Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 1st. 2022, Just a ride, checked out the "Skybridge" and the "Flame Cafe" at the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum, Co. Springs, CO.

Well the weather guessers said we'd get rain by early afternoon today, so we headed out early and headed up north on the PP Greenway to Criterium Bike Shop and over to Panera Bread for a early brown bag lunch and unsweetened iced tea. Decided to head south back into the Springs and head to the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum to get some photo's on the "Skybridge" from the Museum to America the Beautiful Park. After the photo's, we decided to "spoil ourselves" and get some "sweet potato fries"! Ate out on the patio at the "Flame Cafe" on the museum complex, YUM! Well it started to get quite breezy and the chill of fall was in the air, the clouds were building heavy and dark so we took off through the down town area to the Cascade Street bike lane, heading north. Got back home, the trikes snug in the apartment before the rains!! 18 miles and fun and easy enjoyable ride for the 1st. of October. Glad we packed the windbreakers in the panniers as the breeze let us know that the season's are changing. Fall is quite pretty here in So. CO. but it's a very short season and the winter is Loooong, bummer. Sure hope it goes by fast this year. Oh well we enjoy even the short and sweet rides, being out and about on the recumbents. :)





 

September 23-24, 2022- Failed video mic test ride and the "Search for Pantyhose Ride"! ;)

 LOL, as usual I'm playing catch up with our Vblog so here's a couple of late Sept. ride video's! I switched from the video cam mounted to the front boom of my trike to a helmet mount set up, hopefully to get, "LESS road noise" on my vid's!! Well I must have turned off the mic setting in the camera so there's no sound except for the intro I added while making producing the video, so you all get music, enjoy!

We got invited by Jo's Sister, Barb to join them at her WHS Class of 1972, 50th. year high school reunion. It was held at the new Great Wolf's Lodge in northern Co. Springs, CO. They did a excellent job setting up the reunion, great food, excellent dance floor and DJ and wonderful displays! Jo and I are a year younger and we are WHS Class of 1973 grads, but I seriously doubt we will have anywhere close to the 50th. Year HS reunion gathering that the Class of 72 had!! :( Oh well, that's life, LOL! We had to take a ride and got iced tea for our brown bag lunch, then headed out to a ROSS store to get Jo some pantyhose for her new dress for the reunion. Headed back home to get ready for the reunion starting a 5 PM. on the 24th.

Here are the videos: 



Hope you enjoyed the videos, the weather was excellent both days for these rides! On the 25th. we got picked up by Barb and Rick to go to the "All Classes WHS Alumni Picnic in Woodland Park, CO. Jo entered a "pumpkin decorating contest", LOL, she didn't win but had fun and the Food and company was excellent! A very busy long weekend for us! :)



Thursday, September 22, 2022

September 19 & 20, 2022- As the song says, SUMMER is "Slip, Sliding Away"!! :(

 The last few weeks have been hot here in So. CO. but Weds. and Thursday, (today) it's gray, chilly, breezy with either drizzle or rain! :( Our last rides were as usual, a combo of recreation and transportation in nature. On Monday the 19th., we headed out and just did a multi-trail ride around the area. On Tuesday the 20th., We did our Food ride and then after putting the cold goods in the fridge, we headed out to our usual brown bag lunch spot at the North Nevada Ave. Panera Bread for unsweetened iced tea to go with the PBJ's, LOL! ;) Ok, I failed, I wimped out, yes, I bought a brownie, gulity as charged! ;) Jo even ate a 1/4 of it and we scraped off all the powdered sugar on 1/2 of the top. It, of course, was a bit on the "over sweet" side but it was good!! :) Sometimes you just have to give into the crave as with Jo being a Type II diabetic, we don't normally eat any premade sweets. MODERATION is the best we can do, after all, we are HUMAN!! It sucks sometimes to see others gouging on multi-sweets and we can't get Panera Bread to make ANYTHING that's sugar FREE! :( Yes, we've begged nicely to their corporate offices, and they have turned a deaf ear to us! RATS.

