It's even hard for me to believe it, but I actually rested on the rest day! Bill and I had breakfast, rested, had a massage, ate lunch, rested, sat in the whirlpool, rested, iced my leg, and we are now getting ready to go to dinner! This is really what rest days are supposed to be like!
We saw a few other bikers, went to the store for a few things we needed, but NO hiking, or serious shopping, or museums like I experienced on my previous rest days!
Got an email back from the sports ortho doc to whom I mailed the photo of my leg yesterday. He said I am doing the right thing considering where I am... he said keep icing it, stretch it (but not too far) and take the medicine he prescribed for me for my (other) damaged knee before I left. I can live with that! Life is good!
But I'll probably pedal one-legged tomorrow anyway to give it another day. It is indeed much better after the massage, soak, ice and rest. The bruising has greatly diminished too.
Note to Chris S: Thank you for the banana bread. It is perfect... we are eating bananas every day for the potassium, and this will be a fun way to do it! I appreciate the support.