The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley,or so said the poet Robert
Burns. We are not making any hard and fast plans for more than a month in advance. We
may have learned our lesson (or maybe not).
The good news is that Kathy has been released by the doctors and we can return to
our trip. As far as anyone can tell the chemo treatments were successful, but that
is only a guess, no one knew if she really needed them in the first place. They
were done as an insurance against the possibility that the tumor "may" have released
cells into her bloodstream. She had some side effects but not as bad as we were
led to believe they could have been. The side effects lasted through the first week
after treatment, then during the second week she would get to feeling like normal,
then do it over again. She is looking forward to feeling good for more than a few
days at a time.
We have tickets for the flight to Lisbon from Portland, Oregon on the 26th of September,
2006, 13 days from my writing of this. Our good friend in Lisbon, who has been looking
after our GoldWing has sent us periodic updates about it telling us how lonely it
is. He once sent us a picture of it and some other bikes that were "visiting" it. This
is the longest (April through September) that I have gone without riding a motorcycle
in many years! I will have to learn all over again, and do it in downtown Lisbon
traffic. They don't drive any worse there than in the USA, just differently.
The plan is to spend a few days in Lisbon visiting the city and getting over jet
lag and then heading north. We want to go to the Intermot Expo show in Cologne,
Germany that runs from the 11th to the 15th of October. According to the computer
program it should take 3 days to get there. We plan on taking nearly 2 weeks. We
want to go through Porto, Portugal (see a friend or two) and then wend our way up
the back roads through Spain, France, Belgium and into Germany. After Intermot we
will work our way up the Rhine river and over to Munich. That is a month's plan
and all there is to it. After Munich we will follow the weather and be forced southward
as it cools. We will probably find an apartment in the south of Spain to spend the
winter. From there we can take trips around southern Spain and into Morocco.