THE GREAT AMERICAN RAIL-TRAIL

Washington, D.C. to Seattle, Washington … some 3743.9 miles long. That is a long haul. Are you up to it? I know I am not. Oh, I could probably do the daily riding but it is what follows … trying to sleep anywhere besides my regular bed … that would cause me problems trying to do something like this. Anyway, they call it “The Great American Rail-Trail“. It is misleading as it is what is planned. It does not yet exist in it’s entirety. As is a common problem with trail building “connectivity” is the issue. It incorporates sections of existing trails. Other trails will need to be built to connect those sections to one another. Meanwhile anyone who wants to ride this cross country trail will have to use streets, roads and highways to get from one existing trail to another. Who knows … one may end up in a farmer’s field asking them-self “now what”? Truthfully I have not researched it enough to know what the plan is as far as connecting the existing trails together. If I were to guess at it I would say that some additional trails will be built while other areas will continue to use existing streets, roads and highways. But don’t quote me on this as I don’t know.

It will be passing through the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.

It will take years to complete, but it is already more than 52 percent done with more than 1,900 miles of existing trails and approximately 1,700 miles yet to be built  between Washington, D.C. and Washington State. Of course, that 52 percent of completed trails is no doubt almost entirely incorporating existing trails which the plan is to connect together to make up this cross country route. Looking at the map one would think that there is far more than 52 percent completed.

It will great for those who can take advantage of it. I won’t be among them, but meanwhile I will take advantage of the local trails where I live and for as long as I can I will …

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There are a bunch of YouTube videos about this trail project.

YA CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE (trail closure)

After 5 days of not being able to get out and ride I finally made it out today … only to discover ya can’t get there from here … at least not by way of the bike trail. I rode about 14 miles on the trail when I came upon a closed gate and a barricade sign stating the road was closed. So I had to turn around and go back the way I had come. That pretty much ended my ride for the day. It was cold out there today and my hands were cold. I had other things I needed to do anyway so it worked out well.

Anyway, I just love it when construction people fail to put up signage back at the previous trail exit letting you know the trail is closed ahead. Oh well, I was out for exercise anyway. The reason the trail is closed is because the electric company has erected new poles and they are now in the process of pulling new wires up onto the poles. The wires will cross over the river as they go their merry way. Anyway, the entire project is suppose to last thru this month so there is a long way to go since it is early Dec. I will just have to deal with it. There are other trails to ride … thankfully. And there is a way around this area to get back onto that trail and ride the rest of it. It involves riding on and crossing some busy streets but I have done it many hundreds of times. So I am going to …

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HEADWATERS PARK

The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana where I live was built on the confluence of three rivers … the Saint Joseph river which flows from the north, the Saint Marys river which flows from the south and turns east in the downtown area. These two rivers converge and form the third river, the Maumee river which flows east and then northeast and empties into Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio.

With rivers come flooding and Fort Wayne has experienced some bad flooding over the years. One of the most memorable floods that happened in my lifetime was back in 1982 when downtown was flooded and then President Ronald Reagan visited and did a photo shoot of him lending a hand handling sand bags.

After that flood occurred “Headwaters Park” was built near downtown. It is designed to flood over and prevent the river’s floodwater from going into the city. I guess it works. I don’t recall seeing any more flooding downtown since. But then again I don’t recall seeing Headwaters Park flooded over either. Oh, I have seen flood water over portions of the park, but I have never seen the entire park flooded over. Anyway, it is a nice park with lots of paved trails running thru it. I have ridden on them many times.

Here is a picture taken from the north looking south. It only shows the northernmost portion of the park.

This photo must be “touched up” as I have never seen blue water in our rivers. They are all brown and nasty looking … nothing at all like this picture shows. BTW, the rivers are also nasty smelling. There is gobs of trees jammed up at bridges, etc. Maintenance is badly needed.

That is the MLK jr. Memorial Bridge which was built a few years ago to replace (upgrade) the old bridge across the St. Marys river on Clinton St. It is a beautiful bridge which lights up at night. It has several different colors of lights on it that can be turned on making it very attractive. Here is a video of it. At about the half way point (one minute into the video) they show the lighting.

