Thanks for the update on your broken ankle ---- Thank goodness it now looks a deal better than that picture you posted on Prayerbiker. I'm glad to hear that the latest X-rays showed healing, and that you are likely to be spared more surgery --- one less thing to worry about! How are you coping with all this enforced spell at home? Hope you are managing to handle it OK and keeping yourself interested in things.
I was sorry to read that you have decided to give up motorcycle riding --- though I fully understand why, and would have made the same decision myself, given what happened to you. There comes that moment in every rider's life when such a decision has to be made, and I think that deep down, we all dread that moment coming, as we know that we won't ever again be returning to something which gave us such special pleasure. It's a big milestone on our life's journey, and leaves a big hole to fill. Not just the fact that we are no longer out there riding in the wind ----- there's also the readjustment to no longer being out with fellow riders & friends, in relationships cemented by shared experiences out on the highways over many years. Thinking back over the past five years of posts on Prayerbiker, some of the most regular contributors have had to say a reluctant "Goodbye" to riding, either because of injuries or health problems or perhaps old age & the problems that brings. All part of life, I suppose.
We'll miss your reports on bike rides & bike related events, but I hope that when your injury heals up a bit more, you'll start to get your life back, & start to enjoy the freedom of being able to get out and about again --- whether initially by car, or at a later stage --- off-road on an ATV! Keeping you in my prayers meantime, for ongoing healing and new direction in you life.
God Bless --- Doc.
Hi Doc ,
I'll still be riding in the wind , just not on a 2 wheel motorcycle . I'll be riding one of these ( powersports.honda.com/2016/fourtrax-foreman-rubicon-4x4.aspx ) . You can register and insure these ATV's in Wyoming and drive them on the roads ( just not on interstates ) . So I will still be riding around town , riding on ole dirt country roads , and riding in the mountain , but I just won't be doing it on a 2 wheel motorcycle . My wife and I will each have our own so we can go riding together , I think she'll have more fun too . She borrowed a friends ATV this year and went on a trail ride in the Bighorn Mountains with some fellow CMA riders and she had a lot of fun , it's all she talked about when she got back .
I'm going to stay well connected with the motorcycle community , and we're going to stay active in the Christian Motorcycle Association , and I still plan on sharing events and rides with others .
Dirt biking and ATVing is the fastest growing segment of the CMA right now , so we'll still have fun . Plus , there is actually more different places to ride an ATV here , than there is for motorcycles .
Ankle is still tender , but looking much better . But these crutches are aggravating my spine and joint condition . My spine and right shoulder are in constant pain now , so that's wearing on me .
I'm not dealing with being stuck home so good , it's pretty depressing . But I talk with family and friends on Facebook , my friends come and pick me up once and a while and take me out . ( I'm having a movie night with a friend tonight , while our wife's go to an art class ) .
I have some hobbies , but I can't do them right now . I have a Industrial Sewing Machine and I like to make different things out of Canvas , or heavy duty Cordura , but it requires my right foot to run the pedal and my right knee to use the foot lift , so that's out of the question for now . I like to cast my own bullets out of scrap lead , but I don't want to work around hot molten lead and loose my balance , so that's going to have to wait as well . No hunting this year either .
Oh yeah , and my wife and I gave up Television over a year and a half ago , to much filth on TV these days .
Anyway , sorry for rambling on . How have you been ? Have you been up to anything exciting lately ?
Good Evening JT,
Brother, my heart goes out to you at this time of pain and enforced confinement to the house. You must be very frustrated by what happened, not to mention the consequences of what happened on 21st. August. I know from previous posts that you were so much looking forward to the riding season, what with your new trailer and everything, so for something like this to happen, must leave you feeling gutted.
There still looks to be a lot of swelling & bruising around your (R) ankle, so remember to try & keep the leg elevated to encourage drainage of oedema fluid from the soft tissues around the fracture site. Hopefully, you are getting good care and follow up for this injury, but I reckon you are going to have to be patient for a while yet to allow healing to take place.
