I sit here this morning carefully analyzing what will happen in the next few hours. We have gone from unseasonably warm winter weather to unseasonably cold winter weather with snow and ice moving in tonight. The front blew in Friday and has thrown me into a moderate flare up further solidifying the fact that I truly hate winter now that I live with RA. My hands are swollen and I can't hang on to anything, my feet feel like they have been hit with a sledge hammer while my hips, knees and ankles refuse to bend. I also learned this week that there is a shortage of one of my drugs, Methotrexate. While some people are apparently panicking over this, I am not letting it bother me. Stress acts as a trigger for RA and, for me, can bring on more pain and fatigue. I refuse to let this have that much control over my life.
I may be temporarily down but I have been working on my 650 and am making progress on getting it set up. I fired the heaters up in the shop and installed a set up Happy Trails Dakar Nerf Bars and a skid plate. I bolted on a FMF Powercore 4 and modified the air box to let it breathe better. A stage 1 jetting kit is on the way for the carb. In addition, I removed all graphics and wired in a 12v lighter to run my GPS, charge my cellphone on overnight rides and I'm going to pick up a small 12v air compressor to air up tires.
I think that RA knows I am going to take it for some good rides this year. I have a ride planned from Arkansas, through Oklahoma to the Texas border all on dirt, a bridge run (you know me ... I love old bridges) in Missouri that will include 5 iron truss and 3 swinging bridges and then a week long ride in Colorado. I've also been playing with my GoPro Hero cam so I hope to have some decent videos from rides this year.