Thanks for your patience as several of you have been waiting for our trip notes and all the other great stuff I blog about. As always ignore grammar and enjoy <3 This is 23 days of fun…well mostly fun…..
Tuesday Sept 1st we finished packing the motorcycle. Below is a pic of the motorcycle. It may not look like a lot but there is 3 sleeping bags, a weeks’ worth of clothes for us both, blankets, a blowup bed, emergency stuff, my medical stuff , food and snacks. Not bad packing if I do say so myself. 😉 Oh and the cat, her name is Jeannie…she will always be our die hard rider….
Our plan was to make it to Glacier park in Montana………
I was warned before leaving that I might have a hard time traveling with my health but it actually wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. Mostly my fatigue from the disease and chemo meds made it hard to get up in the morning so we could continue on everyday but Brian was nice and let me sleep till around 11 everyday which was nice. I felt bad as I couldn’t roll up sleeping bags or pack the tent everyday due to my handicaps but let me tell you …he is now a PRO at tent packing and sleeping bag wrapping…..so he can thank ME for that…HA!
Wednesday we headed to Marysville Ca where we had tickets to see Foreigner and kid rock. Here is where I found a Silver lining to being sick. We didn’t have to pay for front row parking and Toyota Amphitheatre bumped my crap lawn seats to mid level seats! AWESOME Outside of all the “plant smoking” it was great!!!! **** (The old ladies behind us I kid you not smoked close to a FIELD)****I had the time of my life!!!
Thursday we made it to the Oregon Line. In fact we stayed at the “state line Rv park” This place seemed quiet until the huge yelling match woke us up around 5am. I was just waiting for the bullets to go flying, I have no idea what these people were fighting over but I just wanted them to shut up so I could sleep. Doesn’t everyone know I am sick and need extra beauty sleep…geez
Friday we made it to Boise. In Boise I ENJOYED a lime Rickey from Artic circle…my favorite place to eat in Idaho..YUM Then we stopped off at the Harley shop because my silly but decided to throw over board my riding gloves. So after spending money at the Boise Harley shop we headed off back into the mountains and found a campsite up near Stanley Idaho. It was a cute little spot but our neighbors were super loud…an entire family was camping and when I say entire family, I mean entire family all the way down the 2nd cousins.
Saturday we got up and made it to Stanley Idaho when the SNOW yes I said SNOW began to fall. Ok so here I will tell you what Brian and I packed. Tank Tops and Tshirts… I can’t even begin to tell you how cold I was. My disease went crazy…this was the first time I was reminded how sick I am. We didn’t have a choice but to stop, gas up, raid the convenience store of all warm items, eat and race to the next town before the temp dropped to the negative numbers. This day I was probably the crankiest because I was in so much pain and I was freezing. It was definitely NOT a motorcycle ride to relive. We did make it to Challis Idaho where a Hot Springs was recommended to us. Challis Springs is amazing, if you ever find yourself up in Challis, do stop!!! Great Rv, ma and pa bed and breakfast. And the Hot Hot springs felt so good, well until I had to get out…
So here is our next mistake, pay for the bed and breakfast at Challis Springs or camp again at Challis springs…. even as the temp drops…..guess what we did????!!
Yes I froze that night outside in the tent and even and then to make matters worse our blow up mattress broke ;-( All I can say is we LIVED. We truly lived. We are true CAMPERS!!! NOT Glampers lol ******SIDE NOTE**** we did check the weather before we left and it said 80’s all week…..never trusting the INTERNET again! 😉 It was here we knew we would not make it over lola pass to Montana due to the weather and at this point my body was done!! The cold had exasperated it and I was miserable.
Sunday morning after peeling our frozen bodies off the ground, we headed to Twin Falls Idaho (my Home) where we planned on replacing our blowup bed and upgrading our sleeping bags. We rode to Twin, replaced our items at Big 5, and then decided we needed a good night’s rest at a HOTEL. Warm room with a BED and shower!!! YES YES It was great to be home also, where I grew up. No matter where you go in life, there is always a place for your home……I remember thinking this might be the last time I ever get to go home…maybe things happen the way they are supposed to go…
Monday we got up and met with some family <3 had brunch and many laughs 😉 I love seeing people that mean the world to me. I love you guys so much!!!
