This Wednesday May 1, 6:45 pm at the Leduc Alliance Church! Get your bike dusted off, pump up those tires, find your gloves and cap and lets ride! Enough of the crappy weather and waiting! Ride length (time and distance) will depend on weather- We ride this Wednesday! I’m tired of waiting!!!!!
This past weekend Wouter and I spent the days at the Leduc Business Expo. We Had a booth displaying 4 of our trikes and Promoting Godspoke Riding Club. It was really a blast watching people young and old take the trikes out for a brief rid around the hall. Several individuals who tried out the bikes had almost given up riding due to bad back and other ailments, Many were astounded that they were so comfortable. All came back after the ride with huge smiles on their faces! Over all i think it was a great start to the Year. Will we see them out on new trikes this Year . Who knows but at least they had a chance to ride “one of them” and now they have something to say around the water cooler this week at work!
Today I decided to ride into Leduc From Calmar (18 Km) as the weather seemed to have finally become more mild than the last few days. So around 4:00 pm I got my stuff ready for the ride to my local Gym. Snap Fitness is concluding a 6 week weight loss challenge that ends on Monday April 15. Currently I am in second spot. The weather was sunny with a few clouds and no wind, YES! I moved the velo out of the garage to set my gym gear and batteries for my stereo in and I noticed the rear tire was flat- okay fixed that. I love you don’t have to remove a wheel on the velo to change tire tubes! Then I had troubles getting my heart rate sensor and speed sensor paired with my IPhone . Finally got that going and off we go 15 min later.
Man I am just cruising along at about 30-35 kph along highway 39 east, just before the Devon turn off, listening to music on mysound system via an iPhone. About 15 min into the ride I start to notice that my breathe is starting to fog up my oversized visor, the temperature is dropping.. I love this Visor because it keeps me totally out of the cold spring air as I cruise along. About 9 km along or about halfway to Leduc I start seeing large snow flacks floating around. The sun is still shining, but the breeze has picked up. 1 kilometer later the Visor is definitely foggy from my breathe and body heat rising out of the velo and there is a lot more snow flying around. The closer I get to Leduc the worse it is getting. From the edge of Leduc to Snap Fitness is about 3-4 kilometers. From the first reduced speed sign to the first red light is about 400 meters, I could barely see the light from there is was snowing so bad. I could see these huge heavy snowflakes hit the ground and leave large wet spots. I wasn’t cold being in the open velo, but the big wet snowflakes were pletering the visor so bad I was having trouble seeing clearly. As I past Leduc Common it really started to snow heavy. Maintaining a good for me pace of around 27kph through Leduc (in traffic) past Leduc Common retail area and onto the highway entrance to bypass Leduc residential area.
As I turned on to the highway for that 1.5 km shortcut to Snap Fitness, a huge dollop of snow hit me in glasses and then smeared and fogged up. So Here I am peddling my @$$$ off at 30-35kph on the busy highway right hand lane, with merging traffic behind me, having to look sideways past my glasses pulling the visor down occasionally to stay on the right side of the lane I was in and yet not drive into the ditch. Every time I pulled down the vizor my glasses would unfog for a moment, but the wind would throw more wet heavy snow on them and the visor. I finally rolled into the parking lot and Snap fitness barely seeing where I was going. When I got out of the Velo, the visor and the top of my head was caked with wet heavy snow.
Man Was that ever a Fun, Thrilling and memorable first of the Year Ride into Leduc WAHOO! I love Velo Riding. Only my face was a bit wet , but I was warm and smilin! Sorry I don’t have any pictures, I would love to get one of the ones that at least 5 people slowed down to take as i was madly flying down the streets in a April snow storm. Did I mention that 10 minutes after arriving at Snap Fitness the Snow Stopped, the Sun came out and steam was rising from the wet streets! That’s Alberta for ya!
Today’s Tour of the Multi use paths in and around Leduc provided some great spring Riding! Wouter and I rode Ice Trikes for the first time around town, while Sandy and Murray rode Their Trusty Steads of many adventures. Total Km = 22 km, Rolling ride Time 1:42 minutes.
Spring riding around Leduc has always brings a surprise or so as you ride around a corner or two. Todays ride was no exception. Most of the Ride was fine with cooler temps but great scenery as the snow is 99% cleared off the pathways, but the surrounding landscape is simply beautiful, especially around the various parks and creek bottoms. The sound of spring is everywhere with the sound of running water.
Our first “oh my” encounter was along the new construction near South Common where that did not get to finish the path before winter came last fall. In some places the mud and pools of water were 5” deep, with packed icy snow bordering the path. Well I tried to plough my way through but after on 6 feet I got Stook! then so did Wouter! So we hopped of the trikes and pulled them about 50 yards to the pavement while Sandy and Murray went along the sides. Shoes now very muddy and somewhat wet!
The next encounter with a different perspective was along the backside of Telford Lake along near the old Rifle/archery range. I have never seen the snow so high in that area! it was almost 4-6 feet high in some places. It almost felt like a snow channel, kinda cool to ride by.
After stopping for coffee at the north side Timmy’s we headed back to the church to retrieve our vehicles. While returning we headed back towards the back alley along the highway sort of behind the Denham Inn. Sandy was ahead and scouted the lane and thought it was too rutted with ice and snow still for us to forge our way through. We headed up along a few side streets and were going to duck through to a feeder lane near the end to hook up to Blackgold Drive. Good Plan only some of the pools of water were a lot deeper than they looked at those feeder corners. I was leading and got stuck in 8 inches of cold water with an icy bottom. The others took pity and made a detour around the block while I decided whether to climb off the trike in calf deep water or monster trike my way through the lake! They Abandoned me!
No they just took a detour while I finally got my wheels to align themselves in the under water ruts and hydroplaned out through the puddle and into the back lane. Meanwhile my stalwart and trusting companions high tailed it around the block and met me just after I splashed my way along through the alley, though another 10” deep puddle and slippery, skinny ruts! I was having a blast!
Riding a robust trike in those conditions was a lot of fun. The ICE Adventure is quite high for a trike (seat is 12”high) Wouter would have been dragging his butt through some pretty cold waters if had tried to follow! I must say, riding the paths on trikes is a totally fun and unique way to have a new perspective on our much ridden cycle ways!
So a Great opener ride today , fantastic sunny weather and excellent companions to go along our unexpected journey!
We look forward to YOU joining us next time !
Saturday my Pal Wouter B. and I went for our first ride of the year to a little community center about 13 km from my home in Calmar. I was in my Velo, he on our new ICE Sprint 26 shop Demo. A great afternoon of riding! Total for the day –35 km, YES!
The Sprint 26 from ICE Trikes is a fast trike! I decided to take my velo rather than the ICE Adventure so i could keep up to Wouter. Verdict: He really enjoys the riding the Sprint, fast, yes , but also very comfortable and easy to steer with the indirect controls.
I found that the spring air was chill when riding over 25kph so I decided, after remembering several posts from Euro Velo riders, to make a larger visor. So After Easter Church services I designed and made a larger visor and then had the opportunity to test it out later that afternoon. My youngest son Brian, also tried it out during a few loops around the block. Verdict: No breeze on my face, felt luxurious in the velo with the sun shining!!
We spent the Sunday afternoon doing test rides around our neighbourhood and just enjoying the warm temps then had some company over for Easter dinner. Kara and Alice had a lot of laughs and giggles trying to help Kara learn to ride a Unicycle that Brian is learning to master! A Great Day!
Monday Afternoon at 2pm some of us will be meeting for a leisurely ride around Leduc multi pathways, Come out and join us! Meet at the Alliance church parking lot 2pm.