Category Archives: tadpole riders

A DIFFERENT VIEW

love watching Matt Galat’s videos as they are always so well done and interesting. For quite some time now he has had a drone he uses to capture video from up above. That really adds greatly to his videos in my opinion. Recently he put together a video of his ride thru Japan from back in 2017. The entire video is drone camera footage. I think it is super neat to watch. I hope you agree …

Click HERE to check out more about Matt’s world touring on his tadpole trike.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

I put together this video for this occasion.  Yes, it is a repeat from 2018. I have decided to offer it every Christmas Day each year. It is a compilation of images of recumbent trikes out in the snow … riding in a winter wonderland. Merry  Christmas to each and everyone of you. May you truly know and embrace the reason for the season. 

BTW, we hear all the time that Jesus is the reason for the season. That is not really true. We are the reason for the season. Jesus did not come to earth for Himself. He came for us. We are the reason He came to dwell among us. He did all He could do … all that He needed to do … accomplishing the mission He was on. “The ball is in our court”. The video further below tells the story of the man and the birds. It is a beautiful illustration of what God did for us.

I love this story Paul Harvey is well known for telling … The Man and the Birds:

Christmas is known for gift giving. If you have not already done so please consider taking advantage of this limited time offer …

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HOW FAST WILL THAT THING GO?

How fast will that thing go? I don’t know how many times I have been asked that. I usually simply answer “as fast as the person riding it can pedal it”. That is a totally accurate and honest answer but, of course, it is not the answer most people want. BTW, I am only talking about riding on a flat level surface … not downhill.

Certainly any trike operating under human power has limitations regardless of the ability of the person riding it. One can only pedal so fast and “spin out” occurs. Although it is true than spin out for one person may be different from another there is a limit for us as humans. I know my fastest pedaling cadence has been about 120 rpm. I think the fastest cadence recorded is 254 rpm. Most fast riders are far lower … 140 to 165 tops. Keep in mind that we humans can not keep up a fast cadence very long. So regardless of the cadence the gearing of the trike is a limiting factor. Change the gearing to a higher ratio and that same rider can go faster before they reach spin out again. However, if the gearing gets too high then the rider can not over power the resistance encountered. That means that there has to be a “happy medium” if you will. Again it comes down to a limitation factor.

Another limiting factor is weight. The more weight the trike is carrying the slower it will go unless one is going downhill. The weight factor involves the weight of the rider, the weight of the trike as it is equipped (any extras added) and any extra cargo being hauled around. Obviously the less total weight involved contributes significantly to being able to achieve faster speed.

This rider doesn’t weigh much at all. Of course, he doesn’t look very muscular.

This Spandex is pretty much fully expanded.

The model of the trike involved comes into play. I already mentioned gearing and weight. Some trikes have higher gearing than others and some trikes weigh much less than others. Aerodynamics makes a difference as well. Air resistance is indeed a factor so a trike with a seat back angle reclined far more than others means that the rider is not experiencing nearly as much air resistance. So trikes such as the Catrike 700, the ICE VTX and the Greenspeed Aero will by design be faster than trikes which weigh more, have lower gearing and more upright seating. I know that there are those who prefer more upright seating and some say they need more upright seating because of physical problems. There are tradeoffs when one goes with upright seating. Safety suffers because handling suffers. The more reclined the seatback is the better the trike will handle. And the better it handles the more speed it can safely handle.

So how fast will that thing go? I DUNNO! And that’s the truth. Perhaps it would be better to ask … how fast have you ridden on that? Now that I can answer.  Speed is a relative thing. What is fast for some is rather slow for others. The fastest I have ever been able to get my trike up to is 30 mph and that is downhill. Others speak of speeds in the 40s and 50s when going downhill. Of course, they have greater downhills to ride than what I have available around where I live. On a flat level surface I spin out at around 23 mph. There are riders who claim they have pedaled in the low 30s.

Maybe the most accurate and honest way to answer the question as asked is to say … “I don’t know. I have never had it to it’s limit so I really can’t say.”

Well, whatever speed you ride at …

ENJOY THE RIDE

and

BE SAFE!

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A TRIBUTE TO A HISTORY MAKER (Lucinda Chandler)

 

Lucinda Chandler

She may not look like Linda Carter but you are looking at a real life wonder woman. If you don’t believe me just read THIS article. Among her many accomplishments in life she was the first person to ride a Catrike tadpole trike from one coast of the United States to the other. She chose a Catrike and requested the factory to paint it pink for her. (I love the color pink.) She rode from San Diego, California to Saint Augustine, Florida in 58 days. I wrote about this many years ago on this blog (the original one) but since the entire blog was deleted it is gone forever. Years later here I am posting about this gal as it is a worthwhile story. She was truly an inspiration to others.

Loaded down for her journey she treks along …

Upon completion of her journey these pictures were captured for posterity … one holding up both arms forming a V for victory and the other lifting her pink trike up over her head in victory  …

(Did I mention that I love the color pink?)

She returned home to Martha’s Vineyard following her historic ride where she could be seen riding her trike around the area and became well known for doing so.

Lucinda started a business following her ride across the U.S. She offered  guided recumbent trike rides … organized planned rides for anyone who wanted to try it. It was the first of its kind as far as was known.

With winter coming on she kept riding with the help of a VeloKit on her trike. She was a trooper!

HERE is another article about her.

Sadly she is no longer with us as death came all too early for her. HERE is another article about her. It briefly mentions her death being the result of an unexpected illness.

I am impressed with her and I really do love that pink color. She really …

ENJOYED THE RIDE!

and

KEPT ON TRIKIN’

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TOURING WITH E-ASSIST

Sylvia Halpern with Moto-Myrtle

(A 700 watt EcoSpeed mid-drive electric motor assist tadpole trike)

Myrtle the Turtle, known far and wide among the recumbent trike world. (Myrtle is actually the name of the trike.) Sylvia Halpern is the owner’s name and she is well known among the recumbent trike world. And if you don’t yet know the name now is your opportunity to meet this world traveler. Travelling by tadpole trike many thousands of miles and sharing her adventures online we have the privilege of being/getting acquainted with Sylvia. She is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and her own website and probably other social media I am not aware of.  Among her articles is one about touring with e-assist. It is well written and I recommend it to you. Click HERE to do so. She has titled it “Why not use electric assist?”.

