Friday, May 27, 2022

May 26, 2022-"She's BAACCKK"!! :)


Normally a weekly Food Run wouldn't be worth adding to the blog but this one was special! Due to a really bad reaction to the 2nd. Covid-19 Booster Shot (Pizer), Jo ended up in the hospital for 8 days then, had to use oxygen till she could see her Primary Care Doctor and be given the ok to go off the oxygen. That was a total of 24 days in May she couldn't ride her trike. So we added a bit to the ride by coming home, dropping off the food and the utility trailer and taking our brown bag lunch via the Pikes Peak Greenway to the Panera Bread where we got unsweet iced tea and enjoyed the beautiful sunny day! 15 miles RT but she had the SMILE back on her face! It was great to get my "ridding buddy" back, we took it easy as she will need some miles to get back the fitness and comfort while riding she had before. Didn't want to over do it so we just headed back over the Popcycle Bridge did our spin around the Fontanero St. Trailhead Lot and back to the apartment to put away food, etc. We've got some nice days ahead after 7 days of gray, cold, wind, snow and rain so TEAM SLOW we be putting on the miles!! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2022

May 25, 2022-Early Bird Hike and Bike 5-8 AM at the Garden of the Gods Park

LOL, well being retired I rarely am up before 6 AM these days but I just joined up with BikeCOS  as a "Bike Ambassador" my first assignment was to help out with the Monthly Early Bird Hike and Bike at the Garden of the Gods Park. Well it starts at 5AM but our shift isn't till 6AM. That means I have to leave the apartment at 4AM to make sure I get there on my trike as we have NO CAR! Wow I haven't ridden in the DARK for a long time, infact I've never used my main light but that changed. Got the trike down the stairs and out in the dark and turned on the all the lights and was very pleased with my 500W head light! The Pikes Peak Greenway and the Sinton Trails are VERY dark so it was still kinda spooky. We had a heavy WIND storm a couple of days ago and it blew down a LOT of trees onto the trail but lucky for me the city forestery was up to the task and had both trails cleared all the way, YEA!

Pedaling in the dark looking for critters and obstacles, it was still very peaceful riding and I finally got to the Foothills Trail heading down into the Garden of the Gods Park as the dawn slowly was coming on. I was hoping for "Rover" duty but alas I was assigned parking lot and greeter which was ok but wow I got COLD after riding! The turnout they say was a little less than normal but there seemed like lots of runners and bike riders to me. These events are special as they stop all car traffic so the runners and bike riders can use the whole road thru the park! So all I have is a few photos from the parking lot but there not bad! 14 miles RT, lot's of climbing of short but steep uphill grades, headed home after it was over and even though it took me a while to warm up, I enjoyed getting up before the SUN going to start warming up over the next few days, YEA. Got another BikeCOS Ambassador assignment on Friday at 1 PM. It's nice to do what little I can to support area bicycling! :)


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

May 19, 2022- SNOW, WIND, RAIN, Gray and Cloudy it's been WILD lately!!! New tires for Jo's trike!

 Wow it's been crazy, for a month it was VERY WIND, hot and Dry, for the last week the LOL, Polar Opposite! We started with extreme winds, then 10 INCHES of wet SNOW and below freezing temps!! :O Now for 3 days it's been chilly, gray and lot's of on and off rain! On the 19th. Jo had a doctors appointment so I headed out for a ride but also to head up to Angletech to get new tires for Jo's trike. We haven't changed out the tires that came on her used TT Rambler but we decided to try something a bit different. Instead of the Schwalbe Marathon Plus on all 3 wheels I installed 2 Standard Marathon's (Green Guard Level 5), 20x1.75 and a more "knobbish" tire a Schwalbe Marathon GT 365, 20x2.15 in the rear. 



Our longest trail here is the Pikes Peak Greenway, which is actually 3 trails, 1. Fountain Regional 2. Monument Valley and 3. New Santa Fe. The entire Fountain trail is dirt and gravel some spots are quite loose. The Monument Valley, (thru Colorado Springs itself), is mostly concrete/asphalt with some dirt, the New Santa Fe is all dirt with several short but steep uphill grades. This can cause "road tires" to lose traction and pushing a recumbent trike up a slick hill is NO FUN! ;) We didn't want a pure BMX or MTB type knobby as 90% of our rides are on the paved trails, streets or roads. So we have just kinda stopped riding the "dirt" parts unless we had no other choice. Well we hope this will let us ride the hardpack gravel and deeper spots so we are giving it a try!  Now I have to get one for MY trike then it's time to get "dirty", LOL! ;)

