Spring is in full bloom here on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border. Spring has been a long time favorite of mine, watching everything come back to life and green up. But with that also comes my seasonal allergies, mowing and snakes. I saw my first snake (rat snake-see below) of spring last week, so thats another thing we will have to watch on our future rides. Let me tell you, they grow some huge snakes in the Ouachita National Forrest!! Fortunately we only have 6 poisonous ones to watch for. Also with springtime comes severe weather, and we get our share of it where we live. We have had 3 tornadoes within 5 miles of our house over the last 10 years. One passed over the house in the air as we were huddled in our hallway bathroom. It was quite a scene, two adults, one child and two dogs in the bathroom that night, we heard debris pelting the roof and sides of the house and windows. The house was creaking and popping, and you will never forget the unmistakable noise of a tornado once you have been in one. This wasn't the first one for Donna or myself. We were pleased to find only minor damage once it had passed over us, some of my co-workers were not as lucky as we were that night.
My RA has been up and down this past week. Overall I am not doing bad, it just seems like every time you feel like you have it figured out, it throws you a curve. I have been walking and lifting weights, and my muscles are feeling great actually being challenged again, my fatigue is better, but my hands, fingers and wrists have been hurting pretty bad. I have been using Tylenol Arthritis at work this last week to help get me through my workdays. I have also been using Voltaren Gel on my hands and have been in the hot tub more this week than previous weeks (due to working out again). I am not complaining, as long as I can still work full time and throw a leg over my motorcycles, I will be alright.
Woke up early this morning and spent 1 1/2 hours prepping my bike for a long ride tomorrow. After changing oil, cleaning the air filter, adjusting the chain and checking the rear brakes, ... my baby is asleep in the garage waiting for tomorrow. Your neighbors look at you funny when you are up working on your motorcycle at 6:30am on Easter morning. I hope that everyone is celebrating Easter, for it represents the ultimate triumph of hope and love.