After brunch we headed back to Nevada and made it as far as Winnemucca which surprised me. That was about 5 hours with my broken body. In Winnemucca we ran into every Burning Man person heading home and even shared a camp site area with some Burning Man Folks at the KOA. One more night of camping is ok right??? Yes it was, as were back to normal weather by now. But I can say that my new 0- sleeping bag worked great in 60- weather LOL In Winnemucca we stopped at Walmart where, I heard “ is that a REAL GUN?’ before my mouth went off with, “who in the hell carries a fake gun” I turned to find this 90 year old vet walking with a dog in a cart. I calmly said thank you for your service, which prompted a cute conversation. Apparently he is now alone and Walmart walking with his dog at night keeps him going. It was great to listen to his life story. 😉
Tuesday we stopped in Lovelock where I forced brian to be sentimental for a minute and hang our love lock FINALLY……..COME ON people……No I didn’t force him, I actually forgot and he was kind enough to stop and do it with me. AWE AWE…..I know ladies be jealous…. 😉 After 18 years of knowing each other and 12 years actually together as a couple, it is about time. 😉 The lock shows the day of our first date which was November 1997. Everyone deserves a second chance at something, so glad ours is each other.
We then pulled into our garage at around 4:30pm with 1366 more miles on the Harley!!! WOOHOO
We did it, I did it! I made 1366 miles, this damn disease did NOT define ME. It changed some things about the trip but it didn’t STOP it. I know we had our sight on Montana BUT next year we are planning a trip to Sturgis with a few people and I know we can stop in Montana Then and it should be warmer then too!! If you are interested in going next year with us to Sturgis, let us know. We will more than likely have a vehicle follow too…you know for my sick butt…..so if you want to join, there is ROOM!! A huge thanks to Brian who even when frustrated with the weather and my health he still made it a trip I will never forget and for that I am forever grateful. I know it is a hard life, watching me go through something you can’t stop or really even help with but stuff like this makes it all worth while….
Wednesday we slept in until a friend of ours stopped by to walk our dog.( so grateful to friends who help) Then we went back to bed. That adventurous trip wore us both out.
Thursday We had lunch with Our grandma who is the best woman i know!! Then relaxed the rest of the day as i was still not doing so well.
Friday, we slept in until noon as i still was hurting and Brian was still off, so why not?! Lots of movie and Tv time!!
Saturday Brian woke up in pain. Yes Brian?! it was so bad i almost called an ambulance because i couldn’t get him off the ground. I finally got him dressed and helped him to the car and headed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a kidney stone! It was awful, it is hard to watch someone in pain and you can’t do anything about it!! This day was rough for me because i did not have the strength to stay with him the entire time due to my health so i took turns laying in my car in the parking lot and then going back in the hospital to help him. This is when family could REALLY come in handy but we don’t choose who is here to help and who isn’t.
Sunday we tried to go on a ride to tahoe where my body just quit on me. I began to internally bleed and my liver swelled. Back home and to bed i went. This is getting so OLD!!! But i did get in a few pics before all the health crap.
Monday my liver decided he needed some attention and that is when my health went from poor to crap!
Tuesday and Wed i was in bad shape but was refusing to go into the hospital because they don’t treat chronic patients well. Unless we are DYING that moment they could care less. It is really hard to explain but if you ever DO NOT believe me, come with me next time!! Mom Jeannie came over Wed and stayed with me awhile because Brian went back to work today. It was great to have her over.
Thursday was the worst i have felt in awhile and at this point my back was now involved in this mess. So off to the hospital we went where Dr Doogie Howser did nothing. Until some other stuff is finalized i can’t speak a lot about this visit. But i will tell you i received zero treatment and was sent home.
Friday my back was so enlarged Brian took me back in to the hospital where they found tears in my disc’s surrounding my spine. And did i say how i love Ej’s (iv in the neck) well i love them so much i had 2!!!! They gave me some yucky meds(steroids and pain meds) and i went home on bed rest with a referral to a spine surgeon.
Saturday i forced myself to get up for a few, i had been in bed for almost a week and a half in pain, i needed to get UP. Brian took me to breakfast at Squeeze Inn. I must say this place is pretty good and they accommodated my disability which was great! I walked awhile and then went back to bed.
Sunday Sept 20th I spent some time with a pastor who reminded me about HOPE. i really needed this! I then went back to bed. man this health shit sucks!
Monday i saw my specialist where she explained to me my new disease. #6 is what i named him. It really doesn’t matter anymore what all these diseases are doing to me, what matters is what i choose to do while all of them live with me.
Tuesday i needed a day for ME. I invited a new friend Nicole to walk with me. I really like Nicole, she and i have so much in common. God brought us together to help each other. God knew i was feeling down and lonely as far as having someone understand what it is like to be sick, and he brought her onto my path and me on her path. Nicole i am sorry your sick too but i am so grateful you are! IN A GOOD WAY! <3
So here we are TODAY Wednesday the 23rd. I actually got up at a good time 10 am and then went over to Chester’s Harley and visited with some other HOG members. All i can say is if you are having a bad day, go hang with these great folks! Laughter truly is the best medicine!!! I know this blog is long but hey……you guys are so nosy and have to hear everything…….its your fault…..thanks for your support as always…….and your prayers…keep em coming!