My ride took me up the Sinton Trail to Angletech, I strapped on 3 tires to my rear rack and hauled them back to our apartment to drop them off, then I headed out for intown ride via the Fontanero St. and Weber St. Bike Lanes into downtown Co. Springs. Turned north again on the Shooks Run Trail and stopped at the Good Neighbors Coffee Shop for a unsweet iced tea and a snack of homemade trail mix. Then headed home, 14 miles and lot's of work for ME switching out 3 new tires for 3 "tried" old one's! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 13 and 15, 2022-Riding All By Myself, Jo is still recovering from a bad reaction to the 2nd. Covid-19 Booster Shot :(

 Well sadly I have been riding "alone" for a couple of weeks as Jo, my wife, had a very bad reaction to the "2nd. Booster Shot of the Pizer Covid-19 vaccine" and ended up in the hospital for a WEEK!!! :( She is slowly recovering; she is up to being able to eat full meals and has walked a couple of 5K walks!! :) The problem is that the DAMN hospital would not release her unless she was on oxygen, DUMB as the ONLY time she has ever needed it is when she's sick and in the Hospital. She sees our family doctor on the 19th. and I PRAY, she will let her "get off" the oxygen and we can cancel the service, it's such a RPITA to have to carry or mount a small oxygen bottle to the rear rack on the trike so she can ride, Jo decided she didn't want to try to ride her trike till she could find out if our doc would tell her, it was ok to "cancel the oxygen!! The major problem with the oxygen on the trike is the small size limits the "distance" we can ride before it runs dry!!!! :( Neither of us are, Happy Campers right now!

My wife knows me well and sent me out for a ride or two by myself to blow off some steam so I did a ride all the way to the current end of the concrete trail on the Cottonwood Creek Trail on "Friday the 13th." ;) 25 miles in very breezy but sunny conditions, it felt GREAT! 

  On Saturday I took Jo on her first "outdoor" walk since leaving the hospital we did a flat and easy 5K with several short stops and she did great. On Sunday the 15th. I was out for a "Ride with a Mission", LOL. I joined up as a "Ambassador" with Bike COS, the local area city sponsored bicycling program and my first time to be a "Ambassador" will be at the Early Bird Bike and Hike at the Garden of the Gods Park on Weds. May 25th. Gads the start time for our "shift" is at 6AM so I needed to know "how long" it takes me to ride the trike from my home to the park to be there on time! I did a "timed ride" and found it takes me a minimum of 1 hour. It's a total "uphill grade ride" with some steep sections on both the Sinton and Foothills Trails to get to the GoG Park. I will have to leave home at "4:30 AM" to get there by 5:30 AM. YIKES, being retired I NEVER get up that early and hardly ever ride in the DARK but that's what's going to have to happen, LOL it's going to be a LOOOOOOONG day! ;) 

Finished off the timed ride by heading back down Sinton and then downtown via the Cascade Ave. bike lane to pick up Shooks Run Trail heading back north. Stopped at the Good Neighbors Coffee House for a unsweet iced tea, then headed back home. 20 miles, less wind than Friday's ride and partly sunny but warm conditions. I'll let you know how my first "Ambassador" gig works out! Have a great week and RIDE any time you can! :)

Sunday, May 8, 2022

May 6 and 7, 2022- Just some short "clear the HEAD" rides, as Jo has been in the Hospital since Tue May 3rd. :(

 Hello all, well it's been a very rough 1st. week of May so far, on Monday we headed to Walgreens to get our 2nd. Covid-19 Booster Shots, by Tuesday morning Jo woke up Shaking really hard and freezing, then started constantly throwing up!!!!!! :O We went to emergency room at Penrose Hospital Main and finally got into see the doctor at 6 PM. I told them that she was having a really bad reaction to the 2nd. Covid Booster Shot, they gave her meds and fluid thru a IV and she settled down. We got home about 11:30 PM. RATS, when she woke up on Weds. it started all over again so we went back to the Emergency Room and again waited for hours to get her into a room and seeing the doctor! The decided to keep her in their "Observation Floor" overnight and then decided to actually admit her to a hospital room. She has been thru way too much in the last two years but after giving her mass meds it does seem to be getting better, just very slowly. Today is Sunday, Mother's Day and she has to spend it in a hospital, MAJOR BUMMER!

