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Yesterday I went out with my wife for what in the past would have been considered a fairly short riding day. We rode about 110 miles in about 2 hours to a place we like to go for lunch, stayed about an hour and a half, then took a different two hour route home. Total mileage for the day was just 215 miles, but I was tired. Pulling up to the garage at home I was glad to be getting off the bike. Not many years ago I probably would have wanted to go back for another ride about 30 minutes after getting home, but yesterday I was happy to be done for the day. I'm glad that at 75 I am still riding, and feel okay with a 900+ pound bike for myself and my wife as passenger, but age is clearly taking its toll.
 

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Taking it's toll on all of us my Friend:surprise:

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^^what he said^^
 

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I told my wife we need to move to Florida and search the Everglades for the elusive Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon never found!
 
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You have to fight it, Vito. Your best countermeasure is keeping active. If you don't currently follow an exercise regimen, hit the gym. Work with a trainer to do some basic exercises to maintain your vitality. Your health insurance may even pay for it. Mine does.
 

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Exercise does help, but it doesn't create miracles. I exercise about an hour at least five days a week. I either bicycle for about 12 miles, take my dog for a 2.75 mile walk, or use an exercise bike at the gym. And in fact I have an appointment with a physical therapist tomorrow because over time I have gotten stiffer in my legs (with two artificial knees done 13 years ago) and sometimes swinging my leg over the bike is tough. But it is absolutely true that getting old is better than the only other option.
 
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Sometimes I think it's the weather, like Saturday I had a good ride 171 miles gassed up at the end so I'd be ready for the
next ride, but when I get the shed i might keep 5 gallons o' go-juice in case I don't gas up. The weather was hot an muggy
and I guess it made me wanna get back to the house and a cold beer outa the fridge, Let me see what happens when the
weather starts either cooling off or getting drier or maybe both.

Then again, it might be carrying around 20 more pounds of me than is really needed. . .
 

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It wasn't tiredness which made me quit, I could ride 400 to 500 km (250 to 300 miles) and not feel tired. But I found my reactions slowed down, my first accident was probably due to my slowness in correcting the turn I'd made to avoid a taxi which had turned across my path (what you'd call a left turner). Healing took time and I haven't completely regained the full movement in my shoulder, so a couple of months ago I sold my motorbike and became an ex-biker.

Look after yourself Vito, and all you other older riders. We don't seem to bounce as lightly or recover as fast as our younger brethren.
 

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I'd say your doing pretty well riding 2 up that far on that heavy of a bike at 75. Congrats! I hope at that age to be able to do that.

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Father Time Marches On .. Can relate to the OP Thread .. Just trying to Ride a bit less and get more quality out of the Ride doing so ..
 

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Very well said Joe!:smile_big:

As far as I'm concerned quality of anything is more important than quantity:grin:

I'd rather ride my 11 miles to work on beautiful country roads with a smile on my face than to ride or drive to work to my offices in the heart of Los Angeles, that was 20 miles away and took me 2 hours in Gridlock in the morning and 2.5 for the return every evening!:surprise:

Heaven versus Hell and I choose Heaven:angel:

All you youngun's if you are fortunate enough to reach 'OLD age,' will be confronted with the same things! None of us are getting out of here alive-Capisce??? :grin:

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We all want to live a nice long life, but no one wants to get old - the paradox never ends. I'm sure there is still a light burning in your eyes, keep those embers glowing Vito.
 

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Everybody wants to go to Heaven but no one wants to die:plain:

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Everybody wants to go to Heaven but no one wants to die:plain:

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Actually I'm so ready it isn't funny. I made the mistake once when I said I was too young. I got a peek at the other side when I was 14. Been trying to figure out what I'm supposed to learn ever since. So no, I'm ready. Oh am I ready.:angel:
 
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Wonderful Larry:smile_big:

I'd like to hear your story sometime:smile:

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Careful what you say Larry. Last man I heard say 'I don't want to live anymore' passed away 6 hours later. He was a high school friend of mine, served in Vietnam an had stage 4 lung cancer.
 
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