Monday, October 19, 2009

Home again

We went to the Collegiate National Mountain Bike Races this weekend. It took place at the Northstar resort in Truckee. My son Eddie and his teammates (above) from the University of Nevada were in charge of the event, which was a huge success. This is Eddie with his game face on between races.

There were spectacular crashes (not my son), exhilarating races, sunshine and blue skies.
That, however, is not the biggest news.
Maggie survived a weekend without us!
It CAN be done. It is a ton of work to set up and an expensive undertaking, but it CAN be done.
It turned out to be a very good thing that she did not come with us, though. We stayed in a condo that was PERFECT for the race venue but terrible for her wheelchair. There were steps leading to down to the place and a ton of steps inside. In fact, because there was a doorway leading to a steep flight of stairs, I doubt we could have even fit the chair inside the house.

And the races? Feggedaboutit! It was a mountain bike race; hence, it takes place on the side of a mountain. There was absolutely no way the wheelchair would have worked. We took to gondola up to mid mountain and then hiked up about 200 yards pr so to the two racecourses. We were perched on the side of a hill for hours.

If we went with plan A – wherein Maggie accompanied us – she and I would have been stuck in the condo without the wheelchair the entire weekend. Instead, she hung out here, sat in her chair, used her computer etc and I have a sunburned face and sore legs from hiking around.

When we got home, Maggie was happy to see us. Tim held down the fort, walked the dog, checked in on Maggie and made sure all the nurses showed up.

I am saving up for our next trip. Hopefully it won't be another 15 years.

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