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Old 09-07-2011, 06:05 AM   #208
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Wow, cant believe its been over 6 months since the last update... and over 14 months since the stack....

was gonna say ' not much has happened'... but i guess a bit probably has... lets see..


so 6 months ago i'd just dragged the old CB-250 out of the garden and tidied her up a bit.. inc a new headlight...

she's more more affectionately known as "2-Fiddy"

you might remember her from way back at ther start,,,thats her in the background...






i got her going again and after a month or so of some little rides around town, i decided it was time to take her out of town for a short trip, just to see how i felt about it all...


so i packed, (and found the old road helmet with the worn lining that leaves me with a lobotomy scar)..




and headed off for an overnighter down towards Mount Gambier... 400 odd kms there, and, oddly enough, about the same back.......

first stop was up the top of the Adelaide Hills, its a fair old climb and i figured i should pull over and give the bike a bit of a check since its been a few years since she's done 90 km/hr non stop for 30 or so kms......




all good

out about 100kms of freeway to Tailem Bend... and fill er up... thought the 800 got good milage...




then down to the river for a cold drink...




onto the ferry and over the river....




past some dairy cows...




to another ferry...




a bit of a wait for this one..





but finally on and over the Murray River again..



then out onto the highway again and down into the Coorong...

The leg was going ok, but i guess it just really had to sit there, not doing too much on a highway... i'd get the odd cramp, hence a few stops along the way...

maybe an hour on i was feeling a bit bored with highways, and getting a little confident (yeah i can 'sit' real good!) so went for a little detour..



wasnt far, but a little bit of standin on the pegs seemed like a fair thing to try... all seemed ok, nice n slow but i was happy with that...

a bit more highway, and another leg stretch at Salt Creek...




and then another 1 or 2 hunder kms of bitumen....

the ride was good, fair bit of cramping, and a sore back by the end of it...

oh and i learnt that:

- heated grips are good,
- the 800 chews up hills much better than the 250,
- the 800's stock seat aint that bad,
- pig trucks smell just as bad on a 250 or an 800

i slept real good that night

the next day i woke up crook as, and knew i wasnt upto the 400km ride back today... a few days later i was good to go.. so headed off, got to Robe, had a coffee and decided to try out one of my regular detours...





the road tyres sure were interesting over 20kms of beach... oh and also on the sandy exit at the end....






but got thru the sand ok..





a bit of a wait to see 'what the hell that is' coming down the highway......





and then i was.....



.stooped for a break and a leg stretch at Kingston..




then an uneventfull ride 300km back to Adelaide...


so the ride went ok... the bike shitted me a bit, cramped and underpower...but i guess that is to be expected...other than that she coes well... although a new front tyre was in order...especially if i'm gonna take her to the beach again

Physio continued on, dropping from twice to once a week, lots of electro therapy and untrasonic stuff...

April came aroung, and it was time to finish movin house...

I had pretty much moved the week before going on 'that' grampians ride 14 months ago... when, 4 months later i finally got home, i pretty much just had a campin chair and a matress on the floor....
6 months or so of that and it was time to start 'gettin my shit together'...

figured a quick run down to my 'new' house to tidy up a bit was in order before moving properly down...

front tyre got changed from this...




to this.....



and then it was off on the 400km ride down towards Mount Gambier again...


since its a fairly boring ride, and you've seen enough Coorong pics by now, i wont bore you with any...

I got the house a bit more sorted... well it didnt take much to get 'more' sorted since it had been 8 or so months since i just moved all my stuff, boxes etc in here and buggered off...

anyway, while i was down here and the weather was good, a little sightseeing was in order...


off to the beach...






up to the Coonawarra wine region....



harvest was late this year so there were still grapes on the vines..





thru some pine forests (i like pine forests )




and back to the beach again....





the back road tyre didnt make getting up dunes easy... although, even with a knobby, i suspect i would only stall, rather than get any further...




i came to the quick realisation that not only was my leg piss-weak, but my cardio was shot too





(how cool is this... )




fwaaar, this is taking a while... (ha, and i said at the start of this update...not much has been happening....)

