I won’t back down…

Over the last couple of months I’ve received many cards and notes from people all over the world with words of encouragement and prayers. These mean so much to me, I read them often. I wish I could take them all with me while in the hospital, but not sure I could pack them all. Thank you everyone for you kind words of encouragement.

Yesterday I decided to go ride my bike on the same River Trails where Thomas and I rode on Sunday. The weather was overcast and it was sprinkling rain, but I didn’t let that stop me, off I went. Bold, by myself. I completed the ride, 6.24 miles, and was feeling pretty proud of myself. At the end of my rides my legs are like Jello, they are very weak and I have to ride up next to something to hold on to just to get off my bike, it’s not graceful at all. Anyway, got off the bike, and then the daunting task of lifting the bike into the back of my SUV. Guess I didn’t think this all the way through. Anyway after a couple of attempts I get the wheel up high enough to clear the lip of the back and that’s when I lost my balance (yes, balance is a big issue for me) and fell with the bike landing on top of me. So, I’m laying in the parking lot with my bike on top of me and I hear a car come by. Oh good, someone to help me out. NOOOO… they just drove past with my laying there. Wait, it gets better. They have to loop around a round-about and pass me a second time, surely they’ll stop then. Oh no, they just speed on past me. I couldn’t believe it, I’m laying there with a bike on top of me and someone just drives on by. Did they think I was down there on purpose? Who knows? Anyway, I was able to get myself up and the bike loaded in the SUV a bit bruised and scraped, I don’t think I’ll attempt the solo bike ride again anytime soon. Any bike riders out there who want to take short rides and help a girl out? I won’t back down… šŸ™‚

My sister, Wendy, suggested a song for me to post, so this is for you Wendy. Hope these words give you strength you as well. VW

Bet you didn’t know Johnny Cash recorded it as well.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 10:11:51

    I cannot believe that rude driver, Vicki! It is certainly not (I HOPE) representative of LR in general. My friend, Laura Crone, is on a biking team… I bet she’d be up for some short runs!… Wish I had a bike.


  2. goodbyeMS
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 10:37:20

    Ugh, the nerve of some people! It’s not like what you were doing is some kind of new yoga craze, “Mindful meditation with your bike laying on you” hasn’t been catching on for good reason šŸ™‚ I am glad you take chances and make mistakes- (in the words of Ms. Frizzle). If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have the nerve and determination to stop MS! You ROCK


  3. Sue
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 22:37:36

    If I lived closer, you know I would be there hounding you to go riding. You would probably be sick of me. But at least I wouldn’t leave you laying on the ground with your bike on top of you. Of course, my rides often end with ice cream so you would have to put up with that. šŸ™‚


  4. Ximena
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 15:00:06

    OMG Vicky !! I’m here sitting crying of laughter when I read this. Not laughter at you but with you. I’ve been in this situation so many times, in different ways … thank you for letting me know I’m not the only one there. Always choose to laugh at those things, God knows we could cry a river. šŸ™‚


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