Recumbents are not the norm on the trail we ride near our home, so we are used to being stared at. But on this beautiful day several months ago we got a little extra attention.
We ride the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenways Trail, a 5 mile, 3 looped trail behind our house. Jim and I like to ride there when we can’t make it to a longer trail elsewhere, but Kaelin likes to ride there when he can play on the playground.
We were keeping a watchful eye on our 4 year old as he played and ran amok through the play area. As we were watching him a lady approached us asking if we belonged to the 3 recumbent trikes sitting near the fence. We said yes and she introduced herself as a free-lance photographer for the Ocala Star Banner. She said she wanted to take some photos of us as we rode our bikes. We agreed.
It was a lot of fun doing this and we felt like mini-celebraties for several days as we shared with friends and families that our pictures could be seen from the Star Banner’s website and then, of course, when we found out that our photo was being featured a week later.
It really is our hope that more and more people see us riding recumbents and stop and ask us what they are like. We find that there is so much benefit in riding them that they are worth the extra cost over a life time.