Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Is It Just ME?

I have closed another chapter in my life. I sold my KTM525 due to the fact that I simply cannot take the beating of hardcore single track riding any longer (thank you RA). I hated doing it and had prolonged selling the bike til I had come to terms with it and was ready to.  I also sold my KLR650 the very next day to someone that I work with. You might be asking yourself, but why? He is consumed with riding ... what will he do?
I'm glad you asked. The same day I sold my KLR, I went out and bought a 2014 KLR650 and have been fitting it with goodies over the past two weeks. I know ... it doesn't make much sense but no one has ever accused me of being a smart guy! And I bought a new washer and dryer that we desperately needed with part of the bike money. That made Donna happy.
When momma's happy ...
I have been having tremendous hand pain over the past two weeks. Just curious if anyone else with RA has been having the same or if it's just me.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Rite Of Passage To Spring

As my RA continues to play Jekyll and Hyde due to the quick changing weather patterns of spring (and winter reluctantly dragging it's feet while leaving), I am up and down in terms of coping. We are scheduled to get our first real bout of severe storms for the year tonight and Thursday. Living in Oklahoma, severe storms are an official rite of passage into spring.

I was honored to be contacted by and informed that they are readers of my blog. After talking with them through email and by phone, I will be doing some guest posts on their site. I feel like Steve Martin in The Jerk ... things are going to start happening to me now! 

In addition to servicing my mowers for spring and building a desk for my daughters photography business, I now have an online flexography class through work and will have a timed 90 minute test over all 24 weeks of classes. I'm too old for this stuff! In my pre RA days, I would have let this worry me ... not anymore. I suppose this is one positive change that living with RA has brought about in me. I just don't get too worried or stressed over things now.

I had the pleasure of riding with a new rider yesterday. It was refreshing watching his expressions and excitement talking about the ride and seeing how well he is doing for only riding a few times. He bought his bike at the end of January and has just a few rides under his belt but is a fast learner and completely dedicated to becoming an above average rider. I took him up Poteau Mountain with the descent on the back side being absolutely brutal. He did good. Once off of the mountain we rode further into the forest and discovered they have been clear cutting again. It was nauseating to witness acre after acre of destruction to our forest. I continued to drag Tony over three more mountains and took him to two abandoned iron truss bridges while logging 157 miles. He is well on his way to becoming a good rider ... and totally consumed by it. 

I felt good when I finished my 157 miles yesterday afternoon at around 4:30. I was feeling my RA but not bad and still flexible (for an old man with RA anyway) and comfortable moving around. Three hours later I could barely move and was walking like Tim Conway as the old man on The Carol Burnett Show. I was stiff, slightly swollen and hurt bad. Today, however I feel pretty good. I added this because I don't want people thinking I have a mild case of RA and thats why I ride. I hurt every damn day, I'm just not going to sit back and refuse to enjoy life because it may cause me to hurt a little bit more. 
My daughter and grand dawg.
Desk space I am building for my daughter, will finish it next week.
A view from my office window Tuesday morning.
Black Fork Creek in Eastern Oklahoma.
Fizzel Branch
My new camp stove. Nothing like dried eggs in a foil pouch!