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Old 11-26-03, 12:21 PM   #1
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Wussed out

Right now (11/26), I'm supposed to be in our Jeep going to Moab for 5 days and 4 nights of camping and biking. But we (hubby and I) bagged it, I'm quite depressed right now. We have 4 friends that already left this morning at 7am and they went through one of the "worst commutes ever" because it's snowing all through the Salt Lake Valley. So we didn't want to be riding over high canyon passes with it snowing, one of which was named the "deadliest highway in the US" HWY 6. Our friends were hell bent on going because they just bought new Santa Cruz Superlights and hadn't even rode them yet. But the main reason we wussed out is because hubby is just getting over a cold that had knocked him down for over a week, and I have a mildly scratchy throat and headache for a few days now. Nothing too bad, but the thought biking in with day time temps in the low 40s, getting sweaty, then camping when the night time temps of 15-20 didn't really sound appealing. I feel like a discrace to mountain biking

So we're planning to go in March or April. It's a 5 hour drive (in good weather)from here.
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Old 11-26-03, 01:04 PM   #2
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You made a smart choice.The last Place you want to be when a fever or illness strikes is in the mountains this time of year.

I made that mistake on a 3 day hiking trip here in the Dacks. The very first night I came down with a fever and didn't say anything to my hiking party of 4 other people. The next day we set out to climb Gothics mt. With in the first mile I felt so week and the fever was climbing and I felt dizzy.

To make a long story short they had to help me all the way back to camp and I froze all night long.The next day we hike out and it took us 2 hours longer then the hike in.

I felt very bad for screwing up the trip they took so much time planning.
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Old 11-26-03, 02:04 PM   #3
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Thanks Johnny. I'm feeling better with my decision, as my head is starting to pound more as the day goes on.
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I agree with Johnny. You made the right choice.

Plus, I was born in Colorado and know how the high mountain passes can be in a heavy snowstorm. Sometimes even four wheel drive doesn't help. There will be other days and other trips.

Sit by the fire - or the furnace outlet - hug each other, and dream of warmer times!

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Old 11-26-03, 11:41 PM   #5
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You made the right choice. Sit by the fire - or the furnace outlet - hug each other, and dream of warmer times!

Agreed. Now that is the best advice I have heard all day!
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One more vote for not messing around with the common cold. I did that last autumn. Resulting prolonged flu was followed by a nasty viral infection in my throat, which was followed by a bacterial infection down my windpipe. At times I thought I was coughing the bottoms of my lugns out. I spent a bit over 2 weeks in bed, could not ride for nearly 6 weeks. Never again!

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