When I got hold of my doctor and described my symptoms he basically said "Get in here right now." That's never a comforting thing to hear from your physician. So I went in and they drew blood for tests and started me on some drugs in case I started to grow Lymes. But regardless of what it was, I was miserable - fever, congestion, achy and it felt like my IQ had been reduced by 50%. But I finally got the blood test results back after the weekend and found out that I didn't have Lyme Disease - just some sort of cold (ain't the power of paranoia a wonderful thing?)
But I did spend about ten days down and out. I went to work the whole time - when you work at a desk with a computer there's not much difference between sitting at work being miserable and sitting at home being miserable. But my head was so scrambled that it almost seems like the whole time I was sick didn't really happen - the Severe Cold Time Warp. It's not like I did anything that I could look back on, just sit around in a fog being sick. But finally I'm more or less back with the rest of the world (as much as ever, anyways) and able to actually participate in living.
But after nothing going on for a week and a half I started to get my energy back towards the end of the week, and on Friday I headed down to Beaver Creek after lunch. My plan was to get in a ride and then do a small amount of work on the new trail. But as I've learned before, you're never ahead of downed trees when you're maintaining a trail.
There were two new trees down on Dogwood Trail. I only had my small saw in my pack, so I couldn't clear them but I did get rid of all the branches so that you could at least lift a bike over easily. That took up some of my trail work time, but I did get a chance to do some more benching on the hillside section of the new trail. That has to be some of the rockiest soil I've ever seen up there, the exact opposite of the silty soil at the North Road trail project.
Next weekend there's going to be a big Beaver Creek trail work day, where I get a chance to do more than just a little bit of work at a time. But this weekend it was time to work on North Road Nature Preserve. Only a small crew showed up - just four of us - but we put in a good morning of work and finished cutting the corridor for the reroute around the wettest section. The woods are waking up to spring pretty quick this year, which isn't suprising I guess considering we only had a quarter of a winter.
|For TJ - this is the trail wagon from earlier in the year.|
I can hardly even attempt to describe how great it was. A TOUGH ride, with lots of technical stuff to push yourself against. No big falls, no crashes, no bike parts broke. After a week and a half of time warp flu it was exactly what I needed. I'm feeling sore from my legs to my shoulders, and I can tell I'm going to sleep like a rock tonight, but it's all good.
Also, this week my son Kenny graduated from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. He left Webelos with the Super Achiever award, which you only get if you complete every single one of the Webelos achievements. He did a heck of a job and I'm EXTREMELY proud him.