Whether you ride with or without e-assist …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

You can get better acquainted with Sylvia via Gary Solomon’s interview with her when she was featured on the Laidback Bike Report …

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THE HIGH COST OF IGNORING NEEDED MAINTENANCE

knew better and I should not have ignored the very clear signs of an impending problem. But I did and now I am dealing with the result … expensive repairs and downtime. Usually both could have been avoided if I would have only taken action sooner. As it turned out this time only the downtime could have been avoided as I have to buy two new front wheels to make the repair. No matter how hard I try I can’t ride my trike on only two wheels. I need all three. However one is out of commission due to frozen and disintegrated bearings and aluminum hub which is chewed up considerably. I did start the ball rolling on getting the needed parts on order, but I didn’t do so soon enough. I kept riding daily as I always do racking up the miles usually riding 50 plus miles each day. Meanwhile my wheel bearings were being destroyed and in only about three days from my visit to the Catrike dealer to order the parts what remained of the failing parts could not hold on. Now I am stuck here at home and hating it. I have thought about getting my wife’s recumbent bike out to ride it, but I really don’t want to. My trike has approximately 60,000 miles on it. These are the original bearings so I guess it did pretty good lasting this long.

So if you hear a strange sound or sense something going on don’t ignore it. You could possibly save yourself a lot of grief and expense by acting quickly. Use your head and don’t be dumb like me. (As I said … I knew better.) It will help you to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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PEDAL ASSIST … A “WIN-WIN” SITUATION

I went for a ride today on one of our local trails.  I thoroughly enjoyed my ride thanks to the hub motor. What a difference it makes! Some say (and argue) that you don’t get as much exercise with a motor, but I say nonsense. I am fully convinced I get far more exercise using a motor. It encourages me to pedal faster and work harder to maintain the higher speed I find that there is a night and day difference when I ride using a motor to assist me. That is the key … to assist. It is all too easy to let the motor do all the work and there are those who do this. I try to keep pedaling most of the time while I am out riding. One thing I have noticed is that thanks to now having a geared hub motor with no resistance when there is no power going to it rather than a gearless direct drive like I had previously which has considerable resistance my trike really rolls good maintaining a good amount of the speed I obtained with the aid of the motor (or without it for that matter). And that makes it easier and encourages me to keep pedaling trying to maintain that higher speed … far higher than I go without the aid of the motor. I is just a whole lot more enjoyable riding going so much faster than I can go without the motor. In my opinion it is a “win-win” situation. I am loving it.

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MOM ON A TADPOLE TRIKE

This isn’t my mom, but it reminds me of my mom. If she were still alive at an age when she was still able like this mom, I am quite sure I could be making a video like this one of my mom riding my trike. She rode bicycles and motorcycles for many years and really enjoyed it. i occasionally rode with her many years ago. Lots of fond memories filled with fun are mine these many years later. I am pretty sure my mom would be a tadpole rider today if she lived her life in a different time span. And she too would be wearing the infamous “recumbent smile”.

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MATT GALAT’S WORLD TOUR

As many of you know a fellow tadpole triker by the name of Matt Galat is currently on a 5 year long trike journey around the world which started in China and is to end in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Matt is a videographer and creates excellent videos of his journey and life. He posts them on variouls social media … Matt’s FACEBOOK  page, JaYoe FACEBOOK page, Matt’s YOUTUBE channel, Matt’s JaYoe website, and more.

HERE is a map of Matt’s planned route.

Sometime back Matt added a drone to his video tapiing and it has added a lot to the quality of his videos giving them an altogether new perspective. His videos were always good and interesting, but with the drone footage added in they are even better.

Most of us could never take such a journey, but thru Matt’s videos we can truly enjoy and “live” his adventurous journey vicariously.

Matt rides a yellow HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS20 recumbent tadpole trike. He started out pulling a trailer, but decided to discontinue that and just haul those things he needs on his trike.

Matt had a set back in his trike journey. He had started it as planned riding a different trike pulling a different trailer when while still in China he was hit from behind by a big truck. He received a broken shoulder (collar) bone as a result and his trailer and trike were pretty much totalled. He had to convelest for quite some time during which time he got reoutfitted in preparation of starting his world journey all over.

Matt has also experienced some knee joint pain which threatened his journey causing him to interupt his ride for awhile. Fortunately now that he is back underway so far his knee has held up pretty good and he has been able to continue his journey.

Matt has coined the Chinese words (phrase) “JaYoe” for his journey … as it means “to add fuel”. As time goes along more and more people are discovering Matt and his trike journey. Great interest is building and his story continues to capture the attention of local news media.

I have written articles about Matt previously:

JaYoe! … Just Add Fuel

The JaYoe Nation Podcast

JaYoe … New Trike and Trailer

Hit From Behind By Truck

Matt’s World Triking Adventure

Epic Adventure on a Tadpole Trike

HERE is an interview with Matt on Laidback Bike Report’s YouTube video which was streamed live on July 16, 2017.

If you have never watched any of Matt’s videos I invite you to do so as they just might grab your attention and not let go. That is the effect they have on me. Like Matt, we all need to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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RECUMBENT RANGERS ON THE WITHLACOOCHEE TRAIL

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BUMPIN’ INTO BENTS

More and more I too am “bumpin’ into other tadpole trikes out on the trails. No, not literally. I have not collided with any of them, but I sure am seeing more and more of them making their appearance. I like seeing the numbers growing.

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DOES THIS TRIKE MAKE ME LOOK FAT?

