, I still read some and most definitely I write (as should be obvious). Arithmetic … only when I have to. Over the last many years the writing part is mostly centered around the “riding” part of my life.

As some of you know I am a retired weldor and metal fabricator. That means I have a lifetime of working with mathematics. And as some of you know I built my first recumbent bicycle and then I built my first recumbent tadpole trike. Most definitely mathematics was involved in all that, especially getting the front end geometry correct so that the trike handled properly and safely. I do very little metal fabrication anymore so my onboard calculator may be getting a bit “rusty”. I don’t know that to be factual but I don’t have any intention of doing anymore fabrication so I will probably never know concerning this. I do, however, work at whatever is needed to keep my trike going. I have already fabricated most things for my trike I have need of so unless something happens to them I most likely won’t be making anything more from here on.

I have never liked to read so I don’t do a lot of it … never have. Subjects like reading, writing, English, literature, etc. were among my least favorite subjects in school. Most definitely my very favorite subject was Industrial Arts (metal shop and mechanical drafting). I also liked science and math … at least until it got into advanced math such as trigonometry, calculus, etc. I did great in math until I got to advanced algebra and advanced geometry. I had always been a straight A student. I had planned on going on to trig and calculus but with the struggle I had in advanced algebra and geometry I made the decision to drop the higher math from my junior and senior years of high school. Of course, I am glad I did as there is no doubt in my mind that I would have failed in those classes. That is my personal story and I am stuck with it. But, hey, I had no need of such math in my life so it was no big thing.

I retired from my welding profession quite a few years ago and truly riding my tadpole trike has become my full time job in retirement. I am usually riding 5 to 7 hours a day most days weather permitting. I do miss the welding but I knew sooner or later it would end. I look forward to riding my trike each day and bad weather bums me out. Of course, none of us know the future as far as what tomorrow may bring into our lives. We don’t even know what will happen the next second from now. No, we have no assurance of our next breath or heartbeat. And because we don’t it is so very important that we have the assurance Jesus Christ offers each of us … the assurance of being ushered into His presence upon death rather than having the demons of hell usher us into Hades. I won’t go on about it as I know many of you are already upset that I dare to mention this. For anyone who is interested you can read more about the subject by clicking on any of the links below.

Yep, I still am engaged in the 3 R’s … readin’, RIDIN’ n rithmetic, but mostly RIDING.

And may we all …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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AIMED AT YOUR HEART

THE PRAYER OF AN ATHEIST

THE ONLY REASON

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GOD DAMN IT

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TOTAL KNEE JOINT REPLACEMENT – BEFORE & AFTER

As I was out riding today I got to thinking about the subject of knee joint pain and riding. I was never overweight as a child growing up. I weighed 140 pounds when I graduated high school. That being said most of my family is overweight, particularly on my mother’s side. By the time I reached 22 years of age things started to change for me and I started gaining weight. It has been a battleground for me since. I have lost all my excess weight twice but both times put it right back on and even more. I have always been healthy but obesity has been and is my middle name. To add to the abuse to my body I have been a weldor most of my life and have worked down on my hands and knees a whole lot. My dad warned me that I would pay a price for it. Of course, he also included the obesity. And he was right. By the time I reached my mid 40s I was experiencing discomfort in my knee joints. As time passed it got worse and quite painful as my knee joints were “bone on bone” … the cartilage was pretty much gone. Standing and walking became very difficult and painful. I was advised to hold off as long as I could before getting knee joint replacements. Fortunately I could ride my tadpole trike with my knee joint problem as this was not “weight bearing”. That being said as time passed I found that I was only good for about 20 to 25 miles before my knee joints started talking to me. So finally I took the plunge and signed the paperwork to undergo the surgery.

Certainly it is no fun to recover from the surgery but I did very well and soon I was back riding. During the rehab I pedaled the recumbent bike at 120 rpm cadence. They stopped me as they didn’t want me doing that. I probably have pedaled anywhere near that fast since I was a teenager. My knee joints are pretty much pain free although I can’t stand very long nor walk very far before they cry out for relief. They don’t hurt as before when I was bone on bone but now it is a different hurt. Again, it is weight bearing that is the problem. I would imagine that if I weighed what I should it would make all the difference. I probably would not have any problem. But alas the battle of the bulge continues and I haven’t taken back any ground. I can ride my tadpole trike for hours and a long distance without any problem with my knee joints.

However, there is a problem. I am not able to pedal very long or very far under “human power” as ever since I had the surgery I just don’t seem to have the strength in my knee joint area I used to have. Riding became drudgery and I slowed down to such a slow pace that it was no longer enjoyable.  Climbing hills was extremely difficult. Because of all this I made the plunge and bought e-assist for my trike. It has been a “god-send”. My riding experience has been turned around, rejuvenated … and now I am lovin’ riding again just like I did when I first started. In fact, I would have to say I am enjoying riding even more so as I can ride like I did when I was in my 20s. I am 73 now and truly enjoying myself buzzing along out there. Well, that is my story and I am sticking with it. Besides I seem to be stuck with it. Here is hoping we can all …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

and

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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TREK THE TRAILS

Here where I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana we have what is called Trek the Trails. It is an organized bicycle ride led by various people. It is usually about  8 miles long and features a different trail or section of a trail each time. It is held on Tuesday evenings starting in April and ending in October each year. The purpose of this ride is to help people learn the trail system. Here is a video of an interview with the manager of the trail system talking about Trek the Trails. This interview took place in April 2019.