Ok, LOL, we are back on the wagon, I guess we need a diabetics version of AA, yes, I'm JoLynn Ondo and I am a diabetic! Ok, at least at my (BJ) last test Iam, (Thank GOD), not a diabetic but I "follow" Jo's diabetic food plan (diet is a NO NO word in our house!!) so I have the same cravings, etc. SUGAR is addictive, we use Stevia Natural sugar free sweetener, but I will admit it's NOT the same level of intenseness that SUGAR has on your body!!! Still, it's way better than ANY of the other artificial sweeteners we've tried, as Stevia at least doesn't have the "nasty after taste" the rest of the sweeteners do, JMHO.!!  

Back to the rides, sorry about the rave! The ride on the 20th. the sun was intense, but you could still feel the "very slight chill" of the breeze letting you know that "FALL" is coming in fast! The last gasp of summer, letting you know how much we are going to miss the HEAT! :( Still an awesome day for a ride of any kind, even if it starts out as an errand! 17 miles of smiles, finally getting back to the apartment by late afternoon, trikes and trailer put away and awaiting the "cold front" for Wednesday and Thursday. At least Friday and the Weekend look good but we have "evening time" events so no long rides, RATS! 




  

Friday, September 16, 2022

September 2022-Back to normal with a lot of "transportation rides"

 Well since our ride to try out Glamping, it's been back to normal, just area rec. rides with a lot of "transportation" type rides. We did a Food Ride on Weds. then Thursday, we had lots of errands to ride too, CU, Post Office, Drug Store, T-Mobile store (phone and internet bill), then we wanted to head up the Rock Island Trail up to Constitution Ave. and go to Panera Bread for lunch. I need to get to a Goodwill Retail Store and buy some semi-dress clothes as we we invited to the Widefield High School Class of 1972 50th. Reunion on the 25th. I am retired so I never needed "dress clothes", LOL!  Well, our plans were foiled by the big, thick, black CLOUDS coming over Pikes Peak and the foothills at a very quick pace!! We decided to call it a day and managed to get back to the apartment before the storms! ;) Today is Friday Sept. 16 and we plan on heading out and giving it another try today!! :) The ride will be straight north on the Rock Island Trail then heading over to Constitution Ave. and into the 1st. and Main Center complex to hopefully "find" a new Panera Bread for lunch, then back across Constitution Ave. down the road to the Goodwill Retail Center! The weather is supposed to be better today but with So. Colorado it's always "bi-polar" weather, LOL! They say it will start a bit of a warming trend, which will be nice, we prefer the HEAT to the COLD anyday! Still you can feel Fall is in the air, the mountains have started their yearly seasonal color change of the Aspens, so sad, summer takes so long to get here then goes by so fast! :( Hope you getting great weather and lot's of riding in! BJ and Jo :)



Monday, September 12, 2022

September 6 & 7 2022-We took a overnight ride to do our first "Glamping Campout" in Monument, CO.

 As usual our out of State vacation plans died off due to lack of FUNDS! :( We decided we'd do a overnight "staycation" and ride the New Santa Fe Trail up to Monument, CO. They don't have any motels in Monument, but we found a "Glamping Campground", which was set up for Luxury Camping, fully equipped wall tents, electric fireplace, personal portable hot tub and Queen size bed, LOL, our level of "roughing it"! ;) We've rode the New Santa Fe Trail up to Ice Lake on the USAF Academy a few times over the years but never rode it all the way to Monument. It's all dirt/gravel with some rocks and a few short but steep, slick uphill inclines. 

The ride up to Ice Lake went like normal, I had to help Jo get over a couple of the hills but no big deal. From Ice Lake up to the North "trail gate" was a LOT tougher, the inclines were steeper and slicker and sometimes the erosion logs (to slow down rainwater on the downhill) stuck up higher and made it hard to get over! This is supposed to be a graded dirt trail, but some bozo laid down piles of small, sharp black rocks which made a very bumpy ride with our non-suspension trikes!! :( Between the USAF Academy North Trail Gate and all the way to Monument we had to deal with more of the sharp black rocks, laided across the trail and lots of 2 to 3 in. deep SAND, which would just stop us dead in our tracks even on the flat parts of the trail, it was miserable, then add the 90+ F heat and very little shade made it a real PITA!! We made it to the Baptist Rd. Trailhead it had a restroom and shade on one side of the building, so we ate our brown bag lunch and took a break! :) Then fought our way into the town of Monument. Finally on pavement, we made our way over several more hills to the "Glamping Campground". It was quite and not quite a fancy as the promo photos but very comfortable, we unpacked, everything was there, sweet! We were too tried to ride back to town for dinner so we had a pizza delivered, LOL, ;) We ate dinner using the rocking chairs on the tents deck, this tent has full electric so we had lights and just vege'd out watching the stars come out and the moon rise, then headed for bed! Glamping is cool, here's a link to the Glamping Campground: Monument Glamping 







