Well just as I suspected, I was at my convention in Dallas when I got the call that my trike was in and waiting for me to come pick it up. Well I took Amtrak to Dallas and I can’t take my trike on Amtrak, but the dealership said one of their people would be up in the Dallas area but still I wouldn’t be able to get the trike home. So I passed and said I would pick up the trike on Thursday since the shop is closed Tue/Wed.
One thing I noticed is the color of the trike, I was thinking it would be a very bright and vivid red like my Pocket, but that wasn’t the case, it was almost a red orange color. Well it costs too much to repaint it so I’ll just leave it so I can get used to the color. Keep in mind that the trike arrived in early March and I’m writing this in early July and I’ve now gotten used to the color so I guess you can say it has grown on me.
So I picked up my trike and then it started to rain. I had rain for most of the weekend days and since the trike did not come with mudguards already on it, I didn’t think about it while ordering. Now I don’t know if any of you have had rain gunk splashed up on you but let me tell you it is rather nasty especially if you don’t have on protective eye wear and if you have long hair it really is a messy incident and that’s all I should say about long hair and rain gunk. Also since my trike is new I didn’t want to really break it in riding in the rain so I waited things out and much of April and May weekend days were a no go for me because of family commitments and various other things happening.
So finally around the end of May the weekend days were great but guess who was dramatically out of shape….me. Well I was in shape and practicing to be floundering whale that had been beached, sorry to insult whales. But basically I’m not in good riding form, it is taking a lot longer for me to accomplish certain distances and rides. A part of it may be the fact that my trike is about 20-30 pounds heavier because I wanted it to fold and so there is a price to pay for it all.
Looking at it, it looks as if it would weigh less but looks are deceiving. I’m still learning what are good positions for me to ride in and what aren’t working quite so well. I’ve been working on hill work because I know that I’ll be coming across a lot more hills the more and more I ride towards California but all of the training won’t do me much good if I keep on forgetting to take my iron. So I’ve got to start taking iron and building up my legs for the big hill sections of my future rides.
Of course just as I got my mudguards the rain chances pretty much dried up on the weekend, except for the one downpour I got caught in. So I’ve put my Veltop on my trike and was riding around town, I went downtown and went by a famous monument and sat there under the shade of a tree for a bit and then I started my journey home. I wasn’t sure at first but then I started hearing several more drops hit my Veltop so I pulled over and was getting up to put the rain panels on when the clouds opened up on me. Luckily I was at a retirement home and I moved under their covered breezeway while I secured my rain panels and just watched the rain for a bit.
I’ve learned my rain panels have limited success because the rain never falls straight down but usually at an angle. Then in my bike lane just ahead of me is a spot where three streets meet and they all have a lot of rain run-off which completely covers the bike lane and part of the traffic lane. There was no escaping it, so I just rode through it and my bottom got a bit wet because it was that deep but it just made me laugh and I had fun finishing my ride in the rain until the last mile. Things cleared up and there was not a trace of rain by my house. Talk about a bummer, my lawn could have really used the rain.
You how you plan things but things don’t always turn out as you would expect them and I guess that is what makes life interesting. Still working out how I’m most comfortable riding especially long distances, but that will all be left in another blog.