Saturday, September 29, 2012


Saturday, Sep 29

I will be driving up to Nova Scotia to get my bike.  Ugh.  Oh well, it has to be done.  To make it at least a teeny bit more interesting, I plan on stopping at the LL Bean store in Maine, and hope to see some leaf colors somewhere along the way.  No time for anything else.  Just gotta git 'er done.  :-(

The ribs has pretty much stopped hurting.  My collarbone still hurts and I still can't lift, push, or pull with my left arm.  As soon as the doc says it looks like it's healed pretty good - as in the bone pieces reconnected - I'll start working it to get back in shape.  Wait...  I shouldn't say "get back in shape" because I never was in any "shape" anyway.  I mean that I want to get back to normal use and not have to think about it anymore.

That's it for now.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

DRZ finally delivered!

Friday, Sep 14

Finally my bike has arrived in Nova Scotia!!  Holy cow, what a cluster that was.  Now I have to figure out how to get it home.  I got an estimate from only one company of just under $1000.  That would be about the cost of fuel for me to go get it myself.  However, the company listed no trucks and no drivers (how are you going to transport a shipment with no trucks and no drivers?!?), and only had one review that read like they posted it themselves.  I'm just not comfortable with hiring someone like that.  

The other option is a bucket brigade with friends.  The only problem with that is timing.  Winter is coming on and I'm concerned about not getting it back before snow and ice covers everything and makes it impossible to move.  

I don't know what I'll do.  Nothing for the next couple of weeks anyway.  But I need to get things rolling.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Post home update.

Tues, Sep 11

Yesterday was not a good day.  I felt like crap, achy, and stuff just kept going wrong.  There's something wrong with the left front wheel of my truck.  I thought it was a tire getting ready to blow (front end shaking, tire hotter than a $2 pistol), slowed down and nursed it home.  Mobile mechanic says it's not the tire, it's probably the wheel bearings.  Holy crap, the whole wheel hub/bearing/rotor assembly is new!!!  Had it replaced under warranty several times now.  Geesus. Now I have to take it back to regular mechanic tomorrow to see if he can find out what's wrong with it.

Had my local doc appt today.  There's quite a gap in the bones and he doesn't see signs of healing.  However, that's not unusual and he says to give it more time and see how it's doing in 3 more weeks.  He was kind of on the fence about if he would have plated it or not when it was still fresh.  He's inclined to let them heal naturally vs surgery.  So we'll wait and see how it goes.  In the meantime, I can't go play.  That really sucks.  

Still haven't heard a word on my bike.  Tracking number still doesn't work which means it hasn't been shipped yet.  I'll give it until the end of the week and I'll email them again for a status update.

Friends are working out a sort of bucket brigade to get it down to me.  I have the best friends in the world!!  I hope it can all happen soon.  The weather is going to turn soon and it needs to move before then.  

I'm taking the rest of the week off work to get my head together.  I just can't face it now.  I need to settle back in to home for a bit.  

I'll try to work on a wrap up and then put this blog to bed.  I need to move forward.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

On the road again.

Thurs, Sept 6.

I'm leaving now heading for home.  Sans bike.  I can't express how upset I am about this whole situation.  And if one person says "well, it's all part of the adventure", I'm going to kick their fucking ass into oblivion.  

Evening update:

I'm in a hotel on the outskirts of Boston.  Made good progress today.  Hope to get a long day of driving in tomorrow.

OMG, do I hurt!!  I can't get comfy driving.  I have to move the seatbelt off my shoulder.  No matter where it hits, it hits something broken.  Then the muscles in my back on my good side are screaming trying to take up the slack for the other side.  Feels like a hot knife in my back.  I try to stretch it out but I can only move so far.  I have a tennis ball that I put between the knife spot and the seat and try to release the knot but no go.  Owie, owie, owie.  

Time for bed.  I'm tired.  Nighty night.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labour Day in Canada

Monday, Sept 3.

Today is Labour Day.  Or perhaps a better name would be "No Labour" Day?  Nobody is working today, including the shipping company that has my bike.  The only good thing about not having my bike yet is that I have more time to recuperate before I start the drive home.  I can't drive long periods of time like normal.  It's probably going to take me a bit longer to get back than normal.  

The strong pain meds are gone.  All I have now are the OTC ones.  Aleve.  It doesn't work nearly as well.  My broken bones ache and the muscles that are having to work overtime are screaming too.  It wakes me up in the middle of the night and it's hard to get comfortable enough to fall back asleep.

On the good side, my hosts are absolutely THE BEST. I have a comfy bunkhouse all to myself and they're watching over me.  We go for walks and hang out.  I've been watching movies I haven't seen before.  They have an awesome dog to play with (Clayton) and their cat Bunny has adopted me.  She stays with me practically all the time.  

It's absolutely gorgeous up here.  Of course I haven't seen it in the winter snow.  But this is the kind of place I dream of for when I retire.  

Oh!  One of the things I've wanted to do FOREVER is to see the Bay of Fundy.  I was able to do that.  It's not far from here.  One day we went down and watched the tide drop.  It's not the big wall of water that most places make it out to be.  But it does rise and fall fast.  And the currents look treacherous.  I'm glad I got the chance to see it.  It's pretty darn cool.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the bike will show up tomorrow although I serious doubt it.  That would be too optimistic.  But I think I'll load all the stuff I'm not using up into the truck just in case.  That'll be that much less to do later.