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We often hear/read that line about one thing or another making us look fat. Frequently it is meant to be funny. But, hey, being fat isn’t funny … nor is it fun. Those of us who are fat, especially obese, are our own worst enemy. I ought to know. I have been fat most of my adult life. I come from a family that are mostly overweight. This was mostly on my mom’s side of the family. I was always normal weight as a child. I weighed 140 pounds when I graduated from high school. I started gaining weight when I reached about 22 years of age. This was while I was in the Navy. It has been a battle ever since … one which I have not done very well in winning. I have lost all my excess weight about 3 times, but always gained it right back and usually more. On one of my weight loss attempts I got down to 135 pounds. Here is a picture of me in the Navy before I started gaining weight. I think I was about 20 years old here. As you can see I was still normal weight. I didn’t usually wear coveralls, but I was on this occasion as I was about to work on a nasty job which could easily ruin my work uniform.

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Although I am talking mainly about myself in this posting I want to address the subject of being overweight and exercise. I don’t think it is any secret that here in the United States we have a serious issue with obesity. Just looking at people in most any direction or place we see it. (It is pretty hard not to see it.) And the tadpole triking scene is no exception. In fact, it seems that the majority of tadpole riders have an issue with their weight. We turn to our trikes as a form of exercise in hope that we will lose weight. Some do, but many don’t. I am among those who haven’t done very well losing weight no matter how much riding I do (and I have done a lot). I have talked to others who have told me the same thing. I am sure most of us have heard the saying … Calories In, Calories Out. The bottom line here is simply that exercise alone is not enough. It is far more about what we eat and how much we eat. It takes a whole lot of riding to burn off the calories of unhealthy meals, snacks, soda pop, milkshakes, candy bars, etc. And most of us who are overweight do not eat healthy foods like we should.

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I love cheeseburgers, french fries, chocolate milk shakes, candy (especially chocolate), ice cream, cakes and pies … you know … all the foods that taste so good but aren’t good for us. A few years ago I tried to go the vegetarian route. At first it was okay and I definitely lost weight eating nothing but vegetables, fruits and nuts (the foods God told us that He gave us to eat). However, it didn’t take long before I grew very tired and dissatisfied and longed for meats and other unhealthy foods again … foods that I have eaten all my life. So I went back to my old lifestyle and gained the weight right back. I had lost about 50 pounds eating “bible foods” and I felt great. The original foods God provided for man were grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. “They constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.”  (see Original Bible Diet)

Recently I lost 30 pounds after the knee joint replacement surgeries. I was encouraged and thinking I would be able to continue losing weight. However, it didn’t take long before I gained back 20 of those 30 pounds rather quickly. Recently I have lost 4 pounds, but it is a battle ground and I am not doing well at it. As much as I would like to, I can’t blame my trike. It is not what makes me look fat. When I point a finger at it I have 3 fingers pointing back at myself. Nope, it definitely is not my trike that makes me look fat. It is easy to try to put the blame somewhere … anywhere … rather than simply admit we like food and don’t discipline ourselves as we need to. I stand guilty. How about you? Yeah, I know. Now I am medlin’. Sorry!

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As much as I love riding my trike I know I greatly limit myself being overweight. Hill climbing is where it is most obvious. Pedaling a lot of weight up a hill is slow going and makes it extra difficult. When I am riding with friends they don’t slow down nearly as much as I do. Yep, all that extra weight makes a huge difference. I often wonder how I would do if I weighed 140 pounds again. I would like to think I could out perform my friends I ride with. (And I am pretty sure I could.)

So what’s the problem you ask? Well, I lack the motivation and self discipline needed. I confess it. Shame on me. I have nobody or nothing to blame but myself. I certainly can’t blame my trike. It has done an amazing job hauling my fat carcass around all of these years. I have to sort of feel sorry for it because of all I put it thru. I just recently discovered that I have two more broken spokes on my left front wheel. I have had a lot of broken spokes and have come to the conclusion that most of this is probably the result of the load the wheels carry. Hard cornering with a fat tub aboard tends to break spokes.

Nope, my trike doesn’t make me look fat. I make me look fat. I acknowledge it. I am guilty. I really need to eat a salad for lunch and probably supper too. (And without any dressing on it!) ( … but a cheeseburger sounds so much better.)

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Some riders have  FAT trikes while some trikes have FAT riders. Hmmm, another fact of life. Well, fat, normal or thin … do your best to …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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and don’t believe the saying “Thin may be in, but fat is where it’s at”

It’s a lie!

NITERIDER SABER 35 BIKE TAILLIGHT vs. PLANET BIKE SUPERFLASH TAILLIGHT

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The Niterider Saber 35 taillight is among the available offerings nowadays. I can’t say much for the mounting strap they use, but the price is right … $16.99 with free shipping on EBAY. And it is BRIGHT! The 35 stands for 35 lumens. With a built in lithium battery it requires recharging using a USB cable plugged into a standard 5 volt USB outlet whether it be a computer or a power adapter (transformer).

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LED lights are everywhere these days and that’s good as they are a superior light, economical, bright and long lasting. That being said, not all lights are created equal when it comes to the power usage and battery life. This video tells what to expect as far as how long the battery charge lasts in each of its modes.

I have written articles about taillights before. There are lots of taillights available nowadays … far more than there were when I bought my taillights. At the time I bought one of the very best taillights available … the .5 (half) watt Planet Bike SuperFlash. I paid about $25 each for them at a local bike shop several years ago. The best price I can find on them at this time is $23.75 with free shipping at ModernBike.com. They are not as bright as this Niterrider light, but still I do highly recommend the Planet Bike SuperFlash taillights as they are sufficiently bright and very economical to operate. (I tried to find the lumen rating of the SuperFlash taillight, but didn’t have any success. If you happen to know what it is please comment and let me as well as others know.) The triple AAA batteries last a long time in them. I use rechargeable batteries in mine most of the time. Just carry extra batteries along with you and you don’t have to worry about being left in the dark. With the Niterider taillight it has a built in lithium battery which requires recharging from a 5 volt USB outlet. That is not very practical when you are out riding. And the Niterider taillight doesn’t last nearly as long per charge as the Planet Bike light. On the most economical mode it only lasts 12 hours whereas the Planet Bike lights I have last about 40 plus hours on its most economical flash mode. (BTW, the newer version of the Planet Bike SuperFlash lights supposedly last more than 100 hours on flash mode and is visible up to one mile. I have the older version.) So on flash mode the Niterider light would last long enough for one or two long daily rides, but you would have to recharge it each day or two if you used it long each day. That doesn’t appeal to me.

