Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Voices In My Head

I picked my bike up, from the shop, the day before I had to go back to work 2 weeks ago.  Since then, I have worked 10 out of the last 11 days.  My RA has not been kind to me over this stretch of 11 days.  Today was a much needed day off, I was hurting moderately when I got out of bed this morning.  I jumped in the hot tub for some temporary relief and knew that I should just kick back and recoup today.  Besides, it's modern gun deer season right now and drunks with guns (sounds like a punk rock band doesn't it? Appearing tonight will be Drunks With Guns) are not someone I want to be aggravating. 

Then the voices in my head started saying ..."but we'll just ride forrest roads and asphalt, it'll be ok".  No, I will just work on it and ride a little bit around the house today.  The voices came back as I was changing oil and filters and said, "come on ... are you a man or a wimp?"  I'm a wimp, leave me alone!  After changing oil, I was cleaning and re-oiling the air filter when the voices popped back out and said, "the old T would go ride today".  Thats it, I have to defend my RA challenged honor now! 

Soon I am headed to Poteau Mountain with my KTM in the truck.  I was surprised to see almost no hunters as I set out in search of a good time today.  I was breaking in the new top end on my bike, so it was a different pace today.  After riding some 80 miles, on the way back the voices told me to hit one of our favorite single track trails ... in the middle of the woods. 
About 4 miles into a 6 mile long trail, I came face to face with 2 hunters.  I chop the throttle, kill the motor and apologize to them.  I told them I hadn't seen a vehicle and was just running this trail as a shortcut to get back to my truck.  I asked which way they were hunting, that I would head back the opposite way.  They were very friendly, said they lived just up the road a little ways and it was no problem, hadn't seen anything in 3 days of hunting anyway ... they were just killing time.  We talked for the next 25 minutes about everything from motorcycles and ATV's to the economy to iron truss bridges.  Very nice guys and as we parted, I told them I would back track the way I came in.  They said, "hell no, ride it on out, you aren't bothering us".

I was going to hurt today no matter what I did, at least I got out and enjoyed the beautiful weather, broke the new top end in on my bike and made 2 new friends.  Yep, the voices in my head were right about today.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, those little voices. Glad you enjoyed yourself despite!

Wren said...

I'm glad you listened to the voices, Terry. Doing things that you love to do can go a long way toward distracting you from the boring, unrelenting pain of RA--and you've got one heck of a great thing you love to do, riding that motosickle!

Distraction is key. I write to distract myself. Sometimes I go out and work in the garden, too, or cook a meal. All of them put my mind in another place for a while, and while it's there, the pain isn't so bad.

Your ride today sounds like it was a lot of fun. Beautiful, too, in the autumn forest. I hope the next few days are fairly easy ones for you at work, and that you and your family will have a wonderful Thanksgiving. :o)

tharr said...

Anonymous, sometimes the voices steer me wrong but they did me right today.

Wren, you are so right. Distraction is a big key to helping us get by. I'm not a writer, not much of a gardener or cook, although I do warm up a mean can of chicken noodle soup every once in a while.

Thank you and I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.

Cathy said...

Yay for the voices in our head. I know when I am doing things I love, it makes a huge difference.

Have a great Thanksgiving Terry. I am thankful I have been reading about your adventures the last year.

Lana said...

Sounds like the voices in your head right. Good thing that weren’t telling you to be suicidal or anything. Oh wait, they were! But you had fun and no one was hurt. Take care and have a great Thanksgiving!

Squirrel said...

Sometimes a day chilling out is good, but I'm glad you spent your day off having fun. Nothing like a bit of fun to brighten up the short winter days!

mary said...

Glad you had a good time. Nice to hear you have your bike back. The way I figure it, I try to do what I want and it becomes pretty clear right away weather I made a good or bad decision. The worst that can happen is I cut my ride short and head home. No damage done but I find 9 times out of 10 I enjoy myself and am glad I took the chance.
Enjoy your holiday!!

Laurie Grassi said...

Sorry you haven't been feeling well, but glad you had a great ride that ended up being a good distraction – yay for good distractions!!!! :) L

tharr said...

Cathy, Every once in a while, the voices get it right. You're so right, it makes a huge difference if when we do things we enjoy.

I am thankful for each and all of my followers, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

Lana, well, just between you and me ... I am crazy. Just waiting for the voices to tell me to stay home from work and clean the guns!! lol

btw, went out for a follow up 120 mile ride today. My camera crapped out but where we rode was amazing. I'll post about it over the holidays and I did get a couple of photos before my camera committed suicide.

tharr said...

Hey Squirrel, chilling is good, but I'll have plenty of those this winter. Had an awesome ride today, look for the next post. I'm ready for spring already and we've only been down to freezing about 4 or 5 times!! lol

Mary, You're right. Go on ... you can always come home earlier if needed. The main thing is to enjoy life as much as you can. Happy Thanksgiving.

tharr said...

Laurie, I really can't complain much other than my left hand. Working long hours really takes a toll on me and I'm usually spent after 4 days. Just added a few more days to the work cycle this time. Hope your shoulder is doing better.

Anonymous said...

Terry
Good read man. Nice to know you ran in to some average hunters, most of us ain't so bad. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Wren is right, sometimes distractions are all we have.
Phil - Syracuse

tharr said...

Hey Phil, hunters are just like off road riders, we are all very passionate about our hobby. I was in the wrong here, I should have stayed out of the woods, but these 2 were very cool about it. Then again, had I ignored them and rode past them, it could have been a different scene. Bottom line is all of us who enjoy using the woods need to try to get along and focus against the government taking more of our public land use rights away every year.
Wren is right about distractions, happy Thanksgiving.