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  • Birthday 05/18/1963

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  1. That was one of the primary reasons for getting the sidecar, so the my doggie could come along on rides. Once the bike starts up now, there's no leaving her home. Just a routine jaunt to the grocery or pharmacy and she jumps in. On these trips she waits patiently in the sidecar while I'm in the store, and when I return, there's always a small group of people surrounding the dog and sidecar taking pictures. Happens lots on the road too. She's loving the attention. This project has also introduced me to fellow stroke survivors who were also avid riders. Keeping in touch with two individuals right now that saw the sidecar and got the itch again. I'm thinking about pinstriping a lightning bolt on it.
  2. Got the sidecar back from the paint shop the week after Thanksgiving and been riding every day since. First a couple miles just tooling about town, but now up to thirty or so miles per stint. I now call this sidecar therapy as steering a sidecar is a constant readjustment of the handle bars to compensate for the quirky road handling of a sidecar rig. Therapy I'm willing to deal with! Boy are my arms and shoulders fatigued after a little ride. Can't wait til my stamina improves and I can ride all day again, my new goal. At least I'm back on the bike.
  3. Benni: what Scott said is right on. QUACK ! Just keep paddling along and you'll get there eventually.
  4. Okay, I'm officially a Sunday driver, every day of the week. Since I'm no longer in a hurry to do anything except recover, my general lack of urgency has influenced my driving. Sedate acceleration and cruising are my driving habits now. If traffic starts to form up behind me, I get out of the way and let cars rush on by. Even on the motorcycle, I now prefer country roads to high speed freeways. I still wear the leather jacket and sport the "biker" look, though.
  5. I thought the drop foot was a thing of the past, but no, it still crops up or down as it were. All is well, and Murphy only says hi once in a while but does make an appearance when things are going really well. The planter is OK too, no innocent flowers were hurt during this episode just a few scattered rocks on the sidewalk. I pushed them back in before I left the scene so the homeowner wouldn't notice anything was amiss.
  6. and I had a hard fall. Just a quick reminder to always be careful. My walks are usually done in the well controlled environment of the park, where there are miles of smooth sidewalks and soft grassy paths. Well today was exceptionally nice, so decided to take the doggie for an extra walk around the neighborhood. Maybe because I know the area so well, I wasn't paying attention to my surroundings, and wham, the sidewalk bites me. It was a simple raised crack in the sidewalk, maybe an inch and a half, but it was enough to grab my right foot and cause a stumble. Given enough room to stumble run it out, I could have saved myself the tumble. But I stumbled into a planter, and ran out of room when a small palm tree blocked any forward progress. I'm going down...normally falling into a planter is good news, but this one was lined with lava rock. Fell in right knee and elbow first, not pretty and potentially bloody. When the dust cleared, a fellow pedestrian helped me up and we assessed the damage. Big swelling around the knee, but only typical scrapes like I routinely sported on my knee area when I was ten. The swelling didn't equate to any serious pain, so I headed home with my tail tucked between my legs. The scabs will remind me to be vigilant when walking. Maybe I should my take my walking stick for just such mishaps, definitely would have helped.
  7. Thanks everyone, looks like all my daily twisting stretches is finally paying off.
  8. Driving is now pretty much routine. However when looking at a cross street I'm turning on to, I would have to pivot in the car seat to look over my shoulder when the angle was more than 90 degrees. Yesterday I was leaving my neighborhood and came across such an intersection where I had to look over my left shoulder, and voila, no scooching around in my seat. Just for good measure, I looked I took another peak over my shoulder. Usually, a major strain. But now, smooth as butter. Tried looking over the right shoulder and that works now too. Yippee!
  9. Doggie got used to riding in the sidecar last Wednesday morning. She only tried to jump out when we stopped at an intersection during her first ride. When she figured that the sidecar takes her to the dog park, she was all in. Just when she was getting really comfortable in it, I took it off to get it painted. Now she runs up to the bike and wonders, "Where do I sit?" Hope it gets done soon.
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  11. Thanks Lin, was able to upload directly from phone as a guest but when I tried to do it in a member gallery that option disappeared. What am I missing here...
  12. Goggles, check. Already figuring new ways to fold my leg over the seat. As an aside, when I had the stroke and quit riding, gas here was about $4.50/gal. Pleasantly surprised to fill up the bike for a total of $10.75. Yahoo!
  13. So I got the sidecar so I don't have to take my weak foot off the floorboard. Finally back on the hog. Sidecar needed a brake installed so bike went in to the shop. Finally got it back last week, time to take the doggie for a ride. She loved it and now whenever I start up the bike, she barks and gets all wound up. Someone please give me instructions on the easiest way to post photos from my phone. There used to be such an option on here, but I can't access it. Challenge now is getting on the bike. Since I can no longer straddle the bike from the right side (sidecar is in the way), I have to get on from the left and swing my weak right leg over the seat. Not as easy as it sounds when you can only lift the leg two feet with great effort. Have to lift leg with my hand over the seat and basically collapse onto the seat. Not a graceful process, but gets the job done. Was easier to train the dog to jump in the sidecar and ride along. Spent the weekend tooling around town and posing for pictures. Apparently everyone loves a dog in a sidecar.
  14. Make sure it has a mini USB plug so I can charge my phone. XL please for my big brain, or is that just swelling?
  15. Stick with the exercises Benni, my leg and foot were the last things to wake up and stairs were a particular problem. Still working on the leg and foot but can lead up the stairs with the weak leg. Gotta remember, legs are heavy!