Human powered recumbent tadpole tricycles are wonderful vehicles for roaming our planet. For one thing, they are incredibly comfortable! Just look at the smile on this happy triker’s face as he gets ready to pull into the Susan Creek Campground after a tough day’s ride. You know, the hardest thing about riding a tadpole recumbent trike is the staying awake part because you’re almost lying down anyway. Try that on a bicycle.
This inviting photograph was taken by Gary Bunting, and you can see his yellow 2010 Catrike Road with a Burley trailer in the background. He calls his trike the Yellow Beast, and it is indeed quite a ride. In the foreground is some unknown triker guy on a 2007 ICE Qnt rig, loaded to the hilt with all manner of overland trekking supplies. Susan Creek Campground is on Highway 138 as it heads up into the Cascade Range. This is called Oregon’s waterfall drive, as it passes many majestic cascades of water.
Actually, on this particular day of that particular journey, Gary and I had only pedaled 12 miles. We stopped early here because they have hot showers and full camping facilities right on the Umpqua River. We needed to clean up and rest up for the ensuing days that we were about to push on up to the summit elevations of this huge volcanic mountain chain.