Friday, June 10, 2011
Did I mention my left knee? After the first 15k I knew that something was not right on the left, so I backed down to 10k between ice packs and time on the couch. However, on or about the 47 km mark, I don't believe I actually heard the three popping sounds, but I sure felt them. After waking from a two-hour sleep, Maciek read me the riot act regarding stopping cycling. However, being the pig-headed Christie that I am, I put on the bee suit and the shoes and told him we were trying 10k or less. The good news was that I did about 13k mostly pain free with little or no physical impairment to cycling. I then finished the day by peddling into the beautiful town of Deep River, Ontario, where we are now. As for tomorrow, the first thing I am doing is heading to the hospital to get some advice on what the heck happened and what I can do about it. What I didn't mention yesterday and also need to mention today is that anyone who hasn't traveled the road called highway 17 east of North Bay, needs to. This is without a doubt some of the most beautiful country with foothills, watersheds, and nature all around you. The hills east of North Bay are also without a doubt the steepest and longest that I have had to climb (my left knee as proof), however, despite a day that was hard on me and equally hard on Maciek, I wouldn't miss the scenery for the world, and am quite cognizant that it has been a privilege to have been so lucky to have been able to pain my way up and down every foothill that I met. One other thing I should mention - never in my life have I seen black flies that are so relentless as they are here. I swear that if they all got together, they could have picked me up, bike and all, and lifted me over some of those hills.
Posted by Cycle For Lyme at 10:45 AM