The Great Canadian Goose (a triker’s story)
A long time Trike Asylum reader and triker has a northern tale to tell. Read all about his triangular trike trek, and see some photographs, on his Crazy Guy On A Bike page HERE!
The first page of text reads like this (there are ten more pages):
The Great Canadian Goose
by Glen Aldridge
After making several multi day trips camping over the past 5 years, I had finally come to the conclusion that I was carrying TOO MUCH CRAP! As I tend to over-plan things, I wanted to be prepared for any eventuality – you know, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Whoever dreamt up that expression surely wasn’t a Cycle Tourist as I prefer, “1 lb. on the flat = 10lbs going uphill.” It’s not that I’m overly lazy, but Vancouver Island seems to be very well endowed when it comes to hills, and I’m getting old! With those previous packing lessons behind me, I set out to pack everything into my car. It helped that my car was small, otherwise I may have fallen into the, “I might need it,” syndrome again. After removing my passenger seat headrest, folding over the rear seat, removing the spare tire, moving the front seats forward, I might be able to fit in my HP Gekko fx20. With the help of a neighbour & some careful manouevering, we managed to get it in the back of the car & laying on top of the passenger seat. This trip was a first for me in this area, even though I have lived on & off Vancouver Island for the past 25 years. Many of the towns away from our ‘big cities’ of Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan etc. are so chock full of local & tourist traffic rushing about that to try & venture anywhere by bike is not very pleasant or calming. To do it on a Recumbent Trike can be doubly frustrating, as drivers seem more concerned about their cell phones or destination then they are about making you a splat on the road. Outside of these city areas though, more & more cycle routes, paths & trails are being built, so there is hope yet for safe, sane cycle travel.
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