This year for the 40th GWBR (Great Western Bicycle Rally), Lissa and I, decided to drive up to Paso Robles and enjoy the local rides. We arrived Friday night at 6 pm. Boy, they had a good turnout this year. After on hour of looking around, we found a camping spot behind the Main Building. It was a great spot, had a lot of shade during the day, but it was very noisy at night. The weekend of the GWBR is also is a Annual Classic Car show. The city of Paso Robles allows the Classic Show Car exhaust system to be uncorked, and believe me the owners take advantage of it. All-night thru the weekend, loud popping exhaust sound from the roadsters kept us up sometime till 4 am. Next year, I will make sure to take with me a BIG bag of earplugs. Saturday morning, we rode to the STAR FARMS for the day. The ride is 11 miles one way, fairly flat and a nice ride. It was hot, but we got there in a hour. I was surprised when we got there how cool the place looked, and I mean cool. The owner of Star Farm has a man made lake in front of his house. Later, I learned that this is a business he runs for all kind of parties thru the year, from company picnics to hosting the GWBR participants. We had some strawberry/banana smoothies they were selling and enjoyed the day. This is were we met Anni and Zoe, Mother and daughter team rode on a Terra Trike Tandem. About 4 pm we left the Farm and headed back to Paso. I was hot!!! The sun was baking us and I didn't have sun block on me. When we got back to the camp I realized how bad I burned my hand and my chest. Since we overheated, the next morning we decided to park the trike for the day and take a drive to Hearst Castle. I didn't wanted to expose Lissa to more heat, we felt it wasn't healthy to her pregnancy. Next year, we might have an addition to the gang and I have to start designing a triple trike! LOL.
Frank F. Takacs, Takacs Cycles and www. gotTrikes.com
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