We were once young, we never thought we would age and even though our mind believes that we are younger than we are, we aren't
I've always been healthy. I'm one of those who never takes a day off due to sickness, except now. Lately I've been thinking more about mortality. I equate our lives to a gas gauge. We all start off with a full tank and as time passes, the level goes down, except that there is no way to top off the tank with more fuel
I admire performance machines but I no longer have the reflexes of someone a third of my age. Bikes like these are not built for old people
and as I look at this BMW GS I think of exotic places to ride, like Mexico or South America but I know that it is not within the realm of possibility. I am not self sufficient, I do not know Spanish nor can I possibly endure the hardships of solo travel in a strange land when I am used to the comforts of home. If I were 30 years younger I could make a plan to learn more about motorcycle mechanics and take a few language lessons but I wasn't interested in touring that many years ago, and I fear that I am too late so for now my plan is to tour the North American continent where I have no language issues and where things are not much different than here in Canada
I am on the verge of retiring but I am one of a zillion baby boomers caught in the economic collapse of the civilized world and the thought of having enough funds to live a comfortable life consume my thoughts. For now, even though I am past the traditionally accepted retirement age, I continue to work
Back in 2007, I needed a new(er) car and decided to buy a Honda Civic as my commuter. Nothing fancy, just something with good gas mileage as I have a long commute. I like manual transmissions so I chose a 5 speed. Little did I know that my foot would be randomly acting up and would be a recurring problem. My plan was to buy a new vehicle when I retired so that I would have something reliable and not needing repairs. Now I have decided that I won't really need a vehicle since if I stop working I won't need to commute but with my foot problem I should have gotten an automatic. If I had known that the Civic would be my last car then I should have bought a higher model, like the Accord instead
While my foot is not really back to normal I have been commuting to work on my bike but my foot is still a little bit swollen and my heel is rubbing on my boot and it is causing discomfort so at work I have been wearing slip ons which are less confining and I try to change out of my shoes at the first opportunity. Last week we had casual Friday so I was lucky to be able to wear my comfortable shoes which helped a lot
I actually planned to wear my shorts but at the last moment I changed into my tattered jeans
Last Friday I had dinner with my Uncle who lives out of town. I generally refer to him as Uncle "R" but he is also a practicing Doctor so I cornered him and said I needed to speak to Dr "R" for a few moments and he confirmed what I had thought. I described where it was swelling and all of my symptons so I am now fairly certain that I know what is causing my swelling and NO, it is not Gout.
I have still not seen any Doctor since my foot started acting up nearly 4 weeks ago and while I am not yet back to normal I am thinking that I should be better soon. I won't bore you with the details but there are some foot exercises I should be doing to strengthen some muscles but it is something that will never heal and I have to be careful not to stress my foot from now on or the problem will return. It's just a reminder that I am older than I think and I can't do things like I used to do when I was much younger.
I spotted this bike and when I got closer I noticed this BMW GS was from the Yukon. I thought to myself, "I can do that", and perhaps I will but not this year. This is going to be a short riding season for me. I have no plans to ride anywhere except perhaps for a few days but I am running out of vacation spots as others at work have already entered their requests and looking at my calendar there are not many days left for me to choose as I have to be at work when certain others are away.