Here is another video showing the bridge from the side as the lighting changes.

The park is divided in two by Clinton St. One can ride a trail to go under Clinton St. on the north end of the park to get from one side of the park to the other side. That is, if it is not flooded over. There is also a crosswalk with pedestrian traffic light control on Clinton St.

Here is a satellite image of the park (in the center of the image). You can see all the trails in the park.

And here is an aerial view of the park.

Here is a video I made of me riding my trike across the MLK jr. bridge and thru Headwaters Park.

The regular bicycle trails are close by running along the river. They are called the “Rivergreenway” because they are built along the rivers … all three rivers. They were the original trails built here in Fort Wayne. There are about 25 miles of them. They are nice but unfortunately they flood over all too often and the trails remain closed for some time as a result.

Here is a video I made several years ago as I rode to and thru Headwaters Park. I approached it from the west side this time. The area I am riding thru to get to it is all changed now as “Promenade Park” has been built there.

I have posted about this bridge and park once previously. You can read that post HERE. If you ever visit Fort Wayne and have your trike (or even bike) with you and would like to ride our trails I would be delighted to ride with you and help you navigate them. Just  email me initially to communicate. Yep, I know the trails like the back of my hand. Hey, where’d my hand go? 😉

tadpolerider2@gmail.com

Wherever you ride, do try to …

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CHECKING OUT A FUTURE TRAIL

 

 I try to keep up with the news about trail construction where I live. One of the future trails is called Becketts Run. There is a small creek on the north end of the Becketts Run subdivision. This, of course, is where the name comes from. On the map above I have drawn a blue line showing the St. Joseph River. The black line is the St. Joseph Pathway. It is an existing trail. The red line is the future Becketts Run Trail. Right now it is still under construction. It is gravel the entire distance. I rode my trike on it today to check it out. It should be a really nice trail when it is done. I talked with a construction worker today who is the inspector of all the work going on. He said that it should be paved next April so it is only a few months off before it will be open. I am looking forward to it as it adds to the available trails to ride. It is fairly wild looking back in some areas. We have quite a lot of miles of trails already (over 120) but with too many of them there is no connectivity  making some of them impractical to get to and ride on. I have mentioned before that I like variety and hate monotony. So having more and more trails to ride on is great for me. This means that I can …

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and

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Hey BTW, today is Veterans Day in the United States and so I want to thank all military veterans for their service.

I salute you!

Yes, that’s me … circa mid 1960s.

I think  I could still fit into the hat today but not the rest of the uniform. 🙂

I thought you might find it interesting to see the photo that the above photo of me saluting was cropped out of. Notice that I am looking downward. Here is why …

It was Christmas time and I was back home on leave. This little boy in the navy uniform was the son of some friends of mine. We all thought it would make a cute picture of the two of us saluting each other.

I will allow our beloved President to have the last word …

CONVENTIONAL HIGHWAY VS. INTERSTATE HIGHWAY

Now I ask ya … which looks more inviting … the “interstate” on the left or the “conventional highway” on the right?

Most of us probably know that travelling on a conventional highway is slower but more scenic than travelling on an interstate highway. Interstate highways are usually thought to be rather boring in comparison. As for me I equate most rail trails to an interstate highway. They are usually pretty straight and relatively flat. I have always been a person who prefers variety. I can’t stand monotony. Working on an assembly line is not for me. Riding in a relatively straight line is oh so boring to me. I also like and appreciate good shade trees along the trail. I have ridden on some rail trails that don’t have any trees at all and in the hot summer it was miserable not having shade trees for relief from the scorching sun. Now I know that there are exceptions to all of this. Some rail trails offer curves, and scenery as well as good shade. Others, however, offer nothing but mile after mile of absolutely nothing of interest.

Here where I live and ride (Fort Wayne, Indiana) we only have one rail trail, the Pufferbelly Trail. I am pleased to say that it is an exception to most of what I mentioned. It has some curves in it and quite a bit of shade in  much of it. In fact, it is one of my favorite trails to ride.