If I lived a bit closer, I'd be in to see you, but since I don't, you're in my prayers at this time, and I hope that there's some brighter times ahead for you once this injury heals up.
Stay strong and God Bless --- Doc
Hi Doc ,
( That's picture was taken the day I broke my foot , on Aug 21st . It looks a lot better now )
When I first went to the orthopedic doctor on Aug 25th , 2015 he said my ankle is broken and it will need surgery in order to put screws in it , he said it was a bad injury . But then he ordered a CT scan and found out that the bone was also crushed and in little pieces , and there was nothing there for him to screw into . So he suggested letting it heal on it's own for a month and see what happens , but said he may have to go in and pack it with bone to get it to heal right later on .
I went back to the orthopedic doctor Oct 6th , 2015 and he took more X-rays , and he said it seems to be healing pretty good on it's own , and it doesn't look like any surgery will be needed . But I have to continue to wear this boot at least until my next doctors visit on November 9th , 2015 . Except now I'm allowed to take it off to sleep , so that's good
Thanks for the prayers . I've had a lot of people praying for me and I truly believe the Lord had a hand in my healing ..
I did however decide that it's time to give up riding . Because of the constant pain my spine and joints are in , it's getting harder and harder to try and hold my bike up when I'm stopped . So I think my wife and I are going to sell the bike and buy a pair of ATV's and try that for awhile . ATV's are street legal where we live and there are plenty of ole dirt country roads to ride on down here , as well as up on the mountain . We still plan on staying active in the CMA as well .
Thanks again .
Howdy on ya ,
Doc , sorry to hear you had a bad summer for riding . At least you have a nice fall , so that's a plus . Thanks for posting the pictures , very nice country out there .
My riding season started off good . But on Friday Aug 21st , 2015 We held our annual CMA Bighorn Mountains Roads & Trails Rally here in Wyoming . I was leading a group of adventure / dual sport riders across the Bighorn Mountains via an old Wagon Train Road when I stopped so they could take some pictures . When I stopped my foot slipped on loose gravel and I fell over and my 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere fell on top of me , crushing and breaking my ankle .
After the guys got the bike off of me , I finished leading the group 45+ miles back to camp , and I finished out the weekend on the mountain before trailering my bike back down off the mountain ( driving with my left foot ) and then finally going to the hospital on Sunday afternoon .
Since then I'm pretty much been stuck home because my wife needs her vehicle to go to work and my pickup truck is a manual transmission and I can't drive it with one foot
Anyway , here is a picture of my ankle when I crushed and broke it . It wasn't very pretty . LOL
Hope you have plenty of nice riding days left Doc .
Good morning folks ,
Sorry it's taken so long to reply . I'd like to say I've been to busy , but forgetful would be a better word . I read the post and then tell myself , I'll reply to that a little later , and then I forget
Glad to see your doing well and that everyone is riding . We've had a real wet spring here in Sheridan , WY and it's caused some flooding in town and out in the country . ( none at our home though , we live up on a hill )
Happy to say our Cross Road Riders ( Forming CMA chater ) is doing well . We've been more active in community service , rides and ministry . For example: June 13th we'll be at the local motorcross track helping to pick up trash and clean up the area . We've had a lot of different community service opportunities in our community and it's working out well .
Wish you all a Happy and Healthy summer . Blessings.
Greeting and Doxology ,
Sorry I haven't been on much lately .
My Wife and I have become more active in the CMA and our local church . Last weekend we drove down to Cheyenne , WY for the CMA "Seasons Of Refreshing" , it was a fun time .
Getting ready for this years camping and riding season , and can't wait to test out our new trailer .
How are things with you ? Have you been getting much riding in lately ? ( I was going to ride yesterday , but my neighbor invited me to go shooting so I went shooting )
Hope your doing well and in good health . Looks like you've been pretty active .
