Too sick to ride

There was a lot going on this weekend. Historic reenactments in Jefferson, A poker run in Camden, and a biker revival here in Texarkana. And I missed all of it. When you’re feeling good and the sun is shining, it’s easy to forget how much more physically demanding riding a bike is compared to driving a car. When a nasty little bug knocks the wind out of your sails, it becomes more obvious.
I was able to drive myself to the doctor in my pickup. The thought of trying to ride there on a bike is terrifying. In addition to the fever induced hyper sensitivity of my skin making exposure to even a mild day uncomfortable, I was weak and dizzy. The additional effort required to keep the bike upright would have required more mental effort than normal. That, added to the reduced alertness caused by a stuffy head, would have equaled a serious impairment.
Riding when you’re not healthy isn’t tough. It’s just as foolish and unethical as riding with any other impairment. You’re putting yourself and others at risk by trying to operate a motorcycle when you’re not physically capable.
I’ve about got this thing licked and will hopefully be ready to ride again by the time the weather clears up.

— Guy Wheatley

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