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Riding the Rim

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After my extended rest, I have come back with more energy and more enthusiasm, both for my ride and for life in general. I just have to wake up first...;-). (Yeah...climbing the ladder to a higher dose of the nerve med, gabapentin continues...slowly, slowly. Fortunately, 600 MG seems to be managing my jaw pain and the muscle spasms like a charm. Hurrah!)

Anyway...how about a bike ride* report?
Let's see, as of the last report I had made it to Monterey, TN, in Putnam County, and had recorded 387.4 miles. Let's ride!
2/15/14: 10.7 miles, heading into Cookeville on Buck Mountain Road. This would be a lovely ride...if I were really doing it, of course. My route is taking me along the Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail, where historical patterns are preserved and displayed on barns and roadside buildings. Much better than the "See Rock City" signs, eh? See...there's the Star of Bethlehem on Buck Mountain Are, Cookeville!


2/16/14: Rest Day. Actually, I missed my ride and tho…

A New Ride Post and An Old Nemesis

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Good news: after a rest day 2/12/14, I'm back on the bike* again, starting on my next half-century (more on that in a minute). The bad news? I had to spend part of my Tuesday at my Dr's office, because I was in a good deal of pain, with (of all things), recurring muscle contractions in my left jaw. Spasms that locked my jaw. They just came in waves...very painful waves. Had to do something.

Of course, when I mentioned "my left jaw," I imagine many of you were already clued in to where this strange malady was originating. If you said "uh oh...Bell's Palsy," you would be on the right track. It seems that the recent URI/virus I was battling has "negatively affected" good ol' Cranial Nerve VII...AKA "the facial nerve," and the one that got pinched during my bout with Bell's Palsy. (If you are new to my blog...or simply slept through my posts in 2012, here's the beginning of that long, sad tale...which has had a mixed, but mos…

Maybe This Will Help

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Most of you are aware that Mr. T works for a company called Mitsubishi Fuso, as he has for nearly 16 years. Almost all of you realize that he travels about 80% of the time. Some of you might even remember that he is a District Sales Manager, working with Fuso dealerships on the Eastern seaboard from the upper reaches of Maryland to Charleston, SC, and inland to Greenville, SC, up to Roanoke, VA. But I'm guessing few of you could identify the actual product that his company manufactures and sells (through those dealerships).

Well, operating on the theory that "a picture is worth a thousand words," I give you a picture:
So, what are you looking at? I was messaged this pic yesterday and wanted to share it with you. That's Mr. T in the red (Fuso!) jacket on the left. And he's standing with one of the principals of Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, VA, taking delivery of their new truck. The Fuso is in the middle.
Does the name Black Dog Salvage ring a bell? If it does, th…

A Restart in Two Parts

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Found it! If you are looking for a lost virus, look no more...'cause I think I found what you lost. Or what someone "lost." Have been doing battle with some kind of upper respiration invader for a few days now. Was the fever the worst part? Nah. Definitely the sore throat and hoarseness...meant I can't talk as much as I usually do. Ahem.

Took more than my usual one rest day from my bike ride*...and the other activities in my life...to encourage a speedy return to good health. Not all the way back yet, but I'm tired of being sick. And bored with "recovery." So, it's back in the saddle (seat) again...hitting the RESTART button. Mindful of my body's need to take it a little easier than usual, I did divide today's ride into two parts...but, hang on...I'm jumping ahead of myself.

Where were we? Oh yeah, I had ridden 305.4 miles total by the end of January, took a Rest Day on the 1st, and then added 10.2 miles on 2/2, to get me all the way to t…

Pauline Would Be Proud of this Pilgrim

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Bike Ride* Post ahead, I promise! Keep reading!!

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.
--Julius Caesar.
Translation:
"All Gaul is divided into three parts. From De Bello Gallico Book I, Ch. 1; these are the first words of De Bello Gallico, the whole sentence is 'All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in ours Gauls, the third.'" At least according to Wikiquote.

Right. What has that got to do with your bike ride, Patricia? Have you gone around the bend...no pun intended?

Those words were the beginning lines of  Mrs. Pauline Thomas' Latin II classes when I was a sophomore in Ripley (Tennessee) High School, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Or maybe last year. OK, actually that's not exactly how I remember the Latin at all. "Omnia Gallia est divisa in tres partes" is what my mind keeps mumbling, over and over during my ride through this part of …