When there is no trike trip to get to the island, there seems to be not much adventure…until something goes wrong. Then shades of the old road trip return.
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But yesterday duty called: I packed up for a trip to the transfer station: recycling and trash
At the transfer station (I took this picture with the Marble app for iPhone.)
I continued the trip out to the northern tip of Block Island.
Next I stopped at the Labyrinth on the way back,
and walked the Labyrinth. Calm and relaxed I continued back toward town.
But when I popped off the road to try and take a picture of the sailboat races (too far away), and tried to pedal away again—
no luck. The small problem I had with the chain and the freewheel had gotten worse. The pawls were sticking and wouldn’t engage.
After half an hour of failed attempts to knock them loose (earlier instructions from the bike shop) I called Tim.
Tim had ideas on how to pull my trike back to town.
But the new problem seemed to be that we had too many wheels – no straight forward movement.
Attempts to connect with a bungee cord
Back wheel up and front wheels down? No good
Stop the front wheels from turning with a coat hanger
and a piece of paper ribbon.
Still no luck with forward movement.
We kept at it until strangers with a truck offered to help. We said YES, Please!
They drove me (with my trike) to the Old Harbor Bike Shop and Tim rode to his trike to meet us. Thank you!!
The mechanic helped us right away. He took the cassette off the back wheel and explained what was sticking (inside the hub).
He gave it all a good dose of PB Blaster, which he called “a mechanic in a can.”
He put it back together again, and
Tim put the wheel back on my trike.
I need a new hub, but it works much better now. I think we’ll make it to the ferry tomorrow when we have to leave.
This morning I rode back (it’s still working well)
to the Old Harbor Bike Shop
to say thank you again for such wonderful help!
I’m very pleased with the help for cyclists at the
Old Harbor Bike Shop!