Friday, August 31, 2012
Okay, so I had a birthday last week. I told my friends I was 48 going on 15...maturity-wise. It was a great birthday, though. I was biking around Indiana, with 21 friends, seeing as many covered bridges as we could in a week. On the evening of my birthday, we had a party that I will always remember. It was such a good time!
I really have the best friends in the world! They really made this day special.
Now...for the aging part....
I've been dealing with a sore thumb for months. In June, I went to my doctor. He thought it was tendonitis. I took steroids for 10 days and wore this big clunky splint for 5 weeks. It went from mid forearm to mid hand, immobilizing my thumb and wrist. Needless to say, this really interfered with life, but I wore it religiously. After 5 weeks, my thumb still hurt. On top of that, my wrist was starting to hurt from fighting the brace. I decided to quit wearing it and called the doctor to see what my next step was.
Yesterday, I went to a hand specialist. He was a big, burley, 'good-ole-boy' kind of guy with a big booming voice. It took him about 3 minutes to find that arthritis in my CMC joint is my problem. (That's the bottom-most joint at the base of your thumb, near your wrist. He gave me a cortizone shot in that joint.) Holy H**l! That hurt like crap! I think I might have taught that 'good-ole-boy' some new curse words! Within 5 minutes of him finishing, I thought he had set my hand on the floor and stomped on it!!
I had to be fitted for a new brace and learn some hand exercises from a physical therapist before I could leave. She tried to hurry through it and more or less just handed me the list of exercises because she could see I was in pain and wanted to get the h**l out of there. The hour long drive home was filled with whimpering and "Holy s**ts." Hope I don't have to do that again! I'm happy to say, that today the pain is the same as it's always been and hoping it improves.
The new brace is a lot smaller and only covers from wrist to mid-hand. It's flexible and makes manuevering easier. The good news is that the physical therapist said that my biking hand position is actually good for this.
I'd like to think my vehicle will last forever, but now I feel it's starting to fail me. Is this a preview of what's to come? Well...I plan on fighting it tooth and nail!!! I am only 15, after all!!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Nothing is more fun to me than a day on my bike. Especially when it's a day of just riding around town, exploring and making up a route as I go. That's what I did yesterday and, of course, had a blast.
I'm up in the Green Bay, WI area, where we used to live. My kids live up here and I was feeling the "Mommy" urge to spend time with them. So, Monday morning I jumped in my car and drove 15 hours to get here. It's a crappy, boring drive, but the payoff is well worth it! An added bonus is getting to ride my bike with all of my old friends.
We own a business up here, so my husband makes a lot of trips. For the last few years, we were mooching off of friends and staying at their houses. This spring, we decided to rent a small apartment to make things a little easier and not lose any friends. lol. I love where I live in Tennessee, but I like coming up here, too. (In the summer) Everything is so familiar, like an old comfortable pair of shoes. I was not born and raised in this area of Wisconsin, but this is where I say I'm from. I fit here! (Except for in the winter!)
So, back to yesterday...
I left our apartment in DePere on my bike at about 1pm. (DePere is a suburb of Green Bay.) I crossed the Fox River and headed towards the East River Trail. I avoided the Fox River Trail because I'm too cheap to purchase a trail pass! It was a beautiful day, sunny and around 80 degrees. The East River Trail winds along the river and goes in and out of wooded areas, over bridges and through parks. It does need some maintenance, but it's still my favorite. I was surprised to find that they added onto it since the last time I rode it. It starts in DePere, which is south of Green Bay, and travels all the way to the north side of Green Bay.
While I was rolling along, I decided to go visit my friends, Dave and Cathy. They live near the Bay of Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I wasn't sure if they'd be home, but I thought if they weren't I'd hit Culver's for some frozen custard. Well, they saved me the un-needed calories by being home. We had a nice visit and shared the latest gossip. I mentioned to Dave that I was meeting two other friends for a ride at 4pm. He decided to join us.
So, we hit the road and met Sharon and Pat at Mackinaw's. The club was having an organized bike ride at 6pm, but we decided to meet for a pre-ride at 4. When I lived here, we did this all the time. So, it was like old times. We headed east, into the wind, and rode some nice country roads just outside of town.
