Going Cross Country In A Spyder, Luggage/Motorcycle Trailer Questions
I started this post on SC months ago:
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Now I need to update it.
Sad to say, a little more than 6 weeks ago, I took a fall off of a ladder while doing some construction work. Ended up breaking some ribs, vertebra, and my collar bone. Worst damage was crush injury along the left side of my back --- landed on a single edge of the aluminum ladder that I was working off --- which still has not healed.
Spent 10 days in the hospital and then 5 weeks, mostly, sleeping, or laying quietly on the sofa slowly healing. Definitely not how I had planned to spend this Summer.
For now, it looks like my "Window of Opportunity" for the road trip may have passed for this Summer. However, there is always next year!
Wow!!! Sorry to hear about your spill, but glad you're home and healing. I know what it's like recovering...Feb-'15/June-'15 bilateral hip replacement, Dec-'16 triple bypass, Dec-'17 removal of a malignant melanoma .
Hang in there and get better!
I followed that original thread too, since I think it would be great to throw a bit of luggage (nothing substantial, since we essentially drive gnats) in the back for trips that last longer that 18 minutes. As always, I buck convention until it forces me to understand why the given concept is conventional.
What considerations are there for the swivel-wheel style of trailer? This seems like it would be easier for a lighter tow vehicle to keep under control, less concern about jack-knifing and so on. I would assume that one would still want to reinforce those laughable nuts that Mr. T tack welded to the rear, but otherwise what are the advantages and drawbacks of this setup, versus a conventional two-wheeler on a single tongue? I would think these need to be very short to minimize radial torque, but I also assume that straight-line behavior would be vastly superior to a conventional trailer.
If forced by convention, I think an aluminum personal watercraft trailer would make a good platform on which to build a cargo box or simply mount a sturdy car-top cargo shell.
OP: get well soon! I can only barely imagine all the peripheral suffering and life disruption alongside the pain. Hope to see a thread for the trailer and one for the trip in the near future!
Thanks for all of your kind words!
After reading about Galo's medical misadventures, I feel like a wimp bringing up my small health issues.
According to my Dr's first estimates, they indicated that my broken bones should take approximately 6-8 weeks to heal. Shortly after I got out of the hospital I underwent a DEXA --- bone --- scan that indicated that I had some bone mass erosion from not getting enough calcium in my diet. My suspicion is that the bone mass erosion may be contributing to longer than projected healing time.
As for my crush injuries, no time-to-heal estimate was given.
Just completed 7 weeks post-accident, but still have quite a bit of pain from 1-2 broken bones and crush injury site. This afternoon I will be seeing a Physical Therapist to determine what, if any, physical rehab I can do to bring my body --- hopefully --- back to pre-accident condition.
Learned, much to my disappointment, that the time it takes to get my muscles back to pre-accident condition may be as long as it takes for the injuries to heal... possibly longer.
Pretty sure that means that the flywheel exchange I started before the accident, will get delayed until the Fall. Bummer!
I am rooting for you. Almost a year ago I underwent surgery to remove the advanced arthritis in both of my big toes and replace with Cartiva implants. The big toes had virtually frozen onto the ball of my foot. The pain had become unbearable. I was only 50 at the time. I had expected to be a horse until my 70s, but you don't really know how much force you put on your feet until they hurt like hell. Same with backs, knees, and probably everyhing else except your earlobes.
Sadly, my left foot still hurts a quite bit after ten months, and unfortunately, very sadly, really, mostly when I shift gears. I work through it. I refuse to compromise to that degree, and I realize that might me a mistake, but its my choice. There may be a topic soon about getting a lighter spring for my clutch. Life isn't going to wait for it to heal maybe, and i now think this is the best its going to get. So the only thing I can change is my attitude, or dump the car. So F it, it hurts sometimes when I shift. Thats my life now. I waited thirty years for this, and The Frog is MINE!
How is this encouraging? I dont know, really. I can say that I did the physical therapy, and it helped a lot. The pain never went to zero, however. So I encourage you to work through that pain but unless it causes a serious setback, dont wait for zero cuz it may never come. I've also started putting my foot in a different spot on the pedal, and that helps when I remember to do it, but its not the natural position. Some compromise is acceptable, now i just need to make new habits.
Maybe its bad advice to tell you not to wait too long for your trip. You and your doc know best, though. I guess I am just saying you might change your expectations, maybe take longer to do the trip, take more breaks and so forth. I am not encouraging you to do something clearly stupid or harmful. But get used to the idea that lingering pain might be your newest friend. Get a lumbar pillow for the car or invest in new seats. You know, obvious stuff. People sometimes dont like to change their expectations. Its understandable, but might not serve you best. And maybe be glad your legs work at all. No, this is not any sort of accusation about whining, theres nothing like a sharp, tearful reminder when you move or step incorrectly, so I get it.
But don't let it be your master, and getting 90% out of the rest is better than sitting around letting it get worse. And do all the stinking PT! Ask if you can do more. Then do it.
And take the trip. Bring aspirin, buy stock in Bayer, LOL. Drink your milk and buy high-quality supplements if any of them actually work. Plan to turn around if you need to, but take the trip when you can. Itsy-Bitsy misses you. She might understand if you arent doing 100% of the driving, as long as you are just spending time together.
Oh, and be careful with those opiods. The very first time you start looking forward to the next dose or take a little extra sum'n-sum'n, TOSS THEM.
My wife says I am a crappy cheerleader, but I dunno, I think its just a different style.
All good advice!
Now my turn:
Would really hate for you to have to give up your car cause of the toe thing. Maybe wearing one of those OTC aluminum splints on your big toe might help reduce your pain to a manageable level.
For me, whenever I can get out in my Spyder and drive around with the top down and the wind blowing through my hair and on my face, I truly feel that life is good. Pushing Itsy-Bitsy through some curves while letting the engine REV, and feeling the amazing Spyder road grip, all put a smile on my face and really make me feel alive. Rowing through the 6 speed transmission and listening to the engine and road noise, reminds me of --- almost 50 years ago --- all of the times I enjoyed riding motorcycles.
Given that the impetus to buy my Spyder only started about 3 years ago (while I lay on an Emergency Room gurney with 6 physicians struggling to keep me alive), I am determined not to let this recent accident (and possible multi-month recovery) derail me and/or Itsy-Bitsy any longer than is absolutely necessary. Having reached the age of 71 --- in spite of all of the stupid/risky things I have done over the years --- time is no longer my friend.
May you all feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair today!
I realized you might be older than i when i posted advice, but at this point who's counting anymore? Don't answer that.
Hope it still helps. And stay off ladders, you old fool! I promise not to lay any more tile floors. Hyperextending my toes with that kind of work is what did it, plus a few nasty jams in my youth. Ironically, a lot of the PT was hyperextension exercises. Hopefully yours won't be laying on metal rails and doing sit-ups...
No, I am going to keep driving The Frog, even if I have to install an automatic trans. (I think Dev's head just exploded -- don't read that, Dev! Its just desperation!)
.....There may be a topic soon about getting a lighter spring for my clutch....
If you’re really interested in a lighter clutch pedal - I did a mod to mine. It reduced the pedal pressure from 60Lb to 15Lb. I have 100k miles on the mod, so far.
I make Amateur Armrests - see the Commercial Forum. I also have SMT seals available.