WHAT'S NEW WITH UNCLE PHIL ...
For those who might be interested, I'll try to keep this area current with what my near future rides are and other such trivia. If I'm going to be in your area, drop me an e-mail at UnclePhilus@hotmail.com and if possible we can grab a bite to eat. Hope to see you on the road!
Planned Rides And Such
1. 'Medical' life has started to settle down a bit finally as the arterial clearing surgery on my leg seems to have worked (just had a check up). And my annual physical results were good so it looks like I am going to live until I die. But looks like 2018 will not be free of 'medical adventures' for me. May 4th I went in for surgery on my right hand to deal with severe arthritis at the base of my thumb. It is technically called a CMC Arthroplasty (or something like that). I made my ride to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia of 6,636 miles after my recovery and have finished the story here. Shortly after I returned, I had the same repair to my left hand and had them work on my elbow on August 17th. So I'm out of the saddle for a while as I get healed back up. I'm just glad they can still do repairs on these old models like me!
2. The ride to the Blue Ridge Gathering at Cruso, NC is an annual event that I have hosted for over ten years. Nothing formal, just some folks meeting up to ride and eat, and eat and ride! We meet at the Moonshine Campground near Sylva, NC and folks seem to have a good time. We had over to 50 folks show up in 2017 and we could not have asked for better weather. The camping area looked like a bunch of mushrooms had sprouted up while we were out riding Thursday. The Friday group ride had over 35 bikes in total and went really well using the Drop and Sweep Method. The leaves were just before their peak, showing some color on the sides of the mountains. Close to 40 folks showed up for our supper at the Sagebrush Steakhouse. We'll be having it again at the same place next year since Miss Dana and Jim are kind enough to let us come back.
3. My knees are doing just fine and I can honestly say that I would not know that I had a replacement if it were not for the scars and some activities that I avoid to prolong the life of the implants. Currently I am walking three miles a day. I am hoping work my way back up to ten miles biking as I was doing before my aneurysm repair surgery.
4. I posted the pictures and commentary for my ride across the United States on Highway 50, The Main Street Of The USA. I also have posted a video of the ride down Pikes Peak. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
5. I've been doing a lot of work around the Holler while the weather has been bad. So I was past due for a little 'wind time'. Here's the story with pictures.
6. I had the privilege of riding to the last Moonshine Lunch Run. Come and see!
I was able to ride 17,798 miles in 2016 and that with being out of the saddle for almost 3 months due to medical drama. For 2017, I logged 17,836 miles with being out of the saddle for a couple of months with the blood clot in my leg and the following surgery. With my surgeries this year, I do not expect to get very many miles in. But sometimes you just have to get the repairs done - on both bikes and body. I visited the Canadian Maritimes with my friend, Alain, on July 21st including a visit to Newfoundland. And I still have my eyes on a run down Highway 6 sometime in the future. So keep tuned in, cause you just never know where I might show up ....
You can reach me at UnclePhilus@hotmail.com anytime as I check it daily unless I'm on the road. If you have questions about the site, or touring, places I've been or such, I'll be glad to share what little I know. Thanks for stopping by!