April 26, 2016
After my accident, I learned I couldn’t ride my bike and I knew that would be the hardest part of my recovery.
Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I was cleared to ride! I walked home grinning and rode to work the next day, smiling as big as I can smile, feeling the wind on my face as I flew down the road. I took extra care to go gently over bumps, standing up a bit to soften any blows, and my back wasn’t bothered at all by the ride.
It was like being born again! After work I rode with friends to Draught Works to soak up the sunshine. Then, hooray, we rode home. I felt I could go anywhere and it took no time at all compared to walking and waiting for the bus. Plus, since the weather was nice, it seemed like everyone was out on their bikes celebrating with me.
My Missoula friends say that the month of April is never this lovely; it’s usually cold and wet. But we’ve had so many blue sky days in a row that all I want to do is ride and I’m thrilled that I’m now healthy and able.
The doctor told me to take it easy until early May, so I’m just riding around town. No long club rides, no long pastry-obtaining rides, and no bike overnights. Darn.
On the other hand, it’s only a week or two until I can get back to normal riding! And I better, because I’ll be training for Adventure Cycling’s Crater Lake Inn to Inn Tour. Hope to see you out on the road!
Photos by Emma Wimmer.