And then there is the St. Joseph Pathway. For years we waited for the trail to be built on the west side of the St. Joe River. Meanwhile we rode on the east side of the river on the trail thru Purdue University property. It follows along the river making turns. It has always been a fun trail to ride on. They eventually got the trail built on the west side of the river but it is a straight line with no shade trees at all. When I ride on the St. Joe Pathway I usually ride on the west side of the river going one direction but on my return I usually ride back on the east side of the river as I just like riding on that trail. The west side is boring but the east side if fun to ride on. Yep, like riding on a conventional highway vs. an interstate highway. Interesting and fun vs. Boring! That is the way I see it and that is the way I call it. You may or may not agree. But deep down you know I am right, right?   

Hey, whatever trail you are travelling on …

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TRAIL RULES EXIST FOR GOOD REASON

There is not a day go by when I am out riding that I don’t deal with trail users who refuse to obey the trail rules. And many times what results is near accidents. It is a good thing I stay alert. Otherwise I would have been involved in several accidents over the years. Just today I was riding along a trail and coming onto a boardwalk where a gal was walking on the wrong side of the trail.  We were in a curve and so we didn’t see each other until we were quite close to each other. I obey the trail rules so I was riding on the far right side of my lane … right where she was at. I saw her just in time to brake hard and move over toward the middle of the trail to avoid hitting her. I said to her that she was on the wrong side of the trail which I am sure she could care less about. She needs to be thankful I saw her in time to take action to avoid hitting her as I am pretty sure that would not make her day. No doubt she didn’t learn a thing and will continue her dumb irresponsible behavior out there. Yes, the rules exist for good reason and everybody should obey them. It will help us all to be safe out there.

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MINIMAL EFFORT=HALF ASS

As an avid trail user and one who does a lot to help maintain the trails I am dealing with trail conditions daily. I do what I can as an individual to help but when it comes to cleaning up after flooding has occurred the city street dept. and the parks dept. have the responsibility. And, of course, they have the equipment needed to do so. And I do appreciate it when they get the job done and the trails are opened back up for use. The problem is most of the time they do very poor quality work as they use minimal effort. They are quite lazy and if the job involves manual labor it just doesn’t get done. They will operate the equipment where they sit on their butts and drive it but some of the areas along the trails simply requires manual labor … using a shovel and/or scraper and/or broom.

Then there are the trees which have fallen or carried in the river and deposited along the trails. Rather than completely removing them off of the trail they shove them or cut them off with a chain saw leaving them stick out over the trail. I am frequently riding along on my trike discovering this and stopping to remove the trees off of the trail. It doesn’t take all that long or that much effort usually. But as I said, they are lazy and won’t put forth the effort.

Then is the matter of snow removal. They plow the snow with a truck or tractor or some other vehicle but rather than removing the snow totally off of the trail they leave it piled up right in front of bollards or driveways or streets where it is quite difficult to get thru for those using the trails. Again, all it would take is stopping, getting off of the seat of the vehicle, grabbing a shovel and removing the snow off of the trail.

They are just lazy I tell ya. Minimal effort equates to a half ass job and that is exactly what results most of the time. It doesn’t do any good to complain to the city officials about it. It is just something that is ongoing and doesn’t look like it will ever change. Oh well, at least the trails do get back open eventually and I do my best to …

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COME RIDE THE FORT WAYNE TRAILS

Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second largest city with a growing population currently around 268,000. We are blessed to have about 116 miles of trails at this point in time. About 79 miles of them are connected together. They are all paved … mostly with asphalt and a small amount are concrete. The original trails are known as the Rivergreenway because they follow along the three rivers we have here in Fort Wayne. The Rivergreenway consists of about 21 miles of linear trails. The Rivergreenway consists of the St. Joseph Pathway, the St. Marys Pathway and the Maumee Pathway. Two other trails I recommend are the Towpath Trail and the Pufferbelly Trail. HERE is a map of the entire trail system.

For those who are campers there is a very nice campground conveniently located in Johnny Appleseed Park which has one of the Rivergreenway Trails (the St. Joseph Pathway) going right past it. There are also two fenced in dog parks available just across the street from the campground for those who have dogs with them. It is called Camp Canine and is 60,000 square feet in area. To check out the cost and requirements click on the dog parks link above. I often times stop by on my trike just to watch the dogs play and interact with one another. On the map below the black line area is the campground, the blue line area is the dog parks and the red line is the St. Joseph Pathway (bike trail).

