"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
- Charles Kingsley
I think most of you know what I am enthusiastic about, motorcycles have helped me stay happy while living with a chronic disease over the last eight years. Since my 400 mile ride, I have been burning up the internet researching the Kawasaki KLR650, Honda XR650L and the BMW F650GS. While the newer KLR's are just dog ugly up front, I am convinced that this is what my next bike will be. I am looking for a clean, low milage pre 08 model for the looks department. The downfall is that full of gas, oil and water, it weighs in at 432 lbs! Are you kidding me? I hope it comes with a folding saw in the tool kit so if it falls on you, you can cut your leg off to get out from under it! After hopping up and down on a 07 model this week, the weight doesn't seem like it will be an issue until the bike is laying on top of you. The photo below is similar to how I eventually want my KLR set up for adventure rides.
I have been very busy over the last two weeks. Between working quite a bit of OT and the floors, I haven't had much time. Sunday we moved furniture and pulled up the carpet, pad and tack strip for the workers to start Monday morning. We now have tile in the living room and think we will be much happier with it. I'm not sure how my feet and cold tile will get along this winter, my feet hurt so much anyway and cold makes them ache. I hate wearing house shoes inside, but I guess that is what I will have to get used to doing.
My RA has been semi behaved considering all I have put it through over the last 4 weeks. From a 400 mile motorcycle adventure, to moving furniture and pulling up carpet, all while working at least 12 hours a week OT and getting inadequate sleep. One night last week my feet were hurting badly after finishing a 16 hour shift. I came home showered and crawled into bed. Just the weight of the sheet laying on them hurt. I try not to complain, but I truly hate living with this miserable disease.