Here are two links to video's covering part 1 and 2 of our ride up to Monument Glamping Campground on the New Santa Fe Trail: 



On Sept. 7th. we headed back to Co. Springs but decided to use Hwy. 105 and Hwy 83 to Powers Blvd, then south on Woodman Ave. to pick up the Cottonwood Creek Trail back to home. Well Hwy. 105 was terrible, lot's of morning traffic and NO shoulders on 90% of it so we had lot's of "HATE" from car drivers, they need to learn to share the road as it's the only way to get to Co. Springs if you don't want to use the trail!!! :( Hwy. 83 was better at least it had a "just wide enough shoulder in most places! At first Powers Blvd. was great with wide shoulders although the traffic was insane even on a weekday! Then we hit several construction zones which took away the shoulder so more "HATE" came our way. Same on Woodman Ave but they finally had a wide sidewalk that got us to the trail, YEA!! 90+ F again. LOL, here's a sign you want to see after hours of riding up steep hills! 


Cottonwood Creek Trail over to the Pikes Peak Greenway and back to apartment!


 

Monday, August 29, 2022

August 28, 2022- A ride to end up at our Niece, Allision's Celebration of LIFE Ceremony.

 We normally like to ride in the AM. but sadly, we had a niece pass away unexpectedly and the family was having a "Celebration of Life" at Thorndale Park here in Co. Springs at 6 PM. We left the apartment on the trikes at 1PM and headed out for a ride to Manitou Springs and then headed back to end up at Cy's Drive Inn on the Westside for a great burger and sweet potato fries!! We pulled into the covered patio at Cy's and the darkish clouds, opened up and poured buckets of water upon us!! :O We waited out the storm for an hour and ate our lunch slowly! The clouds stayed but the rain quit so we headed out on the wet streets over to King Soopers for a restroom and a snack for later. Then we headed to the park and arrived about 4:30 PM, we found a building with a overhang and waited for the others to show up. At 5:30 they showed up and put up a awning and speaker system with a portable movie screen and had a nice presentation about Allision and filled up balloons to launch a bit later. We told our condolences as we didn't know Allison a lot, that side of the family, (younger brother Chuck's Daughter). We were there to represent his side of the family as best as we could. We got to hug our other niece Vanessa and Allison's Grandmother, Wendy. We watched the presentation and launched a balloon in her honor. Jo made up multi-colored flower bouquets with the purpose of each color to Allison's Qualities and gave them to Vanessa, Wendy and Brenda and Kylie, Allison's daughter. We stayed till 30 mins. before sundown and then said our goodbyes and headed home quickly to be home just as the sun went down behind Pikes Peak. 17 miles warm but gray and then lot's of rain but we stayed mostly dry! :) 



Sunday, August 28, 2022

August 27, 2022-The search for "THINK" Lemon Bars!! ;)

We've been looking for a "Protein Bar" that has ZERO Sugar since Jo is a Type 2 diabetic and we finally found one. The Brand is, THINK BAR and we got the Choc. Brownie Crunch for Jo and I really like the "Lemon" flavor. Problem is the lemon seems to be the most popular flavor and it's not easy to find, even at the one source, local Safeway Stores!! We decided to make our ride a trip to different Safeway Stores around the city of Colorado Springs. We did find 2 at one store but they don't seem to sell the "lemon" in a box of 5 like the rest, RATS. I thought I found 3 more bars as they were in the Lemon Box BUT, when we got home they were creamy peanut butter, arrugh!!! :( My body doesn't like a lot of peanut butter! We decided to make these our "emergency food" and just keep them on the trikes incase Jo has a "bonk" and her blood sugar drops to low or we just ride a bit to far and need "fuel" to get back home!! 

think!® | High Protein Bar, Lemon Delight | FREE 1-3 Day Delivery | (thinkproducts.com) We rode to the South Nevada, Safeway via the PPGW, 8th. St. and Cheyenne Blvd bike lanes to the "Creekside" pathway, then a bit of sidewalk to get to and across Nevada Ave. at Southgate. Next over to the Safeway in the Red Rocks Center on Colorado Ave. on the Westside. Headed back via 31st. street bike lanes to the Foothills trail, then the Sinton Trail, we stopped a Angletech www.cycledifferent.com to borrow their picnic table and eat our homemade trail mix snack and have a shade break!! Then again down Sinton trail to PPGW and finally back to the apartment! 21 miles, sunny, 85 F. There's some steep grades on the Foothills Trail, as high as 9% grade so we were worn out and ready to just kick back for the evening. 