I am available to ride with anyone who wants to come here and ride on our trails. I will help with learning the trails and making sure you are safe and don’t get lost. I look forward to meeting you. You can email me for further communication, information and planning. My email address is …   tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com.

May we all …

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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?

PICK A TRAIL, ANY TRAIL

Here in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area where I live we are blessed to have several trails to ride on. There are currently about 115 miles of trails and more are planned and slowly being built. HERE is a web page which has information on them as well as great photos.

I know that many places have more and even better trails but I also know many places have no trails at all. My wife and I moved to Fort Wayne back in 2003. A couple of years passed by before I heard about the existing bike trails. They only had the original Rivergreenway at that time … some 26 miles or so of trails … consisting of three different trails which followed the three rivers here in Fort Wayne. Upon learning of these trails I immediately started riding on them and thoroughly enjoying doing so. Since I started in about 2005 I think the trail network has steadily increased in total mileage until now it is around 115 miles of paved trails. And since I started riding on them I have accumulated over 87,000 miles. I think it is safe to say that I am quite familiar with them.

Below is a video of a bike ride on one of the Fort Wayne Trails … the St. Marys Pathway, one of the original trails known as the Rivergreenway. It follows along the St. Marys River.

HERE is another web page the city parks dept. offers with information and maps on the trail system.

On one of the trails, the St. Joe Pathway, it goes right through Johnny Appleseed Park where a fairly large campground is located (about 2 miles north of the downtown area). So anyone who is into camping whether by tent or RV has a convenient place to stay and ready access to the trail. It is right near convenient dining and shopping. There is a nice restroom and shower facility at the campground. The campground only operates seasonally … closed through the winter months.

This is the current Fort Wayne trail network as of Nov. 2018:

The red lines are the current trails. Lots of trails are planned throughout Indiana and many of them are suppose to connect together. I don’t know if it will ever materialize but it would be really great to have such a trail network.

Below is a video of the trails manager and the mayor of Fort Wayne talking about Fort Wayne Trails and showing video footage of various trails. This was several years ago and at that time there were only 68 miles of trails.

So I invite you to come to Fort Wayne and PICK A TRAIL, ANY TRAIL to ride. And if you would like an experienced guide as well as someone to ride with just let me know. You can EMAIL ME initially.

Wherever you choose to ride be safe out there and …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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HIGH SPEED POLICE CHASE ON BIKE TRAIL

It seems that just about everybody loves watching the high speed police chase videos. I know I do. However, riding peacefully along a bicycle trail and suddenly finding yourself enveloped in one is not my idea of fun. I mean a guy could get killed out there. Just recently this was a reality for several trail users … most of them tadpole trike riders … as they were riding along on the Withlacoochee Trail in Florida and hearing sirens getting louder and louder. I would imagine that upon hearing the sirens their thoughts were that these emergency vehicles were over on the nearby road which ran alongside of the trail. It probably never entered their minds that the unfolding scenario was on the trail. Fortunately the trail users all managed to avoid catastrophe. I have watched the various videos of this pursuit a few times trying to watch for trail users. I have captured “screenshots” of the various trail users I spotted. All but one was off to the side of the trail. The one who was still on the trail was most fortunate that this parade passed him by rather than scoop him up as a grill ornament.

This was a dangerous person. He attempted to kill police officers and shot at one. You can see the bullet hit the windshield of one of the police cars.

I personally think this should have been handled differently for the safety of the public. At the very least I think a policeman should have used their outside PA system to warn trail users to get off of the trail. Whenever possible I think that helicopters should be used to track these people rather than engage in these car chases. It seems that rarely there is a good outcome. Innocent people end up getting injured and killed. Property damage occurs. Usually the stolen vehicle involved gets destroyed.

Lastly HERE is a news article to read about this happening.

