Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Chuck B, it was difficult reading your post last night, not only because we hate to see a fellow rider in such a state, but because so much of it hit home. Like Tom, I had a total knee replacement but mine was Oct 2018. The recovery for me has been very difficult and I've not ridden much since and actually prior to the surgery. Even walking before it was extremely painful. As you note, constant pain wears you down. It drains you.
At some point I told my wife that it appeared I'd have to give up riding after over 50 years of it and she asked me "Then what will you do. It's been a huge part of your life since the 60s". She also advised me to give it time but unfortunately when we get into our 70s, time is not our friend.
I'm still trying though. Well you've had an exciting time racing and while you might have to give that up, hopefully you'll heal enough to enjoy the riding pastime in a less exciting, but still fulfilling way. The best to you.
And I'm flying into Phoenix on Saturday to soak up a bit of your sunshine. I'll probably rent a bike while staying with my Canadian friend who winters in Mesa. I used to leave my VStrom there during the winters so we could ride AZ, which we did. The Coronado Trail was a real thrill.
Show a man a road, and he'll want to travel down it-James Michener
Last edited by Navigator; 02-06-2020 at 02:30 PM.