WHAT'S NEW WITH UNCLE PHIL ...
For those who might be interested, I'll try to keep this area current with what my near future rides are and other such trivia. If I'm going to be in your area, drop me an e-mail at UnclePhilus@hotmail.com and if possible we can grab a bite to eat. Hope to see you on the road!
Planned Rides And Such
1. Well, life has gotten really interesting in the past twelve months. On July 15th, 2016 my wife fell at home and fractured her left hip. She ended up with emergency surgery that installed a titanium rod and some screws and three weeks in a rehab center. During all of that, I stressed the tendons in my left leg like I did in my right leg two years ago. I got to wear an ortho boot for 6 weeks or so which kept me off the bikes. Then I was returning from a ST gathering on August 14th in my 3/4 ton pickup truck and was run off the road by a hit and run driver. A witness said the driver looked back and then took off. It ripped the left front wheel off the truck and pushed the front end back to the cab on the left side. The truck was a total loss but fortunately I was not. From my emergency room visit, they found nothing was broken or busted - just bad bruising all over. But from the CAT scan, they saw that my abdominal aortic aneurysm (I've been watching it since 2013) was now of a size that surgery needed to done quickly. I fortunately was able to get out of the ortho boot and took a short ride with Andy before my surgery. On September 14th I had a stent system implanted to relieve the pressure on the aneurysm. My follow-up CAT scan showed everything was where it was supposed to be and doing what it is supposed to be doing. I was able to attend the BRG on Frost, so I was very happy about that. I was hoping that 2016 was the end of my 'medical' challenges. But I then I got a blood clot in the main artery in my left leg, causing me leg cramps whenever I did any serious walking. On February 24th, I went under the surgeon's knife to do a bypass on my left leg to restore proper blood flow. The surgeon decided to open up the artery and remove the clot instead of doing the bypass. So I was cut from the knee halfway to the ankle. On April Fools Day I was able to get on SweetTreat and take a short run down the Trace to see how it would go. It's still a little uncomfortable, but I can ride now so I am really happy about that. Stay tuned as the adventure continues.
2. The ride to the Blue Ridge Gathering at Cruso, NC is an annual event that I have hosted for over eight years. Nothing formal, just some folks meeting up to ride and eat, and eat and ride! We meet at the Moonshine Campground near Sylva, NC and folks seem to have a good time. We had close to 50 folks show up in 2016 and we could not have asked for better weather. The Friday group ride had over 30 bikes in total and went really well using the Drop and Sweep Method. The leaves were just before their peak, showing some color on the sides of the mountains.Well over 30 folks showed up for our supper at the Sagebrush Steakhouse. We'll be having it again at the same place next year since Miss Dana and Jim are kind enough to let us come back.
3. My knees are doing just fine and I can honestly say that I would not know that I had a replacement if it were not for the scars and some activities that I avoid to prolong the life of the implants.
4. Andy and I did a Day Ride which was my last ride for a while because of my surgery for an arterial blood clot in my left leg on February 24th. It was good to get some wind in my ears!
5. Finally I was able to get back into the saddle after my blood clot surgery. You can find it here.
6. I just posted the pictures and commentary for my recent ride across the United States on Highway 50, The Main Street Of The USA. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
In 2015 I got in only 14,835 miles as we were dealing with my mother's estate - mostly sorting out sentimental 'stuff'. It was a bit like reliving my childhood - sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry, sometimes you bang your head against the wall. With that all behind me, I was able to ride 17,798 miles in 2016 and that with being out of the saddle for almost 3 months due to medical drama. I hope to take at least one long trip in 2017 and a bunch of shorter ones. So keep tuned in, cause you just never know where I might show up ....
You can reach me at UnclePhilus@hotmail.com anytime as I check it daily unless I'm on the road. If you have questions about the site, or touring, places I've been or such, I'll be glad to share what little I know. Thanks for stopping by!