Inbetween her sleeping a lot and needed tests, I snuck in a couple of short but sweet rides just to "clear my head" and try to calm myself down to be strong for her. On the 6th. I did the normal ride up the Pikes Pike Greenway to Criterium Bicycles then took the detour trail (trail reconstruction on the PPGG past Criterium Bicycles so it's blocked off), back heading south and rode to the end of Wood Ave. turned around and went home to change and head back up to see Jo. Here's a video: 

On the 7th. I found out that they have finished Phase 2 and 3 of the PP Greenway make over and opened it up to ride. I took a break and got the trike out to ride up and check it out. Yep, they took down the construction barriers at Criterium Bicycle Shop so I rode the new "concrete surface" up to just before Woodmen Rd. and turned east on the Cottonwood Creek Trail, it's been a 1 year since this way was open. WOW a huge improvement the old asphalt was potted, had huge frost heave crack and ruts and was very BUMPY! The new concrete is smooth as glass and it's made the area from a "chore to a JOY" to ride, awesome job done by the City and the construction crews!! 

 It will have a official "Ribbon Cutting" ceremony on May 27th. it was great of the city to go ahead and open it up for use early! Now we have our Loop Ride back if we don't won't to ride all the way east to the Cottonwood Regional Park, it's really good to have it back in action. Hopefully Jo will be out of the hospital in the next couple of days, wish us the best and thanks for checking out the BLOG! BJ :)

Monday, May 2, 2022

May 1, 2022-Love to RIDE USA May National Bike Month Challenge starting 1-31 May!

 On Saturday April 30th. we walked in the "Walk to Defeat ALS, Colorado Springs Event at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park with the walk and the walk back to our apartment it was 7.41 miles!! We decided to do a EASY ride on Sunday for the start of the Love to RIDE USA  May National Bike Month Challenge which goes from May1-May 31 each year! We headed north of the PP Greenway and picked up the Templeton Gap Trail heading east to Union Blvd, then picked up a side street over to the on street T-Gap bike lane heading south. Stopping at Nancy Lewis Park for our brown bag lunch. 

We decided to head back over to the Pikes Peak Greenway and head north up to Criterium Bike Shop, then south on the PPGW detour trail for a glass of unsweet iced tea at Panera Bread! I just joined to "Unlimited Sip Club", so I pay a small monthly fee and can drink all the iced or hot drinks I want once a day as long as I do it at one of the area stores! :) 

After our iced tea, we headed back down the Pikes Peak Greenway from the University Commons Center heading south for a slow easy ride home! 17 miles RT, Sunny and warmish with at least a more mellow wind than lately! A decent start to the challenge so we are happy! :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A couple more rides, one solo and one for the both of us! April 25 and 26, 2022

 On the 25th. Jo had a doctor's appointment, so I headed out solo and decided to head south to ride the Canal, Sand Creek Trails and come back on the gravel portions of the Pikes Peak Greenway to get back to downtown, then home. I first headed east on the Rock Island Trail to turn south on what I call the South Homestead Trail, but the city just calls it the Canal Trail over to Murry St. and then the Airport Rd. bike lane over to the Sand Creek Trail. Sadly the trail is starting to attract homeless and it was really bad were the trail goes into a underpass beneath Academy Blvd.! I was hoping they would have started to trail work to finish the Sand Creek Trail to Hancock Expressway and a to be built "lighted crossing" of the Expressway to get to continue on the Sand Creek Trail over to the Pikes Peak Greenway. Well no luck, it still dead ends in a dirt lot and has lots of homeless camps. Had to back track up then ride thru a little shopping center to pick up the Astrozon Blvd. bike lane over to the expressway, cross via the light, use the sidewalk over to where you can pick up the trail again. Finally got to the PP Greenway and headed west. This too use to be a very nice backwoods wide gravel trail but it's now full of trash and more homeless camps! :(  There are still some decent sections along Fountain Creek but it's gone downhill over the years. 

Took Tejon St. Bike Lane into down town over to the Weber St. Bike Lane back to our apartment. 21 miles.

On the 26th. it dawned sunny and the least windy day in the last 25 days!! Jo and I took a wandering ride over to Manitou Springs Swimming Pool Park to eat our brown bag lunch. Bummer the camera didn't get set up right to run a video to the park so I did get in a shorter one on the way back into Colorado Springs on the Creekside/Midland Trails. Headed north of the Palmer-Mesa Greenway back to the PP Greenway back to the apartment. We needed to get home a bit early so Jo could cut up veggies for our steak fajitas we are having for dinner, YUM!! 17 miles and lot's of smiles as we just took our time and wandered as we went. Couple of photos at the park and a 30 min. "one the way back video", enjoy! :)


Saturday, April 23, 2022

The INSANE WINDS continue, April 21 & 22 2022!!!

