Ditched the Burning for Abit

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I decided to fly out to California and get out of the smoke of eastern Kansas for just a little while. It seems like maybe we could be past the time this should be allowed. I hope the EPA is looking at the situation, because when the paper starts running articles about how bad the smoke is to normal people, it seems like people’s health should be protected before fat cattle.

That is just one reason anyway. I have some other stuff to do out here. And riding up and down the coast is nearly perfect for my condition right now. Climbing is sort of a chore, especially short climbs that I’d normally do out of my seat. I did feel pretty good riding nearly 400 miles last week, but think that I might have be a little rambunctious and am a little beat. It might of just been the smoke on Thursday, I don’t know, but I wasn’t that peppy.

I have been pretty stuffed up and feeling kind of weird, but hopefully that will pass. I am beginning to realize that this shoulder healing process is much longer than I anticipated. PT is going super slowly. I have a bunch of exercises I’m supposed to out here since I’m missing a couple sessions. It is going to be hard to push myself through that couple degrees of pain during each movement, but don’t worry Burt, I’m going to be diligent.

Okay, daylight is burning here. I’m anxious to get out on my bike. No Strava segment attempt down Via Capri for me this trip. That is a recipe for disaster, maybe even when I’m not hurt.

This was how it looked in about every direction you would look on Thursday.

This was how it looked in about every direction you would look on Thursday.

Article in the Topeka paper about the hazards of burning.  Click twice to enlarge.

Article in the Topeka paper about the hazards of burning. Click twice to enlarge.

The new deck at Don and Sue's is just about done.

The new deck at Don and Sue’s is just about done.

This was on my phone when I got here.  Great, trading smoke for bad pollen.

This was on my phone when I got here. Great, trading smoke for bad pollen.

I'm going to do a whole post on this, but this is just a teaser.  This bill was for one day at the Vail hospital.

I’m going to do a whole post on this, but this is just a teaser. This bill was for one day at the Vail hospital.

5 thoughts on “Ditched the Burning for Abit

  1. Scott

    You might look into what path they took in Oregon to get them to stop the field burning. The first year we were there it was horrible. Then the next year the ban started and they could only burn a certain amount of acreage. By the 3rd year the ban had gone into full effect and there was no burning allowed at all.

     
  2. Terry

    Well I guess you can take your pick between the smoke from burning fires or the allergic reaction many people have to eastern red cedar spores that fires are used to contain. Of course with all your spare time you could volunteer to go cut the cedars for the ranchers and thus alleviate one reason for burning. How about it?

     
  3. Wallace

    It seems kind of odd to seek out the world famous Steadman Clinic in Vail and then express sticker shock at the price.

     

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