And here is the assistant trail manager in a more recent interview.

And here is another organized ride held in the wintertime …

The Towpath Trail …

The St. Marys Pathway …

Lastly here is a video showing various trails here in Fort Wayne …

When I first started riding on our trail system we had about 21 miles of trails which is what is called the Rivergreenway consisting of trails along the three rivers here in Fort Wayne. Today as I compose this article we have approximately 120 miles of trails. Even so my favorite riding is still on those original 21 miles. I also like the Towpath Trail and Pufferbelly Trail. The Pufferbelly Trail has a long way to go before completion but once it is done it will really be nice as it will connect to other trails making it possible to ride about 90 miles one way between near Bluffton, IN to the south of Fort Wayne to north of Angola, IN near the Michigan State Line.

This year due to the Covid 19 PLANdemic the Trek the Trails program won’t start off until June 2nd.

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TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

Face it, there is simply wisdom in trying as many trikes out before purchasing one. They are not cheap to buy and once they leave the store their value usually drops off considerably. Some dealers will work with customers if they are dissatisfied with their purchase but there is no guarantee of that. It can be risky business to buy a trike you end up regretting and facing the aftermath. So common sense dictates that we do our homework or should I say leg work (actually both) and go check trikes out riding as many as you can and if possible any you find yourself interested in taking a much longer ride on them as it may help you discover something that wasn’t noticed on a short ride. I don’t know how many dealers there are around which are willing to do this, especially if they don’t have easy ready access to someplace customers could ride from their store and be gone for an extended ride. I don’t know what their policies are as far as requiring a security deposit to take a trike out for an extended ride. That reminds me of a true story of a business neighbor I once had. I had a welding shop and he had an automotive transmission repair business. A guy came into his place of business asking to borrow a log chain. The business owner told him it would require a security deposit. The guy told the business owner if I had that much money I would just buy one. The business owner told him that if he didn’t bring the chain back he did just buy one. I fully agree with the business owner in his practice of requiring a security deposit of a sufficient amount to cover replacing the chain. So I don’t know if any trike dealers require a security deposit to cover the cost of the trike but I can’t say as I blame them if they do. Anyway, good hunting and may you find the trike that is just right for you.

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WHAT’S YOUR REASON?

Here is a video showing several tadpole riders sharing why they ride a tadpole trike. I am sure most of us can readily identify with and agree with them.

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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!” “

ERIE CANAL TRIKE TOUR

I came across these videos of a fellow tadpole trike rider and found them interesting and pretty well done.

He has lots of other videos available. Click HERE to check them out.

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WHY RIDE A RECUMBENT TRIKE

Here is a video sharing some reasons why a person should consider riding a recumbent trike vs a conventional diamond frame (DF) bicycle. I agree with everything he says.

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MATT GALAT’S FIRST TADPOLE TRIKE RIDE

Here is a video documenting well known trike pilot Matt Galat’s first ride on a tadpole trike.

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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!

IT FEELS LIKE RAIN DROPS … SO MANY RAINDROPS

was just looking ahead at the ten day weather forecast which bummed me out. Oh well, it is that time of year and rain is to be expected. And God has said in His written Word, the Bible, that He will give us  rain in the seasons. In fact He says quite a lot about rain coming in the Spring so that we might have crops and food to eat. He says that rain falls on the just as well as the unjust. And we are instructed to rejoice for the rain we receive. Truly without it life would not exist. I need to remind myself of this the next time I find myself sitting under shelter on my trike with the rain pouring down. I tend to think when I am taking shelter like this …

I find myself thinking “why can’t this be the situation?” … it’s raining over there … which is fine, but please Lord stop the rain here.

Where I live and ride the trails I ride the most follow along 3 different rivers. They are great to ride but the rivers flood frequently and the trails flood over closing them for quite some time all too often. When they finally do open back up it may only be two or three days before the rivers flood again and the trails are closed again. Personally I wish they never would have built these trails alongside of rivers.

I made the mistake one time of attempting to ride thru floodwater on a local trail. I had no idea of how deep the water was but I found out when it was up above my seat. The worst of it was it was about this time of year so the river water was rather cold and the air temperature was as well. Needless to say I didn’t try that again. Besides, now I have a battery mounted down low which I dare not submerge in water. You have probably heard the saying before that water and electricity don’t mix and also the one about electronics and water don’t either.

If I were a rich man … yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum … I would travel to some place else to ride during this season of rain and flooding … but alas tis not so. I am stuck here and have to make the best of it. If it gets bad enough I ride in the streets and out in the country away from the maddening crowd. Fortunately our newer trails are not prone to flooding so I have those to ride on. The problem there is lack of “connectivity” at this point in time. I have, however, found some low traffic routes to take to simplify and make it safer getting to some of them.

As often as the weather forecasters are incorrect in their forecasting maybe things won’t turn out so bad. One can only hope. Hey, I am going to do my best to …

ENJOY THE RIDE

and I hope you do as well.

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