Wow, it just continues to be WINDY here, it's been like this for a solid month, that's not normal! On the 21st. we headed up Sinton Trail over to Angletech to get a couple of adjustments done on my TT Rover trike and use their picnic table to eat our brown bag lunch. Since the wind wasn't quite as bad we decided to go ride the Foothills Trail over to the entrance of the Garden of the Gods Park and check out the "progress" of the construction that is being done to improve 30th. St. and entry to the GoG Park. Well it's still a MESS, They have equipment park all along the concrete portion of the trail and you have to use a very rocky and bumpy dirt/large gravel road to get over to the Bike Lane on 31st. Street! LOL, it's like riding in a rock tumbler! Then we headed south to pick up the Midland Trail heading east back into downtown C. Springs. Headed over to the Shooks Run Trail and over to the Neighborhood Meeting House for some unsweet iced tea with our afternoon trail mix snack, (Cinamon Rice Cake, broken up, raisins, no sugar dark chocolate chips for BJ and add Almonds for Jo), it's good! :)  Around 17 miles RT and the day was Sunny and windy.

On the 22nd. it was REALLY WINDY, sometimes gusts up to 65 miles per hour with a very strong sustained wind speed of 30 mph!! Jo needed to get some "liquid embroidery" to add a "In memory of Eric Hess) to our T-shirts for the Walk to Defeat ALS, Colorado Springs, we are doing on April 30th. at 10AM in Memorial Park. We got sand and dirt blown into our faces a lot on our way to Walmart then headed back to the Pikes Peak Greenway, using the Bijou St. bike lanes into downtown over to the PPG. We headed north as Bike COS & Criterium Bicycle Shop were having a "earth day event" at 4PM. 

We were fighting a ever increasing WIND all the way there, they had a Mexican style Food Truck there and some display's of commuter bicycles and a couple of small giveaways and shop specials. LOL, we had to eat our really tasty grilled pork and pineapple quesadilla while holding on to our Styrofoam dinner ware!! The winds got worse and the skies darker due to a brush fire in town so since we didn't have any "spending money" we just chatted with Paula of Bike COS and then fought our way home in a very strong head wind!! 21 miles RT, 80 F temps and sunny but the WINDS just wore us out, we were quite glad to get the trikes and the utility trailer back into the apartment, make a small mixed green salad and be out of the WIND!!! No video cause all you would have heard was the WIND noise! Hope your weather is less windy, till next time, we hope you have "Miles of Smiles", GO RIDE! :)  

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

April 19, 2022- A short and very WARM afternoon Ride, LOL yes the WIND is still strong but who cares when it so WARM!! ;)

 We get a monthly Food Supplement from Silver Key as we are Seniors and with living on our very meager SS Retirement Income we really don't have enough money to buy food for the whole 4-6 weeks between pay day's so this little bit helps!! We use their vans for transportation there and back and normally we just go for a walk after I get back. It was going to be 80 F by late afternoon, just too nice sunny and warm NOT to go for a short ride!

We headed up the PP Greenway over to Criterium Bicycles for a break and refill the water bottles then headed south on the detour path to Pandera Bread for an unsweet iced tea to go with our homemade trail mix snacks. Then we headed back down the PP Greenway over to the Palmer-Mesa Greenway to it's end close to downtown Colorado Springs. Headed back north and rode to the current end of the Palmer-Mesa Greenway. 

Then turned around and headed back to the PP Greenway over the Popcycle Bridge back to our apartment, go home around 4PM. 80 F, Sunny and windy but it felt like SUMMER for the first time in 2022!! LOL, of course it's going to turn cold and lite rain on Sat. afternoon, then lite snow on Sunday, Arrugh!! :( Come on Summer!! :)  

Saturday, April 16, 2022

More Mid-April Rides: Food and Maintenance Runs

 We've had a lot of WINDS most of March and April with the normal Spring Time weather up's and downs. On the 13th. we pulled down the trikes and utility trailer and headed to the local Walmart Neighborhood Market Place for food and supplies. The wind the day before was really bad, not so strong today and it was sunny! Normally my "trailer hitch" just slides over the end of the axle and is held on by the wheel quick release or nut for non-quick release but the axle on the new SA 3 speed rear hub set up wasn't really "long" enough to be able to keep it on and the last few threads stripped out, YIKES! I had to grease the end of the axle and use a thinner nut but it went on real tight. I decided to build a "hitch mount" so you don't need to have the hitch on the axle:

