I rode my bike a little over 9 miles tonight. It’s been almost a year since I’ve been on my road bike. I needed to replace the seat post, so I took the seat post to Bike World on Coors, but they didn’t have the right diameter seat post, even though it’s the most common size seat post. I was trying to give a local store some business, but I’m finding more and more that local businesses aren’t carrying what I need.

I went back home and took the seat post out of Laurie’s bike that she hasn’t ridden in over 20 years, and it fit my bike. After a few adjustments, and wriggling into bike clothes, I set off at a little after 6:30 pm.  The temperature was perfect, with a light wind and no traffic on Loma Larga. I didn’t struggle nearly as much as I expected, and felt like I could have ridden much longer.

I’ve had a lot of back and joint pain, plus several other symptoms that are pointing to my ankylosing spondylitis beginning to act up again. In the past, cycling was the best treatment for the ankylosing spondylitis symptoms.

We got a new, custom medicine for Stretch today from the Apothecary Shop that we only have to apply to the inside of his ears every day. It’s supposed to help increase the blood flow in his kidneys. If it works, we’re hoping we can cut down on the water boarding.