Today we made it back to our starting point, Simi Valley, CA. Sadly we did not all make it in one group though. The boys were able to make it along the planned route on the three bikes that were still running, but Bev and I came inland and came down I-5 from Mark's parent's house.
Yesterday on our way into Menlo Park, CA (where Mark's parents live), Bev and I made a stop at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. I was still coughing and wheezing hard, and since it had been three days since the wheezing had started, Doug decided that it was likely more than just a cold and that I should get seen as soon as I could that day. Bev took me since we were already in the U-Haul with her bike. I was a bit annoyed when I made it to the ER, and the clerk told me I had to register since it was not my normal VA Center. I asked if there was anyway that I could just be seen, and when she realized I was short of breath just from the short walk in from the parking lot, she ran the paperwork around for me so I could be seen. Turns out I had been having a mild asthma attack, but because of the cold I didn't know it. After 60mg of Prednisone and two Nebulizor treatments I was let go, but told to take it easy for the next week or so, and given more steroid pills to help my breathing improve. Its been over two years since my last asthma attack, but with this last one, I won't likely forget the feeling anytime soon.
After getting the doctor thing out of the way, we met the boys at Mark's parent's house, where his parents put on an amazing meal for all of us, plus Doug's college friends. It was nice to finally meet the friends he has been talking about since we starting dating, and it was fun to watch him interact with them and bring up all the old college strories. After all the visiting was over, Mark's mom (Betty) gave me lavendar bath salts, and I soaked until all the road soreness and chest soreness was gone.
The boys said they had a great ride today, and it was a bit of a bummer not to finish with them, but the doctor said that it would probably be best for me to ride in the truck as long as that was an option, so I had to miss out. Bev is great company though, so we had a nice girls ride down from the San Fransisco area.
I'll work next on posting all the pictures. I'm sure there will be plenty of commentary to go along with them, so I'll end this post here.