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Bike rallies sometimes raise a shield|
Against us folks who ride three-wheeled,
But there is one unique event
That from the start was clearly meant
For tadpoles, deltas, velos, too,
With no one telling me or you
What time, how fast or where to ride,
And NO rules posted or implied...
BACKGROUND: In Spring of 2007, several folks who ride (the fairly unusual) adult recumbent sports touring tricycles, playfully objecting to their machines being excluded from various organized cycling events, decided to hold their own multi-day rally-like outing, and (snobbishly) exclude two-wheeled cycles. The idea proved very popular and came to life that Summer, originally as the Trikes Only Tour or TOT for short. However, many attendees quickly decided not to exclude their friends and family on more common bicycles, and the full name was altered to Trikes Optional Tour, keeping the same acronym. However, it wasn't long before the concept expanded to similar rallies in other areas, and it seemed appropriate to include a regional descriptor to the name of the original. Since it has been based in the Northern section of Idaho, someone [Who could it have been?] suggested The Potato State Trikes Optional Tour, with the shortened sobriquet of TaterTOT. I knocked off this bit of flippant poesy in recognition of its third time around in early Summer of 2009. Enjoy...
|When most folks picture trikes, it's not|
An adult but a tiny tot
That they imagine in its seat...
But when one day they chance to meet
Some 'senior citizen' who rides
A low-slung trike that swiftly glides
With comfort, speed, control and style,
They can't suppress a joyful smile.
Still, some official bike rides shun
It started from a forum post:
Some trikeys call it TaterTOT,
They say, "A nugget caked with mud's
Each year we've done this, it's improved.
All Weather Channel watchers know
The nights were nicely cool and clear;
If that sounds perfect, I confess:
Five dozen cyclists, most on trikes,
On Tuesday morning we resumed
For two more days, we stroked and cruised
Each night we socialized and shared
Though no one there had had enough,
Last updated 7/6/2010