Today I had my first lesson discovering that you cannot go everywhere with a wheelchair. I am not as fast as I used to be, actually very slow and everyone has to wait for me which is one of the reasons why I now take my walks in a wheelchair. It gets me to where I want to go, I can travel further and there is a whole new world waiting for me with my camera. Everyone assures me that I have made a good choice.
Me tardy? Not with a wheelchair. However, I discovered today that not every path welcomes a wheelchair especially after a day of rain. I decided to take a wheelie, not too far, and I remembered I have not yet been on the path along the river turning to the left. Up to now I have only explored the right side on wheels. No problem for me, I am now a profi in the wheelchair, over stick and stone and up and down slopes. There is no limit to my possiblities, at least I thought so.
I took the downward path to the river bank which is smooth and paved. I just had to adjust the seat to a slight backwards lean, as the path was downhill. At the bottom of the path I crossed a slight border and then I was ready to attack the river path (see photo). The path then attacked me, and instead of driving straight ahead my chair took a right angle into a rut in the path, towards the river. No worry, the river was still far enough away.
I reversed the chair and discovered it did not want to reverse, it was stuck in the rut. I was alone on the path. I decided not to panic and call Mr. Swiss to pull me out of my position. I got out of the wheel chair and grabbed my stick which I always take with me. I have a special holder on the wheelchair. I discovered that walking with the stick and minipulating the wheelchair was not a solution. I clung onto the wheelchair, got to the driving controls and manoevred it out of its fixed predicament back onto the straight path manually. I took my seat again, reversed the wheelchair and left the path. This was not just tardy, but a dangerous situation.
I decided to carry on regardless and afterwards stuck to the village paths, taking a few photos on the way of a some interesting garden ornaments. I then realised that there are limits to my walking capabilities, but also to the possiblities of wheelchair driving.
As you can see, I do have a horn on my steering for the chair, in the case of emergencies, but today I did not need it, although it would have been a possiblity.