Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's Official ... SPRING

I put on my riding gear and headed out on the KLR Sunday. I rode into a gas station a bit fast standing up on the footpegs, common for us dirt riders. As I was getting off my bike I looked up and there were two girls, one around 30 and the other I would guess about 22 or so, watching me. The older one smiled and waved at me so I waved back. The look on her face was priceless when I pulled my helmet off and was a gray haired old man. Bwahaha  She made my day though - she was kinda cute.
I was in search of an abandoned railroad bridge, built in 1903, that used to run through the back country not far from where we live now. This bridge is unique, it originally was built for the Midland Valley Railroad then later was converted to a vehicular bridge carrying a county road over the Poteau River.  I found several miles of the old rail bed and later followed the road down to the bridge but it is locked up on private property.  I plan to ride back over in blue jeans and a sweatshirt (our riding gear can be intimidating to some people) and talk to the owners to see if they would allow me to walk down and photograph the bridge. The photo below is from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation 
I took my KTM out for a good hard ride before going to work Wednesday afternoon.  I put in 87 miles with 20 of that being hardcore, nasty single track trail (my favorite-the rougher the better I like it).  My hands and hips paid for it later as I was going to work but it was well worth it.  I hurt for the next three days which has me thinking that it is time to stop trying to ride single track.  I was feeling great before the ride and I keep fooling myself by thinking that I can sneak a ride in here and there when I am feeling good.  Bottom line is that it hurt while I was riding it, I don't enjoy it like I used to because I am trying to avoid any harsh hits or jumps now and I hurt for days afterwards.  I'm through trying to ride trail.  I don't like admitting this, but RA ... you win this battle, but if you think I am giving up riding, you've got another thing coming.
As far as my RA goes, I have been doing pretty good with the exception of a couple of flare ups that I have brought upon myself. One was riding trail while the other was crawling around and laying in the shop floor servicing the mowers. Yes, with the warm winter, mowing season has officially begun ... UGH!  I went in for blood work this week also, I have the best nurse for this that I have ever seen. Most days I don't even feel the needle and she always hits the vein, no fishing for it like some have to do.  A nice little bonus as I'm sure all of you know, especially when you have to have blood drawn every 3 or 4 months.  Hope everyone can get out and enjoy the spring and if you're down my way ... I have an extra lawn mower just waiting to be used.

6 comments:

abcsofra said...

We are having yellow fever here :-) Yellow pollen and hot weather that is. So I am living through your blog of wonderlust until the pollen blows out to sea. Keep on riding on....

Lana said...

Well at least you are still looking good enough for young girls to notice – definitely priceless. I am looking forward to seeing the photos of the bridge. I hope that you are feeling better now that you have rested. I always miss your posts when I don’t see them for a while but I know how busy you are. Ditto on the Nurses and blood work. When I went in for my second epidural steroid injection, it was like a fishing expedition trying to find a vein and two nurses and the other arm later, we found a vein and had the IV in. Needless to say, it was not pleasant. My new rule is that they try the left arm first because so far, it is where the good veins are. So, it is RA 1 and Terry 1 – there are still many battles to be fought. My RA has been pretty mild so I am hoping it stays that way. The problem is when I am not in pain, I forget to take my RA meds so I am trying to get myself back on track because I don’t want my pain coming back.

Cathy said...

Yeah, I don't really see you giving up and letting RA win Terry. :)

abcsofra said...

Congrautlations! You have won the Liebster Blog Award! Ride on! Ride on! Thank you for all that you do for those of us with ra!

tharr said...

Deb, we have plenty of pollen down here. I love the warm (hot) weather but can do without the pollen.

Lana ... she was obviously nearsighted!! lol I plan on going back soon. I have seen a couple of other old RR bridges used as vehicle bridges before but they were relocated. This one is in the exact same location, they just built the county road on top of the old rail bed up to the bridge. You are right Lana, many battles left to fight.

Cathy, you're right. At least on my riding... I'm not about to give that up without a fight.

Candied Frogs said...

Hey Terry, Looks like riding season is upon us again. :)))) I'm totally impressed that you manage to get out and blow the carbon out of your pipes with your sore hands and feet! All the power to ya!

My riding buddy is very close to picking up a KTM. Hardcore!! It could happen to me too. I'm thinking of selling my triumph and going dual-sport completely. Never thought I'd ever say that. Way more fun to be had!

Andy