If you park your trike somewhere near a 120 volt electrical outlet you could use a power adapter outlet to plug a USB cable into to charge the light on the trike. Of course, the light is easy enough to remove from its mount to take to a place to charge it. Anyway, I like the brightness and the price. I just don’t like the mounting strap nor the short battery power.

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Here is a look at the Planet Bike SuperFlash taillight. It has a far superior mounting system than the Niterider taillight.

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One factor with all taillights and headlights to consider is the built in lenses as they can make a big difference in how well the light performs and can be seen. The pattern of the light as far as spreading out and being visible from the side vs. straight behind. The Planet Bike taillights have superior lenses which really make the “measely” .5 watts perform as well as lights which are far more powerful. That appeals to me since the battery life is so great with these lights. Planet Bike also offers a 1 watt version of this light. They are slightly brighter, but they also require more battery power and therefore don’t last as long as the .5 watt model does. Personally I don’t think there is enough noticeable difference in brightness between the two to justify the sacrifice in battery life. Also the one watt model has a “white-clear” plastic cover instead of red which I personally don’t care for. I don’t think it is nearly as noticeable as the red plastic. Actually much to my amazement I just found the one watt model available thru Ebay for less than the .5 watt model. It is only $19.94 with free shipping.

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I just read that Planet Bike has a USB rechargeable version of the .5 watt SuperFlash taillight. It also stated the brightness of the newer USB rechargeable is not as good as the older original lights like I have. The newer light only produces 3 lumens which is extremely poor. Fortunately they do still offer the model which is powered by two AAA batteries.

Here is an interesting video showing how well the Planet Bike Superflash work even when up against a far more powerful light being used for comparison. Remember, we are only talking about .5 watts here.

Another factor is whether or not the taillight offers much side visibility. Some lights offer very little or none at all. The Planet Bike SuperFlash  is superb in side visibility. There is a video by a customer review on Amazon which demonstrates how good the side visibility is.

I will say this … if you are after high visibility in daylight there are taillights which are superior to either of these. I have written articles about taillights previously.

Of course, I also highly recommend the use of  effective highly visible safety flags in addition to the lights. I have written articles about this subject before. Many times I have had people comment to me that they saw my flags before they saw my flashing lights … from any direction. And, of course, side visibility is going to be very limited if you only have lights. Good safety flags can be seen from the sides and can make a huge difference in whether others see you or not.

Right along with safety flags of high visibility is wearing high visibility clothing.

I started out writing this article with the intent of it being just about the NiteRider Saber 35 taillight, but I ended up drifting over into writing about the Planet Bike SuperFlash taillights. I guess it is because I have been so pleased with mine. I love the long battery life which is somewhat rare with bike lights. I have seen other brands which have very poor battery life. Their brightness only lasts for a very short while in comparison.

I just found what looks to be identical to the Planet Bike SuperFlash taillight on EBAY for only $10.87. It doesn’t have Planet Bike shown on it however, so my guess is that it is an illegal copy  (knockoff) probably made in China. If that is what it is I would caution you that it may look like the real McCoy, but may be lacking in quality … especially the lenses I spoke of. If that is the case, then it would not be as bright nor as visible. Also the battery life may be lesser. Then again, it may be very good quality. I would be leery of it myself.

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Lastly here is another video of the Niterider Saber 35 taillight.

In all honesty, if I were in the market for taillights today I am pretty certain that neither of these choices would be my pick. There are just so many lights available nowadays and several are extremely bright. Riding at nighttime in darkness I would be quite content with what I have now. Riding in the daytime which is what I do I would prefer one of the brighter taillights that are available. But for now I will continue on using my Planet Bike SuperFlash taillights as they still work fine and have served me well.

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JaYoe REVISTED

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have posted a little about Matt Galat’s trike adventures previously, but haven’t been doing much more in the way of updates, etc. on him. You can read and see videos about him on this blog. Here is a listing of my previous postings from most recent to oldest:

JaYoe! … Just Add Fuel

The JaYoe Nation Podcast

JaYoe … New Trike and Trailer

Hit From Behind By Truck

Matt’s World Triking Adventure

Epic Adventure on a Tadpole Trike

Steve Greene’s TrikeAsylum blog has been doing a good job covering all that is going on so I figure there is not much sense of my doing so also. I myself usually do all my “keeping up” thru his blog. Those who have been following Matt’s story know that he has already started out twice on his world tour via tadpole trike which will take him thru about 100 countries from China to the United States. Both times thus far he has had to interrupt his trike journey. The first attempt ended when he was hit from behind by a big truck. He received a broken collar bone out of that mishap. After surgery, recuperation and reoutfitting he started off on his second attempt, but it ended when he developed knee problems. Some more time has passed and he has been recuperating in anticipation of round three. Meanwhile another adventure he had planned during his world trike tour was to climb Mt. Everest. No, not on his trike, but on foot. He did attempt it, but that too ended prematurely as he had some problems develop and had to turn back. Never the less, my hat is off to him for even attempting it. Not many of us would be up to doing something like that. But Matt is no ordinary person as you can see by just looking at  the “selfie” he took I have shown below.

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Matt is a great photographer and videographer. The picture above attests to that. 🙂 (Can you ever forgive me, Matt?) Seriously Matt creates some great videos which are always well done and interesting. You can check them out HERE.

Here is one video which pretty much covers his story up until now …

If you are interested in his attempt at climbing Mt. Everest you can watch his video HERE. And HERE is the Google Maps Street View of the route thru the small village where the climbers walk to and from the base camp of Mt. Everest.

I am sure that we all wish him well and that he will be able to continue on with his epic journey safely and successfully completing it. And may we all just …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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Matt just announced July 25th, 2016 that his current plan

is to restart his world tour trike journey in April 2017.

