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    My sister is here from Zimbabwe, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Some young leadership thing hosted/ sponsored by the Presidents Obama and Nelson Mandela something something something. Look at the map. It's almost straight up from Dallas. Eh, why not. Took off, hung out with her the day before the whole thing started. Next day took off for Mt Rushmore (i'm "in the area, right?") Endured hours and hours of rain. I stopped somewhere when the side winds got too powerful. Somewhere in S Dakota I stopped again and bought some cheap waterproof boots at Walmart.

    South Dakota is fucking gorgeous. The country side is prairie or forest. Rolling hills dotted with lakes and streams. Thick dense forest. And the roads, those curvy badlands roads are a joy to ride.

    Anyway Mt Rushmore was very touristy. I found the Crazy Horse memorial to be more spiritual, more authentic. Sturgis is ghost town when it's not a weekend or bike week. I was not whelmed.

    Hustled home and banged my right foot/ big toe against something in Oklahoma. For a second few minutes I thought I had broken it. A car had changed lanes in front of me, and I broke one of my cardinal rules by not immediately braking to maintain a good gap. It straddled something in the road, I saw it last second, swerved to avoid it, but caught my foot on it. Holy hell. Instant pain.
    I stopped at the first gas station, minutes before they closed, bought some ice, asked for atrashbag, and iced that puppy for a good hour. I had my meds with me so I took a painkiller and anti inflammatory as well. I needed to get home so I mounted up and got home at about 3am. Iced it again.

    I could put weight on it the next morning, though it was still swollen. It's better again today, but still swollen but less so than yesterday.

    Bike has 11XXX miles on it. I'm sending in my third payment for it tomorrow. Have bike, will travel.

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    Edit; bagged five more destinations in my "around the world in the USA" tour as you can see one in the picture; Gothenburg, Malmo, Wellington, Geneva and Prague. Perth and Rome, sadly, are unincorporated communities that don't have a sign announcing you've arrived, otherwise It would have been seven. I nearly went up to North Dakota to bag Rugby, Munich and Hague.
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    You’re a machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neanderthal
    i'm "in the area, right?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rare White Ape View Post
    You’re a machine.
    It's been such a relief to not have doctors visits, psychiatrist, and physical therapy and specialists and so on. I endured 3 months of that. I couldn't be gone from home for more than a day. Do you know how much Netflix, HBO, YouTube I watched? YouTube doesn't even know what to recommend next for me.

    This last month has been glorious! I've been over compensating, just a little. A local Honda dealer here sells a 3 year pre- paid maintenance contract for ~$1900. The 16000 mile service that includes valve adjustments (6 hour book time) is $1200 by itself, so that was a no brainer. It was serviced 2 days before my last trip. I think it will need another service by middle of next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
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    I'm a self enabler.

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    So. The injections to fix the torn cartilage happened, almost two months ago now. Steroids, magic and sorcery is what was in them. But there was still something amiss, there was residual back pain.

    Facet injections in the area were ordered, approved and done. And they did the trick. This one was steroids, my mums prayers, and probably voodoo. Either way i have been able to get up with no back pain since I had the injections. Had the followup with the doc and hes happy with my progress. I'm to resume normal activity to build up my endurance/ stamina so I can go back to work.

    i've only been allowed to stretch/ yoga, or walk laps in the pool. No exercise at all until this last visit with the doc. I was cheating a little bit by swimming, with a very feeble kick; even a moderate kick would inflame my back. Glad to say that's mostly in the past now. I have been swimming and kicking a little harder than before with no ill effects. Even swam 80 laps the other day.

    I had been forbidden from riding my bike so i've been using my car the last couple of months. Not a big deal but it needs a new transmission. $2700 for a rebuilt 722.4 from Sun Valley transmissions, and add about $1000 for labor. The car (1995 Mercedes E320) is worth maybe $1500.

    But since I have the almost all clear i'm going to get on my bike and head to LA at 2am. I managed to score racks, panniers and a set of tires for $400 in Tucson so i'll pick those up and install them on the way.

    If errthang works out then i may take a scenic ride up Pacific Coast Highway, maybe all the way to Canadastan. I got friends in the Bay area, Portland, and Seattle. Coming back i'll probably stay up north going east, the only western state I haven't been to/ in (in the last year, or ever) is North Dakota. Hopefully I can add a few cities to my "around the world in the USA" tour. Bike will likely be slightly overdue for the mega dollar service when I get back, but, its already prepaid.

    Can't wait to get back to work and stop being so broke. It'll be good going from hella broke to just plain old broke.

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    I love how determined you are to just ride all over the place

    Do you share ride stories and pics etc on Facebook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rare White Ape View Post
    I love how determined you are to just ride all over the place

    Do you share ride stories and pics etc on Facebook?
    Thanks mate. I love travelling and i've done enough going around the world for now, i need to satisfy the "well, what's in your backyard?" itch, while i'm single, young, able. I'll be the broke old man with a toothless shit eating grin just remembering the places i've been, things i've seen, things i've done. And yelling at clouds. Going to these "world cities" is a lot cheaper and quicker than going to the real ones, even though i've been to a significant number of the real ones. It's nice to think i've been to the Prada store/ exhibit in Marfa.

    I just remembered that last time I didn't go to Four Corners. i'll have to try this time.

    Facebook kicked me off since I refused to give them my real name, date of birth, upload my picture ID, phone number, mothers social security number, library card, Kroger Saver Plus card, a DNA sample, an affidavit from a geneologist, my notarised high school yearbook, and a tuft of hair from my maternal great grandmother.

    OK, so maybe it was just the first four items, but it sure felt like they wanted everything I listed.

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    Four corners is not worth a trip. At all.

    Btdt.

    We made a trip to the GC, and swing by from the north to the South rim.

    I felt jipped even being that close to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godson View Post
    Four corners is not worth a trip. At all.

    Btdt.

    We made a trip to the GC, and swing by from the north to the South rim.

    I felt jipped even being that close to it.
    That's what i've heard as well. But it's a thing I want to check off. I'm thinking Bears Ears in sorta that region, is the far better tourist destination.

    I'm not sure that i'm gonna go up north now. San Francisco is leaving Wednesday for vacation, Portland is leaving Thursday, for vacation. And i'm tired.

    Good thing; no back issues.
    Bad thing; my foot hurts. But eh, Dallas is 1500 miles from here. Cant really complain, can i?

    Anyway, the dude I bought the panniers from, he thought they were cheap Brooks panniers. Turns out the rack is a Brooks rack, but the panniers are AltRider. Score!

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