hang on a second while i go get a fresh beer...


ha, how quick was that!... bet you didnt even notice i was gone...!

alright, enough dribble, on with the show...


then it was that dull old bitumen ride back to Adelaide again... no pics...you've seen em all before..

then it was chuck my matress and last few things in the back of the car and ...move... finally i had everything in one place and after nearly a year i could start to build a 'home' again

(oh, when i say 'everything'...i mean...except...2-fiddy...she was left in Adelaide...)

i found a new Pysio, and after a visit to her, she wanted me back 3 days a week in the gym with another physio.....for 3 months!

the paperwork got sent off for approval, then returned, then sent, then returned, then resent...took forever to get the ok to start..

in the meantime, i scored a ride to Adelaide to pick up 2-fiddy...

since the back tyre was fairly useless down here, i got her changed to this...



(got some 'odd' looks when i rocked in to a bike shop and asked for "a 16 inch knobby for the back of my cb-250 please".... )

so back out that bloody highway again..... into some drizzle so a stop to put on the rubber pants...




and on down thru the Coorong...again..

boredom got the better of me... so a trip out to the coast sounded like a plan...and a good way to warm up a bit... and a chance to test the new rear tyre...



made it to the ocean..




the guy with the fishing rods had to do a double take when he saw what i was ridin....

then back out to the highway..



after a bit of paddling




and then on to 'home'.....


so a few weeks later and i was coming up to the 12 month mark... a pretty non eventful day..

i woke up the next morning and switched on by phone...

8 missed calls!

mostly from Phil (Philmeup), all hang-ups, and a couple from Paul... wtf?

so i gave Phil a call... he sounded sleepy...

he wasnt actually sleepy, he was half druged up... and in hospital....

turns out, last nigh, a year to the day, he was ridding home from his uncles place in eastern melbourne on a busy road, thru some traffic lights, and a car comin the other way turned in front of him....

broken scapula (shoulder blade) 2 or 3 vertabrae and an ankle........

a few days late i drove over to see him in hospital... he was gonna be ok, 2 screws in the bottom of his fractured tibia, and in a back and neck brace for 3 months....

the bike was a write-off....



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i stayed in Melbourne for a few days, the second day i was just looking for a park near the hospital when i get a phonecall from Phil..

'hey where are you?" he asks me,..

'just got a park on bridge rd outside the hospital' i reply..

'cool' he says... and ' can you come down towards church st?'

'sure, why?' i ask..

turns out he has pinched a wheelchair, and in a back brace, a neck brace, a rocker boot and a sling was got himself out of the hospital and nearly a kilometer down the street to get some fags... and the discovered it was fairly easy....because it was all downhill...! and now couldnt get back up

i wheel him back into the hospital where the nurse in charge of him gives him a bit of a mouthfull for disapearing

anyway, i'll leave Phil upto Phil... except to say that he is still in the bace, is able to hobble aroud a bit now and i think see's the surgeon again in about 4 weeks any is fairly confident he will get out of the brace then (12 weeks)...

we have all decided 29th of June is 'dont ride a bike day'


so now, neither of these bikes exist anymore....



sigh... so what else has happened...? hmmm

yeah not much...

i have finally (about 5 weeks ago) started going to Physio in a gym 3 days a week... that goes for 3 months...... with the aim of building up the strength in the leg... and also get some cardio fitness back... its a fairly painfull process...more muscluar pain though i think, although they have sent me off to get some x-rays next week with the aim of getting me refered back to the orthopaedic surgeons to see it a couple of screws need to come out to releive some preasure... oh and i get some 'gold plated' orthotics (shoe inserts) next week from a podiatrist to help straighted a pronated (colapsed/rolled in) ankle.. so yeah, with 3 150km round trips a week to se a physio, trips to see podiatrists,GP's and get x-rays.... there is not much time for anything else... starting to get a bit over it to be honest... but hey, its better than it could be, and its getting better....


and hey...... i have started making a few phone calls to a few bike dealers in a few different places....but dont tell 2-Fiddy.......







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