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    Your Toughest Clyde Physical Ailment Ride?

    Idea from another thread.

    What was your toughest ride? Not cause it was hot, cold, or raining, climbing or windy, but a physical ailment ride!

    Mine had to be a metric century (can I say that without looking like a wuss?) in Borego Springs, middle of the desert. Gina and I drove about 2.5 hours to atend the ride. I was riding while she drove the course for kicks (back when gas was cheap). I was bit anxious then frustrated when I was running a bit short on time thanks to an unexpected detour.

    I reached the start with plenty of time to spare but I was still pumped. One of the things that can bring on a deadly migraine if I get too anxiuos. Migraines are terrible. Suffering since I was 12 years old. Sometimes once a month, sometimes once a year. Doc says they are "aura migraines" since an aura appears impairing my sight. A awful lighted line similar to Christmas runners. Eegads, I get nauseous just thinking about it! The line starts on the lower left, 10 minutes later, can shift to the upper right. Varies case to case. Then my tongue goes numb, my leg, my arm then the tummy as theline vanishes but visionis blurry. Needless to say I puke my guts out, even after I reach empty, dry heaves. Sometimes the only way to feel better is sleep it off, maybe 8 hours. Then the head is numb for a cople of days and eyes are very sensitive to lights.

    So I start the ride and Gina is monitoring me on the course. I'm flying cause I had been training back then and was down in weight and up in endurance. Feeling great, passing pacelines of riders. Some could hang on but I'd drop them on the inclines of the short rollers. I had paced myself at the start and had been running down riders. I could see the lead pack ahead but didn't figure on catching them, just holding my good pace.

    Gina would pul over the truck over to the side of the road to watch as I rode by. SOme of the riders taht I had passed would shout out, "hey loverboy!" as I stopped to give Gina a peck allowing them to pass me. I'd remount then ride them down again and smile as I rode by. I was having fun!

    Then I get to the turnaround at Salton Sea. I ate some of the famous Dudley Bread (I had never heard of it). Gina stopped a couple of minutes with me then I hit the road again. About 1/5 mile form the rest stop, I nearly went blind! SUNNOFA ********* MIGRAINE!!!!!

    I couldn't see so I waved down Gina as I could see out of my peripheral vision direction. I pulled over to tell her the news. She said no biggie we'd just head home as she knows waht goes on when they hit. I thought about it a few minutes as my new found buds rode by smiling and waiving, once again calling me "loverboy". Little did they know I wanted to cry (Yes, Superman feels like crying sometimes, I saw the movie).

    Just as I was about to load my bike, I said F it! I swear when I'm pissed! I told Gina I was going for it as only 30 miles remained, we'll see what happens. I put my head down then followed the white line. Desert road so it was long and straight with rolling hills. I put my mind to the thighs concentrating on the legs trying to make them burn bad! I figured I could displace the blood flow to my legs. I heard messaging the finger tips makes the blood flow while relieving migraine pain. I pedaled as hard as I could. My legs were numb wiht pain but next thing I know, I could once again see!

    Not sure what really happened but I rode by a few riders that shouted "loverboy!". Well Dern, I caught back up and rode by half blind with blurry vision. I always wore a bright orange jersey so others had me marked on rides. They thought it was so Gina could easily spot me on rides. Fact was , it was the only jersy I could afford!Haha!

    So I try to smile for the guys as I go by. Later down the road Gina drives by and asks if I'm ok. I say yeas and right as I stat to overtake another rider, he shouts out, "he's passing riders again". Oh man, that pumped me up again!.....So I continue on concentrating on punishing the legs. Later down the road with maybe 5 miles left I spot a recumbent onthe flat part of the ride. Then I decide I am going to catch him redirecting my attention form the head to the thighs. He sees me coming and gives it his all. Last mile I'm right on his tail. "Basturd, I'm gonna getcha!" my mind says! I pedal harder but can't pass him as he crosses the line about one bike length ahead of me! That was cool!

    We chat a bit after the ride then we go to the postmeal. I sit ther for a few minutes with Gina but totally sick now. Body is illin' and some guy notices so he offers me some drugs. I rarely take anything but this time , gimme an extra large dose!...Food looks great but I can't eat more than 5 or 6 bites. I gotta go so we split. Stopped at a minimart for a plastic bag and a 7Up!

    I rode shotgun for the next 2.5 hours wiht a puke bag on my lap, but HOTDAMMIT, I DID IT!!! That's when I decided I WAS to become Superman!

