Time gets away from me.
Tuesday I joined a ride lead by Jan. Several tourons joined, Bruce from PIE that I met @ Hot Tomato is Fruita, and Grant and his wife.We rode a new trail named New Frontier out off Dry Creek rd. It is just a pedaling trail w/ a few tech challenges. Jimmy pointed out that it lacks the Sedona chunky ride ion that it lacks pieces of slick rock. Might be because location lacks such. Pedal pedal pedal.
When somebody says lets go for a ride it is not like going for a drive in a car or skiing down a run. This mtn biking takes effort. Just saying lets go for a ride is not harmless.
Ride was over around noon. Showered @ spa then drove down to BnB for hang time. Sometimes hanging @ the shop is also w/ effort as in drinking great tasting tequila and tap beer. Time passes w/ no timely dinner. I limit my consumption to a shot and a beer to remain consistent for my coumadin dosage.
Drove out to Beaverhead flats and scored my spot. After dark a white car drove around near me that freaked me out such that I retrieved my pepper spray and kept it in my hand. I locked my doors. Nothing happened, never found out what the guy was up to.
Yesterday was my chiro appointment. I had hopes that an adjustment would eliminate my tingling hands and feet. The chiro has not been receiving insurance payments. She believes the insurance and government is out to put chiros out of business. She enlisted me in her fight. I spent phone time speaking w/ my insurance carrier and learned that the billing codes this year are different from last year which is why payments are not being made. The chiro spent more time being paranoid trying to figure out the insurance issues than working on me. I almost left the office. She was not professional. In the end my tingling remains.
I bought a home blood pressure device. Several tests reveal my BP & pulse are where they should be. This AM while still in bed it was 112/67 w/ 62 bpm. High hr was reflective of last night’s ride.
Yesterday Jimmy said that he was riding after work. Good plan for me.
Spent more time w/ insurance co learning how to acquire a home test device to measure my blood clotting. I qualify per the plan. The DR needs to submit paper work for authorizing. Having the unit will free me from finding labs for the tests. This device requires just a finger prick and a drop of blood. Labs draw iv blood.
Made BnB ride. We left just after 5 PM. The light and scenery are just spectacular. The temps are lower and chilling as the ride goes on. Normally I ride mid morning / mid afternoon when the sun is high and the crowds are out. Last night we saw less than 5 people. My breathing prevents me from riding near the front. Breathing is known and when my age is factored in against their youth I am OK. I am giving up 15 to 20 years. Our route took us up Sleezey breezey. On a short tech climb I stalled out when my front wheel ran against a small rock because I lacked the mo to roll over it. I fell onto my right side uphill into some rocks. I was trapped in my pedals; I had to wrestle my bike away from me to clip out of my left pedal to get out from under my bike. When i stood up there was blood streaming down my forearm. Great: a bleeder and a fall on my healing collar bone. The cut bled freely for awhile. I washed it out w/ h2o from my hydration pack then pulled out my first aid kit to staunch the flow. The adhesive tape didn’t stick to my hairy arms. The bleeding stopped allowing me to finish the ride. And my shoulder just hurt more but I still had proper movement and the bone ends were stable. All was good. At the shop I washed the cut in the sink and looked @ it. More show than damage such that I didn’t even bandage it. A taste of smooth tequila lessened my pain.
Jimmy flatted after hitting a sharp rock @ speed. Stan’s wouldn’t seal it. Some claim is tghat new version of Stan’s does not seal very well. He pumped the tire up several times that should have pushed the sealant into the hole to seal it. He finally removed the bead from the rim and put a handfull of fine sand into the tire. The sand leaked out and plugged the hole. I use the same Stan’s.
Late night shower @ the spa. Bought a sandwich @ New Frontiers zas they were closing then drove out to Deer Pass camp.
Insurance co. called back and told me the chiro’s lack of payment problems are caused by her billing company. The codes were revised and she was sent the notice. The billing company dropped the soap. I was told that once she straightens out the codes she will receive payment per the contract she signed. I wonder how she will man up to her mistake, where will she place her paranoia?
Today is a rest day.
Jimmy is hosting a last night dinner party at his house this Monday. My plans are to leave Sedona Tues Am for Prescott. I will ride there several days then move on to Flag for the neurologist visit. Ride several days in Flag then move east to NM. I looked @ Gallup, NM weather forecast recently which was forecasting temps in the 20s @ night. Chilly willy.
I have a pretty good tan on my lower arms. Above my bike shirt sleeves I am pretty white.