Monday, October 11, 2010

Bummed ... Really Bummed

I took last week off from blogging in preparation for our 2-3 day ride.  After a long and grueling 4 days at work, 12 hour shifts where we are on our feet about 90% of that time, I was ready for some days off.  I took my bike out for a 105 mile test run with all of the bags and equipment that we would be carrying on our ride.  We worked in some really rough washed out trails, fast fire roads, dirt roads and a little bit of asphalt.  Everything was going good at first.  My duffel bag stayed strapped down to the rear fender rack, the Wolfman tank bag performed exceptionally well, panniers fit and rode well ... but my bike was blubbering.  No big deal, just trash in the carb, as soon as I get home I will pull the carb off and clean the float bowl and main jet.  As the day progressed, my bike's performance deteriorated.  When I got back home, I washed my bike and did my normal maintenance routine, then turned my attention to the carburetor.  After cleaning the carb and putting it back on the bike, I hit the starter.  Nothing.  After an adjustment and a new spark plug (I knew deep down the new plug wouldn't change anything), I hit the starter again.  Nothing part 2.  I pull the carb back off to double check that I didn't screw something up and cannot find anything wrong.  Once again, put it on the bike, hit the starter, Nothing part 3.  After Nothing part 4, 5 and 6, I call my KTM shop and run the bike up to them to check out quickly.  I raced with several of the guys that work there so they worked my bike in for me that afternoon.  After confirming that everything I had done was ok, they did a compression and leakdown test.  My bike is losing compression, which means a top end tear down to find the problem.
After planning this trip for 2 months, just waiting for cooler weather, I can't tell you how frustrating it is to be typing this tonight instead of being 140 miles north spending the night on Bull Shoals Lake.  If it could have just waited another week before it puked the top end, I would have been fine with it.  
As far as my RA goes, I am feeling better still.  Sore and stiff ankles, heels and feet along with my knees and right shoulder still being grouchy, other than that I have no complaints.  I have been using the Voltaren Gel on my hands quite a bit over the last 2 weeks and it does help. The middle joint of my ring finger on my left hand is very notchy when I bend it now.  It doesn't hurt too bad but you can watch the knuckle pop as you bend it.  I hope this passes quickly.  I am back to working out consistently and am starting to feel my muscles fill back out in my arms.  I love the feeling after a workout where you have pushed yourself a little bit.  My arms hated me the first couple of weeks, but are now starting to like working out again.

11 comments:

Cathy said...

Oh man, that is really disappointing. So sorry for you. :(

I am glad you are feeling well though and back to working out. It is wonderful to see muscles returning, isn't it?

tharr said...

Cathy, it is disappointing, but I will get over it. Hopefully I will have my bike back soon and we can still do the ride before it gets too cold.

Thanks, its been a long time coming, but I am feeling much better now. It feels great to be making muscle gains again.

Just Me said...

Terry, Hated reading about the disappointment and frustration. Here's hoping the top end rebuild goes quickly and you get to accomplish your trip. Glad to hear you are enjoying your workouts. I think things for me would be far worse if I didn't get my butt out of bed in the morning and tackle a good workout. My left shoulder has been causing me considerable trouble lately so I have had to alter my routine some. I am almost finished up with my 10 week regiment. I haven't pushed up this much weight since I was in the military. Feels great!

Squirrel said...

So sorry to hear about your ride! Isn't that typical, the RA is behaving but something else comes up out of the blue. I'm sure you'll make up for it once the bike's fixed though. :)

tharr said...

Mike, thanks. I can't see it being much, maybe a valve spring or a stuck valve. It ran too strong to be much of anything. I am feeling good enough now that I am looking forward to my workouts. Been quite a while since I have actually felt like doing it. Take care of that left shoulder. Glad to hear you're enjoying your workouts, you are doing a much stricter routine than I am. Don't know how you've been able to stand up to it.

Hey Squirrel, thats exactly what I told Randall yesterday. Now that I'm feeling good, of all weeks my bike decides to lay down on me ... it had to choose this one. lol You're right though, once I get it back, I will make up for lost rides! Hope you have a great week.

Living It, Loving It said...

Don’t feel bad, I am bummed too. I think the anticipation of winter is getting to me. Too bad about the trip but on the plus side, you got some needed rest. I hate that notchy finger thing. It drives me crazy. I had when I wake up and I can’t pry my hands out of the curled fists they are in. RA sucks :( - Poor us! I was dropping thinks all weekend and it was very frustrating.

mary said...

Sorry to hear about the bike but at least it didn't tank in the middle of nowhere. Hope you get it back before the weather changes and can get that ride in.

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

tharr said...

Lana, I'm not looking forward to winter, we had a rough and long one last year. I should get some rest but I'm working 2 of my 4 days off. Hard to turn down $31/hr for OT with a big repair bill (most likely) for my bike. This notchy finger thing is really starting to irritate me. You're right, RA sucks!

tharr said...

Mary, you're right, at least it didn't give up halfway between here and there. I am hoping it won't be much and I can have it back next week. Then again, as the Hee Haw singers used to sing, "if it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!"

rheumforgod said...

Oh Terry, I am so, so sorry you are not tearing it up on your bike miles from home--and your bike is being torn apart in the meantime. Hoping you can plan another trip soon when Mr. RA is behaving himself. Also hope your repair bill is not a doozy! -Kelli

tharr said...

Kelli, it is disappointing, but there is still enough warm weather ahead that we should be able to do our ride. As you know from living with RA, you never plan too far in advance, but this time it wasn't RA that messed my plans up. It is so nice feeling good again, just hope this lasts for a while.