Friday, August 26, 2022

August 21, 23, 25-Area rides, Food Runs, Errand Runs, The life of us who can't afford a Motor Vechical !! ;)

 Ah, as they say, Life goes on!! The summer is waning into its last days so we've been riding as much as possible or LOL, our bodies will let us! ;) It's been mostly Area rides, Errand Runs and of course, our weekly FOOD run with the cargo trailer! Nothing special but we have been enjoying the HEAT while it's here! It really bugs me that folks complain about "How HOT it is", well duh, it's SUMMER, it's that time of year it's supposed to be HOT, LOL! ;) I guess we just prefer hot to cold any day, especially as "Car-Less" full time cyclists. 

We are getting ready for something a bit more adventurous, on September 6th. we are riding up the New Santa Fe Trail to Monument, CO. to try "Glamping", luxury camping, wall tent with queen size bed, electricity and even a private Hot Tub!! Normally "we DO NOT CAMP"! At our age and with mean arthritis, needing to pee several times a night, etc. Tent camping has been off our list of activities for "Decades"!!! But we wanted to try something new, so we decided to do an overnight the see what this Glamping craze is all about! It's even a bit more adventure as the Santa Fe Trail is "all dirt/gravel" with only 1 stop at a porta-potty in 20 miles so it will be a much tougher ride than our normal 15–20-mile local rail/urban trail rides!!  

I will shoot video and take photos to show we survived the night, wanted to do it as a weekend but it's NOT cheap, so it's one night stay only! If your ever in the area and want to give it a try, here's who to contact: Monument Glamping   We will spoil ourselves and mostly eat out at the many local eateries within the Town of Monument, CO., according to how early we arrive, (check in 3 PM), we will try to take the trail all the way to Palmer Lake, then turn around and locate the Glamping Ground which is out of the Town. If we take longer to get there than I hope, we will just have miss Palmer Lake. Well here's a few photo's of the last rides, sorry didn't take any on the 25th. ride as it was mostly a errand/lunch ride. Enjoy what's left of the summer HEAT, sadly it will turn COLD very soon! :( BJ







Saturday, August 20, 2022

August 19, 2022-Errand Ride to set up Jo with Silver Key Food Pantry, what a hassle!!

 Being seniors and living on a meger Social Security Retirement income, when we get the long stretches between pay days (5-6 weeks), we run out of money for food! :( Silver Key senior services has a "once a month" Senior Supplemental Food Program", I am signed up to pick up the little foods that they have since Jo is a Type 2 diabetic so sadly we can't eat a lot of the basic supplies they carry in their Food Pantry. Jo wasn't officially able to go and pick up our monthly allotment. We headed to the lower South East side of Co. Springs to get her signed up for that and possible Silver Key Transportation Services since we "DO NOT" own a car! 

The problem is there are NO trail systems that can get us all the way to Silver Key from our apartment. So, we have to use busy streets, trails, bike lanes on busy roads, etc. to work our way over there. Sadly, some of the roads are Heavy Traffic so we had to use sidewalks, which SUCK as the street designers here LOVE to install single 90 degree or multi-90-degree corners some with really tall curbs!! That makes it really tough for ME, (BJ) as my TT Tour with "indirect" steering doesn't do sharp turns well at all!!!! Sigh, so we made our way, stopped at a Mc Donalds for an old style "Double Hamburger", (LOL, yes you have to ask, they still make the original double hamburger or double cheeseburger!) and a unsweet iced tea for a cheap lunch. Worked out way down to Silver Key Offices finally and got Jo signed up! :)