So this was the "test run" to see if my hitch holder would work. There was a detour on the trail we use to get to the food store and we had to go down a huge hill, then with a full load of food/supplies in the trailer I was a bit worried as it was quite steep and long going back up the hill!! Worked out great, the holder never budged and the trailer pulled well! :)

On Saturday the 15th. we had a service appointment at Angletech for both trikes, alignment and toe-in check and the re-tap of the threads of the axle and a new large acorn nut applied and tightened! Jo's trike had the steering head bushings "greased" and the alignment and toe-in check. It was another very WINDY day but again sunny and was really gusting as you headed north so LOL, we headed south down the Sinton Trail over to the Pikes Peak Greenway and a favorite picnic area by Fountain Creek along the trail for our brown bag lunch! 

Then we headed north to Criterium Bicycle Shop for more water and break. We decided to take the detour trail over to the University Shopping Center and pick up the Pikes Peak Greenway and head south. We only got so far as Jo noticed she lost her "computer"!! Well we doubled back and with luck found the computer on the trail! YEA :) The we headed back south again over to the Bonn Shopping Center to pay Jo's trike loan bill at ENT Fed. Credit Union then to Safeway. We headed back home but decided to finish the ride by going down as far as the Fontanero Street Trailhead. We ate our afternoon snack (cinnamon/apple rice cake), while sitting on a wall and just looked at the mountains!

Spun around and then headed up the path back to the apartment, 19 miles RT, still very windy but nice! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2022

4-8 and 9, 2022-A couple of good longer rides between cold and Heavy Winds!

 There has been a lot of Heavy Winds and Chilly Temps for early April but we did get a couple of really nice days on Fri. the 8th. and Sat. the 9th. On the 8th. the horrible winds finally backed down to decent breeze level with 55 F and lot's of SUN! We just headed out for a loop ride of several of the local trails and ended up with just over 24 miles. Here's a 1:30 min. video of the ride, I have to say I'm sorry that it's almost impossible to "HEAR" me talk, I have been trying to find a way to make the "MUSIC" much quieter, making it more like "background music" to have music and talk at the same time! BUMMER, I found a volume control on my video production program BUT it didn't affect the music at all and it made my "Talking" almost undetachable, arrugh. There will be totally quite areas of the video and the music is still louder than I want, sigh, back to the drawing board!  Enjoy the video anyway and thanks! Here is a link for the local Network: Pikes Peak Region Recumbent Trike & Bike Network

On Sat. the 9th. it dawned rather cloudy but the temps were in the 70 F's LOL, we even got to wear shorts and short sleeves and put on sun block for the first time in 2022!! Again we headed here and there on different trails, bike lanes, etc. Stopped at Angletech and used there employee "picnic area" to eat our brown bag lunch. We ran into Rodger Reddish and found the he "took" over the admin job on a old recumbent group Jo and I tried to start so via website and Facebook. 

He was leading a ride so we headed to the starting point for the 2 PM. start time and we rode with Rodger and met Betsy a fellow Terra Trike Rider and rode from America the Beautiful Park downtown over to the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort in Manitou Springs. Ate a snack and then headed home. They stopped at Rudy's BBQ but sadly it's the end of the month and we had NO FUNDS to eat out so we just headed back to the Apt. Another 24+ mile ride so almost 50 miles in 2 days, LOL it's been quite awhile since we did that many back to back miles! Tried but happy, we made a homemade ham and pineapple pizza with salad and unsweet iced tea, ate and kicked back! :) Here are some photos taken by Rodger of the ride!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

April 2, 2022-First ride in April, the "bi-polar" Springtime weather continues! :(

 It was really Windy and chilly on Friday, till late afternoon so we took a 3 mile walk instead of the ride for the day! Saturday the 2nd. was beautiful, 70 F Sunny with a mellow wind so we rode up to Cottonwood Regional Park in the northeast part of the city. Didn't stay long as they have a HUGE youth soccer practice going on, 100's of kids these days is no place for a couple of 65+ year old Seniors!!! :O 

We headed to the park via the Pikes Peak Greenway and the Cottonwood Creek Trail, we were running a bit later than normal as I wanted to "remount" Jo's Bell and Computer and it took me a while to work up mount system (using spare parts of course, LOL!) that worked well and looked semi-decent. We stopped at the open seating/eating area at the University Shopping Center for our "brown bag lunch" and then rode the detour trail over to the Cottonwood Creek Vincent St. bridge trail junction and up the CCT to the park. 22 miles RT and enjoyed every mile as Sunday will bring "more" rain and maybe some snow flurries by early afternoon as another "Low Pressure Weather System" heads from western to eastern Colorado again, arrugh! The great thing about be "poor but retired" is that you can "pick" the days to RIDE, sweet! :)

Friday, April 1, 2022

March 31, 2022- Weekly Food Run and ride for lunch

March has been a looong month and now April is here but sadly, we here in So. Colorado can still see snow and cold up until the 2nd. weekend in MAY! :( It worked out well for us Weds. was gray, lite rain and windy but thursday, started sunny and warmish. It was past time for our weekly food run to the Union Blvd. Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Place store for food and supplies!

