The Journey Back to Riding

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How do you make a comeback? An epic one. I don’t have a formula for you. I can only share my experience. I do know that mine has had three important pieces to the puzzle so far: logistical, physical, and emotional. And they’re all intimately connected. For those of you who need a recap, the short version is that on …

Six Months to Life

Today marks six months since I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle. I’ve written a good bit about this ordeal so far and again I find myself uncertain how much to share. In fact, I had a very different version of this post almost completely crafted. Then two days ago, my dear friend Sarah sent me a …

On Recovery

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Now 24 weeks into my ordeal of being hit by a car, I’ve come to understand a lot about recovery and how it evolves. The challenges shift constantly. You reach a point when you covered most of the ground but closing the gap on what remains is a bigger challenge than everything you faced to that point. It’s the physical …

On Being Timid

I recently returned from my western adventure, the trip that was to help me regain my Val-ness after January’s crash. And it did in so many ways. It was needed and I gained a lot of ground. I consider it a successful trip but the challenges were significant as I mentioned in my wrap up of the adventure. If I …

Life on Hold…

Imagine out of the blue you had to put your entire life on hold. Full stop. Not negotiable. It’s something we all dread and know can happen at any time. That’s where I am right now. Sixteen days ago I was hit by a car. My life as it was stopped. Now, the simplest of of daily tasks are exhausting …

A Better Story

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One of the subjects much-discussed among the outdoor community is risk. And the very incorrect perception that our pursuits are often very risky, dangerous, or even downright irresponsible. As I’ve dealt with the hand injury has dominated my life for the last six months, I’ve had to recount the story of how I injured it countless times. It is a …

Adjustments

If you follow along on the various social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram, you know I’ve been battling a fairly significant hand injury that I sustained back in June on the Pacific Northwest Tour. It’s been a doozie to deal with. Having postponed surgery until after the Hell Hike and Raft expedition, I’ve spent the last couple of months …

Setbacks and Denial

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So you know how I was feeling triumphant for having returned from The Pacific Northwest Tour sans major travel catastrophes for once. Other than feeling a little worse for wear, things went pretty smoothly considering the undertaking. The bad news is that I was wrong. I’ve been basking in a healthy dose of survival-denial in that I’ve been ignoring the …

Quitting

This particular topic has been on my mind enough to finally sit down and write up my thoughts and see what you all have to say. But first let me preface: Community… Being a blogger has its advantages. One of those is to be a part of a community of groovy like-minded outdoorsy parents from all over the continent who …