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Old 01-15-19, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Thanks again to all of you! Your support has helped as well.


Specialists have told us that Rowan has made a remarkable recovery. He still has some recovering to do, but so far, he has surpassed expectations.


Rowan and I were able to take a much-needed holiday this Christmas ... away from appointments etc. ... and we spent some of the time walking and cycling in quiet parts of Tasmania. It was really nice to be in the midst of rainforests and on peaceful idyllic country roads. We were also fortunate to stay in some very nice, out of the way places ... best of all was probably a 4 night farm stay on a historic property. We were surrounded by fields and farm animals ... and were adopted by the property owner: Mr Higgins. Mr Higgins is the property cat.


We actually did a 40 km bicycle ride one of the days which is the most either of us have done in one ride since Rowan's accident!! That was something of a milestone.


I got some action shots of us trying to pose by "The Big Tree" in one of the rainforests ...















There are more photos of our trip here in this album ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka...57701105222642
Glad you are doing well. I wonder if the cat was inspired by "Higgins" from the TV show Magnum P.I. ?

Great photos.

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Old 01-16-19, 07:36 AM
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I am so glad you are doing well. The road back is worth the trials and effort along the way. Joe
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Old 01-19-19, 08:28 PM
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Just checked back in after a while and it is very gratifying to see Rowan and Machka on vacation having a good time. Happiness is what life should be about and you two are obviously back on track in that regard. Congratulations.
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Old 01-20-19, 01:08 AM
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I know this is nerdy but so what I track airliners and on clear days look at them with binoculars and the Qantas A380 flew over Hondo, Texas the Sydney to DFW route. It was a clear sky and no doubt when that A380 was on the horizon the engines was spraying us with chem trails but at 39,000 feet and binoculars I could see the kangaroo on the tail and the spirit of Australia on the plane. So I think of Rowan and Machka and how cool it is the correspond with fellow bike riders from all over the planet.
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Old 01-20-19, 04:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I know this is nerdy but so what I track airliners and on clear days look at them with binoculars and the Qantas A380 flew over Hondo, Texas the Sydney to DFW route. It was a clear sky and no doubt when that A380 was on the horizon the engines was spraying us with chem trails but at 39,000 feet and binoculars I could see the kangaroo on the tail and the spirit of Australia on the plane. So I think of Rowan and Machka and how cool it is the correspond with fellow bike riders from all over the planet.


The world is not so big.
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Old 01-20-19, 04:13 AM
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Out of curiosity, I added up the total cycling Rowan and I have done since he started cycling again in August ....

467.88 km!!!
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Old 01-20-19, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Out of curiosity, I added up the total cycling Rowan and I have done since he started cycling again in August ....

467.88 km!!!
go, Go, GO!
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Old 01-20-19, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Out of curiosity, I added up the total cycling Rowan and I have done since he started cycling again in August ....

467.88 km!!!
That's great.
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Old 01-21-19, 11:24 AM
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Cannot resist this, but you and Rowan have incredible speedos/odometers with accuracy to 5 sig figs (or perhaps just to the nearest 10 m - sorry for the typo corrected here). Currently working with college students and having them use sig figs in their measurements. And here I thought that recording to the nearest 5 km was good enough for me when touring Australia.

Machka, you have raised the bar for my next tour this June-July

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Old 01-21-19, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by tmac100 View Post
Cannot resist this, but you and Rowan have incredible speedos/odometers with accuracy to 5 sig figs (or perhaps just to the nearest 10 km). Currently working with college students and having them use sig figs in their measurements. And here I thought that recording to the nearest 5 km was good enough for me when touring Australia.

Machka, you have raised the bar for my next tour this June-July
Well, as I know you would agree, I would say after what Rowan has been through every last digit is significant and perhaps none more than the first 0.01 KM. Now if you want to determine the sig digits of the distance of my last ride based on my odometer calibration; you could have a teaching moment.
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Old 01-21-19, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Out of curiosity, I added up the total cycling Rowan and I have done since he started cycling again in August ....

467.88 km!!!
Way to go!
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Old 01-21-19, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by tmac100 View Post
Cannot resist this, but you and Rowan have incredible speedos/odometers with accuracy to 5 sig figs (or perhaps just to the nearest 10 km). Currently working with college students and having them use sig figs in their measurements. And here I thought that recording to the nearest 5 km was good enough for me when touring Australia.

Machka, you have raised the bar for my next tour this June-July
That's Strava for you.
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Old 01-21-19, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by DeceptivelySlow View Post
Well, as I know you would agree, I would say after what Rowan has been through every last digit is significant and perhaps none more than the first 0.01 KM. Now if you want to determine the sig digits of the distance of my last ride based on my odometer calibration; you could have a teaching moment.
Yes to the significance of each and every step on the journey that Rowan and Machka have done. There must be an odometer out there somewhere that measures to the nearest .5 meter. The actual journey Rowam is on must be a LOT more than 1000 km. Thus, Machka's number is quite understated.

Carry on with the progress, Rowan and Machka
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Old 01-22-19, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by tmac100 View Post
Yes to the significance of each and every step on the journey that Rowan and Machka have done. There must be an odometer out there somewhere that measures to the nearest .5 meter. The actual journey Rowam is on must be a LOT more than 1000 km. Thus, Machka's number is quite understated.

