Mancos for a day

On our way south we stopped in Mancos to pick up my bike and say hey to a few friends. Did I mention it is cold here? Once the sun went down the temps plummeted. Winter is here.

Tomorrow we head south to Flagstaff then Tucson for a week or two. It will be nice to get to some warmer weather.

Knee is feeling good. I need to remember to take it easy and let it heal from the surgery. I think I should be able to ride a bike by next week though.

The dogs seem to be handling the cold and moving well. I am sure they will be very happy once we are in warmer climates as well though.

Back home

Well back to where the trailer is parked in Grand Junction, CO anyway. We drove back from Frisco, CO this afternoon after spending another night in the hotel after my knee surgery on Thursday. Kate drove and did a great job as always. Enzo is still panting a lot in the truck. It’s a little annoying but he doesn’t seem overly stressed.

We stopped in Edwards at our friends Jen and Derek’s for some vegan nachos and some sort of margarita thing made with apple cider. I think it’s called a Manzarita and it was delicious. As were the nachos.

Then our mutual friend Nina showed us photos from this crazy river trip she just did in Ethiopia. She’s pretty sure that she is about the 50th person ever to raft/kayak this river which is wild to consider. There were sections of water that they did not float down as it was just too wild.

Then there were crocodiles and that’s when I decided I probably wouldn’t ever do that trip. But I have been known to change my mind on crazy things.

The knee is doing well. It’s still pretty swollen from surgery but it doesn’t hurt. I’m trying to keep it elevated and iced and of course I’m resting a ton.

PBR: Pumps, Bumps, and Rollers

Our friends Jen and Derek introduced us to the Mile 18 area for mountain biking earlier this year. Kate is just getting her dirt wheels under control and PBR is a great trail to get started on. However as the description reads below it’s still fun for any skill level.

2 miles of nonstop grins! Nonstop banked turns and features flowing into each other. Very fast and with enough speed you’ll be in the air a good amount of time (though everything is rollable).

This is the perfect trail for intermediates to work on skills, or experts to let it rip. Everyone will be happy with this one.

Via MTB Project

Post Knee Surgery Day 1

Had my left knee meniscus worked on yesterday as I have mentioned a few times here. The procedure was really easy this time as I opted for general anesthesia. I recall being wheeled into the operating room. Switching to another bed, laying back and then waking up in post op.

Roger Pre Op with Beer hat giving double thumbs up.
Roger Pre Op with Beer hat and double thumbs up.

Overall this was my best surgery experience so far. In the past I have always opted for a spinal so I was awake for the surgery. While that was a neat experience it resulted in a long post op wait for my lower body to wake back up. This time I woke up. Ate. Went to the bathroom, and went home.

I think the other thing that made this surgery less traumatic is that they did not repair the meniscus. From what I gather, and my memory is pretty foggy at this point, they simply trimmed a part of the meniscus out. This is a less invasive process than a repair where they rough up the meniscus and then reattach it. 

So far my pain and swelling seem much lower than my repair surgery 3 years ago. I am already able to walk on the leg and it is bending at least 90 degrees. The main thing that is preventing it from being more at the moment are the bandages that I am not allowed to remove till my follow up appointment next Monday.