If you’re a member of the disabled community, chances are very good you spend a fair amount of time waiting. The more limiting your disability, the more you have to depend on others and thus the greater the time you wait. Before my accident, I was not a patient man. Waiting for a table in a restaurant never happened. I would walk out on a doctor’s appointment if I believed I was kept waiting too long. Patience was not my virtue. All of that has changed, changed by my circumstances and changed by my disability. My friend Andy says if you’re going to be in this chair anyway you might as well make the best of it. That’s true, but waiting for this ride is proving especially difficult.
Being indoors so much has been a very difficult adjustment for me even after all these years. When I was able-bodied I was always out doing something. Even in the winter I was cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. With another long winter approaching, I decided to do something about it. This ride had been on my “bucket list” since before I was hurt. My buddy Andy had already had his ride in Utah years ago. I Googled it and came up with Cupcake Mushing not far from my home. A phone call set the plan into motion. They seemed as enthusiastic as I was. The conditions were ideal. The area we were going to had just got 4 feet of Lake Effect snow so we were set for next the weekend. I assembled my entourage my son, my nurse and several close friends. We borrowed and gathered the equipment we thought we would need. Neither we nor the mushers had done anything like this before, so we need to be prepared to adapt. Several days before we were to go, the weather changed dramatically. Unusually warm temperatures caused a quick snow melt, then it rained and what snow was left turned to ice. We rescheduled, but had to cancel again as conditioned had not improved. So now we’re on a wait and see basis and I find it very difficult waiting for my ride.