A ride in the air ambulance over scenic Wilson's Promentary in Victoria's south was small compensation for breaking my ankle on the second day of a three day hike. A broken bone was not on my bucket list.
Step 1: Goodbye Crutches
Nor was learning to use crutches.
After 5 days my back, neck, hips, hands and head were aching from using crutches.
This contraption, found on eBay, quickly became my new best friend, waiting patiently beside the front door.
The only problem was that the hard rubber wheels could barely negotiate the transition from floorboards to a mat.
Outdoors, uneven ground threw the handlebars into spasms.
It was dangerous, if not impossible on uneven ground and even small sticks and stones threatened to twist the handlebars out of my hands.
Step 2: Trolley Wheels
Pneumatic wheels off a cheap trolley solved the problem.
The trolley came unassembled so we used U-bolts to attach the axle to the frame of the walker and a couple of spacers to get the length right.
Step 3: The All Terrain Knee Walker
Now I can go outside and I can now confidently take the knee walker on neighbourhood paths without worrying about small stones or broken pavements.
And the only time I need crutches now is to negotiate stairs.
Oh - and it's a great conversation starter ;)