Hopefully none of us will ever deal with such a dangerous situation. Try to be safe and …

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THE GREAT AMERICAN RAIL-TRAIL

The Great American Rail-Trail is an ongoing project as well as a great vision. From sea to shining sea … from Washington (D.C. ) to Washington  (Seattle) … better bring your pajamas as you won’t make this ride in one day. I like the idea of riding across the country on a bike trail and not having to deal with riding on dangerous roads.

Most definitely one challenge and important concern to such a trail is providing toilets all along the route. We can’t be going behind a bush or tree and definitely we all have to go sometime … in more ways than one.

HERE is an article about this trail explaining the plan and providing some information about what has been built thus far and where things stand.

Much of the trail utilizes rail trails that are already in existence and are simply being linked together rather than starting from scratch and building all new. In my State of Indiana the Cardinal Greenway is a part of it.

I hope the governing body has the good sense not to restrict e-assist cycles from using the trail. I wonder how the governing body is going to work seeing how this long trail system is utilizing existing trails which already have their own governing entity.

One thing about it … if a tadpole trike rider took off on this nearly 4000 mile long trail they certainly could …

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HAVE YOU BEEN GOOGLED?

Yes, our local trail system has been Googled.

It seems like it was about 2 years ago our city’s assistant manager of the Greenway System was driving a golf cart around with the infamous Google cameras aboard.

And here is the sign which appears on the back of the golf cart …

Also a man was wearing the back pack camera outfit and walking around with it. Yep, we’ve been Googled. It took a very long time before this effort finally materialized and showed up on Google Maps. Just today I received notice via email that it is available online. Unfortunately the entire trail system was not included and even some of the trails that were only have a mile or so filmed and appearing online. Never the less, it is neat to see this feature available.

Here are some screenshots I captured of the Street View of some of our trails:

Above: Pufferbelly Trail north of Dupont Rd. This trail upon completion will be about 80 miles long.

It is a rails to trails project.

Below: Pufferbelly Trail south of Dupont Rd.

Below: St. Marys Pathway which  runs alongside of the St. Marys River.

Above: The St. Joe Pathway which follows along the St. Joe River. Here it is going under St. Joe Center Rd.

Below: The St. Joe Pathway as it comes onto the property of a local university it shares the trail with. Here it crosses the river using this bridge and continues along the other side of the river.

Below, My current personal favorite local trail is the Maumee Pathway which follows along the Maumee River. Here it passes under Maplecrest Rd.

Upon Googling “Fort Wayne Rivergreenway Street View” HERE is where Google took me. It is the Maumee Pathway and just happens to be the section I am assigned to as a Greenway Ranger.

Here is a map showing some of the Fort Wayne Trails …

Click to access FWT005-Trail%20Map%202017-WEB(2).pdf

HERE you can find maps of individual trails around Fort Wayne, IN.

And HERE is an article about  the Google Maps Street View Trekker project.

As of the end of 2018 we have about 109 miles of trails and more are being added each year.

You may never have the opportunity to come to the Fort Wayne, Indiana area to ride the trail system, but if you do hopefully this information will be helpful. Regardless of where you are at do your best to …

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and

ENJOY THE RIDE

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POOH POOH ON POO POO

stepping-on-dog-poop

While out on a ride recently I noticed (could not help but notice) lots of dog and goose poop on the trail. Now I understand that wild animals are going to do this and there isn’t much we can do about it. We just have to deal with it. The matter of dogs comes down to their owners. The dogs may not know better, but their owners certainly do. They just don’t care. Sadly there doesn’t appear to be much we can do about it either. Yes, I know … S H _ T HAPPENS!

dog-cleaning-up-poop

We can’t expect the dog to clean up after themselves, but dog owners are required by law to do so as does common decency.