How have you been ?
And the rest of the Prayerbikers ,
How have you been and what have you been up to lately ?
Good afternoon JT,
Those are nice pictures! Not sure if I was seeing right, but was that an icy coating on the surface of the road, or is it just some melting slush?? Although your temperatures were inviting for a ride, I'm not so sure that those road surfaces would have given me the confidence to saddle up & head out on the bike!
I suppose though that desperate situations call for desperate action, and the enforced winter bike hibernation can cause a lot of frustration!! ---- Glad you got back home safe though
Over here, we've had sleet & hailstones this morning, & it's started to snow now. Right at this moment, being at home seems a good idea!
God Bless ---- Doc.
Good morning Doc ,
There were a few wet spots on the roads , but for the most part they were dry . No ice . I was parked at the edge of the driveway to my friends cabin and there was ice on the edge of the road , but none on the roads themselves . It was a very pleasant ride .
Looks like God has been providing you with plenty of moisture . I guess it's better than being in a drought like some places have .
I don't know about you , but I am really looking forward to spring this year .Our local CMA group is taking off and we'll be planning a lot of things to do together as a group , my wife and I have a new trailer to travel and camp in . And of course , Motorcycling
Hope you have a great 2015 year.
Howdy again Prayerbikers ,
Just wanted to let you folks know that The CMA - Bighorn Mountains - Roads and Trails Rally will be held from August 20 - 23 , 2015 on top of the Bighorn Mountains at Burgess Junction ( at the Bear Lodge Resort ) . All are welcome to attend . They have Road Courses for Road Bikes , Maintained dirt road courses and dirt trails for Dual Sport and Adventure Bikes , and dirt 2 track courses for dirt bikes , ATV's and UTV's .
Last year was our first Roads and Trails event on the Bighorns and it was awesome , we had 58 people show up for it and we all had tons of fun. Hope to see you there .
Good morning Doc , Ned , Al and the rest of you prayerbikers ,
Sorry I haven't been on much . My wife has been on vacation and has been on our computer a lot , and we've been busy spending time together as well , so I haven't had a lot of time on the computer .
Doc , your weather sounds a lot like ours .
Hope that all of you are doing well and are in good health . I don't know about you guys , but my soul needs a motorcycle ride , spring can't get here soon enough
Have a great week. May God Bless You All .
I saw it at the show, & went home and bought a copy on DVD as soon as it was available. I have a copy of the new On Any Sunday ordered now.
Cool . I've seen "Why We Ride", and I can't wait to see "On Any Sunday"-The Next Chapter . I seen the original 1971 On Any Sunday and loved that one.
Only trouble with watching those motorcycle movies is they make you want to go out and ride , but my street is full of ice Read More...
Good evening everyone, Prayerbikers and visitors. I hope everyone enjoys this Christmas season with their family and or friends. It's cold and snowy today in Denver, I am sure there is lots of weather everywhere else as well! it's another precious and beautiful day. God Bless you all
Good Evening JT & Prayerbikers,
Finally got back from camper-van trip to Northern Isles to visit family & deliver all the Christmas presents to grand-children etc. Pretty bleak weather up North at this time of year, & just managed to get across the Pentland Firth on last ferry before severe gales blew up & prevented travel to the Mainland for at least 48 hours. The forecasters are describing it as a "Weather bomb" hitting the North of Scotland, due to a severe Atlantic depression. Made for a pretty blustery journey South, with a lot of sleet & rain, as well as buffeting from the high winds. Still very windy this evening, & not much chance of riding for the next few days.
You asked, JT, for a few photos of the trip, so I'll try & attach them to this post. Hope everyone is doing OK as we push into winter.
God Bless ---- Doc.
Howdy Doc ,
Very nice pictures !! Looks like a great place to ride and explore , I bet it would be fun to take an adventure bike out there and ride .
So glad you made it home safe and sound and didn't get caught up in that nasty weather .
