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Getting ready to ride the Rockies

April 26, 2012

Rode 27 miles last night and averaged 14.2 mph. Not bad considering that included two climbs up out of the valley: once up Berkshire and once up Old Mill.  A lot of people have asked me if my PD is getting worse.  In short the answer is yes: for example last night my left foot kept twisting out of the pedal.  It is largely manageable but it just one of the ways I measure the disease progression.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I consider myself to be lucky.  I almost think I am lucky (but not quite) to have PD.  More about that later.

I stopped writing the blog last year because I became discouraged.  I’ll give a fast run down of what followed:

After Atigun pass I rode another 20 miles and made it to a rock quarry.  Along the way I met a guy about my age, maybe a little older, who told me how he rode from Ohio to Texas to raise money for an orphanage.  At one point I thought he was going to give me a donation, but instead he offered me a sandwich.  I demurred.

After the night at the quarry, I made it to Coldfoot.  I was so exhausted I could barely stand.  The last 20 miles or so were tough: I was just  so weak.  I went up to the registration desk.  Barb had told them I was coming and they let me stay the night for free.  It was so nice to sleep in a bed!  The next day I was still exhausted.  “No problem.”  said the manager.  That night was on the house too.  Normally they charge $200/night so I really appreciated it. 

To be continued…


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Congratulations on your ambitious plans for this summer.
    I am bicycling arcross the country again this year

  2. Anonymous permalink

    Congratulations on your endeavers this Summer for the DPF, riding the Rockies in CO.
    I started April 15 on Edisto Island, SC, pedaling to Newport, OR. I am now in Western GA, on the Silver Comet Trail (I’m a very slow bicyclist). In fact I am much slower than 2 years ago when I bicycled from Anacortes, WA, to Edisto Island, SC.
    I am still looking forward to meeting you in person.
    Good Luck,
    Steve Quam

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