Sunday, June 10, 2007

Near Death Experiences...

Today, Saint EB and I took the drive north of Seattle to travel in the car along the MS150 route so she could see first hand exactly what FRESH HELL she has gotten herself into...I believe she may have gone into hiding since we've returned this evening and I may never hear from her again...or at least not until after September 10th! LOL

We had a nice day today in spite of ourselves...the drive to LaConner was peaceful and we ate at a quaint cafe near the water. Then, we proceeded to drive the "death route", taking the first 50 miles of the Day One map of the ride and then the second. Somewhere along the way I thought I might have to administer CPR to my suffering friend as she repeatedly exclaimed, "Oh God! Not another hill!" and seemed to hyperventilate.

Interestingly enough, Dr. She Who Will Not Be Named had convinced Saint EB there were "only" 6 hills on the route of the first day...we counted 25 and then just quit counting...the math grew too great for me to record on my fingers and toes. The second day of the ride proved to be a much flatter terrain and Saint EB's heart rate decreased by about 20 beats per minute. We also began to scope out "cheat" points on the map, otherwise known as "places I could pick you up without anyone being the wiser" spots.

By the time we had completed the full two day tour, my arse was exhausted from SITTING the 100 miles in the car...I can't imagine what one's behind would feel like riding on a bicycle that far! And frankly, I don't WANT to imagine it...which is why I am the designated "cheerleader" for the team...LOL

Saint EB seemed to be walking and talking just fine in spite of her "crash" yesterday AND her scraped shoulder and pulled groin...I, on the other hand, whined that my butt hurt and my calves were too tight...It's all a matter of perspective I suppose. LOL

After several email exchanges yesterday, it appears EB was not the ONLY one who suffered biking mishaps on the ride...I later found out Dr. SWWNBN had also taken a tumble and conked her head. Great...just what I need...a neurologist with a HEAD INJURY!

Since I don't have time to visit either one of them in a skilled nursing rehab facility, I can only hope they BOTH have the common sense to take care of themselves and try to heal from their injuries...I don't think I have to worry too much about Saint EB regarding this matter. She is most likely changing her phone and address as I type and making plans for her early retirement...either that or she is still lying down and having flash backs of all of those hills she has yet to ride...LOL...


Sara said...

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. -Arthur C. Clarke

Steve said...

You could put a little 2-stroke engine on her bike. Give her a little oomph going up the hills. :)

Or as Homer Simpson said, "Kids, you tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is never to try."

Just kidding, of course. Take care of yourselves.

mdmhvonpa said...

Head injury ... heh. At least she would have perspective!

harkoo said...

I am surprised the MS Society isn't trying to make all of these rides enjoyable and hill-free for the participants so they will live to do it another year! This event is starting to sound like the bikathon my ex almost never returned from--i can only hope for your riders and Saint EB that they have cool weather for the ride and lots of juice/water stops! Friends like Saint EB happen only once in a lifetime if you are lucky



That's a great quote! May I also add: "It may be your only purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others"...LOL




I AM taking care of myself, Steve...I'm not silly enough to ride this!!! And I was thinking more like turbo charge engines...with blue flames shooting out the back.




OR be too stupid/dumbed to practice's a double edged sword...LOL




Yep, EB's a gem...I think right now she's thinking she is more like "clay" though! But, that too can be hardened with fire...LOL