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I said it is not the dog’s fault and this is true. However, they can be taught where they should and should not go to the toilet. Here is an example of a well trained dog who knows where it is appropriate to relieve himself: Then again, dogs are generally  more savvy than lots of people.

dog-poop-obama

And another one:

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dog-poop-on-bike-tire

This much I know … it ain’t good to ride thru poop. And unfortunately it is rare to see anybody make any effort to get it off of the trails. I spent a third of my time riding today removing poop from off of the trail. It is really aggravating as this should not be happening. What is wrong with people that they do this? I wasn’t raised that way. I find it hard to believe that people can be so low and irresponsible. Yet it seems to be all too commonplace. Nobody wants to walk along stepping in dog poop or riding thru it on a cycle. It is challenging enough to avoid riding over dog poop on a bicycle. With a tadpole trike it is even more difficult to avoid as we have three different tracking wheels and our trikes being wider we don’t always have the space to maneuver as we really need to.

scoop-the-poop-sign

In addition to the fact that it is quite unpleasant to step on or ride over dog poop it is illegal for dog owners to allow a dog to poop outdoors and then not clean up after them. I have said it before, but I would like to see these dog owners faces shoved down into their dog’s pile of poop.

Well, now I went and did it. I unloaded here. I feel better now. So I say pooh pooh on poo poo. Without it it is much easier to …

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TRAILS, TRAILS & MORE TRAILS

deer-on-traillove riding my tadpole trike on paved bicycle trails. In the area where I live (Fort Wayne, Indiana) we have an ever increasing number of trails. It seems each quarter (3 month period) the report comes out of more miles of trails added to the growing network. And that is exactly what is planned. I am just glad to see it come to pass.

Every once in a while I find myself looking up some locality and then wonder if they have any paved trails nearby so I start looking this up. Of course, some times I find very little if anything. But then again some times I am rather amazed at what I find. Some places which are even smaller than where I live have quite a lot of trails around.

paved-trail-thru-green-trees

Yes, as I look around the nation I see this same thing happening in many many different localities. It is great! I am so glad to see local govt. leaders and community leaders working to make this happen. And that is what is takes … getting involved to make it happen. I think multi-purpose trails are an extremely wise investment in any community and beyond.  And the proof is there … these trails are a huge asset to any area.

snow-trail

And it is not only happening here in the United States, but in many other nations as well. For those of you who live places where it is not happening I feel your pain. I am sure there are various reasons for this. And I would imagine the number one reason is monetary. Building trails is extremely expensive. Here locally they cost an average of about $750 dollars a linear foot for a 10 foot wide trail. It is difficult enough to come up with the money needed where there is prosperity and the will. And there are always those who fight against it. Most of the time, however, it seems that eventually the trails get built despite those who oppose it. I for one, am happy about that.

Lots of people like having the trails to use, but few are willing to pay for them or help maintain them. That is sad.

snow-covered-trail-closed

Unfortunately for various weather related reasons the trails end up closed some of the time and unavailable to use. That is sad too.

If I were in a position to do so I would love to be able to travel around some and ride on various trails around the nation and perhaps even in other countries. That is not likely to happen though. So I am so thankful that I have local trails to ride on. And as soon as my new knee joints allow it I plan on “hitting the trails” again and try to …

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A RIDE THRU KREAGER PARK

Here is a video I filmed a couple of years ago, but didn’t publish it until just recently. It is a slow ride on some of the trails thru one of our local parks as well as a side trip out the far side of it into a subdivision where there is another trail I rode on before heading back to the park. The video was first produced using YouTube’s video editor. It was the first and only time I have used it. It did some strange things to it. You can see the trees, telephone poles, etc. bending and moving around as well as the sky and grass changing appearance. It was weird. The first musical selection on the video came from YouTube. All the rest I added later using my own video editor software. Anyway, this is a slow ride along some of the trails in Kreager Park. Just to give you some perspective, it is approximately two miles distance around the perimeter of the park. I am sure some of you have no interest in watching a video such as this. It is about 32 minutes long. I was simply riding slowly as I filmed the ride. Hopefully some of you will enjoy it and find it relaxing.

Here is a satellite image of the area:

kreager-park-satelite-image

One of our local bike trails is nearby right across the road running alongside of the river. It is the Maumee Pathway.

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OH FOR SOME SHADE

high heat thermometer

Sunshine on my shoulders, in my face, on top of my head, on my arms, legs … all over me. That’s okay when it is 30 degrees F., but when it is hot and humid it makes it mighty uncomfortable out there riding as well as dangerous and even deadly. Consequently I can’t go along with the song lyrics of it making me happy. Carrying around our own personal shade tree just isn’t practical and so riding in the shade of trees is most appealing.