ENJOYING LIFE AT THE SPEED OF A TRIKE

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Is life flashing past you? Maybe you need to slow up and enjoy life at the speed of a tadpole trike. I find it most rewarding and rejuvenating. God has said in His written word (the Holy Scriptures, the bible) that our life is like a vapor … here today, gone tomorrow. That certainly is true and the older we get the more we seem to notice it and agree with it. We eventually get to a point where we say to ourselves (and perhaps to others) … “where did our lives go? It seems like it was only a few years ago I was young and vibrant … able to do things I can no longer do … and remembering lots of differnet things in our past. There is nothing wrong with being busy just so we aren’t too busy. Being busy is better than being lazy and unproductive. Still though balance is needed in all things.

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One of the great benefits of riding a tadpole trike over a bicycle is the ability to somewhat safely “take in” more of our surroundings from our perch on the seat. Of course, like anything else there is a time we can do so and a time we need to pay full attention to our riding … for safety’s sake … ours as well as others.

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Many of us know who this guy is. He refers to himself as “trike hobo”. That is somewhat fitting as one of the meanings of hobo is a carefree wanderer. I am sure he would readily testify as to the enjoyment he has experienced while riding his trikes.

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If you are a person who tends to speed along as fast as you can go maybe you need to hook up to something to slow you down like this triker did. (No, he isn’t really hooked up to the railroad car.)

So whether you are an international triker, a national triker, a regional triker or a local area triker like me by all means take advantage of the time spent in the saddle and enjoy all that you can each and every time you are out. Yes, enjoy life at the speed of a tadpole trike. And  do all that you can to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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LET’S GET TOGETHER … YEAH YEAH YEAH

Hayley Mills had a hit song, “Let’s Get Together”, back in 1961. Of course, it had nothing to do with cycling, but never the less it comes to mind when I think of the subject here. I don’t imagine that many of us are in a position to do this, but we are all invited to a gathering as recumbent riders at the 2016 International Recumbent Meeting in the Czech Republic sponsored by Azub. On this website there is a form to fill out if we plan on attending. Here is a video of last years event and here is the video description:

“As every 5 years AZUB is going to organize a big event in Uherský Brod this September as a little celebration of AZUB`s 15th Anniversary. Many of you may remember great meetings in 2005 and especially in 2010 when we welcomed over 200 riders in Uherský Brod and we hope to host even more people this year.

Of course, that the meeting is open to recumbent riders with any recumbent, not only AZUB. It does`t really matter what you ride on. Important is the way you do it. Or better to say that important is that you like recumbents. That means that we will welcome recumbent riders with any recumbent and also their partners, children and friends with classic upright bikes, kick bikes, tandems or whatever.”

I am somewhat confused by what I read about this event. It says one place it is every 5 years and another place it is an annual event. I don’t know what is correct. If you know perhaps you can comment and straighten me out.

I am sure it would be interesting and fun to attend. But alas, I will have to settle for watching the videos available.

Here is Azub’s webpage, Recumbent World, where you can register your existence and location as a recumbent rider. You can let others know they may have someone near them who they may be able to contact and ‘get together’ for riding. Their motto is … ˶ Find each other. Ride together!  ̋

There are lots of local area groups listed for the purpose of “meeting up” to ride together.

 

 

DAN MCGUIRE, AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY & A TRUE INSPIRATION

Note: I want to state upfront that when I started writing this article I was under the impression that this tadpole trike journey was still ongoing. It was not until after I completed writing the article that I discovered that the ride was completed in August 2014. I have made some changes in what I wrote in an attempt to try to reflect this, but I can’t assure you the reader that everything will be clear and accurate. I am still a bit confused myself. Never the less, I think you will find it an interesting story.

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Dan says  ‘cycling is therapeutic and gives him purpose’.

Dan McGuire is a determined tadpole rider who indeed is an inspiration as well as a challenge to the rest of us. I think he is approximately 83 now. Dan is stricken with Parkinson’s Disease as well as arthritis, scoliosis and something weird with his eye according to his daughter.  She writes “Canada is his playground” and it sure looks like he is making his way around its vastness. He started this current journey in 2013. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’t in 2007. Dan has been a longtime cyclist with several accomplishments in the past. This was approximately a 10,000 km (6214 mile) trike ride he set out on at approximately 80 years old and he did it alone although others have accompanied him on parts of his journey.

map of Dan's journey

You can read his daughter’s article about him HERE.

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And HERE is Dan’s Facebook page.

Dan McGuire

HERE is another article about this incredible tadpole pilot. And HERE is another article.

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Note: Although his journey ended in 2014 the following webpage appears to be still up and functioning as far as I know … And HERE is a webpage where you can donate on behalf of Dan to help Parkinson Society British Columbia. Their statement is that they are “there for those in need. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to offering support, sharing reliable information and raising funds for programs and research. We receive no government funding, so we rely on you. ” Dan has a personal goal set to raise $10,000 for this organization. On this webpage you can also leave a comment for Dan to encourage him and wish him well.

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Upon further reading about Dan it appears that his journey across Canada was successfully completed in 2014. It just goes to show ya that you have to be careful what you read online. 🙂

 Dan McGuire finishes journey

Dan, I don’t know if you will ever see this and read it, but I just want to say thanks for your commitment and effort in raising awareness and demonstrating that life isn’t over just because one becomes affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Your journey was (and is)  indeed incredible and my hat is off to you. I don’t know your current status as to whether or not you are still cycling, but I sure hope you are and will be able to continue to do so for some time yet. You are an encouragement and inspiration to the rest of us to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

EXPEDITION FOR SPINAL INJURIES

Expedition for Spinal Injuries trike route

tadpole rider who goes by the name of “Mojave Johnson” is planning on going to do a solo, uninterrupted, unassisted circumnavigation of the lower 48 States on a Catrike Expedition recumbent trike. He is doing this in an effort to raise money for research for spinal cord injuries.

