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

Way to go, Brown!


I had written Brown with a more detailed description of my knee pain. He wrote back:


Sounds like you have a very common problem among athletes. When your patella (knee cap) slides down on top of your fibia (I think that is the upper leg bone) you have pain. No other signs. Usually this is caused by a bruises on the inside of the lower patella, the upper bone, or the tendon. They make a strap that you place directly under the knee cap and it prevents the petal from going all the way down (thus stopping the grinding) you may have seen them. Tylenol will mask the pain, but Advil (ibuprofen) is actually an anti-inflammatory and will help both with the pain and with any inflammation (even the stuff you can't see or feel). I suggest Advil, a lot of it, and at least 4 times a day. I was serious about the icing. But, you are young...

Perhaps a lighter load for a few days and you will be all the better. Let us know how it goes.



I had just taken some more Tylenol before getting Brown's letter, so I'll wait a bit before taking Advil. The strap was a great idea. Of course, I don't have a real strap right now, but I rigged up a bungie cord around my knee. It made an immediate difference.

My grandpa was also concerned about the type of shoes I was wearing. I am wearing regular biking shoes, so they have very stiff soles.
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