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Leaving on the 16th for a ride from British Columbia to Ontario

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by oldgrizz, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    We had a major lightning storm last night .
    I tried to capture some of it with my phone but the camera didn't do it justice.
    It was sheet lightning and there was a flash every 10 to 15 seconds.
    I wound up sitting outside for an hour from 3 to 4 am watching mother nature's light show.

    However a bit of a wrench has been tossed in my ride.
    I was going to leave Saturday.
    However, 4 days ago I managed to smack the side of my left shin.
    I thought no big deal. Said ouch and got on with it.
    Then as the days passed I watched my leg and then my foot swell to where I could not get my boot on
    Then the red started working up my leg..
    My cousin said. Enough already you are going to emergency.
    Well, after having some blood work and a ultrasound I get told it is infected.
    So I got an I.V. and get told to come back on Sunday for another round.
    Then back again the next day for an assessment.
    So my exploring Ontario has been put on hold for a bit.
    It will pass and I will get back on the road soon.
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  2. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    That would be great but you don't owe me anything.
    I really enjoyed your ride report
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  3. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Ouch. Too bad about your leg. Heal quickly, stay well, and thank..........everyone that we have a decent, non-bankrupting health care system.
    At least you are with family so it's not a total disaster.

    Take care of yourself

    Nick
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  4. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    The saga continues.
    Back to the doc today and they practiced pin the tail on the biker once more.
    Then they told me I have to come back again tomorrow for another round.
    They wanted to leave all the plumbing attached to my arm and just wrap it up.
    I told them, no way, remove it and besides you had so much fun sticking this stuff in today I will give you more practice tomorrow.

    The weather is pretty hot and there is a bit of humidity as well so the 26 deg C feels like 32 so it is darn nice to be at a lake.
    A few pictures.
    One is if the sunrise at about 3 am this morning.
    The other is of the set of chompers from a fish caught in this lake.
    Then they wonder why I don't really want to go swimming!!!!

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  5. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    No good news.
    Now I have to go in twice a day for I.V. meds.
    Being grounded sucks.
    I really want to get back on the road but I can't until this
    Being over 3000 km away from home and and laid up sure ruins a trip. 20200728_000140.jpg 20200728_000240.jpg
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  6. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Geez Grizz...
    You said this /\ /\ /\ a few days ago then show us those pics?

    Did something puncture the skin to cause this (infection or whatever you got happening) ?

    Or was it just the smack and bruise?
    I’m always doing that (smacking a shin or ankle or forearm) and never imagined anything like this happening.
    Really feel for ya but if your still on your cousins boat you kinda-sorta lucked out a bit eh.
    Good luck getting on the road again.
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  7. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I really don't know what caused it and neither do the docs here.
    I did whack my shin a good one but NEVER broke the skin.
    I am now at the max dose of the bug killing meds and it is 2 hours a day hooked to an I.V. like a dog on a leash.
    However it has lengthened my visit with my cousin and the doc said a dram or 2 of alcohol won't hurt, and my cousin likes really good Scotch so all is not lost.
    I get to see the doc again in 2 days so maybe then I will get the ok to hit the road.
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  8. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    Just a quick update.
    Getting more meds for another 4 days.
    Damn
    So no riding for a while.
    Get to play pin cushion for a while yet but it is getting better..
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  9. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    At least it sounds as though you are on the mend. Think of this trip as a fishing vacation in Ontario, not a ride. You can always take the long way home once you're properly fit. Stay positive, stay well.

    Nick
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  10. Gone_Ridin

    Gone_Ridin Been here awhile Supporter

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    Was thru Sioux yesterday on my 1090 heading south, head been at the quarry on 642. Think I saw your bike at the old Ojibway baits store. Best of luck for a sped up recovery
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  11. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    The pics should be a lesson to all....don't skip leg day at the gym. You never know when they are gonna be on the interwebz.