Here what we have to do to get ready, Out apt. is a "2nd. storie" unit, we have to get both TRIKES and our Utility Trailer thru the "not wide enough doors and down a flight of stairs to use the double doors to get out front. It's around 2.5 miles to the store via the back streets and Rock Island Trail, just slight uphill grade all the way as it is a actual rail-trail. Then downhill via back street into a parking lot and over to the store. We did have a bit of a detour as the city is "finally" fixing a part of the trail that had a huge chunk out of the asphalt, like 3/4 of the trail for a long time! It take 45 min. to a hour to do the shopping, I do that Jo stays outside with the trikes as "guard dog"! We have Hot/Cold Bags with ice blocks (plastic), in each bag for the frozen items, fresh veggies, etc. Pack up the trailer with food and stuff, then head back UP that back street, which is quite steep, (thank goodness for lower gearing) to the trail and back home. 5 miles RT.

We then take the bags, etc. upstairs to our apt. put away the frozen and fresh items, leaving the dry good in bags on the floor. Then we bring the utility trailer up a flight of stairs and back into the apt. We then head out for lunch, Most of the times it's a brown bag, PB and sugar free J sandwich, 1/2 apple and baked pea crips or other "lightly salted" chip. We do spoil ourselves at times, today we headed to a Pander's Bread store off the Pikes Peak Greenway, to share a small flat bread pizza and unsweet iced tea! :) Then we rode up the "detour" trail to Criterium Bicycles Store and back down the PP Greenway to the Fontanero Street Trail Head and back to the apartment. 

It's a "all day" kinda ride with a LOT of physical work for ME as I do all the "moving" up and down of the trikes and trailer and the heavy food bags hauling. Still the day was sunny and warming nicely so it was worth all the work and the pizza was great too! ;) Being "Car Free" isn't for whimp's but it can be enjoyable at times! BJ :) 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

March 27 and 28, 2022 Getting in a few more rides before the cold and rain comes in!

 We had a good 5K walk at the Walk, Run, Roll for Daniel charity event on Sat the 26th. 

On the 27th. we headed out for a ride and decided to shot a new video of riding and "talking" about the Rock Island Trail in Colorado Springs, CO. LOL, I've got some feedback that I need to do some "talking" in my video's so they won't be "so boring"!! So I turned the mic back on and talked about the trail, let me know what you think! :)

Well, lesson's learned, I was just using the "internal mic" on the CamPark 4K Ultra video cam and as it's mounted on the front of the boom it's a bit too far away! I will use the "wired" mic that comes with the camera for the next video's and be looking for a affordable "wireless" mic for the future!! 

On Monday, we headed out for a short ride, LOL, in search for a "Hot Dog", sometimes you just want something "evil" and anything but another "PB and sugar free J sandwich"!! ;) We headed up the Sinton Trail over to a 7-11 off of Centennial Blvd. and Garden of the Gods Road but they had NO Big Bites cooking at 11:30 so we headed to Garden of the Gods Rd. and 30th. street to check out a Loaf n Jug store along the Sinton Trail and YEA, they had a couple of dogs nicely roasting on the spinner! 

Enjoyed the dog and drank a bit of water YUM! We then decided not to ride the Foothills Trail over to the Garden of the Gods Park as they are doing a major road construction project and they have the cement trail blocked off and want you to ride on a rocky, dirt detour over to the 31st. bike lane! :( We headed back down Sinton Trail "Weeeeee", all down hill and then picked up the Templeton Gap trail over to the sidewalk along Union Blvd. heading to the back streets to get to the Templeton Gap Rd. bike lane over to Nancy Lewis Park to have our afternoon snack of a Apple-Cinnamon Rice Cake.