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    Pics from that ride. I actually smiled for a couple of the pics taken by the ride photoguy!
    Didn't have a camera back in 2004. 218 lbs back then, now 245. Reminder: Get back into shape for 2009!:thmb:

    BTW, that same Deep V (2004) is still on the bike today and in perfect form. The front was a mavic CXP 30 I had to slap on the bike right before the ride. Stock wheel failed so shortly after I built the CXP 33 that is now onthe front. Found that rear rim on a clearance rack for $25, then built it with a Dura Ace hub.

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    Early July 2007, my wife Kasia and I did our first century rides. This was an informal, unsupported century -- we rode from home to Marymoor Park in Redmond, did a lap around Lake Sammamish, rode the Sammamish River and Burke-Gilman Trails to Gasworks Park, back to Marymoor, then back home. It was about 104 miles total, and took most of the day. Great weather, good ride, great fun. Except...

    About half way through the ride, I suddenly developed a sharp, intense pain in my left foot. The pain seemed to be localized around the SPD cleat. Cutting the century short was not an option, so we pressed on regardless...

    The next day, I could barely walk. I thought the problem was due to improper placement of the cleat on my shoe, so I adjusted things a bit and the situation seemed to improve. After a couple of days of rest and ibuprofen, the pain disappeared.

    The following weekend, we did the Seattle-to-Portland ride -- 204 miles in 2 days. The pain started again just a few hours into the long (128 mile) first day. The second day was even worse, but I manged to finish.

    The day after returning home, I couldn't put any weight on my left foot -- it was swollen, and the area over the 2nd and 3rd toes turned blue. I saw a doctor, had an x-ray and MRI, and was diagnosed with a stress fracture in 2nd toe.

    (Funny note: My doctor told me that the normal procedure for a break like this is isolate the toe by taping it to its neighbor. My 2nd and 3rd toes are fully webbed together, so I got this treatment "for free" without the need for tape. )

    Yea, I did the STP with a stress fracture in my foot. Woo-hoo.

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    Bet Keith is a good swimmer too!..Good job man!

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    Well, the ride with my toughest physical ailment wasn't as impressive as a century, but it was my longest distance at the time of 52 miles.

    To explain first, I've had bad knees since I was 15. I can walk okay (usually), climbing stairs or steep hills I have to kind of be careful of and anything like rock climbing or ladders aren't a good idea at all. How much I weigh doesn't seem to make a difference to them at all. Bad when I weighed 120 pounds, bad weighing 200, no apparent difference. Add to it that every now and again for no apparent reason, I'll get a really bad flare up and just getting in or out of a chair is murder. It does impair my cycling a bit as it restricts how much force I can apply to the pedals and even oddly, how fast I can pedal. I've learned to manage and I almost managed my first century this year and I WILL next year.

    Back in August, I was going to do my first 50+ miles. I'd gotten everything ready with plenty of water, fruit and nuts for a mid-point energy boost and set out. About 30 miles into the loop, my right knee acted up. It hurt enough that each time I even flexed it, I was getting stars in my eyes and felt sick. Of course, there was no way for me to get a rescue and even if I called emergency, there was NO way I was going to leave my recumbent trike on the side of the road!

    Somehow, I managed to make the 20 miles home with my 'good' leg doing all the work and trying to keep my other one off the pedal, thrown over the fender of one of my wheels in one position. Thankfully, I know the area around here well enough that I managed to go around the two steeper hills my original route called for.

    Not as impressive as Mr. Beanz though. I get the aura migraines too and I think I would have just curled up on the road and died with one of those. Not to mention that blind kaleidoscope effect that can go on. So good going on finishing!

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    I had the got-to-goes on a ride once. Spent most of the ride looking for port-a-potties...

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    Two days riding and camping with a fractured rib this summer on the C & O Canal Towpath. I crashed crossing wet railroad tracks just north of Cumberland, MD the day before, and since my injuries - road rash on my arms and legs - appeared to be superficial I and my companion continued the next day. I figured the catch on the left side of my rib cage was merely soreness from hitting the ground. Had I known I had a fractured rib, my tour would have ended in Cumberland, since by continuing riding I was risking puncturing a lung.

    Some accounts of me during this time follow. A transcription of my original cell phone message after the accident.

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    "I fell down going over the tracks. There's blood dripping down my leg. I can walk, but please call me." A pause, then "Thanks."
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    From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, as part of an article on Paw Paw Tunnel on the C & O:

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    [NeilB]... pushed his mountain bike (sic) through the tunnel and stopped across the canal from the waterfall as Nichols finished snapping pictures. His left leg, swollen and oozing blood from a gash at the knee sustained in a fall the day before, slowed him during a trail ride that would end in Washington, D.C.

