David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
10/12  O Windy Day; O Windy, Windy Day
10/12  Illinois Beach State Park (South)
10/13  Evanston, IL
10/16  Left on Halsted and straight for a couple days
10/16  No peace from barking dogs.
10/17  No peace from barking dogs.
10/18  Little ants. Big Earth.
10/18  Cold, sore, sun burned and lonely.
10/19  Evansville -- what a hole.
10/19  And that's why I drive a Multitrack
10/20  Concern for my life on the Bridge O Death
10/20  Hang it, I'm not broke.
10/21  Who's idea was it to come THIS WAY?
10/21  A couple of notes.
10/22  So Lawng Kentucky
10/23  The difference between a hill and a mountain
10/23  Highway 68 is awesome
10/24  Way down yonder 'round the Chattahoochee
10/25  And I thought Chicago was tough.
10/27  I'm not so tough
11/01  Still in Atlanta
11/03  FINALLY leaving Atlanta
11/03  "A Pilgrim," he called me
11/04  A new contestant
11/05  A whole new country
11/06  Trailers West
11/06  Did somebody order pine trees?
11/07  Deep Blue Chevron Station
11/08  I think I goof off too much
11/10  Sea Roaches, Oil Rigs and Casinos
11/11  Hot time in the bayou
11/12  Running on one cylinder
11/12  The adventures of Broken-Knee
11/13  Way to go, Brown!
11/13  Thank God for Advil and Bungie Cords
11/14  Kids in the streets with guns
11/15  I can see cows for miles and miles
11/16  Pleasantly surprised
11/18  Not much to report
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Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
Bicycle Trip 2010
Nomadic 2010
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Running on one cylinder

1999-11-12

There's not too much to report today. I left New Orleans around 9 am. Informed that of the two bridges crossing the Mississippi in New Orleans, one was interstate and the other was a death trap, I took a ferry across. From there I proceeded down 90.

Now yesterday, by the time I had reached New Orleans, my right knee was hurting pretty bad. I think I just pushed too hard all day. Indeed, I didn't take over a 10 minute break the entire day. After a night of rest, it seemed okay. Well, today, my knee started off sore and got progressively worse. By the time I was 10 miles short of Raceland I couldn't peddle with my right leg anymore. My left leg was fine.

So I found a really great campsite way off the road to rest at. Then I got kicked out, so I guess it wasn't that great. There really aren't too many places to camp around here, so I peddled most of the way to Raceland with one leg--literally. My right leg was proped up on my rear pannier. People passing probably thought I was training for the special olympics. Anyway, it's good to know that I can still move with only one leg. I probably could have used it, but I don't know what's wrong with it, so I didn't want to add to much stress.

When it got dark, I got off my bike and walked the rest of the way. Walking didn't hurt at all, although I'm sure it didn't help. I found a hotel. It is a real rat trap, but I guess it'll allow me some rest, for my knee that is.

I just hope my knee gets healed up quick, because the rest of my body is finally to a place where I could push it all day long, although from now on I'll be sure to take breaks whethere I think I need them or not. This probably wouldn't have happened had I taken that full 7th day off like I had planned.

So does anybody know what might cause just one knee to get really sore? And that only when peddling? I haven't hit or twisted it lately. I have felt it in the past after hard biking, but never this bad. I don't know much about sport injuries.

Concerning that alligator the other day, my grampa wrote:

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What that one was saying when he hissed is, "Stay away or I might attack you!" It lists three possible alternatives you can expect after hissing. 1) An attack where the alligator is bluffing, 2) An actual attack, or 3) a rapid departure, preferably to water. They can move faster than a racehorse for short distances, often attack and eat pets, and not so frequently, but often enough, attack humans. There have been 129 attacks reported over the last, I believe, 10 or 15 years. Only six or seven resulted in fatalities. At any rate, would probably be prudent to just hiss back, from the other side of the road, and keep pedaling!!

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I knew some of that already, but I just had to play with it anyway. I guess if I were smart, I wouldn't be out here in the first place. And it was just a little guy.
 
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