Published July 12, 2009, 12:00 AM

Three wheels can be more fun than two

CASTLE DANGER — A recently established business near here offers an outdoor excursion where you can trike, then hike.

By: Melissa Ganje , Fox 21 News

CASTLE DANGER — A recently established business near here offers an outdoor excursion where you can trike, then hike.

The business is called Trikes for Life Excursions, and co-owner Bob Risch of Castle Danger says you have to ride one of his recumbent tricycles to get a real idea what they’re like.

“The fun factor is absolutely unbelievable with them,” Risch said. “We fell in love with them when we discovered them, and I have no desire really to ride anything else but.”

Risch and his business partner, Kathy Cavallin of Two Harbors, started Trikes for Life three years ago. Risch, a former Duluth school teacher, decided that after commuting to Duluth for more than 20 years, he wanted to do something right out his back door.

“When finally the opportunity came to actually do something where I live, right out my driveway, there was a high motivational factor right there for me, plus the fact that I enjoy being outdoors,” Risch said.

Trikes for Life is in its third summer. The company offers a fully supported and outfitted excursion where you trike and hike.

“We have the opportunity to give people a different perspective of the North Shore,” said Risch.

Trikes for Life Excursions takes you on a leisurely journey on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to see the North Shore in a new way. “Part of our charge is to get people into rivers and waterfalls and beaches and just scenic walks that they probably might never know about,” Risch said.

With the Gitchi-Gami State Trail as the anchor, the trip travels through three of Minnesota’s state parks with opportunities to get off the trike and explore some of the North Shore. He said they’ve researched lesser known features beyond the bike trail “to open up new vistas for people.”

Risch said recumbent trikes are suitable for all ages and abilities.

“Lance Armstrong could work up a sweat on them, and people who could never ride a bike can ride these,” he said. “They love it.”

  • For rates and more information, visit www.trikesforlife.com.

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