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Here is his statement: “A good friend of mine was left paralyzed after an accident in 2009. He’s taught me a lot over the years, and he’s been a great friend. This ride around the country will be dedicated to him. The plan is to collect $60,00 or more to be donated to research and/or rehabilitation for people with spinal injuries. We haven’t decided which organization yet, but I’ll keep you posted. My plan is to do a circumnavigation of the lower 48 States in an uninterrupted, unassisted solo trip. I’ll be riding through 33 or 34 states (my route isn’t set in stone) over a period of about 190 days (5 months). I’ll be starting from Southernmost Point in Key West, FL, and riding clockwise around the country back to Key West. I’ll be leaving at the end of March, and I hope to be back in Key West by the end of September.”

If you would like to donate to this cause you can do so by going to his GoFundMe page.

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And HERE is his Facebook page.

March is half over so that means the start of his journey is not far off. I certainly wish him well and safety while on his adventure. That is quite an undertaking.

Here’s his TENTATIVE list of stops. This list could very well change before or during the Expedition, but he says he has to start with a plan, so here it is… (The elevation shown is for each day’s destination.)

Day 1: Key West, FL (elev 18’) to Key Largo, FL (~105 miles; elev 7’)

Day 2: Key Largo, FL to Cooper City, FL (~80 miles; elev 9’)

Day 3: Cooper City, FL to Naples, FL (~100 miles; elev 3’)

Day 4: Naples, FL – REST DAY

Day 5: Naples, FL to Bradenton, FL (~100 miles; elev 6’)

Day 6: Bradenton, FL to Inglis, FL (~130 miles; elev 16’)

Day 7: Inglis, FL to Perry, FL (~103 miles; elev 46’)

Day 8: Perry, FL to Tallahassee, FL (~52 miles; elev 203’)

Day 9: Tallahassee, FL – REST DAY

Day 10: Tallahassee, FL to Panama City Beach, FL (~110 miles; elev 10’)

Day 11: Panama City Beach, FL to Pensacola, FL (~100 miles; elev 102’)

Day 12: Pensacola, FL to Pascagoula, MS (~100 miles; elev 10’)

Day 13: Pascagoula, MS to New Orleans, LA (~ miles; elev -7’)

Day 14: New Orleans, LA – REST DAY

Day 15: New Orleans, LA to Houma, LA (~63 miles; elev 10’)

Day 16: Houma, LA to Lafayette, LA (~100 miles; elev 36’)

Day 17: Lafayette, LA to Orange, LA (~ miles; elev 7’)

Day 18: Orange, LA – REST DAY

Day 19: Orange, LA to Humble, TX (~100 miles; elev 90’)

Day 20: Humble, TX to Sugar Land, TX (~60 miles; elev 100’)

Day 21: Sugar Land, TX to Halletsville, TX (~85 miles; elev 233’)

Day 22: Halletsville, TX to San Antonio, TX (~95 miles; elev 813’)

Day 23: San Antonio, TX – REST DAY

Day 24: San Antonio, TX to Castroville, TX (~70 miles; elev 758’)

Day 25: Castroville, TX to Uvalde, TX (~55 miles; elev 942’)

Day 26: Uvalde, TX to Del Rio, TX (~70 miles; elev 1002’)

Day 27: Del Rio, TX – REST DAY

Day 28: Del Rio, TX to Ozona, TX (~96 miles; elev 2349’)

Day 29: Ozona, TX to Ft. Stockton, TX (~107 miles; elev 2997’)

Day 30: Ft. Stockton, TX to Van Horn, TX (~120 miles; elev 4042’)

Day 31: Van Horn, TX – REST DAY

Day 32: Van Horn, TX to Ft. Hancock, TX (~70 miles; elev 3579’)

Day 33: Ft. Hancock, TX to El Paso, TX (~60 miles; elev 3800’)

Day 34: El Paso, TX to Las Cruces, NM (~45 miles; elev 3908’)

Day 35: Las Cruces, NM – REST DAY

Day 36: Las Cruces, NM to Hillsboro, NM (~78 miles; elev 5180’)

Day 37: Hillsboro, NM to Silver City, NM (~57 miles; elev 6142’)

Day 38: Silver City, NM to Safford, AZ (~115 miles; elev 2953’)

Day 39: Safford, AZ – REST DAY

Day 40: Safford, AZ to Globe, AZ (~80 miles; elev 3500’)

Day 41: Globe, AZ to Phoenix, AZ (~90 miles; elev 1117’)

Day 42: Phoenix, AZ to Wickenburg, AZ (~60 miles; elev 2057’)

Day 43: Wickenburg, AZ – REST DAY

Day 44: Wickenburg, AZ to Blythe, CA (~114 miles; elev 295’)

Day 45: Blythe, CA to El Centro, CA (~103 miles; elev 39’)

Day 46: El Centro, CA to Julian, CA (~62 miles; elev 2100’)

Day 47: Julian, CA – REST DAY

Day 48: Julian, CA to Poway, CA (~60 miles; elev 515’)

Day 49: Poway, CA to Newport Beach, CA (~80 miles; elev 25’)

Day 50: Newport Beach, CA to Los Angeles, CA (~75 miles; elev 1084’)

Day 51: Los Angeles, CA – REST DAY

Day 52: Los Angeles, CA to Palmdale, CA (~82 miles; elev 2657’)

Day 53: Palmdale, CA to Lake Isabella, CA (~103 miles; elev 2513’)

Day 54: Lake Isabella, CA to Camp Nelson, CA (~53 miles; elev 7000’)

Day 55: Camp Nelson, CA – REST DAY

Day 56: Camp Nelson, CA to Sequoia Nat’l Park, CA (~79 miles; elev 2100’)

Day 57: Sequoia Nat’l Park to Fresno, CA (~107 miles; elev 325’)

Day 58: Fresno, CA to Turlock, CA (~107 miles; elev 101’)

Day 59: Turlock, CA – REST DAY

Day 60: Turlock, CA to Sacramento, CA (~99 miles; elev 118’)