The weather here has been in the mid 50 degree F. range for most of the week . I even got to take my motorcycle out for a quick spin on Monday . I left the house and it was sunny and 36 degrees F. Monday . I only rode 12.4 miles , but it was the sweetest 12.4 miles that I've ridden in a while . My wife and I are really looking forward to spring and summer next year so we can try out our new trailer . It's going to make camping a lot easier on both of us .
Hope you have a great weekend.
Good Evening Ned & JT,
Just been admiring all those spotless bikes that you two guys own! They must keep the roads where you live super-clean! Every time I seem to ride these days, when I get back, the bike always looks like it just lost a challenge with a refuse truck!
The country roads over here are always damp, if not wet at the moment, & the farmers seem to regularly drag field muck out onto the roads with their tractor tires. On top of that, they like to drag these great trailers filled with cow dung & silage for miles to the next field, & usually they drip the stinking stuff all over the road. By the time you get home, the bike doesn't just look bad, it can smell bad too!!
Just another of the pleasures of riding, I suppose!
I'm heading North tomorrow in the camper van to visit my son & his family in the Northern Isles, so keeping my fingers crossed that there isn't snow or storms up there, as the two hour crossing on the ferry can be bad if there's much wind blowing. The internet service is a bit variable too, so if you don't hear from me for a week or so, you'll know what the problem is. Hope you all have a good week & speak to you all soon.
God Bless --- Doc.
Hi Doc ,
I don't spend much time cleaning my bike these days , most of the time I just hose it off with the garden hose . Not much point in washing it because every time I do I seem to take it down a dirty dusty country road the next day . I know what you mean about stuff being tracked into the road . There is horse and cow poop all over the dirt roads ( and a lot of paved ones to ) here in Wyoming and Montana . My bike isn't so clean right now , I haven't washed it since my last dirt road adventure .
I hope your trip up north goes well and the weather cooperates with you . Take some pictures along the way and share them with us .
Have a Blessed trip . Talk to ya soon.
Good morning folks ,
Sounds like some cold riding Ned . I used to ride in cold weather like that , but not any more , it aggravates my spine and joints . So I stay in where it's warm these days.
Doc , thanks for the pictures . Looks like a beautiful ride .
Cold here this morning , but not as cold as it has been . Got a little snow over night and could get some tomorrow and Wednesday . Maybe I'll go into the garage and sit on my Yamaha Super Tenere , close my eyes and pretend I'm riding it .
I hope you all have a Fun , Safe and Blessed Thanksgiving with your families and loved ones.
Good Evening JT,
Just saw your back yard picture --- and the thermometer! Now that's getting to be really cold!
Can hardly believe that you went to that from temps in the 70sF just a couple of weeks ago! Do you reckon that's where it's going to stay for the rest of the winter, or do you get occasional breaks?
Over here in Scotland, we are continuing to get mixed showers + some gale force winds at times. I'd planned to meet up with three riding friends from Edinburgh yesterday, but the lashing rain & gale force winds hit that on the head, & I had to settle for a day at home instead! .
Got a busy weekend coming up --- daughter visiting New Zealand & needs lift to airport + a Sunday service to lead.
Hope you & other Prayerbiker brothers have a good weekend ahead.
God Bless --- Doc.
Hi Doc ,
The temps are starting to warm back up to above zero . Every once and a while we get a blast of cold artic air that comes down from Canada and the temps fall below zero for a while and then it warms back up. Tonight we're going to get a snow storm , only around 4 inches of snow predicted for us . Our street is still covered in ice and snow , so no motorcycle riding for me.
Sorry your ride was canceled by the strong winds and rain . Maybe you and your friends can drive your vehicles and meet for lunch or supper someplace ?
Sounds like a great weekend you have planned. I bet you'll do great leading the service on Sunday.
Blessings my friend.
Good morning folks ,
Sorry I haven't been on much lately . Been a bit busy this past week.