    Somewhere along the way, he lost track of his cycling partner .... as they rode the trail on a journey to raise money for epilepsy research.... But [NeilB], proud of his role in their "Neils on Wheels" fundraising campaign, wouldn't stop to rest.

    "We've raised about $1,000 so far. I'll make it the rest of the way," he said, adjusting the gauze falling away from his leg. "I'm looking to get to a nice campground, get some rest and regroup."

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    When I met Neil B at Williamsport [Maryland], he could hardly get out of the car. This is an amazing feat to be able to bike 90 miles with a broken rib. This will be the legend of the Clyde forum for years to come. Stormcrowe may have the longest single day ride, but is anyone willing to try and break this record of 90 miles on a broken rib? I think I"ll pass.
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    Impressive stories. I guess I'm just a wussy weenie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aenlaasu View Post
    Not as impressive as Mr. Beanz though. I get the aura migraines too and I think I would have just curled up on the road and died with one of those. Not to mention that blind kaleidoscope effect that can go on. So good going on finishing!
    Oh I don't know! One legged drills for 20 miles would be a killer!...Oh yeah, the kaleidoscope effect!
    I get sick just thinking about it, argh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    I had the got-to-goes on a ride once. Spent most of the ride looking for port-a-potties...

    In the rankings, that's gotta be atleast be one of the top 5 toughes situations!

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    Mr. Beans I am impressed. I used to get migraines, but changing my diet has helped a lot. I have to go into a very dark room and sleep it off. I have had to sit through an 8 hour volleyball tournament for my oldest daughter with a migraine. I ended up letting my wife drive home, because I had the dry heaves. I thought I was over them but something triggered it and I was a very bad person to be around. I told everyone is was the start of a migraine, but they all thought I had a bad flu bug.

    When I was in high school, I played a basketball game with one, and told the coach I had one, but unless I was playing badly I wanted to play. I never had to vomit during the game, but half-time was very bad for me when I sat down. I seemed to be fine when I was pushing my self hard, but sitting in a bright locker room just about killed me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post




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    This is an amazing feat to be able to bike 90 miles with a broken rib. This will be the legend of the Clyde forum for years to come. Stormcrowe may have the longest single day ride, but is anyone willing to try and break this record of 90 miles on a broken rib? I think I"ll pass.
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    OK, so you got me on that one! Only a hardcore cyclist, I'd been in the vehicle with the roadrash!

    Next time I'll read the reports after I finish breakfast, not during!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    Mr. Beans I am impressed. I used to get migraines, but changing my diet has helped a lot.
    You know, they have goten leess frequent since I started cycling. I think maybe it's that I don't let myself dehydrate as much. One good thing about cycling is watching the hdration levels.

    Dry heaves! Mine get so hard I swear I can feel my heart trying to escape the hard way! When I'm in the middle of a migraine, I have a hard time responding to a question. I know wha I want to say but it doesn't come out. More of an,"Uhhh,errr,umm...ok". They are bad!

    I'm thinking you didn't score many hoops in the game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    I had the got-to-goes on a ride once. Spent most of the ride looking for port-a-potties...
    I had that on the return leg of an overnight tour once. Yuck.

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    I was just telling keithm0 about this one last weekend...

    On the TdC century this year, I decided to to some "road maintenance" by clearing this piece of deadfall branch from the road. It didn't look heavy, so I thought I'd just ride by and punt it out of the way.
    Well, I was going a little quick and the thing was heavier than I thought... WHACK! I kicked it, and it did move off the roadway into the ditch. But I also broke 2 of my toes and had to finish the remaining 25 or so miles like that.

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    I rode home from school a couple of years ago with a strangulated umbilical hernia and trapped section of bowel. I made it in the house and the wife called me an ambulance, I was in so much pain.
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    I have a few moments but one of the worst was during a ride called Mojave by Moonlight..

    The ride was from Claremont to Calico ghost town in the high desert, about 110 miles.. It started at 7pm and you rode through the high desert under the moonlight of a full moon during July. I was riding with a pretty fast group and since this had riders of all abilities the sag support was quite a bit behind us.. We had just finished a short climb and I was descending a quick downhill section at about 30 mph..

