Finally I got away for a couple hours on my HP Velotechnik recumbent bike. I love early spring rides on the recumbent and although the Lohr Road loop is a great route for the beginning of my riding season I do enjoy it all year around.
The Picture above I took on Lohr Road looking south across the western end of the Clear Fork valley about eight miles from my driveway. This end of the loop provides a healthy portion of hills without going overboard on an early season ride. Adding more hills requires additional distance and ride time or packing up the car and driving to the bigger hills.
I saw this old 1950's flat bed Chevy. The truck is in excellent shape for being half a century old.
I stopped at this Park along my route. The small tract of land was donated by the owner to become a public space for people to enjoy. A short stone covered walking path makes for a nice woodland stroll even in the wet springtime.
Often I fantasize about building up a light sub twenty-five pound recumbent bike that would undoubtedly allow me to increase my average speed over longer rides. At 33 pounds the HP Velo Street Machine is no lightweight but what it offers in spades is all day comfort thanks to its well designed rear suspension and front air charged fork. When the roads look like this as many of the county roads around here do I don't mind the extra five or ten pounds the suspension adds to the bike.
The temperature was a perfect for riding 50 degrees and air was clean and fresh. Soon field and forest will be coming alive with new growth and the first blooms of spring. In my mind the Bicycle and it's ability to cover a lot of ground is one of the best ways to experience the changing seasons.
Ride Time: 1:55
Distance: 23.75 Miles
Average Speed: 12.3 mph
Max Speed: 35.8 mph
Here is a link to the HP Velotechnik website: