LSM Ride – Taking Off in Warminster Community Park
The oppressive summer heat wave and threat of thunderstorms were no match for the Trikke Riders of Pennsylvania who came out in force for the June LSM ride at Warminster Community Park. While temperatures reached for the triple-digits, our attendance surged to the double digits, with ten Trikkers making this one of the group’s most successful rides.
|Filing our new flight plan|
Long-time members Norman, Jamie, Trent, Greg, Gonda, and Dave were joined by newcomers Joan, Donna, Susan, and her husband (whose name I regrettably did not get). For Dave, this was a recovery ride, his first after he and his Trikke lost a street fight with a manhole cover last summer. Donna, an avid Trikker and newly certified Trikke Trainer from Ohio, joined us as part of her summer tour to Trikke with groups in different states. Joan had joined us as a Trikke newbie last month, and with Norman’s generous loan of a T78cs, her riding skills have improved considerably. Susan and her husband were new riders this month, and are also doing well with learning the basics.
|Front Row: Greg & Norman, Back Row: Gonda, Dave, Joan, Trent, Donna, Susan & her husband|
Crossing over to Northampton Municipal Park, we met up with Dave who was joining us for his first ride since his Trikke accident. We circled the trails in Northampton for a while before returning to base at Warminster to check in with Norman and our new riders. Everyone was having a great time meeting each other, comparing notes, and posing for a group photo.
|Comparing notes after the day’s ride|
It was there that we were all treated to the highlight of the day. When you get a group of Trikkers together, it’s inevitable that strangers will come up and ask about the curious machines you are riding. We were approached by a 78 year old retiree, who was intrigued by what we were doing. Norman helped him onto my T8, and he took to it like a fish takes to water, riding a short ways up the runway and back like a pro! What a way to show that you’re never too old to ride or to try something new.
|Jamie’s out from behind the camera for once!|
I am delighted and enthused with how this group is growing and maturing this year. Pennsylvania does not have the inherent climate and terrain advantages that California and Florida do for building communities of Trikkers, yet we are well on our way to being one of the larger groups that log LSM rides each month. If you have not yet ridden with us, I’d encourage you to join one of our upcoming rides.
Our next ride will of course be the final Saturday of July, the 27th. Norman and I would like to seek out some new venues, and will be scouting a few more southeastern Pennsylvania parks in the next week or two. So go ahead and mark your calendar for 7/27, and stay tuned as we will be announcing the location as soon as we make a decision.