    Out of the corner of my eye I see something running across the rode and before I know I am flying over my handlebars at full speed.. I ended up hitting a possum and dislocated my left shoulder.. After gathering all my stuff that came off the bike I sit there and say well it may be a hour or so before the sag catches up so I can get a ride.. We are at mile 50 of the ride at this point. So I take off with my friends to get to the next aid station.. It must of been the adrenaline surge because other than my shoulder throbbing I felt ok. I just sucked it up and kept going, at about mile 90 the adrenaline had subsided and I was now in serious pain.. The last 20 miles was just a blur of me saying to myself, keep the pedals moving.. Fortunately one of my friends wife had driven to the finish to take us all home.

    I not sure what was worse dislocating the shoulder or having it put back after 14 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I was just telling keithm0 about this one last weekend...

    On the TdC century this year, I decided to to some "road maintenance" by clearing this piece of deadfall branch from the road. It didn't look heavy, so I thought I'd just ride by and punt it out of the way.
    Well, I was going a little quick and the thing was heavier than I thought... WHACK! I kicked it, and it did move off the roadway into the ditch. But I also broke 2 of my toes and had to finish the remaining 25 or so miles like that.

    Ouch! Done that before. Didn't break toes but it hurt pretty dern bad! now Superman just pretends he doesn't see heavy stuff inthe road!...Actually I stop and remove it. Once on the trail, we encountered a barrier from one side to the other made of large rocks. Maybe 2X2Ft each. Some dope had placed them there hoping to cause a rider to crash. I dismounted and removed the rocks. I looked up to see about 6 teens looking my way. Maybe 30 yards away. I glared at them then they took off. Good thing cause I think I could have taken all 6!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I rode home from school a couple of years ago with a strangulated umbilical hernia and trapped section of bowel. I made it in the house and the wife called me an ambulance, I was in so much pain.
    Now that, I would not do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider View Post
    It must of been the adrenaline surge because other than my shoulder throbbing I felt ok. I just sucked it up and kept going, at about mile 90 the adrenaline had subsided and I was now in serious pain.. The last 20 miles was just a blur of me saying to myself, keep the pedals moving.

    I not sure what was worse dislocating the shoulder or having it put back after 14 hours.
    Dude, Tyler would be proud!

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    My was in July 08 and I went out for a fairly standard flat N. Florida ride of 50 to 55. The humidity that day was massive, about 95%, but no rain was expected, which is odd for that high of humidity. About mile 35, I started getting massive cramps in my calves which worked up to my thighs. Around mile 40, I had to cross a bridge and my legs completely locked up and I was not able to move. Luckily, I was able to grab on to the bridge siding and hold on until I was safely able to get off my bike and work the acid out of my legs enough to walk up the bridge and coast to the bottom. It was only a 65 ft tall bridge, but I was in massive pain. I seriously considered calling for a pickup, but I looked at the computer and said, Ppffftttt, I am riding the last 7 miles home or I am not a man. . Ok, not really I said, crap she is in a meeting, I have to keep riding. I finally made it home and could barely get off the bike.

    As with any data geek, I researched the crap out of this situation and discovered I was consuming too MUCH liquid and my body was working overtime to get rid of it along with my electrolytes. I was drinking HEED in my water and taking Endurolyte pills as well, but it was not enough to counter act my over-hydration. I had consumed nearly 135 oz of fluid in less than 3.5 hrs, about 25% more than I should have in that amount of time. That was the last ride I used my hydration pak to drink from. Now I only use it if I know I will not have source to get water for my bottles and only use it as a reservoir so I can monitor my fluid intake. Live and learn, folks, live and learn.
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    Jax, I'm not sure having a 'drinking problem' qualifies!

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    Here's my short story.
    I was riding a MS tour with 2 friends of mine. Well they had a "extended route" that would take you extra milage for a metric century....as we got to the turn off we said "what the he**!" and went for it.

    Well I hadnt trained like I should have, and had dehydrated, even after drinking a bunch of water. At the last mile..maybe less theres a nice steep hill that you have to climb....well I got to that hill and right in the middle my legs cramped up and locked!!! I litteraly fell over on my right side still clipped in! I was so bad that it didnt matter what way I bent my legs they would knot up......OUCH!!!

    As I sat there I saw a "Athena" roll by on a big do-do comfort bike...well the Marine came out in me, along with the whole male pride thing...and I said to mayself theres NO WAY I was going to let her beat me to the finish. I got up and pounded the pedals, cramping, knotting up, hurting.....I caught up and passed her. It was all good....she motaved me to get the hell up and RIDE.......and I have to thank her for that!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    OK, so you got me on that one! Only a hardcore cyclist, I'd been in the vehicle with the roadrash!