All the while the black rain clouds were forming over the foothills, we headed back and the Thunder started up, so we put on our "rain jackets", good thing as it started to sprinkle! Wasn't too bad for a bit but as we turned on Emory St., it Dumped Hard on us and poured heavy for 20 minutes!! :( Finally, it started to kinda dry out as we headed up the Canal Trail to the Rock Island Trail. Of course, the trikes are a mess and will have to have chain, cables, derailleurs re-lubed and the frames wiped down. :( LOL, of course, I just washed and waxed my trike the day before!! ;) There are 3 Tough and long uphill grades coming home so we were totally worn out fighting both hills and weather as we got back to the apt. At least the rain stopped as we headed home! Quickly wiped off the tires and frame and got the trikes upstairs into the apt. 15 minutes later, it was pouring buckets of rain outside, happy to be in the apartment! 19 miles, sunny start, Heavy Rain end on this ride!  


Friday, August 19, 2022

August 17, 18, 2022-Burger Bash Event and Food-Lunch ride

 On August 17th. we rode to the Annual Burger Bash put on by the Bank of Colorado as a fund raiser for the United Way, here in Colorado Springs. It's a downtown bank and In & Out Burger brings in their "semi-truck" sized Food Trailer to serve up free burgers. Ok, they do ask for a donation to United Way, which seems fair! 10:30-3:00 with DJ and a couple of vendor booths plus the United Way tent. We meet up with Larry and Rodger from the Pikes Peak Region Recumbent Trike & Bike Network, based here in Co. Springs and is a Facebook Group for recumbent riders. Had a great chat, a good burger!


After that we just went out for a ride to enjoy the rest of a more mellow day as the temps only made it up to 76 F that day, instead of the usual 90 F it's been! :) We did a run up the PPGW, stopped at Panera Bread for unsweetened iced tea and ate our homemade trail mix snack. Then over to Cottonwood Creek Trail to the Vincent Street Bridge up to take Dublin/Nevada Ave. south in a loop back to the PPGW. Getting late so we headed home from there. Nice day, good meet up with friends, great Ride!! 19 miles. Here's a Video:


On August 18th, we started out with a weekly Food Run over to the Neighborhood Market Place Store for food and supplies, pulling the cargo trailer. Rode back to home, put away the cold foods and the trailer then headed out for a Lunch Ride! Headed East on the Fontanero St. bike lane over to the Shooks Run Trail, heading southeast, stopped at the Good Neighbor Meeting House for unsweet iced tea and ate our brown bag lunch. Headed more south on the Shooks Run Trail to Fountain Blvd. Headed into the southern part of Co. Springs via back streets over to America the Beautiful Park, downtown. Stopped and took a couple of photos:



From here we headed south a short jaunt on the Midland Trail up to the Walnut St. bike lane over to the Mesa Springs Greenway to the PPGW, then over the Popcycle Bridge back to the apartment. 86 F sunny with a few puffy white clouds. 17 miles. Thanks for coming along! :)

Monday, August 15, 2022

August 14, 2022-Several area rides, hot weather continues but the RAIN is coming!!

 We have getting in short area rides since the last post, the days here in August have been HOT and sunny. On Sunday we headed out to the Southern Panera Bread to get some unsweetened iced tea to go with our brown bag lunch. We chose the direct route, heading over to the Weber St. bike lane. Heading south through downtown Colorado Springs, then over to the Tejon St. bike lane heading west to the Ivywild area, thru a new traffic circle to pick up the new and not complete Creekside Trail thru the Creekside Center over to Nevada Ave to arrive at Panera Bread, South. After lunch, we headed back by back streets to Cheyenne Blvd. bike lane over to the 8th. street bike lane to the Walmart turn in and pick up the Pikes Peak Greenway to the Midland Trail, Cucharas Trail, a very short little trail to get up to Colorado Ave then north on the Walnut St. bike lane heading north to pick up the Mesa Springs Greenway that currently ends at American Furniture Warehouse. We stopped on the MS Greenway under the Ped/Bike overpass for shade and to eat our homemade trail mix snack. LOL, yes, we carry a ultra-lite picnic blanket with us, hey it works great when there's no tables!! Then it's time to head home, back to the Pikes Peak Greenway, over the Popcycle Bridge, where the "Kids On Bikes" folks are stopped and bringing out the popsicles for the kids on their weekly summer season rides on Sunday! :) Back to the apartment, as the dark clouds gather and the thunder starts up. We are snug and dry as the soft rain starts to fall! 13 miles, HOT, sunny, little breeze. Monday and Tuesday are suppose to be heavy RAIN days so we are glad we got in a RIDE before the storms! :)







 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

August 6 and 8, 2022-Getting in the "Miles of Smiles" while the getting is GOOD!!

