I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who leaves comments and words of encouragement for me. This is not an easy disease to live with, the day to day ups and downs, the pain, fatigue and sometimes depression that comes along with it. I just want you to know that it means a lot to me having the support of fellow bloggers and followers.
I feel considerably more like the old me (not the pre RA me though) this week and have even started working out with weights and walking again daily. I'm starting off slowly, careful not to hurt what little bit of muscle that I have left. I know that exercise is important for us, but between my RA and OA pain and fatigue, I just couldn't make myself. I hate feeling that badly, I really enjoy working out. I will take my Humira shot shortly, in fact I have it laid out warming up now. I cleaned my shop up yesterday, it seems so strange, after selling my KDX, just having one bike in the garage again. I even felt good enough to crawl around on the shop floor yesterday greasing the spindles and drag link on my mower after changing oil in it. No repercussions today from crawling around on my knees and back, that is a good sign.
I sit here this morning with my maps and computer putting a ride together for this fall. I know you can tell that I am feeling better now, the last three weeks I haven't felt like or cared about riding. This will be a 2 day, possibly a 3 day ride that I am looking at. I have thought of some of it and borrowed parts of it from fellow adventure riders. A rough estimate, as of now, is 350 - 400 miles. My RA gets pretty grouchy at anything over 130 miles a day, but if we have to do it in 2 days ... count me in. The ride will include 3 old bridges for my other blog, one of them is a swinging bridge for vehicles that is still in operation, at least 3 swinging bridges to walk across, a ghost town on the Buffalo River and a 25 minute ferry ride that will depart on the Arkansas side of the lake and drop us off on the Missouri side.
For another ride after the weather breaks, I have learned of a Bowstring truss bridge that was built in 1874. It would be a one day ride ... a long one day ride. It is abandoned with about 30 % of the deck missing, but it will be a find, that is if I can find it. Bowstring truss bridges are extremely rare now plus it was built in the 1800's.
I saw an obituary last week where the family said "in lieu of flowers, please contribute to the campaign of anyone running against Obama in 2012". LOL Now that's funny, I don't care who you are!