21 August 1997.
Two days ago the doctor x-rayed my fractured elbow and after
examining the x-rays said, "Get out of here! It's as good
as new. So today I took my first iide in two months. Went only
18 miles as I will have to slowly get back in condition.
Discovered that my sprained left hand is not quite well yet.
Some sprains take a very long time to heal.
On my fourth ride I got up to 30 miles so I am back, more
or less, to my normal. It has rained only once in August and very
little in July. I have never seen the area so dry.
Have been increasing the length of my ride trying to get back into
shape. Yesterday on my way home, I discovered I had left my
water bottle at Riverdale, the apex of my ride, and so I had to go
back and get it.This lengthened my trip to 36 miles, and I got
Yesterday I had a flat rear tire about one mile from home on my
return trip. I walked the bike home so that I could replace the
tire which was very badly worn. This is one of the pair of tires
given me by Dan Gustafason and Marty Miller. These tires have a
special lining called Kelvar which is supposed to inhibit punctures.
With this tire I had a day early in its life when I had a series of
punctures whose cause I could never ascertain. However, after that
day I have had only one puncture in this tire until today. In
particular, I did not have the numerous flats that normally occur
near the end of the life of a tire. By chance these tires, front
and rear, were installed at the same time as my present odometer
which now reads 4855 miles. This is quite a long distance for a
rear tire. I think most, if not damaged by a cut, last around
3000 miles. Front tires last about 1000 miles more than the rear
ones, and the present front tire looks as if it has quite a few