Tricycle Power on the road

Some think that recumbent tricycle riders are as good as dead out on the open highways of our rural road systems. My personal experience reveals another vision on the lonely roads across the vast countrysides, a vision of power. How does a seven foot, 35 pound tricycle have this effect on a 34 foot, 27,000 pound behemoth? It occurs because the colossal monster is operated by a human with a brain and compassion, not to mention the driver’s desire to avoid costly lawsuits and criminal action should he strike you. Here is reality:

Death Valley Towne Pass Ascent2009: pedaling up Towne Pass from the floor of Death Valley, from sea level to a 4,963 foot summit, over the distance of 17 miles, required nearly 8 hours pulling a trailer. No picnic!


About Wild Steve

Steve Greene is a naturalist, free thinker, and seeker of truth. He pursues absolute truth in all things, modifying his existence as supported by legitimate evidence. His ideological foundation rests on the respect of life, as he follows a path of health, serenity, and maximum functional longevity. He has authored eleven books, and is a noted authority on Death Valley National Park, human powered recumbent tricycle touring, health and fitness, and professional law enforcement. Steve has not owned a petroleum powered automobile since 2008, as part of his environmental preservation paradigm. He thrives on a whole food plant-based diet, exercises regularly (bodybuilding, hiking, cycling), and enjoys exploring the wilderness, beyond the bounds of human dominance. Harmony with nature tops his priorities.
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6 Responses to Tricycle Power on the road

  1. Dave Beedon says:

    The lowly trike subdues the mighty RV!

  2. Glen McWilliams says:

    Why are you riding on the wrong side of the road?

  3. Glen McWilliams says:

    Sorry, I just looked again. You are indeed on the right, left, side of the road. On re-looking at the picture I realized that I was wrong in my first impression of the situation. BTW, the picture is an excellent example of the phenomenon of larger vehicles giving extra room to trike riders.
    Also, I fear that you were able to ride up that incline in half the time it would take me. Congratulations’ on making it!!

  4. Trike Hobo says:

    Hi Glen,

    Well, I suppose it’s the wrong side of the road for some countries. That photo was taken by Jack Freer, who came along for the fun of it, except he was in a Jeep. Jack captured the image with a long telephoto lens, thus the compression of the distant floor of Death Valley. It is indeed a very LONG and STEEP haul up that monster pass. That ride was my first overland journey on a trike, and the miserable trailer ultimately only served to slow me way down, while making my pedaling many times more difficult due to the extra (and unnecessary) weight – experience is the best teacher. It would be fun to ride the pass again on the Catrike 700 to compare then versus now, heavy versus light, experienced versus inexperienced. See ya …


  5. Chris says:

    The ride up is worth the roll down. In 5 years of touring I have never had a negative experience with a motorist, truck driver or motorcyclist. In fact most other road users are enthusiastic in their encouragement.

  6. Wild Steve says:

    Your observation is precisely what I have always found Chris! Only road time brings this understanding, as the beginning triker sees it as counter-intuitive. Thanks for sharing!

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