September 10, 2005

It's 6:22 PM and I'm at Seaquest State Park somewhere 69 miles south of where we were last night. Something is dearly wrong with my left knee. I can't elevate it more than 6 inches without feeling excruciating pain. I'm a bit worried to be totall honest. I've never felt anything like this. Usually an injury can be assesed through previous experience, but there's nothing to go on. All I know is that I'm in a lot of pain and uncertain whether or not I'll be able to ride tomorrow. We'll see I guess. I'm tired and will write more later. Peace, mike park

8:49 AM
I am in the red van. I attempted to ride this morning, but lasted only 7 miles. My knee is shoooooting with pain on every upward pedal. I just called the advice nurse at Kaiser and she told me that I'm screwed. No, she didn't say that, but she took the conservative approach of saying RICE(REST, ICE, CIRCULATION, ELEVATION). I'm not 100% sure about the c part of rice.. Is it circulation?? I have no idea? But she told me to get to a hospital and have a doctor look at it. Who knows. Now it's 9:34 AM. We just stopped to give all the bike riders a break for some food and water. We are missing two riders. Sam and Pete. Sam just called me, so he's accounted for, but we're missing Pete. Where is he? Oh gosh, I hope his parents don't read this. Well, I won't even be able to post this for a couple days, so it'll be old news if he's missing by then anyways.

It's now 10:07 AM. We keep getting distracted by the chaos of riders missing, but now we've found Pete, found Sam and we're back on track. It's friggin freezing. I give huge props to the riders today for giving it their best. Only a few riders have actual bike gear that make sense in this cold rainy weather. One guy has the thickness of a grocery bag for his raincoat. I feel so bad. We are crossing the Columbia River as the cyclists make their way over and I can't help but feel sad to not be involved in the ride. Perhaps my knee will be feeling better tomorrow.

Man, it is friggin freezing. At least it's not raining anymore. we've got 47 miles left til' we hit PORTLAND. Oh my.

Let's back track to Thursday. My flight arrived in Seattle at 3:15 PM. My best friend since the 5th grade came and picked me up. We headed to the Olympia Camp Site. Nestled behind a TEXACO station off of Exit # 99. Spirits were high as we relaxed in the quaint atmosphere of elderly owned RV lovers who smiled at us when walking their dog. Gerry drove the van up with 5 people. Monica and I flew up there and we met two more riders at the camp ground. Lo and behold 3 more show up that I had no idea were going to participate. Which was great. Now we are a pact of 13. FUN FUN FUN. Conversation keeps us going through the night and then someone came to see the show. Amazing!! We posted all the campsites that we were staying at and it says to come by and we'll play music. To be honest, I really didn't expect anyone to come, but a brave soul named MIKE made it out to see some music. And though I didn't even plan on pulling out my guitar, I managed to sing some songs along with the others involved. I pass out at 10:30 PM and set my alarm for 5:30 AM.

I'm an amazing morning person, so I'm up and at em' trying to wake everyone up. We don't end up leaving til' close to 7:30 AM. ARGGHHH!!! The ride is beautiful. A bit of wind, but everything is going great. Monica's knee has been bothering her the last week or so and it gave out on her after 40 miles. She was the first to ride with Gerry in the van. Shortly after my left knee starts to hurt and it just gets worse and worse. I probably should have stopped yesterday, but I was so close that I wanted to finish the ride. The last 5 miles were all uphill and we made it to Seaquest state park at around 3:30 PM. Woopdeedoo. I couldn't bend my leg and now I'm screwed.

I made dinner that consisted of white rice and refried beans. We had either soy sauce or garlic salt for flavoring. MMM..MMM..MMM.. Seriously it was good eats. When you burn that many calories everything tastes good. Eating tuna fish out of a can looks like the tastiest burrito or a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich is like having a slice of pizza at your favorite pie shop. Make sense? But today sucks. It's actually 3:33 PM exactly. I've been interupted so many times trying to finish this, but alas I think I'm done. Tonight we're making spaghetti as we stay at a friends house. It's the only home we will venture to on this trip....The rest is camp grounds only.
Peace, mike park

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