Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Today I Owned RA

I woke to semi stiff, achy joints this morning that soon eased up after a quick splash in the hot tub.  I did a quick 20 minute workout with weights, had a toast and a protein shake and the rest of the day belonged to my motorcycle.  It has been neglected the past 13 days so I checked the tire pressure, oil and cleaned and re-oiled the air filter.  I plugged in the GPS and Spot locator, I always ride with my Spot when I don't know where I am riding for the day, and headed out ... that way.  I didn't have any particular place in mind to ride today, these rides are often the best ones.  There was a chill in the air today, a nice cool 62 when I hit the road, so I had my light riding jacket on over my shoulder pads today. 
Riding along the Arkansas River this morning, I rode past a water moccasin headed right down the center of the dirt road.  As I was passing him, he lunged at my bike with his mouth wide open.  First one I have seen all year, I hate them ... pure evil.   I stopped at the Spiro lock and dam on the Arkansas River.  There was a large barge headed into the lock so I rode up to the tower to get a couple of pictures.  I have great respect for the barge operators on the rivers.  I started talking with one of the guys that works the lock.  As I was taking a couple of pictures once the barges started out of the lock, he said "come on inside, I can get you some better pictures".  I was literally 3 feet away from the barges and tug as it inched its way cautiously through the lock.   Super nice guy, we must have talked for 30 minutes or longer.
I like riding the back dirt roads as much as I can, but had to ride some asphalt today.   Logged 164 miles, stopped by a few bridges along the ride, had one of the best cheeseburgers you can ask for.  All in all, much better than last week when my RA took me for a ride ... today I owned my RA.
This is the old rail bed of the Midland Valley railroad.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice looking bike, hate water moccasins too.

Terry said...

Anon, thanks ... we have not seen many snakes this year, assuming because it has been so hot and dry. The last ride I saw a copperhead, this time a water moccasin ... guess next ride it will be a rattlesnake. lol

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. I am glad you are able to continue to do the things you love. After 7 years with RA, it hasn't taken too much from me. I'm pretty stubborn that way.
Mer
PS I hate snakes!!

Kim said...

Good for you. Those are the days that keep us going. Awesome pictures. I ride alone most of the time, what is a spot and what kind of GPS do you have for your bike?

Kim

Terry said...

Mer, thank you. I honestly feel that I would not be doing as well as I am if I didn't push myself to keep riding and have something to look forward to. I'm glad we're both stubborn when it comes to living with RA.

Kim, yesterday was definitely a good day and you're 100% correct ... these are the days we live for. I rode solo yesterday, but most of the time I ride with at least one person. My GPS is a Garmin Nuvi550 and the Spot is a satellite messanger. It is a little smaller than a GPS that has 4 buttons, 911, Help (mechanical breakdowns), Check In/OK and a Custom Message button. You can find out more about one here: http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=102

Terry said...

Mer, btw, I don't hate snakes ... just water moccasins.

Anonymous said...

Terry
It's great when you can get up and push through a light workout to get the stiffness off and for me. I like to get some coffee right after to get me going. I try to do some sort of a workout every morning even if it's the same motions with little or no weight and I seem to get a mental boost along with some brief pain relief. I missed out on a couple of KLR's and have been too busy and tired to pursue that right now, but thank you for the info. I am to get my first dose of Cimzia in the mail today so will see if that does anything at all. It sounds like you are managing to do things in spite if this disease crap and I hope you can really enjoy the fall and the wonderful state of NM when you go for the big trip.
Take care
Phil - Syr

Terry said...

Hey Phil, even though it is uncomfortable/hurts some days, you're right ... it gives you a mental boost that lasts 2-3 days. I had been wondering about you getting a bike. Don't push it, the right one will come your way soon. I passed up several to find mine which I got for a steal (new condition, low mileage). Good luck with the Cimzia. Talk to you later.

abcsofra said...

Can't agree with you more...I HATE snakes! Looks like a beautiful ride overall though. And beating ra any day is the best ride of all.

Terry said...

Hello Deb, I have missed you! I have been in a bit of a rough spot lately, but starting last Monday I have felt much better and had a great ride Tuesday... except for the water moccasin segment of the ride. You're so right, any day you can beat RA is a great day.