So I ask ya … which trail would you prefer to be riding on?

sunshine vs shade

There certainly is a world of difference. That shade feels soooooooo good! Actually these pictures are of the same trail (Maumee Pathway near Fort Wayne, Indiana). Fortunately it is mostly shaded. And it is my favorite local trail to ride, especially during the summer months when it is hot. I mostly ride on it just so I can be in the shade and take advantage of the cooler temperatures found there. I would guess that about 6.5 miles of the 8 miles or so I usually ride back and forth on is well shaded and another 1/2 of a mile is somewhat shaded.  And depending upon what time of the day one is riding out there some of the remaining trail is shaded for awhile.

Now I ask ya, doesn’t that look inviting?

shaded trail

and this?

shaded trail 4

Over exposure to the heat is dangerous and deadly. So be careful while out riding when it is quite hot and humid. Be sure to stay well hydrated and avoid being out under direct sunlight anymore than necessary. We need the sun, but be respectful of it as it can do a number on you. Heat can make you feel miserable and even kill you. I am not a medically trained person, but I know that if we start to feel overly hot, flushed and weak we need to stop and find shade to get relief from the heat. We should do something to help cool down our bodies, especially our heads. Pouring water over us or soaking a cloth of some sort to use to wipe ourselves with will help. We should relax and allow ourselves to cool down and recuperate before trying to go on. If we are by ourselves it is most important that we discipline ourselves as we have no one to give us aid should we need it. If we are with others we need to watch out for one another as there may be signs we miss that someone else picks up on. Slowing up and not keeping up the pace may be such a sign as heat can zap our strength.

sweating on trail

The older we get the more we need to be concerned about all of this. Even so a young person can be overcome by heat exposure. A 12 year old boy died from the high heat while hiking on a trail just recently out near Phoenix, Arizona.

We all want to safely …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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Oh, before ending this article I want to mention the use of canopies. They do help in comfort while riding. I certainly have nothing against them and would myself like to have one on my trike. However, I can’t for a couple of different reasons I won’t go into here. What I want to point out is that they only offer immediate shade and usually only partial shade at best as they don’t shade all of the body. And the bigger factor is since it is only local shade and not constant shade over the entire area where we are riding they don’t lower the temperature. It is still hot. I really enjoy riding along a very shaded trail as it feels so much more comfortable than out under the sun. The difference in temperature can be considerable.

handheld umbrella shade

trike rag top 2

In June 2019 I finally put a canopy on my trike and I am loving it. Here is a picture of it …

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WHO’S FOOLING WHO?

Many of us know the popular commercial where we hear the words “It’s not nice to fool mother nature!” Well, I am here to tell you that it works both ways. It is not nice for mother nature to fool us. Of course, sometimes it is a case of “mine eyes deceiveth me”.

sun rays shining down thru tree foliage 3 marked

While riding along a trail I frequently see “something” up ahead which from a distance appears to be another person. As I get closer I discover that it was not another person at all, but rather it was a tree, a bush or a sign of some sort … something other than what it first appeared as from a distance. Often times there was sun shining on it … a matter of the sun managing to find its way down thru the tree foliage and illuminating just a small area in the midst of an otherwise dark shaded area. I also see what appears to be litter along the trail which I am prepared to pick up to properly dispose of it. As I get closer I discover it is only a leaf that the sun is shining on which makes it stand out and take on the appearance of man made material … litter … out there on or alongside of the trail. It is not such a big deal except sometimes I have slowed way down to retrieve it only to find out it was for nothing and I have to expend all the effort to get going again and back up to speed. Another thing that happens frequently is seeing a bright green or yellowish color in an otherwise dark shaded area. I am thinking it is another person wearing one of the safety florescent colored shirts or jackets. But no, it turns out to be sunlight striking some green vegetation and once again fooling me.

sun rays shining down thru tree foliage marked

Yep, I find that mother nature likes to play tricks on me. Oh well, I guess it adds to the riding enjoyment while out there. One thing for sure … I am not going to let it keep me from …

KEEPING ON TRIKIN’

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