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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yes, after all the ‘doom and gloom’ of late, it’s time to be more upbeat!  Big decisions have been made, which always help when it comes to having a plan. And it’s quite a plan which I’m happy to share, so here goes…

But first, despite the intense pain I decided to go for a long bike ride and enjoy the fall colours. Mike has loaned me one of his bikes (note the very unusual saddle!) and it’s been a real joy getting back out there.

The bike that gets me around

The great thing about riding around on these older bikes is they don’t attract too much attention. You still need to take a U-lock, especially if going downtown, but it’s unlikely anyone will bother when they see it’s locked up.

The moonsaddle

I had heard about the moonsaddle way back in 2005 when I first had prostate cancer and even considered getting one, but this is the first time I’d seen (and used!) one. I did a +3 hour ride with no sore backside, so it does work.

View down the gorge near Rosedale, Toronto

Autumn leaves are stunning as I ride around the local parks here, and Toronto has more parks than anywhere else in Canada.
But back to my new plans…

The shoulder injury is such that I need to get it sorted, as it will not heal on it’s own. That’s pretty certain after two months and very little improvement (the accident happened on the 19th August) including no let-up in the pain. Taking the morphine to try and cope with the pain is partly responsible for my mood swings and subsequent bouts of depression. It’s pretty hard to deal with and stay happy all the time, although walking the local trails has kept me in good shape.

The Brickwork’s, Toronto

I visited the Brickwork’s, an area just outside Rosedale (where I’m staying) and walked around with a friend. It made for an interesting day out and made me realise that I really am enjoying my time in Toronto.

Graffiti in the Brickwork’s, Toronto

Where was I, oh yes my plans…

I have decided to return to Europe and not only have my shoulder checked out, but also see what is the status of my cancer. If necessary, I’ll have treatment for both. Whether I’ll return to England is unsure, as it all depends if I can get treatment in another part of Europe. What is sure is my travels in Canada and America are only being put on hold – lets call it ‘unfinished’ business, to which I will return.

Things are already in motion, the bike has been sent to Plattsburg, New York State, where I will pick it up on my way to New York City. I intend spending some time in the New York area and may even travel up the coast of Maine, before taking a flight to Europe. This will all happen in the next few weeks.

So, if anyone would like to help me with accommodation (and maybe show me around?) in and around New York I’d be really grateful. Contact me here through my blog or on my Facebook page:  Derek’s Bike Trip

Oh and feel free to comment about ideas of where I should go next!

More soon… 🙂

6 Comments
Martin Noring
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

Hi Derek!
I’m glad to hear about your better mood and you sober insights in what the morphine does to it. When back in Europe, you are very welcome to Sweden! (If you don’t mind the cold)

Greetings,
Martin

    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Martin,

    Never say never mate, Scandinavia is definitely on my list!

John Hoffman
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Good day Derek. Sorry to read that you are leaving North America without realizing your goal. But curve balls happens in life! We hope and wish and pray that upon your return to Europe that you will finally find recovery and better days. Godspeed, my friend.

John and Teresa
Winnipeg

    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Hi John & Teresa,

    I’ll be back, count on it. Truth is I need to know where I stand before I can make life-changing decisions. 🙂

Hansi
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Hi Derek! Like said before, welcome to Lisboa! The menu includes pasta and red wine. Upbeats!!!

    Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Hansi, nothing would please me more than coming around – consider it a given! LOL

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