I have been in the grips of a major flare for the last 2 weeks. With the exception of an occasional mild flare up, I had almost forgotten what one felt like. I have experienced severe shoulder pain that I haven't felt since separating my right shoulder some 25 years ago, swelling, fatigue and my feet have hurt so badly that I could barely stand to walk. I am feeling better now, I believe the worst is behind me for this time.
I have not hardly been on my computer over the last 2 weeks, I will catch up with everyone's blog soon. I am reposting (I should feel like doing a new post next week) a humorous ride I did a couple of years ago.
Randall and I had both worked Saturday night and got off at 7am Sunday morning. We did not have to work Sunday night for President's Day so we decided a ride was in order after 3-4 hours of sleep. I arrived at Randall's about 1 pm and we loaded up and headed off to the woods.
We had an excellent day riding, found some new single track trail that was incredibly fast (40-55 mph) without a rock in it. We also missed a turn and rode some of the new trail twice which was fine because our 525's were built just for this type of trail. We got caught on one of our favorite trails late in the afternoon. An ice storm had came through 3 weeks earlier and had left a ton of downed trees and we were riding 200 yards, getting off of the bikes and moving tree branches, limbs, and brush. In most places the woods were so dense that you could not ride around the fallen debris. It was getting late and we were running out of daylight quick. When we finally made it out of the woods, we lit our bikes up and hammered them back to the truck, arriving just at dark.
We thought our excitement was over. Boy were we wrong! Randall has a heavy duty lock on the back of his HiPoint trailer and the numbers are not highlighted with paint, they are stamped out of the metal. Randall and I both have excellent vision ... far off ... one foot in front of our face, we're both blind as a bat. We have no problem with the numbers in daylight, but it is now night time in the forest. We started my bike and aimed the light at the lock, Randall tried, I took a turn at it, we took Randall's cell phone and tried to use the light off of it to see better. All to no avail and by now it is dark, foggy and cold. We both had our reading glasses locked safely inside the trailer ... the one with the lock on it that we can't read. A bit of irony here but a lesson learned the hard way. Even on short rides when we're not taking maps, pack your glasses in your fanny pack! After 20 minutes of this I broke out into laughter while trying to read the numbers and yanking on the lock to no avail, Randall walked around the side of the trailer. I hear a muffled "I'll be damned" and I feel the trailer move. My first thought is "Great, the trailer has a flat tire also".
But instead of more bad news, it was some much welcomed good news. Randall had not locked the side door (something I still can't believe for Randall) which worked out great for us on this particular day. Once inside he found his glasses and opened the lock. It was well after dark by the time we loaded up and once again we have another story to laugh about.