I AM ON MY BIKE AGAIN!!!!!! Haley gave me the all clear to ride again so I started the 75th stage which was quite apt as it was exactly one month after my operation on September 3rd. The plan was to ride to lunch, unless I had a problem when I would wait by the road side for the lunch truck to come back for me.
I was very, very, very nervous about today as I did not want to cause any flare up of my wound and I did not know how far I would be able to ride after a month off. It was strange to be riding again, and it was also a problem to be confident enough to sit down on the saddle, even my new one which was a bit softer than the one I had been using. Anyway after a few K I got comfortable and started to enjoy riding my bike again. The road was not flat which also helped as I could use the rises to get out of the saddle and take the weight of my wound, and after about 20K I stopped at a view point to take some pictures and check all was well. I then pressed on and the road soon became a bit hillier and eventually we had a climb of about 6K which was really good and I felt comfortable climbing it. I was so pleased because I had missed all the nice climbs in Arizona and also the last few days along the coast of the Baja. Again I was out of the saddle quite a lot and once the top was reached the road continued with quite a lot of ups and downs until lunch. The last 5K before lunch were just a few too many but then the lunch van appeared and I had done it, 76K and back in the saddle again. Although I was a little worried about my wound feeling a bit tender it was good that after a later inspection by Haley she was pleased that no damage had been done and all was still fine!
So it turned out when we drove the remainder of the route that I had done the hilliest and nicest part, the rest was quite flat and the road fairly straight until camp was reached at a small restaurant in town, 125K from the start, which had a much nicer area to camp in than the roadhouses we had stayed in only a week or so ago. During the night there was a funfair next door which was lively but not really a problem, and then about 10pm there was an almighty bang as the first firework went off!! We were already asleep and of course this woke us up, but because we had not put our flysheet over the tent we just lay in bed and watched the free display for about 5 minutes until it stopped. There was a sort of party atmosphere through the night until about 2am, but I was so tired that it only woke me occasionally and I soon dropped off again. So a good end to a day that I had been waiting for for a long time, but being patient had made it arrive without a problem!!