Its been a week since last post. My back has gotten better every day. Not completely gone but I can operate without the help of drugs. Was about 14 days total.


Friday was a nice beach ride. Pretty good conditions. I still like these rides. Its something we can do in winter when there is no snow. Im sure I have about 100 miles here this winter. Then….


We get snow. First real snow of the winter. Started Friday nite to Saturday afternoon. Here I unloaded to ride the beach on Saturday and it was already unridable with huge ice formations. How can that happen in one day? The beach is gone. The ice formations are 3 or 4 feet high, then wind pushes then onto the beach rendering it unusable.

So we hit the woods a bit. The new snow was about 8 inches deep but it was real dry and light. Fun to ride.


Then Sunday I hit the woods again. This was the first real ride in snow that I had to air down. That’s sad if you think about it. But Im much happier now that we have snow. And more coming tomorrow. This is our winter window. Its right now. Really, things start to warm up a bit in 4 weeks so now is go time. I’ll get out on the ski’s too soon. After tomorrow’s snow the woods should be groomed. I hope so anyway. If not I’ll just follow in someone’s tracks….


Still Down

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I would not wish this on my enemy. Im still down. Back is still jacked up. So last Tuesday after work I went to the walk in clinic, that tells you how bad my back hurt. I never voluntarily see a doctor. So I went to the clinic and they told me pretty much what I thought they were going to say. Pinched nerve in my back. Gave me some painkillers and a anti inflammatory. Those pills didnt even scratch the surface. Wednesday I closed the store and went home in the afternoon. I never do that. Then by Thursday morning I got out of bed somehow, fell to the floor and could not get up. I called my wife to come get me and take me to the ER. I have broke many bones in my life but this is by far the worst pain I have ever felt. Almost to the point of passing out.

So I get to the ER Thursday, the second Doc visit in two days. And was told the same thing. But they did take pictures of my back and hip just to make sure. And gave me much better pain pills that Im taking today.

Then, I went to see my MD Doc on Friday. Thats 3 different Doctors in four days. He went into more detail what’s going on. And the only thing I can do is sit and wait. Today is day 12. No changes. It still takes me 45 minutes to get out of bed in pain. I still can’t dress myself. I only have 4 days of pain pills left.

Im pretty bummed out. Ive tried heat pads, ice packs and stretching. Nothing changes it. I have physical therapy scheduled for the 22nd. By then will be 20 days in pain. It hurts my spine just to move my head. Im in tears getting out of bed every morning. Not sure how long a human can keep doing that without going nuts.

That’s all I have for now. I most likely wont post anything until things improve. Lets hope thats sooner than later.


Rider Down

I felt it starting Thursday. Just a little twinge near the bottom of my spine. I felt it on friday when I rode. By Saturday morn I could barely walk. I dont think it my back. Pain is very sharp but off to one side of my lower back. So Ive not left the couch much all weekend. It acually feels better when I walk around so its got to be some kind of muscle thing. If I sit for an hour its worse. So Ive been doing a lot of stretching, which does not seem to help.

So Im down. This is the fourth day and as much as I hate going to the Doc I will in a few days if its not better.

Being down is not a big deal right now as its been raining all nite. Some flooding. All the snow you saw in my last post is gone or almost gone. Looks like no riding for a few days anyway. Im glad I finished Pinky. Its once again another frankenstein bike. I emptied out the parts drawer for this one.


Just another option when the woods or beach is not available. I still plan on getting another Checkpoint but not till spring. So this will be my winter ride if I need to hit the road. And thats only as a last resort.

That’s about it. Again not a lot to talk about we me being down for the count. Its going to be a interesting week with all the rain and my back taking a crap.


Winter Wonderland (for now)

Been in the woods now every morning since Tuesday. Today’s ride was a little road trip to our local State trails about 17 miles from the store. This area always gets more snow than by the store. It’s about 700 feet higher altitude. Sometimes thats makes a couple inches difference in snow.

The riding out here is a lot harder than what I have in town. The city park we go to or even the beach is easy. An hour on the beach is about 45 feet of climbing (dont ask me how but thats what the Garmin says) and a hour in our city park is about 250 feet. Out here an hour is almost 800. I was reminded that I did not have the Powerfly. I was off the bike walking up stuff at least four times. But that just gave me more opportunities to take pictures so its all good.

Its just unbelievable in the woods right now. Gorgeous. Was one of those rides that I just did not care how slow or how many times I had to hike the bike. This is the stuff that makes we want to live here (or farther north). Being a winter guy its hard to leave this and go to work. I just want to stay out there all day.

Especially knowing we are scheduled for a half inch of rain Sun into Mon. And high 40’s for temps. Today I got out of the woods at about 1030am and it was already 38 degrees. Weather or not this snow will survive is a long shot at best. And thats been the story here the last few years. Get a good snow, at least one that we can play in and its gone in a few days and it has to start over again. Its been a long time since we have had a snow on top of snow. Its always starting on bare ground and grass. If we would just hold on to whatever we get things would be fine.

So Im not sure whats up for the group ride tomorrow. It will be warm. No beach, no woods. Looks like a just a good old fashioned roads ride. Some will opt to ride in the woods before the snow is gone and some will be skiing so the bike count on the group ride will be low.

Ive been working on Pinkie and will most likely ride that in the moring. I have to open the store anyway. Every thing on the bike is from another bike or the parts bin. Except I did buy Sram Rival shifters and front\rear derailleurs. The wheels are old HED Belgium’s that I bought a few years back for $150. These are the last set of rim brake wheels that I own. And this is the only rim brake bike I have so the two were meant for each other and will most likely stay permanently together. I should have the bike done later today.

Im not sure what Im riding Sunday morn. If it get below freezing Saturday nite maybe the woods will be rideable for a few hours early. But I might want to sleep in… Will see….. That’s about it for today. Get outside this weekend!