I called last night and talked to Norm’s son, Dennis, who told me Norm is doing as well as can be expected. Norm spent 8 hours in surgery on his hip Thursday. Dennis told me the hip socket is “broken”. Prognosis is a full recovery but he will probably have trouble with the hip the rest of his life and a hip replacement may be in his future.
It’s been lonesome riding the past week without him. The first leg of our traditional Tuesday Night Rides usually start from work with me in the lead and end at the Dugout. I kept looking for him in my rear view mirror last Tuesday.
As I travel around town I kept seeing bikers riding a BMW or wearing his textile style jacket and having that first reaction of, “Is that Norm?”, only to quickly remember it definitely was not.
I worry he will not be able to ride again. Considering the injuries it’s a possibility. That would be miseable; for both of us. Knowing Norm though, It’s not likely. He’s mentally one of the toughest guys I’ve ever known and that’s a big plus in the recovery department.
I’ve considered continuing with the original “Going to Maine…” ride but I’m ambivelant about it. I would like to wait for Norm to recover and then continue with our plans but he may not be able to take a ride as difficult ast that next summer. So, I’ve been considering a ride to Alaska instead. A shorter trip would also mean I would be around more to help Norm and his family out this summer. I’m leaning toward the shorter trip.
Your comments would be appreciated.