    Next time I'll read the reports after I finish breakfast, not during!
    Oh, and I forgot to include the best part of all, starting an APB up and down the towpath.

    Here's how I described it in a journal I once posted at an overhyped site for touring cyclists:

    "I rode over the bumpy and rutted towpath. Maryland was in one of the wettest springs in modern memory, and the towpath was muddy, with deep ruts and puddles. Much of it was passable on one side only, and I weaved back and forth across the grassy median trying to find a navigable path. My speed dropped to seven miles an hour or less as I dragged my trailer along. My soreness in my side increased as my breathing grew deeper, and the pain spread into the left side of my back. "Did my scoliosis shift sides?" I half-wondered, recalling Igor's relocating hump in the film Young Frankenstein. This thought amused me as I rode on.

    I began to stop frequently to get off the bike. I ran out of water fifteen miles outside Cumberland, and rode another ten miles through the 80 degree heat before I could find a working pump. There was no cell phone service, so I couldn't reach Neil. As I neared the Paw Paw trailhead, a cyclist pulled next to me and asked how I was. I explained about the accident, about my destination, and described how much pain I was in.

    "Are you going to make it?" he asked.

    "I - I don't know." I gasped for breath. "I don't know."

    "Well, Paw-Paw is only a couple of miles away. If you can't make it, stop there, cross the river, and there's a nice diner you can cool off in. I'll look for you there. We can take care of you if you need it." As he pulled away and I said thanks, I saw the volunteer bike patrol sign on his panniers. I felt shame; for the first time I'd seriously considered not finishing the ride.

    By the time I'd reached Paw-Paw, I had both a second wind and a strategy for pain management. I was going to dismount every ten to fifteen minutes to straighten up, drink, and then remount. I had hours of daylight, and less than twenty miles to the campsite. Also, I wanted to see Paw Paw Tunnel, less than a mile distant.

    In a few minutes I was walking through the 3000 foot tunnel, stepping through puddles on the path, and relishing the chill and darkness. Fifteen minutes later I emerged to see a reporter and photographer from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interviewing people for an article on the tunnel. The article was published Sunday, July 13, 2008, and three paragraphs relate to my tale:

    [The Historian], 42, of Kimberton, a community about 30 miles outside Philadelphia, pushed his mountain bike (sic) through the tunnel and stopped across the canal from the waterfall as Nichols finished snapping pictures. His left leg, swollen and oozing blood from a gash at the knee sustained in a fall the day before, slowed him during a trail ride that would end in Washington, D.C. Somewhere along the way, he lost track of his cycling partner .... as they rode the trail on a journey to raise money for epilepsy research, [The Historian] said. But [The Historian], proud of his role in their "Neils on Wheels" fundraising campaign, wouldn't stop to rest. "We've raised about $1,000 so far. I'll make it the rest of the way," he said, adjusting the gauze falling away from his leg. "I'm looking to get to a nice campground, get some rest and regroup."'

    Interview over, I plodded on, eventually meeting a shirtless Neil ten miles from Indigo Creek. He was talking to a park ranger in a truck. "Did you see an injured cyclist on the trail?" the ranger asked Neil. "Do you mean me?" I said as I rolled up. "One of the volunteers contacted us when you didn't show up at Paw-Paw. He said you were seriously injured, and you'd become separated from your group. We have people looking for you up and down the towpath." I explained, perhaps optimistically, that I was OK, and thanked the ranger for their work. He radioed to someone, presumably calling off the search, and drove off. Neil headed off to Indigo Creek ahead of me, and I rode on alone. I stopped for a long break at the turnoff to Little Orleans, and met Neil again as I was leaving. He led me to the campsite, which we were sharing with another camper, Paul. I arrived at camp at 7:30 PM, walked my bike down an embankment, and collapsed on a bench. After a minute's rest, I got up and set up my tent. While doing so I mentioned I didn’t know if I could complete the ride. Neil advised me to think about it overnight, although he was clearly annoyed I brought the subject up. I went up to the trail to wash out shorts for tomorrow, and to clean up. With the pain in my side I wasn't strong enough to work the cistern pump, so Neil pumped while I washed. I was weak from the heat, from pain, and having eaten only two Clif Bars since breakfast, from hunger, so I wolfed down some trail mix and went to bed. Neil stayed up using my camp stove as the darkness gathered. In my tent, as I lay down, I felt as if I were going to die, so intense was the pain in my back. I cried as I prayed to God that I survive to complete the ride...

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