In my younger years Teddy and I used to enjoy riding our Greenspeed recumbent trikes together. But over the years as my knees got progressively worse I lost enough flexibility in my right knee joint that I could no longer rotate the pedals. So about four years ago, although Teddy continued to ride her Greenspeed, I had to sell mine. I was envious of Teddy, Deb, & Fred when they returned from their trike rides here in Leelanau County but I really did not have hopes of ever riding a bike or trike again. However, with the added flexibility of my new knee joint, Teddy suggested that I just might be able to ride again. So...last month, with this in mind, we drove to the WizWheelz Company near Grand Rapids, MI to try out one of their trikes. Not in the same league as a Greenspeed but not as expensive either. Well...I ended up purchasing a trike when I found that I could sustain complete revolutions, albeit with some wincing pain with each turn of the pedals. The pain hopefully, should abate over time as my new knee increases flexibility. In fact, pedaling is the very exercise that should help in this regard.
Here I am on my new WizWheelz Power Cruiser ready to set out with Teddy for a five-mile ride this afternoon. The pain is quite extreme at the beginning of each ride but lessens somewhat after about 1/2 mile. I'm hoping that over time I'll be able to go with her on some of her 25 mile rides. Teddy is, of course, delighted that I can once again accompany her.
- Larry & Teddy
- Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
- I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.