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Today I found out something very important...I can still ride a bike!!!

We went down to the North Overlook of Lake Red Rock and walked the trails. We had a picnic and I had a good day withe the family. We took our bikes out and rode around. We watched people fishing and just had a good day.

As a side note, according to the State of Iowa, I am permanently disabled! I get a permanent fishing license effective the day of my stroke. From now on, I will never have to buy a fishing license again. Now, I am not saying that I am permanently disabled, but the state of Iowa does and so they gave me my license.

Slowly I am getting back to normal...I made a visit to a recent visitor to the church and made a trip to Wal-Mart. I know that people are sick of me saying it, but I have to reach up every now and then to remind myself that anything significant happened to me. At night I am reminded all the time because I tend to slur my words when I am tired. But, I plan to go to church tomorrow and do everything (my associate is out of town, so I will have to do the announcements in addition to preaching). Basically, I am getting back to normal.

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