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    Back in the saddle, feels good

    For those that don't know my story, I had a serious accident, fracturing my right patella last October as the Turner gathering was getting underway. I was riding with tscheezy and Nels on the Slickrock Swamp trail outside of St. George when it happened. They babied me to the hospital, and now two surgeries and six months of physical therapy later, my doctor has given me the green light. I spent the winter building a Six Pack, and had an opportunity to take it on a shakedown run yesterday.

    This is my fifth Turner, so it felt pretty familiar. However, it's both the plushest but heaviest one yet. What was most eye opening was how much strength and endurance I've lost in that down time. I have to admit though that I'm having fun with the comeback process. Maybe I'll purposely ride the Pack a bunch for the extra effort it takes to put in miles and climb with it. It's good to be out there again. Here's a few pics of my ride on the Russian River Trail. As you can see it's just now trying to turn into spring. I ran head to head with a wolverine on my ride but he was so quick I didn't have a chance to pull out the camera. Riding again just let me realize what I've been missing.

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    Congrats Rando and welcome back to the saddle! It must have been a difficult wait.
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    Hey Randy, it's great to see you back in the saddle again! You'll have to make plans to come back down again this October. Congratulations on the new Pack! I like the monochromatic look.

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    i couldnt be more pleased for ya! welcome back my friend. now promise youll be in moab. i wanna shake yer hand and tell ya thanx personally. yer a good egg rando. damn this is good news!
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    Congrats on the recovery and the new Pack. Its got to feel good to be riding again.


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    Nice! Your physical shape didn't deteriorate, you're just riding a heavier bike!

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    Great to see you back on a bike, Rando, let alone a new RFX/Pack. Nice ride. Best wishes on your comeback efforts.

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    rando

    When do you head back? My Flux will be up and rolling by next Sat.


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    Great news!

    Don't overdo it at first. Your fitness will return gradually, don't worry.
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    Wow, beautiful pics and nice ride too!, congrats on your return also.

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    Good to see you riding, these pictures look a lot better than your X ray's did.
    Ditto Bob, take it easy, and take plenty of pictures on the way.

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    I wanted to say thanks again to all those that wished me well over the winter. It really helped and I appreciate it. It was great that I was forwarded pics of the Turner gathering so I was able to put faces to mtbr handles.

    I'm determined to regain some form, and today had an urge to ride some dirt with some technical riding too. The weather was cooperative, so timing was perfect. I hit Gull Rock Trail on Turnagain Arm, which has its share of challenging rooty sections for the last mile before the turnaround. It gave me a chance to get a feel for the armor I should be wearing next fall!

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    Oops, forgot the obligatory Turner poses.....

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    Pretty bike, glad to hear you're back in the saddle.

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    Now those are some ROOTS! geez, that section looks like you just gotta go for it...

    glad you are able to be seeing the world again over some handlebars!
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    Hey Randy. Good to hear you are up and about in time for the summer riding season. I have never been on the Gull Rock trail. Barny and I may hit the mainland in September for a little riding on the Kenai and perhaps around Anchorage again. We should hook up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Barny and I may hit the mainland in September for a little riding on the Kenai and perhaps around Anchorage again. We should hook up.
    Definitely, give me some notice just prior to passing through. I'm back on a two weeks on/two weeks off schedule, and it appears I'll have the first two weeks of Sept off. If your fieldwork is over by then the Kenai Peninsula rides are a pretty good bet because those trails aren't as frequented by moose hunters! Let me know, we'll plan some rides.

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    Great pics of what seems to be awesome trails.
    Ride and enjoy.
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    Smashed my patella on one leg and fractured talus on other some time back, can still ride bike, ski, snowboard, windsurf and run foredeck on keel boats, so keep at the fittness, dont rush it and it will happen.

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