We then re-picked up the bike lane over to the local Safeway store to get some tomatoes and other small items, then back home via Shooks Run trail and back streets over to our apartment. 13 miles total and nicely warm day with lots of Sun and little wind. Sometimes you don't need a lot of "miles" to get in plenty of "smiles"!   Currently I (BJ) am doing a "600 mile challenge" (Jan-Dec 2022), for People on Bikes. The prize is a small handle bar bag with a official 600 mile challenge patch! I'm doing well, up to over 500 miles since Jan. 1st. so I guess I should have tried for the 1200 challenge but didn't want to push my luck, LOL! ;) Hopefully I will have the 600 miles by the end of April! :) 

Pls. check out our You Tube channel, with the same name, "Out and About on the Recumbents" if you get a chance, hope your getting in some good riding, Spring is slowly trying to get here to South Colorado. LOL, we have a very bi-polar Spring here. Tue. and Wed. (today) it's raining and cold, Thursday will be nice but Friday will be back to raining and cold, the weekend looks pretty good! :)  

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

March 2022- a busy month of bike and walking activates, 19, 20, 26!

 Well it's gotten to be a busy month for us as on March 19th. we were "Course Marshal's" for the 2nd. part of the St. Patrick's Day 30/50K Bike Ride event. We were stationed at two different places in the downtown area. We were there from 11 am. to 2:30 pm. then we headed over to Tap Traders for the post event party! We had a good little flat bread pizza then headed back home. 13 miles for the day.

On the 20th. we wanted to head out and ride the newly poured concrete of the Phase 1 repave of the Pikes Peak Greenway from the Rockrimmon Blvd. exit ramp up to Criterium Bicycles. A huge improvement over the old cracked and broken up asphalt!! It was gray and cloudy with a quite chilly breeze to wind at times but it was great to ride and we got a bonus, we got to ride along with a team of "Racing Burror's", not something you get to see everyday on the trails!! 

The weather turned back to "winter" for Monday and it's still quite cold and WINDY this morning but at least the sun is out although there's a lot of clouds. Weds. looks better, which is great as we need to load up the trikes and utility trailer and go get FOOD! Thursday thru Monday looks great 70 F, and on the 26th. we have the Walk, Run, Roll for Daniel Ride, although this year we are doing the 5K WALK instead of the 15K ride just to do something a bit different! :) Hope your March is a bit less cold and windy as ours but this is normal "bi-polar" spring here in So. Colorado, USA! ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

March 15, 2022- Weekly Food Run and Ride to the Mesa Rd. overlook and back to Angletech, then a 3.5 mile walk back to the apartment

We attached the home-built utility trailer to my trike and rode over to the neighborhood marketplace store for our weekly FOOD run. Got back, unloaded the food and supplies, took the trailer back up to our 2nd. floor apartment. We headed out on the Pikes Peak Greenway over to the Sinton Trail heading west to the Foothills Trail, towards the Mesa Rd. Overlook but found out they only did a part of the trail in concrete and the rest was dirt on a fairly steep uphill grade so we decided to just turn around and head to Angletech, to drop off my trike for a rear wheel upgrade! 

They are building a new wheel with a "3 speed internal gear hub" that the 8 speed cassette attaches too and I will have 8 speeds in 3 different ranges so I will go from 8 to 24 speeds over all. This upgrade will give me a 1/2 step lower end gearing and a full step high end gearing. Wish it was the other way around but it will still help!! My appointment is for Thursday but the weather is turning bad and cold with snow possible on Thursday so I decided to just drop it off early. Today, Weds. is gray and cloudy and the rains will start this afternoon, then turn to snow early Thursday morning, RATS!! :(  

We are scheduled to be "Course Marshall's" for the St. Patrick's Day 30/50k bike ride on Saturday the 19th. I hope I can get the trike back by early Sat. morning and then be at my station on the route by 11:30 AM. If it snow's too much I can walk to the route station from my apartment so I will have to pick up the trike, when the shop reopens on Tuesday. :( 

Dropped off the trike and then had to do a 3.5 mile hike back to the apartment via the trails. so 3.5 mile walk and 12.0 mile ride, a very busy day! 

Monday, March 14, 2022

March 13, 2022-Daylight Saving Times change, and a great late afternoon ride!

