Working a full-time job with a long commute and going to school part-time doesn’t leave me many chances to have the kind of spontaneous fun that makes life truly worth living. That’s why when I got a late-Saturday call to help out my Trikke Virginia friends at the Washington, DC Green Festival on Sunday I jumped at the opportunity.
As the name implies, the Green Festival was devoted to all aspects of sustainable living. It featured everything from organic food to hemp clothing to recycled building materials to hybrid and electric cars from Ford. And in case you haven’t already guessed, it also featured Trikkes!
Over the course of the weekend, Trikke Virginia gave over 300 people their first taste of riding a Trikke. They came from all walks of life, young and old, athletic and overweight, but all curious about the fun, fitness and eco-friendly benefits of the 3-wheel carving vehicles. It was a sheer delight to see the huge grins and bright eyes on the children who just discovered a new way to play. It was also gratifying to see the look of satisfaction on the faces of some older folks when they finally “got it” and were able to make it go.
The person that touched my heart the most was Beth and Preston’s dear friend, Eddie. Several years ago, Eddie suffered a devastating stroke, but with the help of Beth, Preston and Eddie’s church, he got his freedom back thanks to an electric Trikke Pon-e. If you haven’t yet heard Eddie’s inspiring story, you can read all about him at:
Without a doubt, Eddie is one of the most charming and gracious individuals I have ever met. While most of us are grateful to our Trikkes for helping us overcome weight and emotional issues, we realize how simple those problems seem compared to what Eddie has conquered. Eddie has persevered through life’s greatest hardships and has still come away with a positive outlook and a bright smile on his face. It was a true honor spending time with Eddie, and a pleasure to drive him home after a long day at the festival. Eddie knows Washington, DC like the back of his hand and was kind enough to navigate me to my first up-close views of the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.
If you’re reading this Eddie, thank you for the tour, and even more importantly for touching my heart! May God bless you on every Trikke ride!
Since I stayed the night in Virginia, Monday gave me a chance to rectify something that I have been regretting for the past few weeks. If you read the first part of my “Trikke Test Drive” series, you already know that I fell head-over-heels in love with the Trikke T8 Sport.
My only regret is that I did not take this sweet red beauty home with me. This unexpected trip back to Trikke Virginia gave me the excuse I needed to pick her up. I fear my T78 is now literally turning green with envy, but she will remain in my family as she has served me well this year. The fact that my riding skills have somewhat outgrown her scrub brakes’ stopping power is a testament to the fact that she has literally taken my fitness to a new level.
Due to commitments today and a rainy forecast tomorrow, I will have to wait patiently until Monday to start showing my new T8 the local trails. Needless to say, I can’t wait to write that post!
|All dressed up and ready to go!!