Sunday, May 11, 2014

A big hill for Big Pappa....

Today was a great day to ride.  Temperatures were just right and there was little to know wind in our faces.  For the first half of the day we rode in the big ring which until today has only been seen on some short down hills.  I could not have asked for a better day.  Today is Carls Day off the bike and dad has found that if he starts a little later in the morning he feels better so he was not riding this morning either.  So Keith, Shand and I just mashed some gears and had a good conversation about random things.  By lunch we were ready to get off of the 101 and onto some scenic byways.  At this point Dad Joined us.
Not that there was much that could be done but it seemed like the first two weeks everytime dad woudl jump on the bike the hills got longer and longer.  So today it was really good to see him have some down hills and some flats.  He was having a great day riding strong, smiling and singing.  We did encounter one hill and it was a bit steep.  But with Dad focused and yelling out his Chant of PUSH PUSH PUSH and shane coaching him along he made it to the top.  It was so great to see the big smile on his face.  The hill ended up being a 14% grade for the last 75 yards and was not much less then that before hand.  For refrence most highways are only at 6% grade.

My Dad, the real Iron Man.  My Hero, My Mentor, My FRIEND

Parkinsons's may attack the brain but it is far from the heart and everyone i have met who has PD has a huge Heart.

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  1. Mother nature gave your mother the gift of this beautiful day. Today she didn't need to worry so much about the weather you are all enduring.