I guess part of getting old is that simple ailments are not only worse than they were when I was younger but take a lot longer to recover from. Last summer, just prior to leaving for a 6 week road trip, I came down with a really bad cold and cough. My doc said it appeared to be viral and I just had to wait it out. Even with codeine based cough medicine I got very little sleep for about a month until the nighttime cough went away. Now here it is January and I caught the same type of cold from my wife who got it from her sister apparently. Being together in the three day ride home was enough to make me sick as a dog. Now I just sitting around feeling like crap, coughing my brains out at night, and wondering if this cold will also take a month or so to pass. Its still better than sleeping under six feet of cold dirt, but what a miserable way to spend my "golden years". At least I'm not missing out on riding time, as it is 9 degrees today here in northern Illinois and freezing rain and snow predicted for the next few days.