Carry on with the progress, Rowan and Machka

If you count walking too .......
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Old 01-22-19, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
If you count walking too .......
In any journey W = F *d. The distance can be done in any way you want FWIW, my pedometer says that I have walked from here in Doha to the Red Sea. But in reality with the blockade imposed on Qatar by the UAE and Saudi - well fake news is fake news

Carry on Rowan and Machka. I love hearing about the progress in the journey both of you are on
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Old 01-23-19, 04:34 PM
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Thanks tmac100 and the other people who have posted in this thread recently.

I am one of those typical men who couldn't really gather the fuss not very long after what happened, but I have been through a lot of medical treatment that has helped to cast the light on the extent of the damage and how darned lucky I have been to firstly survive and secondly recover enough to do stuff... including thinking seriously about return to work, and of course cycling.

The day-before-yesterday (or yesterday US time) was the 10th month since the incident that injured me. Had it just been broken bones (as has happened once before to me on the same machine) I would have been fully recovered within a few weeks. But that head/brain injury was a major occurrence, and on more than several occasions, as stated by people who are defined experts in their medical fields, I have made a remarkable recovery.

Some of that survival and recovery is due to an inbuilt fitness from the physical activity due largely to cycling and to a small extent the type of field work I was engaged in. It sounds holy, I know, as it's not meant to be, but the almost entire elimination of alcohol and the 15-years-ago final elimination of nicotine were two other significant contributions to my adequate fitness level for brain recovery.

And I will never forget the incredible job Machka has done to keep me focused why life is still more than what it could have been.
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Old 01-26-19, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Out of curiosity, I added up the total cycling Rowan and I have done since he started cycling again in August ....
467.88 km!!!
Bloody hell. That's probably more than me.
Well done, and great to see things are going so well.
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Old 03-22-19, 03:43 AM
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Old 03-22-19, 04:59 PM
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I really do wish it was simple. But last weekend, I was admitted back into hospital in the neurology ward via ambulance after basically collapsing at home. A CT scan of my head showed that damage to my brain still exists and for the first time revealed to me, that is not ever likely to be any different; my brain and healing process has been such that I have been able to bypass that damage and make use of the rest of the organ.

What we did last Saturday is go for a bike ride and I did extremely well averaging over 18km/h. But I felt a bit odd in the stomach and didn't drink at all on the ride despite having plenty of fluid on the bike. I did whack a bit down after we finished, then Machka drove home where we were setting out to set up a brand new Concept 2 rowing machine. That's when I collapsed, and Machka called the ambulance.

I am now on a new range of medication to take twice daily to hopefully prevent something similar happening again. The important thing, though, is for me to keep up the fluid intakes, even if it means more going to the toilet to urinate. Sadly, I had also had done well enough in my recovery to be passed in getting my driver's licence back, but readmission to hospital and the cause has put that back six months. I did, however, get to see again some of the magnificent nursing staff who took care of me 12 month ago, and I was so grateful for them.

Machka sent me a piece yesterday that is the start of what she has written about this whole thing from a year ago. When the workplace accident happened, we were in the final stages of planning a 360km 24-hour Audax ride with a guy from the mainland for the next weekend. I so miss not being able to do that... but it is something that I hope can happen again in the future.

I also was due to make a very brief return to work -- unpaid -- during this past week at a golf course, but that has had to be put off until next month.

Of course, Machka has been the savior of my life yet again. And that is what counts the most.
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Thanks for that! Next week, we are going to stay several nights in a place that is safe for me to cycle. The place we stay is Brickendon, one of the historic farming properties in Northern Tasmania. A key character is Mr Higgins, a wonderful cat that is a little bit like the one in the picture. I really am looking forward to the weekend for (a) the cycling, (b) staying on a historic property and (c) meeting up with Mr Higgins again.
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I really do wish it was simple. But last weekend, I was admitted back into hospital in the neurology ward via ambulance after basically collapsing at home.

He has a big seizure ... tonic clonic aka grand mal.

It was likely triggered by stress ... he had one of his most stressful weeks ... plus dehydration ... plus the flickering of the light in our basement when we turned it on.

We had gone down there after the ride Rowan mentions to build my new rowing machine. Flicked on the light ... and that was apparently the "last straw".

I am just glad I was here with him when it happened.



We're going to attempt to build the rowing machine later today.



And this is Mr Higgins.



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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
... plus dehydration ... plus the flickering of the light in our basement when we turned it on.
As a mature man.... I have some first-hand experience with dehydration. It isn't something we generally talk about publicly. But staying properly hydrated can be difficult-ish for men 50+. I had a bathroom scale I used for a period that measured my moisture/hydration level by running a slight current/signal through my bare via my bare feet (it wasn't felt). I am not sure how effective it was... I still managed to dehydrate myself. I am sure Rowan will do a better job of meeting this new challenge than I have. I now count mileage, drinking every four miles (6.4K). Yeah... it means peeing more than I'd like. But that's not the worse thing to live with.
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