Like everyone, at the seasonal time change we were behind our normal starting time but didn't worry as we knew the late afternoon would be warmer and it was a very nice sunny day with just a few clouds and a bit of wind in the afternoon. We took off for the Templeton Gap Trail and was going to ride to it's current ending point but just past Union Blvd. it was blocked off by road construction so we headed over to Nancy Lewis Park to eat our lunch. It was quite crowded so we had to use a picnic table up on a grassy hill. I just took off and got up the hill but poor Jo just doesn't have the "SPIN" capabilities that I have. She got 3/4 up so I pushed her to to top! ;)

After lunch we headed back to the T-Gap Trail and over to the Pikes Peak Greenway, headed north up thru the detour trail to the University Shopping Center and Panera Bread to get some unsweet iced tea. We headed back south on the PP Greenway over to the Palmer-Mesa Greenway, then via, bike lanes over to Midland Trail and up over the bridge to the Olympic/Paralympic Muesum then thru downtown over to the Weber St. bike lane back to home base. We got back about 4 PM. the sun was still quite high in the sky but it was getting windy again as a fast moving cold front will be thru on early Monday. 26 miles RT, 60F+ a great day for a RIDE! 


Sunday, March 13, 2022

March rides and riding in the Co. Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 12th.

 The weather for March came in like a Lamb but turned to a Lion quickly, we did get in a ride on the 8th. and then on the 12th. we were invited by BikeCOS to ride with them in the Colorado Springs, CO. St. Patrick's Day Parade!! We staged on Tejon St. the main route and watched the parade pass by till it was our turn to enter as a group! LOL, of course we got put behind all the horses so at time we had to circumvent some horse poo! :(  Oh well it was a blast as we threw out candies and did lot's of close up "high 5's" with all the little kidos and even some of the adults along the parade route.

Perfect weather not hot, not cold a bit breezy but lot's of sunshine. The route was about 3 miles long with lot's of floats, bag pipers, and many different car, motorcycle and other groups all having a great time! When we got to the end we headed back up Cascade St. to finish watching the rest of the parade, then over to Carl Jr's for our favorite "lettuce wrap" hamburger and unsweet iced tea for lunch. It was after 2 PM. when we finished and getting a bit windy so we rode over to Schooks Run Trail going north and headed back to the apt. FUN day, only 8 miles but lot's of SMILES! :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March 1st., 2022- A bit of a "summertime" tease in the air as March comes in like a Lamb!! :)

Wow, 65 F, with a bit of breeze and lots of sunshine and no clouds, that's impressive for March in So. Colorado, as March is actually our "2nd. snowiest month of the year"!! Loaded up and headed out to ride the PP Greenway over to Cottonwood Creek Trail via the "detour" route, till the finish laying the concrete from Rockrimmon trail entry up to Woodman Ave. hopefully by late spring/early summer! 

Just a great day to ride although in the shady spots on the Cottonwood Creek Trail there's still a bit of ice/snow left over. The CCT is a very pretty trail and unlike most trails heading east it's got a lot of uphill grade to it, that just makes it a blast coming back into the PPGW! :) Stopped at the only picnic tables in Cottonwood Regional Park to eat our brown bag lunch, then headed west back to the Fontanero St. Trailhead, where we do a "race lap", then ride over the Popcycle Bridge back to the apartment. Pull the trikes up to our 2nd. floor apartment and start working on dinner, stuffed peppers and salad, YUM. 

 Weds. will be even warmer but no ride as friends invited us along on a picnic, when your friends call, it's time to let the trikes take a break! Thursday won't be as warm but still a good day for a RIDE! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

February 27, 2022- The first ride after the weeklong "Deep Freeze" here in So. Colorado!!

It's quite rare that we are not able to ride sometime during a week, even in the winter months here in Colorado Springs! Last week was sub-zero temp, wind, snow and it finally started thawing on Friday and become ridable by Sunday! It was still sloppy with snow melt on the trails and paths, but the streets were mostly clear. We rode thru town on the Weber St. bike lane, which has less traffic than the Cascade Ave. bike lane. Rode by the Olympic/Paralympic Museum and into America the Beautiful Park to pick up the Midland, over to the Creekside trail in Manitou Springs.

Yes, it's one of our favorite trails and an actual rail-trail and even with the large and sometimes really messy homeless population using it we still enjoy the emptier parts. We stopped at the Swimming Pool Park for our brown bag lunch, LOL, had to fight of a squirrel, you're not supposed to feed them, but some do, and they can be quite aggressive!! It was becoming a really nice day, just a hint of a chilly breeze but full sunshine and no clouds! :) We headed home the same way, didn't want to take the Palmer-Mesa Greenway home as we felt it might have a lot of standing melt water on it. Headed back into town and back up the Weber St. bike lane then over to the apt. 17 miles and wow it felt so good to get back "outside" after a week of riding the "Klingon Torture Device", that's what we call our recumbent exercise bike! ;) 

Here's a video of a part of the ride heading home!