On August 6th. we headed up to Angletech to pay off my layaway for my used, Terra Trike Tour and have them do some mods, hopefully get to pick it up SOON! They have been restructuring both 30th. Street and the entryway into the Garden of the Gods Park for several months now. For the cars a new "Traffic Circle" (Roundabout) and for the Peds and Bikes a new "trail underpass" going under Gateway Road. The Foothills Trail runs just outside of the GoG and it was a "nightmare" to have to cross Gateway Road in the Tourist Season for walkers and cyclists!! The new "underpass" makes it so Peds/Bike go under the road on the Trail heading over to the 31st. St. bike lane to get to the "Westside" of Colorado Springs!! 

It was posted that the underpass/trail was now complete and would be open to the public as of August 5th. We got on the Foothills Trail via the Sinton Trail got to the underpass and found the still had the little plastic fencing up to block the trail. We we could see that it had been walked over so we rode the trikes over and rode the revamped trail and new underpass anyway! ;) Here's a couple videos of our YouTube channel "Out and About on the Recumbents" of the ride: 


 

On August 8th. the weather has been a bit rainy in the late afternoon but the days have been sunny and hot. We made a Loop Trail of the Rock Island, T-Gap Rd. bike lane, T-Gap Trail, Pikes Peak Greenway and the Mesa Springs Greenway. Sunny, 85 F+ with a nice breeze!! Stopped at Panera Bread to eat our brown bag special lunch and get some unsweetened iced tea. Headed back down the PPGW over to Fontenareo St. then picked up the Mesa Springs Greenway heading south. We rode it till it's current southern end point, then turned around and rode back to it's current northern end point at American Furniture Warehouse. turned back and headed back home via the PPGW. 17 miles, it made a fun loop and a great days ride! 







Sorry for the odd sized photos but LOL, I had to "crop" my thumb out of the photo's! ;) The camera lens in the new cell phone is in a bad place, too close to where you need to hold it to keep it steady! :( BJ

Thursday, August 4, 2022

August 3, 2022-Just an Out and About on the Recumbents kinda ride!

Another nice-looking morning and with a Lab date at the Medical Center on Thursday, we headed up to ride the Cottonwood Creek Trail, via the Pikes Peak Greenway. We prefer to ride this sweet urban trail on a weekday as it's a bit crazy on weekends. High in the mid 80 F's and sunny till the early afternoon, then a decent possibility of scattered thunderstorms. Sadly our city parks dept. has been really stingy with keeping established restrooms open or supplying at least a porta-potty!! :( With the Criterium Bike Shop being closed on Weds. we had to make the Cottonwood Regional Park quite a few miles away our only restroom and used the "only two" picnic tables in the whole park, right next to the restroom for our brown bag lunch. No shade so we sat facing away from the sun as best as possible. Watched a soccer coach teaching preschooler's how to learn the basics.  The clouds were building over Pikes Peak so we headed back down the CCT over to Criterium to pick up the "detour trail" over to the University Commons Center and Panera Bread for a unsweet iced tea on the patio in the shade!! ;) Then via the PPGW and some back streets over to Safeway food store to get some fresh fruits we were running low on! Thank Goodness for "panniers" to carry items in! Pick up a short portion of the Shooks Run Trail to more backstreets and finally the apartment, made it before it finally started raining! :) 




Sunday, July 24, 2022

July 23, 2022-New Record Temp Ride and a big change for BJ in the future.

Just an update, I decided that I wanted a lighter trike with "indirect steering" instead of my current Terra Trike Rover X8 which is a Heavy Duty trike and has "direct steering". I went to our local recumbent dealer, Angletech: www.cycledifferent.com and started looking at the USED trikes they had for sale. I found a older Greenspeed GTO that fit what I wanted and was in a price range, where I could put it on "Layaway" and pay it off in 3 or 4 months! Well after the service dept. did a check up on it, they found the "front end steering system" had major damage and found the parts needed were being just to hard to find so they let me know the GTO was DOA!! :( They didn't have anything else at the time but I just had them keep my deposit on file. Yesterday they called and have a older, used Terra Trike Tour with the 26 in. rear wheel that might be a good match for me. We rode up to Angletech on Saturday and checked it out and I decided to buy it instead!! 

