Well, we're down to the wire almost for the beginning of our Yellowstone trip and I'm sad to have to say this that I'm not going to make it because of Sciatica. I know I've only been involved for a few months with the tour but still it's a great let-down for me. Just a couple weekends back we were in Charleston and I went on a ride of just under 20 miles and I had to finish it almost on one leg. It was disturbing but not overly--there had been times when I'd have to slow down after a few miles into a ride to rest my right leg a little. After a short spell of backing off, I am able to get back on it with no more problem. But not this time. I had a follow up appointment with a GP for a UTI when I told him about this leg issue--he confirmed the Sciatica. I was put on an antibiotic for the UTI 10 days before so I couldn't be given a Steroid injection that might have a chance to quiet down the nerve--the drug interaction could have very severe side effects. An anti inflammatory I was given hasn't helped at all and the leg pain is only getting worse. I have had a couple back surgeries already for this same thing.
Thanks for the invitation, Dave, to join the GT/YST--you are a great group of guys and I hope I have a chance to ride with you all again. I will be following your tour with great interest on the blog and on Facebook.