Where did the summer go? I'm sure wherever you live, you are going to ask the same thing if you haven't already. I am beginning to believe old age is not worth a tinker's dam. Each movement of the body is a quick reflection of my/our past.
When I was young and indestructible the moments of football, hockey, bicycle, tripping (falling) down the stairs and later on motorcycles, horses and a couple of auto related accidents that took care of my shoulders and at least one ankle. Teeth careless brushing and smoking took care of them. Hearing, loss of 80%, mostly because of an inner ear disease called Meniere's Syndrome, which I have found out is mainly brought on by STRESS and of course stress can do anything to you including kill you.
I really like to ride "Lil Dahlin". But after what seems like such a short time my left knee begins to ache. If it was just a regular ache I could stand that but, this is a lot like a toothache hurt. So I must stop just about every hour or so and walk around for a couple of minutes and then continue on. I have a buddy that had a severe leg wound while in VietNam. He tried to put up with the pain for a couple of years but finally he decided on the amputation below the knee. Did he miss his leg you betcha, but the pain was gone. Has his life been pain free no, but I do know he has never regretted his decision. Now with me it is just a short reprieve from pain but it feels so good when it stops.
I'm reminded each time I suit up for a ride on Lil Dahlin. First I must remove the hearing aids and put them in a safe container and then insert ear plugs because of the inherent wind noise, while riding. The helmet I use is, I think, a fancy one that even has a air pump built in so the head is more protected, especially if my noggin is met by pavement, tree, auto or whatever. I had to promise my daughter that I'd wear a helmet. I said yes dear, "I'm dumb enough already", LOL.
|"Xelement 'Dragon' Mens Black/White/Red Tri-Tex Fabric Jacket"|
So when I want to go for a ride I really want to go, if you know what I mean. I check intellicast.com and look at the local and the Java radar and find out if it is going to rain or not, then the wind etc. Put in your own zip code and enjoy. Weather permitting I try and ride everyday. Usually 80 to 100 miles which takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. When I remember I take the camera and do some stopping for different pictures.
Catch you later I'm going for a ride.