I hope that is I standing on that bridge someday.
I again have spent many hours this weekend reading Crazy Guy on A Bike. I think I’m on my 5th journal this weekend. I’ve read enough journals now that I recognize names from other journals that people meet on their trip.
At bedtime Sunday evening I was reading the journal of Three Retirees Westbound on the TransAm when this line jumped out at me. “”After we chatted with some folks in the Sedalia motel about our trek, Bill overheard one of them comment “I think he’s older than us!”. My favorite quote of the trip so far. I feel like I’m about 45 or so but, at 68, am probably older than most of the people we’re meeting. Age really doesn’t matter.”” That’s the way I feel.
Three Retirees was one of the better journals I read covering a long distance and doing a fantastic job of covering the picturesque changes in the land and people across the USA. Good job Curtis, Don and Bill. I enjoyed your trip.
This blog is just for me, it’s a place where I keep stuff that interest me. If you find something here that interest you, that’s great. This is one of my post directed to myself. Kinda self analyses. Why am I putting myself through this? This being getting myself into good enough shape to ride across America on a recumbent trike or bike.
Yesterday I was going to rescue a turtle crossing the road in front of the house but I was so slow I couldn’t catch it. At 67 I’m really finding it difficult getting back into riding shape. I’ve been riding 5 to 10 miles every other day and doing some upper body on the other days. Stop laughing, I started at 2.5 miles. I’m working towards 50 mile days.
The route that I take is all uphill except for the downhill parts. I spend 80% of my riding time on the uphill parts. I know if I spent less time on the uphill parts I would be going faster. Therein lies one of the problems. I could put my trike in the back of the truck and haul it somewhere with less uphill parts, but for some reason that seems counter productive.
The road that I ride is a not very well maintained county road. From my driveway, this county road is uphill in either direction. It is also uphill from my house to the county road. That’s about 3/8’s of a mile and I’ve already taken 2 rest breaks. Oh yeah, uphill in loose sand. That’s why I have knobby tires in the back, traction in the sand.
I’ve not increased my calorie intake yet. Just because I’m out riding for an hour and a half doesn’t mean I’m burning very many calories. I have changed to more protein to help build my recumbent leg muscles. That should do the trick. But it sure is taking a long time to work. Did I mention I’m taking a daily vitamin now? Senior version.
I know this can be done, I’ve read on Crazy Guy the journals of other old men and women touring. One of the journals mentioned meeting an old man on his 70th birthday doing 70 miles a day. Insane. I’ll keep working at this for a few more days and see if I can turn this around. Maybe I can be ready by the end of February or March. Yes, this year. Maybe April or so. It’ll be warm in April.
Maybe someday I’ll be advertising for a riding partner. Another old, slow person to ride with me. You’ll have to be the one fast enough to catch the turtles and move them off the road.
While looking for more samples and/or plans for the Organic Engines SUV cargo bike, I ran across this sample of what appears to be a home built Cargo Bike.
Sometimes a picture will touch my heart. I’ve had a few difficult jobs in my life, but pushing this monster around town was not one of them.
Look at the rear wheels on this cargo trike. Is this a single speed trike? I don’t see a derailleur. Look at the spokes and axle.
This is somewhat old news except to me. Their blogspot was published in 2008. It’s new news to me. I copy this from their Blog.
The Aquaduct is pedal powered vehicle that transports, filters, and stores water for the developing world. A peristaltic pump attached to the pedal crank draws water from a large tank, through a filter, to a smaller clean tank. The clean tank is removable and closed for contamination-free home storage and use. A clutch engages and disengages the drive belt from the pedal crank, enabling the rider to filter the water while traveling or while stationary.
The Aquaduct is the winning entry in the Innovate or Die contest put on by Google and Specialized. The contest challenge was to build a pedal powered machine that has environmental impact. Please visit our blog (http://theaquaduct.blogspot.com/ ) or email email@example.com for more details.
About noon it got warm enough for me to take my every-other-day bike ride. I doubled up today because I missed Christmas Day, not because of Christmas, but because it was raining. I got back about 2:00 PM and sat down to write something. I’ve nothing planned. Somehow I followed some links to Amsterdam. Being accustomed to Texas and the bike culture here, it’s difficult for me to understand how some other place in the world could be so much different. The structures they have built to accommodate bikes and the parking for bikes is amazing.
Amsterdamize Bicycle TV highlights cycling in Amsterdam and the Netherlands from three angles: from any location, from any street and, most importantly, from the bicycle. Amsterdamize welcomes video contributions from all over the world.
This is a series of film clips that have been linked together about bike culture in Denmark. It’s quite long. I liked it, hope you do. Don’t miss The Sidesaddle Hop.
While reading one of the Facebook entries today I found this reference to a video narrated by Peter Graves. One example of regardless how much things change, how much they stay the same.
Then there was this one posted by one of the guys from Atomic Zombie Forum.
And for you Fixie/Freestyle guys and gals. Filmed by Thomas Edison in 1899.
Yesterday I was adding new found links to my blog, I happened across Lonnie Morse’s blog on recumbent aerodynamics. Although not technical in nature, it has a lot of useful information for someone that has future plans for adding fairings or a tailbox to their recumbent. Lonnie sells a tail frame, that looks worth the money, to add some low cost aerodynamics to your bent.
I found his blog on Aerodynamic Expectations most interesting. This is his observations rather than scientific testing, but gave me plenty to work with in making decisions on where I wanted to place my money on future builds.
Streamliners vs Velomobiles article is explains why we see velomobile’s being built instead of 2 wheel streamliners.
And my favorite subject, touring. Here is the Crazy Guy account of a group, including Lonnie, on their Six Warriors: A Recumbent Caper Across the USA. Well done guys.