Our 106 year old home is quite comfortable, easy to maintain, professionally decorated to our taste and, most of all, belongs to us. We have great dinners here and stay warm and dry. That the bedrooms and bathroom is on the second floor has never been a problem.
JULIE AND MY CHILDREN THINK IT WILL BE A PROBLEM WHEN I COME HOME FROM MY THREE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL. Their answer? A hospital bed and toilet facilities in the dining room.
I AM CONFIDENT I WILL MAKE IT UP THE STAIRS TO MY BED, THE BATH ROOM AND MY OFFICE. I may remain upstairs for awhile, once there, but the dining room plans just don't appeal to me, even with the pretty nurse that has been arranged to take care of me. I MAY CHANGE MY MIND IN A HURRY. We'll see.
(Yes, providing me with a pretty nurse when I'm laid up is a form of Cruel and Unusual Punishment--glad you see it that way, too!)
Supposedly the hip will be well immediately but I have the damages of the incision to deal with, but the doctor said I would walk while in the hospital. AGAIN, WE'LL SEE.
Currently, my only respite from the discomfort of the bum hip is to lie in bed with the hip in the air. I SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN BED. About what do I dream of while dozing away? Well, there is the 2010 plans for a shanty boat which I had to postpone.
Then there is getting on with my plans for my new, but barely used, Terra Trike Tour. The possibilities are without limit.
HOW ABOUT RIDING BY A WATER FALL IN OREGON? That would be fun, huh? A shower is usually needed when biking!
OR, MAYBE BY A TROOP OF HORSEMEN IN IRELAND? Think big, Walt, Think big? You've backpacked down this road before, guy, now you could ride in style.
My first thought was to leave in my van the first of March for a drive, ride, camp trip to California, back on the previously attempted Southern Tier Bike route to New Orleans, meet Julie there for a bit of shrimp gumbo on the "big muddy" and drive home.
I DO HAVE A LIFE TIME FAULT OF THINKING TOO GRANDLY AT TIMES, HAVE YOU NOTICED?
If you had a couple months, however, I could tell you about some of my dreams that came true, like back packing the west coast of Ireland or driving North until the roads end and paddling on for a month or so with my dog as a companion. UN HUH!
Far more realistic while breaking in a new hip, is a plan I've had to ride the LITTLE MIAMI SCENIC BIKE PATH. I rode a few miles on the southern end of this delightful bike trail with Todd. It is about 70 miles alongside the Little Miami River, it has a constant 3% downgrade, going downstream, and ends up at my son Todd's home. Do it on a long weekend, have Julie go along with the van and spend nights in some wonderful B&Bs.
IF THINGS GO WELL, AND I WORK HARD, maybe I can do this in May? There are world class bike trails near our lakeside retreat, where I can train next spring, maybe ride with son Mark?
If the Little Miami ride goes well, perhaps I can ride GOBA 2011 in June. Goba, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, is one of the larger week long bike tours in the nation.
My registration will be in with the first 3,000 bikers. My sons, their wives and many of my grandchildren have rode GOBA in the past. I try to share in their experience by taking them pies when they camp nearby.
The 2010 GOBA was in the Appalachian Foothils of Southeast Ohio. HILLY COUNTRY! Not for me. Even I'm not that crazy. WELL, I KNOW, THATS UP OR DEBATE.
GOBA 2011 is in one of Ohio's flattest areas. GOD IS LOOKING OUT FOR ME, I KNOW! It starts on June 19th riding from Kenton to Marion, Ohio. Then, the next day to Delaware and then rest for a day. Yeah! REST! Then, ride on to London and take another day's rest. REST SOUNDS GOOD! Then, the trip plan is to ride to Bellefontaine on Friday and end the trip back at the starting point in Kenton, Ohio on Saturday.
Daily rides are about 50 miles long with food prepared by various people along the way, in churches and schools and other places. The riders camp out in their own gear which is trucked in 18 wheelers from site to site. Shower Trailers, Yep! Shower Trailers are provided at the camp sites.
There is a talent night. My grand daughter, Christy Anne Pierce, won the event a few years back. The cost of the trip is about $300 and her prize was a free ride the following year. Let's see now, in what key on the banjo do I play "I'll Fly Away"? UMMM! I MEAN, IT'S MY DREAM, ISN'T IT?
Special events such as the Ohio Caverns, A Popcorn Museum, an Observatory and the Alum Creek State Park are enjoyed along the way. I provided van support for my son, Todd, and his wife, Amy, starting in Alum Creek State Park as they made their cross Ohio ride from the Ohio River to Lake Erie over Amy's Easter break--she teaches school.
WILL ANY OF THIS HAPPEN? WHO KNOWS? One's happiness in life, I believe, is having something to look forward to, like Myrtle Beach in October. An adventure, a week with two of my children and some of their family and an opportunity to play my banjo and sing, UMMM AGAIN, doesn't get any better than that, huh?
DO YOU HAVE A DREAM? ARE YOU PLANNING SOMETHING? IF NOT, WHY NOT? iT COSTS NOTHING TO PLAN AND DREAM AND OFT TIMES THAT CAN BE MORE FUN THAN THE EVENT ITSELF.
Share your dreams with someone you love. That will greatly enhance the dream. I'M SHARING THIS WITH YOU, AREN'T iI?
ONE TRUISM I KNOW FOR CERTAIN: PLAN SOMETHING AND IT MAY NOT HAPPEN. DON'T PLAN SOMETHING AND IT SURLY WON'T HAPPEN!
Take care. Smell the roses. Be good to someone. I just made a huge pot of vegetable soup, partly for Julie and I and partly, BECAUSE I PLANNED, to share with a needy family. Sharing is important.