Day 61: Sacramento, CA to Chico, CA (~104 miles; elev 203’)

Day 62: Chico, CA to Burney, CA (~140 miles; elev 3195’)

Day 63: Burney, CA – REST DAY

Day 64: Burney, CA to Yreka, CA (~100 miles; elev 2595’)

Day 65: Yreka, CA to Shady Cove, OR (~80 miles; elev 1406’)

Day 66: Shady Cove,OR to Crater Lake Nat’l Park, OR (~52 miles; elev 6178’)

Day 67: Crater Lake Nat’l Park, OR to Bend, OR (~113 miles; elev 3623’)

Day 68: Bend, OR – REST DAY

Day 69: Bend, OR to Mt. Hood, OR (~110 miles; elev 3821’)

Day 70: Mt. Hood, OR to Portland, OR (~48 miles; elev 263’)

Day 71: Portland, OR – REST DAY

Day 72: Portland, OR – REST DAY

Day 73: Portland, OR to Chehalis, WA (~100 miles; elev 243’)

Day 74: Chehalis, WA to Des Moines, WA (~86 miles; elev 91’)

Day 75: Des Moines, WA (Seattle) – REST DAY

Day 76: Des Moines, WA to Cle Elum, WA (~89 miles; 2107’)

Day 77: Cle Elum, WA to Wenatchee, WA (~68 miles; 668’)

Day 78: Wenatchee, WA to Wilbur, WA (~97 miles; elev 2161’)

Day 79: Wilbur, WA to Spokane, WA (~74 miles; 1946’)

Day 80: Spokane, WA – REST DAY

Day 81: Spokane, WA to Sandpoint, ID (~73 miles; 2102’)

Day 82: Sandpoint, ID to Libby, MT (~96 miles; elev 2097’)

Day 83: Libby, MT to Whitefish, MT (~105 miles; elev 3029’)

Day 84: Whitefish, MT – REST DAY

Day 85: Whitefish, MT to Browning, MT (~96 miles; elev 4377’)

Day 86: Browning, MT to Great Falls, MT (~124 miles; elev 3323’)

Day 87: Great Falls, MT – REST DAY

Day 88: Great Falls, MT to White Sulphur Springs, MT (~100 miles; elev 5012’)

Day 89: White Sulphur Springs, MT to Big Timber, MT (~92 miles; 4094’)

Day 90: Big Timber, MT to Billings, MT (~90 miles; elev 3125’)

Day 91: Billings, MT to Ranchester, WY (~120 miles; elev 3767’)

Day 92: Ranchester, WY – REST DAY

Day 93: Ranchester, WY to Buffalo, WY (~53 miles; elev 4587’)

Day 94: Buffalo, WY to Gillette, WY (~80 miles; elev 4555’)

Day 95: Gillette, WY to Spearfish, SD (~100 miles; elev 3647’)

Day 96: Spearfish, SD – REST DAY

Day 97: Spearfish, SD to Keystone, SD (via Mt Rushmore) (~72 miles; elev 4331’)

Day 98: Keystone, SD to Wall, SD (~75 miles; elev 2824’)

Day 99: Wall, SD to Murdo, SD (~83 miles; elev 2293’)

Day 100: Murdo, SD to Highmore, SD (~100 miles; elev 1886’)

Day 101: Highmore, SD – REST DAY

Day 102: Highmore, SD to De Smet, SD (~103 miles; elev 1727’)

Day 103: De Smet, SD to Garvin, MN (~99 miles; elev 1391’)

Day 104: Garvin, MN to Mankato, MN (~98 miles; elev 829’)

Day 105: Mankato, MN – REST DAY

Day 106: Mankato, MN to Rochester, MN (~89 miles; elev 997’)

Day 107: Rochester, MN to La Crosse, WI (~73 miles; elev 668’)

Day 108: La Crosse, WI to Richland Center, WI (~66 miles; elev 732’)

Day 109: Richland Center, WI – REST DAY

Day 110: Richland Center, WI to Cambridge, WI (~88 miles; elev 851’)

Day 111: Cambridge, WI to Waukesha, WI (~49 miles; elev 820’)

Day 112: Waukesha, WI to Milwaukee, WI (~18 miles; elev 614’)

Day 113: Milwaukee, WI – REST DAY

Day 114: Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL (~90 miles; elev 595’)

Day 115: Chicago, IL – REST DAY

Day 116: Chicago, IL to South Bend, IN (~105 miles; elev 709’)

Day 117: South Bend, IN to Montpelier, OH (~95 miles; elev 854’)

Day 118: Montpelier, OH to Freemont, OH (~89 miles; elev 628’)

Day 119: Freemont, OH to Cleveland, OH (~83 miles; elev 656’)

Day 120: Cleveland, OH – REST DAY

Day 121: Cleveland, OH to Erie, PA (~110 miles; elev 652’)

Day 122: Erie, PA to Derby, NY (~75 miles; elev 670’)

Day 123: Derby, NY – REST DAY

Day 124: Derby, NY to Henrietta, NY (~89 miles; elev 562’)

Day 125: Henrietta, NY to Fair Haven, NY (~73 miles; elev 279’)

Day 126: Fair Haven, NY to Redfield, NY (~62 miles; elev 999’)

Day 127: Redfield, NY – REST DAY

Day 128: Redfield, NY to Old Forge, NY (~61 miles; elev 1727’)

Day 129: Old Forge, NY to Newcomb, NY (~64 miles; elev 1585’)

Day 130: Newcomb, NY to Fair Haven, VT (~78 miles; elev 383’)

Day 131: Fair Haven, VT to Plymouth, VT (~40 miles; elev 1415’)

Day 132: Plymouth, VT – REST DAY

Day 133: Plymouth, VT – REST DAY

Day 134: Plymouth, VT to Andover, NH (~69 miles; elev 646’)

Day 135: Andover, NH to Conway, NH (~71 miles; elev 466’)

Day 136: Conway, NH to Brunswick, ME (~83 miles; elev 64’)

