2017 (Total so far 926 miles this year, 10,994 since starting in 2009)

  • September – 197
  • July – 321
  • June – 171 miles (15 miles not on Garmin)
  • May – 57 miles
  • April – 36 miles
  • March – 26 miles
  • February – 18 miles

2016 (Total so far 1625 miles this year, 10,166 since starting in 2009)

  • November – 18 miles
  • September – 68 miles
  • August – 14 miles
  • July – 422 miles (Passed the 10,000 mile mark this month!!!)
  • June – 434 miles (new chain & cassette on TerraTrike)
  • May – 263 miles
  • April – 189 miles
  • March – 193 miles (Passed the 9000 mile mark this month)
  • February – 25 miles (rare 73 degree day)

2015 (Total of 1185 miles this year, 8542 since starting in 2009)

  • October – 9 miles
  • September – 13 miles
  • August – 5 miles
  • July – 216 miles
  • June – 338 miles
  • May – 302 miles
  • April – 135 miles
  • March – 141 miles (Passed the 8000 mile mark this month)
  • January – 26 miles

2014 (Total of 1868 miles this year, 7357 since starting in 2009)

  • November – 35 miles
  • October – 101 miles
  • September – 26 miles
  • August – 126 miles
  • July – 605 miles (Passed the 7000 mile mark on July 25th while on RAGBRAI)
  • June – 473 miles (Passed the 6000 mile mark on June 5th, did Tour de Nebraska and NUMB Ride)
  • May – 296 miles
  • April -181 miles (training has officially begun)
  • March – 15 miles
  • January – 10 miles (rare 60 degree day on Jan. 19 – had to try out the new trike)

2013 (Total of 1156 miles this year, 5489 since 2009)

  • September – 50 Miles
  • August – 87 Miles
  • July – 452 Miles  – Passed the 5000 mile mark this month
  • June -232 Miles  (6/7 was 53 miles with 1176 feet of climb that day) (first ride of trike on 6/29, 22 miles)
  • May – 271 Miles
  • April – 76 Miles
  • March – 11 Miles

2012 (Total of 402 Miles This Year, 4310 Since 2009)

  • September – 33 Miles
  • May – 105 Miles
  • April – 75 Miles
  • March – 189 Miles (passed the 4,000 mile mark since starting riding)

2011 (Total of 1147 Miles This Year, 3908 Since 2009)

  • Sept – 26 Miles
  • Aug – 23 Miles
  • July – 77 Miles
  • June – 550 Miles
  • May – 412 Miles (passed the 3,000 mile mark since starting riding)
  • April – 59 Miles

2010 (Total of 2329 Miles This Year, 2871 Since 2009)

  • October – 42 Miles
  • September – 91 Miles
  • August – 163 Miles
  • July – 774 Miles (passed the 2,000 mile mark since starting riding)
  • June – 551 Miles
  • May – 417 Miles (passed the 1,000 mile mark since starting riding)
  • April – 206 Miles
  • March – 85 Miles

2009 (Total of 432 Miles)

  • November – 80 Miles
  • October – 37 Miles
  • September – 248 Miles
  • August – 67 Miles

(These are actual road or trail miles, not on the bike trainer)

 

5000milemarkerSometime in the last few weeks I passed the 5000 mile mark with my recumbent bike.  I started recording my stats shortly after buying my used Burley recumbent and I know my recordings hit 5000 this weekend, but the exact date and mile was sometime previous.

Wow, who would have thought this adventure would lead me this far?  Certainly not me, that’s for sure.  But it has been a joyous ride, full of visual delights, some hardships, some pain, but the new friends I’ve met along the way make up for all the hardships.  Below is a picture of me on my Burely with my most dedicated riding buddy (a troll nicknamed Ziggy Stardust – Google it if you are under 50 years old and don’t get the reference).

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Yeah, I look pretty silly, but boy do I make oncoming people smile when I come upon them. It’s so great to know I made so many people smile and laugh each ride day.

The journey also continues in many other ways.  In the last six months I built the first completed prototype of a recumbent tadpole trike.  I say “first” and “completed” as there were several iterations of it before it got to this point and now that it is almost done, I’m ready to design another one from what I learned on the first.  To coin a phrase from Lance Armstrong (who will be on RAGBRAI this year), it’s not about the ride.  For me, with the trike, it’s all about the experience, the journey of building it long before I rode it out of the driveway.  I have never had a project like this where I lived and breathed it day after day and so proud of my accomplishment.  I wish my dad was still alive to see it, he really would have appreciated the intricacy of the design and the dedication it took to design and finish it.  Below is an almost finished picture of it, when I took it out on it’s maiden voyage last week.  After RAGBRAI, when I have more time to finish it, I’ll post more pictures of the trike so you can see all the details.

New Trike

This is a completely bolt together trike with the exception of donor parts (rear end and front bottom bracket) from mountain bikes and kids Razor scooters.  Over 90% aluminum.

I passed the 4,000 mile mark since I started riding my bike back in the summer of 2009.  Wow, it sounds like an awful lot of miles, but it’s like I always tell people, it’s just one pedal push after another.  If I looked at the large numbers of any trip I’d probably not go, but I try to break down all my rides into mini rides.  For example on my daily rides I try to get to the next park or the next trail.  On the state wide trips I just try to go to the next SAG stop.

To put that 4,000 miles in perspective, it is the same distance as if I had ridden from Omaha to Sacramento, CA, to Seattle, WA, and back to Omaha.