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Susan Creek Campground

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.


4 responses

  1. Can’t wait to get on the road!

    March 16, 2012 at 6:08 am

  2. Douglas Wayne Coulter

    If you want to find how easy it is to stay awake on a trike sign up for the annual Agony Ride in Loyalton California, happens end of July each year. 24 hour fully sagged ride is mostly bicycles and yes 24 hours on a bicycle is agony. I have ridden in two and Sag for one over the years. On my trike there is no upper body fatigue and I’ve ridden the full 24 with few times even getting off the trike to walk and shake out by body. More seniors and folks with disability are showing up there on trikes each year. Check it out sometime its a great life experience. Note: its a charity raising funds for Christian Encounter Ranch in Grass Valley

    March 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

  3. Brown Daniel

    Why 24 hours ? Six or eight would have been plenty !

    March 19, 2012 at 6:59 am

  4. I’ve done close to 22 hours. Fell asleep twice after midnight while pedaling uphill. Woke back up quickly though, kind of like a dozing driver of a petrol chugging machine. It would have been more fun to have a bunch of other trikers riding along though. Agony loves company. Really though, it wasn’t agonizing because … yes! … I was on a HUMAN POWERED RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE! Can’t say enough about these wonderful rigs.

    March 19, 2012 at 8:41 am