On the road again

Three years ago I rode in a weeklong bike tour covering 500 miles of rural Oregon. It was an exhilarating and remarkable adventure. But near the end of the tour, my knees began to hurt. At the time, I thought it was because of the strenuous cycling and figured the pain would go away when I eased up on riding. It didn't, so over the next year I tapered off on my bike time.

In May of 2000, I decided to sign up for the Oregon bike tour again and had four months to train for it. I took my bike to the shop for a spring tune-up and mentioned the discomfort I had in my knees when riding. I said I wondered if my pedals or seat height needed adjusting to take pressure off my knee joints. The technician did make a few tweaks to my bike, but he also recounted a friend's struggle with this type of knee pain—and said it could only be corrected by surgery.

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Testimony of Healing
Leg wound quickly healed
November 12, 2001

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