Day 137: Brunswick, ME – REST DAY

Day 138: Brunswick, ME to Kennebunk, ME (~71 miles; elev 65’)

Day 139: Kennebunk, ME to Derry, NH (~72 miles; elev 280’)

Day 140: Derry, NH to Worcester, MA (~59 miles; elev 482’)

Day 141: Worcester, MA – REST DAY

Day 142: Worcester, MA to Windsor Locks, CT (~81 miles; elev 151’)

Day 143: Windsor Locks, CT to Highland, NY (~98 miles; elev 173’)

Day 144: Highland, NY to East Stroudsburg, PA (~87 miles; elev 477’)

Day 145: Highland, NY – REST DAY

Day 146: East Stroudsburg, PA to Philadelphia, PA (~106 miles; elev 40’)

Day 147: Philadelphia, PA – REST DAY

Day 148: Philadelphia, PA to Airville, PA (~105 miles; elev 254’)

Day 149: Airville, PA to Washington, D.C (~110 miles; elev 72’)

Day 150: Washington, D.C. – REST DAY

Day 151: Washington, D.C. – REST DAY

Day 152: Washington, D.C. to Fredericksburg, VA (~93 miles; elev 153’)

Day 153: Fredericksburg, VA to Surry, VA (~120 miles; elev 51’)

Day 154: Surry, VA to Elizabeth City, NC (~91 miles; elev 9’)

Day 155: Elizabeth City, NC – REST DAY

Day 156: Elizabeth City, NC to Hatteras, Island, NC (~109 miles; elev 2’)

Day 157: Hatteras, NC to Newport, NC (~118 miles; elev 19’)

Day 158: Newport, NC to Wilmington, NC (~78 miles; elev 39’)

Day 159: Wilmington, NC – REST DAY

Day 160: Wilmington, NC – REST DAY – planned optional extra day

Day 161: Wilmington, NC to Myrtle Beach, NC (~95 miles; elev 19’)

Day 162: Myrtle Beach, NC to Moncks Corner, SC (~84 miles; elev 53’)

Day 163: Moncks Corner, SC to Hardeeville, SC (~107 miles; elev 20’)

Day 164: Hardeeville, SC – REST DAY

Day 165: Hardeeville, SC to Brunswick, GA (~90 miles; elev 10’)

Day 166: Brunswick, GA to Jacksonville Beach, FL (~94 miles; elev 11’)

Day 167: Jacksonville Beach, FL to New Smyrna Beach, FL (~98 miles; elev 10’)

Day 168: New Smyrna Beach, FL – REST DAY

Day 169: New Smyrna Beach, FL to Sebastian, FL (~107 miles; elev 9’)

Day 170: Sebastian, FL to Lake Worth, FL (~114 miles; elev 35’)

Day 171: Lake Worth, FL to Kendall, FL (~96 miles; elev 8’)

Day 172: Kendall, FL – REST DAY

Day 173: Kendall, FL – REST DAY

Day 174: Kendall, FL to Islamorada, FL (~72 miles; elev 9’)

Day 175: Islamorada, FL to Key West, FL (~83 miles; elev 5’)

Day 176: Key West, FL – CELEBRATION DAY!!!!!!!

JaYoe! … JUST ADD FUEL

JaYoe! Add Fuel

Matt Galat is getting to be pretty well known as time goes along. His ambitious undertaking of riding his tadpole trike on a 5 year long journey covering more than 100 countries as he goes from China to the United States is indeed an amazing and challenging adventure. Most of us could never make such a journey, but we can take advantage of what Matt offers us thru his excellent videos and writings about his journey. His website has a new look which is phenomenal in itself. He has done a great job with it.

JaYoe!

Those who have already been following Matt on his journey probably already know of the two set backs which have occurred on his first two attempts. The first one ended when he got hit by a truck and received a broken collar bone as a result.

Matt Galat laying on road

After healing up and totally re-outfitting with a new trike and trailer he started off again.

Matt Galat with new trike and trailer

That attempt ended when he developed a knee problem. Since then he has been working toward getting into the physical condition he will need for his next planned adventure … climbing Mt. Everest before he continues on his trike journey.

JaYoe! Travelogues

Matt’s videos and narrative are always very well done and interesting so I highly recommend them to you. Follow along keeping up with his epic adventures. There are several different ways you can do this. Here are some of them:

Twitter    Facebook    YouTube    Website    Instagram    Podcasts

I can see that this journey Matt is on has already brought on some changes in him … good or bad … you be the judge. Hey, it just might grow on ya’. 🙂

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I would say that this is a clear cut case of photoshopping going on.

(Actually it was done with an fun image app.)

TADPOLING THRU EUROPE

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Some people leapfrog from place to place while others tadpole. This couple are tadpoling thru Europe. Chuck and Susan Atkinson are travelling by tadpole trikes on a European adventure. Visit their Facebook page to read about it and see their many pictures. We may never be able to do what they are doing, but we can do so vicariously thru them. Here are a few pictures of their adventure starting with a picture of the two of them.

Chuck & Susan Atkinson

Chuck & Susan Atkinson on trikes

Here is Susan posing with a bike mechanic.

Susan Atkinson & bike mechanic with trikes

Chuck along side of road

Chuck Atkinson & trike

Chuck Atkinson & trike 2

Chuck Atkinson & trike 3

Chuck passing roadside mowing crew hard at work.

Chuck passing roadside mowing crew

Chuck & Susan Atkinson stopped for a meal

Chuck & Susan Atkinson stopped for roadside shopping

Chuck talking with policeman

stopped to tent camp

Susan riding on city street

trikes loaded down

Susan in Chuck's mirror

Chuck riding along a road

Chuck stopped a scenic view

Chuck & Susan Atkinson stopped at a cafe

Chuck talking to truck driver

Notice the flags of the various countries they are visiting.

stopped for roadside snack

stopped to tent camp 2

stopped in a town with roadside vendors setup

These are just a handful of the many pictures available to see. Many are of beautiful scenery as they traveled along. We can enjoy what they have provided. I wish them well and safe as they continue on their adventure. May they be able to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’