Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I Gave My RA The Day Off

I left the house at 7:35 Monday morning, it was 49 and sunny with a few clouds in the sky. But as we approach Poteau Mountain, there are clouds covering the top of the mountain. That is where we are going today. Running across the top of the mountain was dark, damp and dreary. A far cry from the 68 and sunny promised by our local weatherman. As we drop off of the other side of the mountain, it starts to lighten up a little, but no sun. Heavily overcast and no sun at all now, we keep going. Just before we get to US Highway 71, a huge buck jumps the road 100 yards in front of me. The ironic thing is that there is a truck parked about 20 yards on the backside of where the deer jumped the road. I quickly thought of Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs and Daffy. LOL

We had a good hard ride over to Blue Mountain, only getting (temporarily ) lost twice. We ran on up to a convenience store and gassed both bikes up and grabbed a Coke and took a short rest. We head back out and run up to the dam at Blue Mountain Lake and spent a while exploring the lake. There is a road that wraps all around the backside of the lake but that will be another day. There is 52 miles of shoreline and we had another route in mind for the afternoon portion of our ride.

We headed back on one of the alternate routes and ... about 9 miles later Randall pulls over with a flat front tire. For anyone keeping score, thats 3 rides in a row that Randall has had a flat tire. So he found a place that we could change the flat and about an hour later, didn't take us that long to change but some hunters stopped and we visited for quite a while, we are back on our way.

The trail we had planned to ride back across to Haw Creek was closed down. Loggers had come in and pushed a large mound of dirt and large trees up blocking 2 different entrances. They are in the process of building the road bed up so this means that we have lost another good trail section of the forrest. After the flat and losing time trying to get to the trail, we decided that we would just head back on the asphalt until we could jump on some dirt road and trail that we knew would be open. By the time we pulled back up to the truck we had 171 miles.
I will be honest, I am hurting today, but I never rode 171 miles in 1 day when I was healthy. My feet, right hand and right hip hurt from the abuse of the ride to my RA. My legs, calves and forearms are sore from not using these muscles enough and well ... my ass hurts because the seat on a KTM is not made to sit on for that long. But I'm smiling today anyway, what a great day it was yesterday. All of us that suffer from RA need a day off from it once in a while.


RA Guy said...

My RA tells me that he thinks that your RA is having so much fun...and wants to come over for a visit?

Would you mind if I packed him with a few suitcases (only the usual things, such as medicines, braces, creams, crutches, canes, etc.) and sent him over for a brief visit?

Please let me know...I've already made the reservations.

Living It, Loving It said...

I am with RA Guy. Can I send my RA packing too, maybe your RA can give it some pointers. :)

Anonymous said...


Your comment to my post brought me much comfort! It is nice to know there is someone out there with such a similar story. FYI, I did Orencia too. That was the med. that worked the best, but for some reason it burnt out after a year. All the medicines seem to peak for me between months 4 -8, and then slowly stop working. Maybe they need to increase the dosages? I'm starting one of the new ones soon. I'll keep you posted! As for your post, good for you for doing this! I think there are days now where we are wise enough to know, "I'm going to pay for this for a few days, but I don't care. I really really want to do it anyway." Just rememeber, spread those moments out so you don't hurt yourself!!! :)

-RA Superb*tch

Anonymous said...

Damn, 171 miles! I'm healthy and I don't know if I would do that. Good job.


tharr said...

RA Guy and Lana, sure ... send your RA over for a day or two. Just as long as you will take mine every once in a while.

tharr said...

SB, we sometimes feel like we are alone fighting this. The truth is there are a lot of us who are in the same boat fighting this thing. If we can talk to each other, or even just make each other laugh once in a while long enough to forget the pain temporarily, that's what its all about.
Keep me posted on your new meds.

tharr said...

Jim, 171 miles is a long way (7 hours) on a KTM seat (rock). Don't know if I will do that long of a ride again, but i might.

BattyBeader said...

You are such an inspiration to those of us who suffer from RA. And you are right about finding laughter to forget the pain.
Thank you for bringing humor, truth and great photos to the world!