We returned to the restaurant and the rest of the club members were congregating for the ride. There were about 25 people for the ride, which was a slow paced, social ride, followed by dinner. It was so nice to catch up with everyone. This is a group that really likes to have fun. I learned a lot about being a kid again from these people. I owe them a lot. They are truly good friends.
My husband came to have dinner with us and do his own catching up. He's not a bicyclist and has to put up with my obsession. Poor guy!
All in all, it was a great day! Ended with 58.7 miles. I had no idea I was going to meander that far. It just happened.
Today, I meet up with son#2 for dinner and I'm trying to come up with something fun for all of us to do on Saturday. (Too bad they don't bike!)
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Well, here it is...
There are a lot more 'babies' in the watermelon patch. I hope they're not all 'born' on the same day!
Have a great Tuesday, Everyone!!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Well, I'm back! And I have a lot of work to do!
From June 3-9, I went on a bicycle tour called BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska). I had such an awesome time!
We rode 467 miles from Minatare to Yutan in 7 days.
It was a 2 day drive to get to my friend Shirley's house from my house in Tennessee. Then, her husband drove us the remaining 5 hours to the start of the ride. We checked in, along with 600 other riders, and settled into our tent (home away from home for the week.)
The next morning, we headed out on our adventure. Western Nebraska has kind of an old west feel to it. There are rocky bluffs, sage brush and lots of sand.
We went through many little towns along the way. Most of them didn't have much to offer, but a few had snacks or a lunch for us. It was a good fundraiser for organizations to feed us.
Lunch in Anselmo
When we would get to our host cities, they would hand us a list of where the meals were. We usually had 3 choices. The difficult thing for us was to find a place that Shirley could eat. She had a lot of food allergies.
This breakfast in Stapleton really primed our pumps for the ride!
Each host city would have activities planned for the evening. At the end of the week, we voted for the best host. The winning town would receive a scholarship donation from the BRAN organization.
What do you think? Wilfred Brimley??
The car club in St. Paul had all of their collector cars out on display for us. This one matched my bike!
Don't let anyone tell you that Nebraska is flat! There are some pretty challenging hills. We started the week at 3900 ft. above sea level and ended at 1200 ft. Sounds like it would be all downhill, right?
Shirley had to walk up some hills in the beginning of the week, but was biking up all of them by the end. She said she would look up and decide it was too far to walk, and keep pedaling!
Nebraska is some beautiful country. As we went farther east, there was more green in the landscape and the cornfields increased.
The North Platte River. We stood there for a while watching the swallows swarm.
A dip in Lake McConaughy
We were in big cattle country
This was one of our SAG stops. Notice the wind. That wind was present everyday. We just hoped it was blowing the right way!!
There aren't a lot of trees and bushes along the highways of Nebraska, limiting bathroom opportunities. I finally found some corn that was tall enough!
What made this trip the best was the people. Everyone was so friendly! I made many new friends along the way.
We made it!! We felt so good, we could have kept going into Iowa!
What a wonderful experience. I just might have to do this ride again next year!
Now, to get back on track with my diet. I don't think porkchop breakfasts and eating 2 hot fudge sundaes a day is part of a healthy lifestyle!! lol
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Well, kind of.
I'm packing up to leave for a couple weeks. Next week, I'll be pedaling my butt across the great state of Nebraska. 455 miles in 7 days. Can't wait!! It's going to be hard work, but so much fun at the same time.
This will be the first tour I'm doing that I will be staying completely in tents along the way. I did cheat and I hired the tent service. They will have my tent set up for me with an air mattress, lawn chair and fresh towels every evening. My thought was that I didn't want to have to ride all day in the rain and have to set up my tent in the rain, too. This way, I can just relax when I get there. (Looking at the weather forecast, it looks like hot weather with a slight chance of thunderstorms once in a while. I can do that!)
I'll be in the middle of nowhere most of the time. Not taking my computer at all. I'll have my smart phone, so I'll try to check in once in a while if I can.
Catch you later!
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