It had what I wanted at an even slightly lower price so it's now officially on the layaway with my name on it. The color is "Sparkle Red", now these older TT trikes "do not" have an adjustable boom, they have booms in 3 different sizes: small/medium/large. The trike came with a medium boom but at max reward seat adjustment it felt a bit "cramped" for me so they thought they might have a "large boom" in the warehouse, they only problem if they did, it was a YELLOW in color. Well, being "colorblind", I really don't care if the trike has mixed colors, I will just get some red and yellow auto paint and "stripe" different color "bands" on the frame and boom. LOL, I will surely KNOW that this TT Tour is mine!!! ;) Here is an example of the TT Tour (note: this one has the smaller 20 in. rear wheel, mine has the larger 26 in. rear wheel), : 

If they don't have the yellow large boom, they can still "order" me a matching red boom, size large from Terra Trike Inc. Lucky for me that the top of the line, TT Tandem Pro still uses the "3 different sized booms" and is a currently manufactured model!!! :) 

Now about the ride, it was HOT right off the bat, even at 10 AM it was 90 F and climbing! It's "very rare" for the temps to reach triple digits, here in Colorado Springs, CO. in the Summer but on Sat. we officially broke a long standing "high temp record" for the day and it was now 100 F by the time we left Angletech!!! :O We headed directly to Panera Bread for a large and COLD unsweet iced tea to drink and eat our home made "trail mix" snack. 

We were going to ride down to the south ending point on the Mesa Springs Trail but the HEAT, felt like a blanket slowly closing around our bodies so we decided to "head home"! Our apt. is little but has good air conditioning! We called it a wrap for the ride!! 100 F, mostly sunny and HOT!! 13 miles total. Still a good ride and we got a lot accomplished, now it's "kick back" time!! :)
 

Monday, July 18, 2022

July 16 & 17, 2022-More HOT day rides, the temps are up but so are we, Let's RIDE!

Both Sat. and Sun were in the mid to high 90 F, Sunny with just a chance of rain but none fell! Saturday we headed west to ride up the North Cheyenne Canyon to the Starsmoore Visitors Center at the start of the road up the canyon. It's a constant uphill grade once you leave the 8th. St. bike lane and head up towards the Starsmoore Center!! We stopped to take a water and shade break when shade came out to the bike lane! We got to the center and found a bench in the shade to eat our brown bag lunch.  Note: you can ride up the canyon road to Helen Hunt Falls and Gold Camp Road but, it's thin, with no shoulder or bike lane so you have to Share The Road with the traffic, not our idea of a fun ride!). After that we headed back down and over to the new portion of the Creekside Path over to Nevada Ave. headed for the Southgate Panera Bread for a large unsweet iced tea to share! Lucky for us they have a small patio area in the shade up front so both us and the trikes were out of the HEAT! 




 On Sunday we did a multi-trail loop, started by heading south on the Mesa Springs Trail over to change to heading west on the Midland Trail to 31st. St. Picked up the 31st. Bike Lane over to the start of the Foothills Trail that goes by the entrance of the Garden of the Gods Park. Note: as of now the Foothills Trail is undergoing construction due to the rerouting of 30th. Street so you have to ride thru a slightly ruff GRAVEL entry area over to the other side of the Gateway Rd. into the GoG Park, then you can re-pick up the Foothills Trail over to 31st. and Garden of the Gods Road, heading east to pick up the Sinton Trail. We stopped at Angletech, the local recumbent shop and although it was closed we used their employees picnic area table in the SHADE for lunch! Back on the Sinton Trail we rode to the Pikes Peak Greenway and turned north, again heading to a different Panera Bread for a large unsweet iced tea!! Got our tea and outside table in the shade on the patio, ate our homemade Stevia sweetner and Coco cookies with our tea!! (Note: we have a Unlimited Sips Club Membership at Panera Bread so we stop there A LOT), after our tea and cookies we headed back south on the PPGW and back to our apartment. 21 miles 97 F HOT, sunny. The HEAT is quite a drain on our 67 year old bodies but it was still a GREAT day to RIDE! :)