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
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego 2003
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

The adventures of Broken-Knee

1999-11-12

Okay, my knee isn't broken, but sometimes it feels like it is. I took some Tylenol and that got the pain to the lower side of bearable. I blame my knee for the fact that I've done the number of miles in two days that I probably should have been able to do in one. Of course my knee probably blames me for the opposite during previous days.

At first it was hurting so bad that I actually considered catching a train to Houston. The trains run right through here. But then the drugs must have kicked in, because for about 5 hours after that I at least wasn't clenching my teeth and breathing through my nose whenever I peddled. Then the drugs wore off. Back to clenching my teeth. It seems like it takes about 45 mintues for tylenol to kick in. If the problem persists tomorrow, I'll just remember to take drugs on a schedule so there is no down time. Even so, the pain never went away so I never pushed as hard as I could.

I realize what I really need to do is just rest my leg. But it's tough making my whole body wait around for one little knee cap.

I started this morning from Raceland, Louisiana and hobbled up highway 1 to Thibodaux (not a clue how to pronounce it). Saw lots of sugar cane. From there I followed 20 south/west until I hit 182 and followed 182 through Morgan City where I got back onto 90. I think 90 actually runs from Raceland to Morgan City, but it must be new, because it's not on my map. I made it almost to Patterson on 90 before I pulled off to camp.

This is the first time I've camped in four nights. I'm starting to feel like some kinda city folk. I am in a jungle-looking forest not far from the highway. There are lots of spiders.

Other than that there's not too much to tell. I saw a fair number of turtles (I would amuse myself by yelling "Turtles away, turtles away!" as they jumped into the water), and a little alligator (4 feet) sleeping on a log. I haven't got to go through as much swamp as I'd like, although that should change in the next day or so. The only real problem with biking through swamps and lowlands is that the roads are so nasty because they are always sinking (as I'm told).
 
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