What’s a “good” day for you? Is it working hard and accomplishing goals? Is it trying to get a little white ball in a hole in the ground in the least amount of strokes? Is it physically striving hard to reach some goal like the top of a bare rock face or a campsite really far in the wilderness? Is it hanging out with some really interesting people outside? On Saturday August 29, 2015, a good day for us was a little of all of these (in a much milder intensity). We met up with 2 highly experienced trikers Ben Jones and John Gray and one delightful young lady Cheryl who was a “newbie” to triking in Siloam Springs Arkansas. We were there to experience a triking tour of historic Siloam Springs led by Ben, the owner of the local trike shop, Dogwood Junction.
The weather was absolutely wonderful! It was sunny, not too hot, with a glorious semi-stiff breeze which provided some natural air conditioning. Ben fitted Cheryl with a Terratrike Sport and Cindy with Terratrike Rambler. This afforded me the awesome opportunity to pick the brain of John Gray –a legendary triker with a vast amount of experience and many great triking stories to tell. (We will share one of his stories in a future blog.) After the fitting, we set out from Ben’s shop with Ben in the lead. We went a little north and then west on the streets around Ben’s shop. Ben coached the women folk on the proper use of gears. (Cindy was trying out the Terratrike Rambler because it has a 24 speed derailleur gearing system. She is outgrowing her 8 speed internal hub geared Rover) John and I pedaled a leisurely pace behind the three enjoying the awesome weather. We entered the Dogwood Springs Walking Trail. We began some single file trekking further west and north to John Brown University. Some sections of this part of the trail had two lanes with a grass median. It was pretty cool to do some lane switching. On our approach to John Brown University we pedaled through Oak Hill Cemetery and caught the trail again on the back side of the university. This section of the trail is wooded with a couple of little hills. It was here that Cheryl showed us how you can put a trike on two wheels by grabbing those brake handles as hard as you can. We pedaled through Henry Park to downtown historic Siloam Springs. Here we met some other trikers that Ben knew.
What a community! Then it was time to head south back to Ben’s shop. Between us and the shop was a hill that would separate the women from the men. The women proved equal to the task with the awesome trikes that Ben provided and the excellent coaching on gearing he gave at the beginning of the ride. At the shop we rested and refreshed with some cool water. We hung out at Dogwood Junction for about an hour. Cindy and Cheryl got to do some test rides on different trikes. I got to lust at all the cool triking accessories that were for sale and John shared some more triking stories. The “good day” was wrapped up with everyone except for Ben enjoying some brunch and caffeinated beverages outside at a little coffee shop in historic downtown Siloam Springs.