    Seriously though, heal well. It is a bummer but listen to the Docs and relax, you're on vacation.
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  12. Bushav8r

    Bushav8r Been here awhile

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    Did they amputate your leg?
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  13. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Well does seem like something may have gone wrong? Hoping for good news. Petepilot
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  14. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I am finally back home.
    My leg is healing and I hope to do some posts about the trip home very soon.
    I had to see my doctor and get another xray and another ultrasound.
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  15. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I finally got the go ahead from the doctor to head home.
    She asked me to wear a compression stocking to keep the swelling down and head straight home and then see my doctor.
    So Day 1 was from Sioux Lookout to Neepawa Manitoba a distance of 645 km.
    The day started out with blue skies and a clear road.
    As I headed further West the skies got darker and the wind blew harder.
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  16. oldgrizz

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    As I approached Winnipeg the storm really picked up.
    I had a lightning strike about 25 yards off to the right of me and it scared the heck out of me as I could feel a tingling sensation for a minute or so before the strike. The flash and bang was something I had not experienced that bright or loud before and I don't care if I never experience it again.
    The wind was blowing hard enough that pickups pulling travel trailers had pulled off to the side of the highway.
    I had one gust of wind that I hit head on that actually lifted the front wheel off the road, I thought it was going to rip my windshield extension off the bike.
    However, I felt something hit my leg and when I looked in the mirror I saw something spiral up in the air behind me.
    When I looked down, a piece of my fairing was missing !!!
    At first I thought it had ripped it out of the rubber mounts, but it had actually broken it all around the mounts.
    It is the piece that is adjustable for how much engine heat you feel on your legs. 20200813_142301.jpg 20200813_142309.jpg 20200813_142331.jpg 20200813_142344.jpg
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  17. oldgrizz

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    I fought the wind and the rain all day.
    At one point I noticed the trees ahead of me and to the left all being bent over at a fairly steep angle.
    As there was no one in the left lane beside me I moved over to the center of that lane.
    When that wind gust hit me it moved me over to beside the fog line in the right lane and I darn near dragged the foot peg
    just trying to stay on the road.
    It was an exhausting ride for this old fart.
    I was sure glad to see Neepawa.
    I found a nice clean inexpensive hotel and called it a day.

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  18. oldgrizz

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    Day 2 of the trip home.
    Neepawa to Saskatoon distance 600 km.
    This proved to be an instant replay of day 1.
    When I started out the skies were grey and mean looking.
    As I headed West they got darker and once again the winds got stronger.
    I was really getting tired of fighting the wind as at times I was at a pretty good lean angle just going straight down the road.
    The worst was when the wind tried to rip the helmet off my head !!!
    The rain came in squalls, sometimes in a downpour and sometime just a sprinkle.
    Oh well that is what comes with cross country motorcycle travel.
    Then again, I hit a hard head wind the same time I met a semi and again I felt something hit my leg.
    YEP...looked down and the fairing piece on the other side had gone A.W.O.L.
    Ripped right through the fasteners !!!
    Now I had left a piece of my bike in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

    When I arrived in Saskatoon I used the GPS App Waze to find my sisters place.
    It was a good thing I had it as I would have had difficulty finding it without it.
    The attached picture is the view from the balcony at her place.
    I had a great visit with her and her husband as well as 2 of my nieces.
    They were concerned about the condition of my leg infection but I told them it looked a lot better than it did.
    The medication and the compression stocking seemed to be doing the job.

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  19. oldgrizz

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    Day 3 of the trip home.
    Saskatoon Sask to Vegreville Alberta Distrance 420 km.
    Today was a short day of riding.
    I stopped at the Vegreville Garden Inn.
    I highly recommend this hotel for anyone traveling in that area.
    I stayed there on my way East and was happy to get a room there on my way home.
    It is reasonably priced, clean, and the staff are friendly.
    The restaurant is closed due to Covid but there is a pizza place at the facility.
    I had a house special and it was one of the very best pizzas I have ever had.
    Also the lady that normally does the cooking was now making lunches for the construction crew members that were staying there.
    We had several conversations and she even gave me a bag of cookies that were fresh made that day!!!
    I have attached her picture, a very nice lady.

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  20. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Glad to hear you're home safely Ray - even t the expense of a few bike bits. Those are long mileage days for a sick guy. Bravo.
    Get well, stay well, enjoy life.

    Best wishes

    Nick
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