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Trip Tip – Nail Removal Service

If you have an advanced case of toenail fungus, a possible part of the solution is medical removal of the nail. This nail removal service is provided by licensed doctors for a substantial fee that may be covered by some insurance plans. It also has absolutely nothing to do with this trip tip, being only a feeble attempt to inject curiosity and humor into this otherwise mundane post.

You are a trike pilot, one of a rare breed of adventurers that by its exclusive nature, forms an invisible bond of shared camaraderie. We all help one another, and love to come upon others while out on the road. Heck, if we see another triker while on an overland trike trip (chances close to zero), it is such a rare occurrence that hours could be spent talking, or even making a common camp that night to extend the sharing. One of many ways we can help each other is by nail removal. What does that mean?

Consider this: Trikes are slow compared to automobiles, so we sometimes find ourselves riding on the road’s shoulder or in gutters to remain alive (unless there’s no traffic, in which case we can joyfully hog the entire lane). Shoulders and gutters are repositories for all manner of road junk, like broken glass, nails, truck tire cords, rocks, dead animals, bananas, diapers, tampons, bags of Fritos … you name it, and you’ll eventually find it alongside the road someday.

Since governments aren’t too eager or motivated to spend money cleaning highway shoulders and gutters, trikers ride in some of this stuff on every trike trip. Thus, since we are an elite association of kindred three-wheeled spirits, we must help one another however we can, even if we don’t know any other trikers may be coming along anytime soon (you never know – there may be a two-wheeled bicyclist behind you who might be your friend if you express a random act of kindness).

Bottom line: Anytime you notice a nail, broken glass, or other nasty tire eating item in your path, it is usually an easy thing to simply put a hand down a few inches, pick it up as you pedal by, and give it the old “heave ho” off the side of the road somewhere (just don’t let the local constable see you, lest he think you just littered). It all comes back to that ambassadorship ideology spoken of earlier.


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