It's a little bit cold here in Sheridan , Wyoming this morning . ( Minus 20 F. Below zero ) .
Hope you all have a great day and may God Bless You All.
I took this picture this morning ( 11-13-2014 ) in my back yard.
JT, I hope having her own bike doesn't cause her to no longer like riding behind you. That is what happened to mywife after she started riding her own.
Good morning Beemer , ( we missed you , where have you been ? )
My wife doesn't want to ride around town or on the interstate , she just wants to ride the old dirt country roads and on the maintained roads on the Bighorn Mountains . She still enjoys riding on the back of my bike and I don't think she'll give that up. But she is having fun learning to ride. Last week was her very first day , she did great riding on the track but never shifted out of first gear . Maybe this Saturday she'll challenge herself a bit more and practice shifting up and down ? I'm pretty much leaving her to her own speed of learning and I'm just there to answer any questions she might have.
By the way , the next CMA Bighorn Mountains Roads and Trails Event is set for Aug 20 -23 , 2015 . If you in the area , please join us. If those dates change I'll repost .
Howdy Prayerbikers ,
Last Saturday ( Oct 25th ) my wife was finally able to take her new/used motorcycle out to the Sheridan County Public Dirt Motorcycle Track and ride a motorcycle for her very first time. She did great !!! Here are some pictures of my wife riding her bike for the first time.
Good afternoon JT,
Just been looking at your new trailer -- very smart! Are you planning to use it for transporting motorbikes, or have you some other purpose for it? Just wondering. The Maxx vent sits well on the roof, although I suppose you had to do some drilling to fit it. I'm always a bit nervous about drilling holes in metal roofs just in case it leads to water seepage or rust later on, but I guess if you know what you're doing, & have all the necessary sealers, it shouldn't be a problem. Looks like it would take at least a couple of bikes easily, so it should open up some more possibilities for you when it comes to choosing places to visit, when the riding distance is a bit too much, & you have a lot of stuff to take along.
I always used to try & travel light when I was packing the bike for the cross Europe trips that I did for many years, but now that I'm a bit older, I have to admit that it's good to be able to take some more stuff when you are on the road for a couple of weeks at a time. The two trips across USA that I made these past years kind of spoiled me, as there was a chase truck for the luggage, & that left the bike without any baggage, making the ride much more enjoyable.
We've got a visiting lady minister coming to the church tomorrow, & I've been asked to do the introduction to the service & opening prayers, so I'm off to do a bit of preparation.
This is also the weekend when all of the UK puts the clock back an hour to GMT, so we're really going to notice the dark nights closing in a lot earlier than before. Guess we just have to buckle down & make the best of the daylight while it's there! Hope you have a good weekend.
God Bless ---- Doc.
Hi Doc ,
The Maxx Air is very easy to install and does not require drilling holes in the roof of your trailer . ( as shown in this short video )
Since I am no longer able to ride long distance my wife and I decided to get a trailer to haul our bikes to where we want to go and then use our bikes to explore when we get there . We have installed a Vinyl floor in the trailer for easy cleaning , a coat rack , a privacy curtain for our portable toilet and a medicine cabinet , and we have a few pieces of furniture to go in the trailer as well . When we pull the bikes out of the trailer we'll use the trailer as a camper to sleep in. My wife has a small foldable bed with air mattress to sleep on and I have a reclining chair to sleep in. ( I haven't been able to sleep in a bed in a long time ) . We will use a canopy to park the bikes under .
I did the same as you when I was younger Doc , I rode my bike everywhere and enjoyed it. But just can't do it anymore , so I need the help of a trailer.
Hope your church prep & prayers went well this morning . My wife and I had a pretty good service at church this morning as well.
Hope you have a great weekend. Blessings.
I took my wife out to the local dirt bike track yesterday so she could start learning to ride her motorcycle , she did great. I'll post some pictures later on. Read More...