Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Multiple Personalities

Our weather continues to have multiple personalities so far this year. That in turn is relayed to my RA having multiple personalities this year.  That once again is transferred into me having multiple personalities so far this year. Life will be much better when it warms up and stays warm. It gets old feeling pretty good one day only to wake up to frigid temps, snow and sleet the next day and barely be able to get out of bed and walk to the living room. 

I was able to get out and ride yesterday with Greg and Randall. I rode 174 miles but I'm paying dearly for it today. We rode out to Oark and I stopped at the old Herrods Creek abandoned bridge just off of AR215. My grandad had a sawmill close to the old bridge back in the 1940's. My dad and uncles worked at the sawmill and hauled RR ties all over the area. I wished that dad had some old photos of the mill here. Last year I drove him and mom over through here and I guess it brought back memories. I knew grandad had 2 different sawmills but never knew one of them was where I have been riding since I was 19 years old.
KLR all cleaned up and ready to go.
Herrods Creek bridge ... my grandad had a sawmill just a few feet from here.
Abandoned bridge in front with replacement bridge sitting above and behind it.
Oark Cafe, cool little place with great food.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bad Blogger

I have been a bad blogger.  I didn't intend to neglect my blog over the past month but between the horrid winter weather, actually slipping one ride in over the past 4 weeks and coming down sick again, it happened. Oh, and spilling coke on my keyboard, then having to run in to town between ice storms to get a new one. I will do better in the future. 

The media continues to mislead people about Rheumatoid Disease. It's really no surprise that there’s a disturbing lack of knowledge about RD/RA. However, until the media finds a shred of decency and responsibility and drug companies start relaying truth in advertising, RA patients will continue to be seen as the boy who cried wolf. Recently a respected major publication described RA as an inflammatory disease that affects small joints in the hands and feet. If you watch tv, according to the commercials, all we have to do is take a shot and then we can go run on the beach with our family. What a crock!  I truly wish the people in charge of the current media view of RD/RA could experience, just for 1 day ... just 24 hours, what we have to live with every single day.  

I did manage to work in a nice 165 mile ride during our two nice 70 degree days in February.  There was still some ice and snow scattered where we rode through but it felt so good to be outside for a change.  We got into some twisty mountainous asphalt roads just before going off road.  I have no problem riding asphalt but didn't take into consideration the ice and snow that had been there less than a week earlier.  The ice and snow was gone ... the sand that they use for such conditions was not!  We both made it through the first sandy turn without crashing.  Thats all I'm going to say.  We rode more cautiously til we found some dirt.  Once on dirt we dialed the speed back up but my worn tires were once again no match for the mud and deep gravel the county used on the dirt road.  I ordered new tires as soon as I got back home.  If it ever warms back up, I am going to have to spend a day in the shop working on my bike for spring rides.
Water over the spillway again!
Stop for a quick bite to eat. 
Heidenau K60 rear tire
New shoes!  K60 and Dunlop 606 front
Still shot from helmet cam at 60 mph
Low water bridge 
Clean clear water that rivals Colorado.