Well, we left mid-Michigan just before the snow storm on February 8th. With suggestions from lots of you on the Forum here and on BROL, if only moral support and encouragement sometimes. Somehow my wife and I were able to fold her TerraTrike Traveler, and my new (used) Catrike 559 and meticulously fit them folded into our 2013 Toyota PriusV along with everything (but food) we will need on our 2-month long cross-country journey, including my camera gear. It took three hours to initially get just the trikes to fit. Now I can pack the whole care in half an hour, thanks to the suggestion to photograph the completed pack.
Like everything else in life, each trike has it's good points, and not so good points. The Catrike 559 takes about 2-3 minutes to complete the single fold and properly attach or store items. The TerraTrike Traveler, probably takes me 10 minutes to tri-fold and stow it's items now that I've done it a few times. But the Traveler folds much more compact than the 559, and only partly because of it's 26" rear wheel. It would have been a piece of cake to get two TerraTrike Travelers in and out of the Prius, even with 24" rear wheels like the one on Nancy's Traveler.
Why not just get a trike carrier or trailer? Well, mostly because fully loaded, traveling at speed limits up to 80 MPH, my 100,000 mile Prius still consistantly delivers us 40+ MPG! We typically travel 4-6,000 miles each winter we travel domestically. Try getting mileage like that with a carrier or trailer.
Nancy and I only unpack the trikes once everything else has been emptied out of the car and we are going to be in the same place for a few days. So far we have been able to ride several times in Gainesville, FL, with our friend Martha Monroe, and here on St George Island, FL, where we have been for the last week. Met a nice couple on Delta Trikes here, Helen and Dave.
Nancy and I are hoping to ride with a number of other folks here on the TerraTrike Forum, and on BROL, along our way. If any of you would enjoy putting a face with a name and do some easy riding, let us know. If you are along our route (net yet quite carved in stone) we would enjoy meeting and riding a ways together. And we do this trip every year or two... health permitting, so if we can't ride with you this year, maybe we can ride on our next trip.
Sunday, Feb 25, we head to New Orleans for a couple of days, then onto Galveston, TX, for a day of birding before heading to Houston, TX for a couple of days. Our current plan is to stay in Ft. Stockton, TX, for one night on March 2nd, before heading to Las Cruses, NM, March 3 and 4. We will be riding with @Ironman1518
if we can hook-up while we're in Las Cruses. Then it's on to the Phoenix/Mesa, AZ, area from March 9 to 16. We will be in the Tucson, AZ area riding with @TrikesterHal
, and photographing Road Runners and other fun birds when we aren't riding, exploring, and visiting from roughly March 17th through the 31st. Undoubtedly day trips to Green Valley, St David, Sierra Vista, Patagonia, and Sweetwater Wetlands, all of which have great bird photography options, are in the cards. But I'm sure we will find opportunities to frequently ride our trikes as well.
We haven't exactly planned out the ride home yet, but we have doctor appointments in Michigan April 11th. Probably the last stop we will make before we get home will likely be near St. Louis, with my old-college roommate and his wife. We also want to visit friends in Santa Fe, and Taos, NM, on the way home. And we have family in Oklahoma City, OK, and are sure to stop there as well. We haven't decided if we will head to California from Tucson, yet, but he have friends in San Diego, Capistrano Beach, and others in cities I can't recall at the moment. We're trying out a lot of Air B&Bs for the first time this year. So far, so good. I'll give you all a better review when we return in April.
So give us a call or send us a text (the only way my grand kids will communicate) to, Two Six Nine, 986, eight 4 one nine. And I will call or text you back when I'm not behind the wheel. And thanks for the encouragement and suggestions.
TrikeBirder aka, Mike