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Old 06-17-2004, 08:11 PM   #1
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Riders Down on one of Helge's Tours in Russia.

Three riders including Mike Paul from the Seattle area were injured in a head on with a truck that crossed the center line.
Sorry for re-posting Marco's post of of the GS list but I thought folks here would want to know...
" I have not seen this posted here so forgive me if I'm repeating an
earlier post. Three riders participating who were traveling on Helge's
world tour have had a terrible accident. The information so far has
been posted on the NW GS list as two of the riders were from this area,
as is Helge.

Many of you may know Mike Paull from his articles in the ON and
multiple appearances in photographs on those pages. He is a well-loved
member of the large GS community here in the Pacific NW, as well as for
his numerous contributions to the motorcycling community at large.
Mike, Pavel (sorry, don't know his last name), and Dennis Bishop were
all seriously injured. The accident involved a truck that had crossed
the center line on a curve. I believe it was a head-on collision with
the three riders riding as a group. Mike hitting first and the other
two following. Mike and Pavel had Medjet insurance and were flown
immediately back to the States to undergo surgery for multiple broken
limbs. I am do not know what happened with the third rider, Dennis,
but was told he had sustained spinal injuries and did not have the
Medjet insurance.

Please keep these riders and their families in your thoughts and
prayers as all face a very difficult challenge of surgery and recovery,
as well as lives that may never be the same. I am sure all would
appreciate your support. I know only of the location of Mike, who was
admitted to Harborview last night here in Seattle. I believe Pavel was
flown to NJ where his parents live, but I do not know the hospital. I
do not know the location of Dennis. Perhaps anyone who has that
information can post it here.

The address for Harborview, where Mike Paull will be is:

Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 - 2420
(206) 731-3000

He was scheduled to arrive there at 9PM last night and undergo surgery
immediately. I do not know his current status. I hope anyone with
further information will post the list.

Life is fragile. Take care!

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Godspeed to all involved...
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Old 06-18-2004, 04:01 PM   #2
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Old 06-18-2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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Not good, I hope they recover soon with no long lasting problems. I have Emailed Gobalriders for a report on their condition and awaiting their reply. I find it hard to belive that somebody would a trip like that without some form of medivac insurance, I sure hope Dennis will be ok.
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Old 06-18-2004, 04:10 PM   #4
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Russia would definitely be a country that I would not what to ride through on a bike. They drive like maniacs there. Crossing the center divide was very common when I visited in '91. And it seemed that people took the lane lines on the road as suggestions and nothing more.
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Old 06-18-2004, 07:11 PM   #5
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Russia would definitely be a country that I would not what to ride through on a bike. They drive like maniacs there. Crossing the center divide was very common when I visited in '91. And it seemed that people took the lane lines on the road as suggestions and nothing more.

Its a tough one for the Globetrotters adventures... last years ride around the world had a wreck the first day... hope they all get the best care possibly...


though i will say about driving in Russia... they might be abit mad... but all the bloody bastard idiots here who think that driving is a right in the constiution and dont carry insurance here in colorado do the same think on all the roads... American drivers are the worst over all in all my travels when dealing with cages and cars....
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Old 06-18-2004, 08:23 PM   #6
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Its a tough one for the Globetrotters adventures... last years ride around the world had a wreck the first day... hope they all get the best care possibly...


though i will say about driving in Russia... they might be abit mad... but all the bloody bastard idiots here who think that driving is a right in the constiution and dont carry insurance here in colorado do the same think on all the roads... American drivers are the worst over all in all my travels when dealing with cages and cars....
Ya, I hear you about the "right to drive" thing!
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Old 06-18-2004, 11:40 PM   #7
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This is really sad as Mike was on a 2002 China tour (another Helge tour if I recall correctly) that was cut short early-on when he went down with broken ribs, collarbone, and other complications. If he didn't have bad luck, he'd have none at all.

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Old 06-20-2004, 09:28 PM   #8
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Update

This is a forwarded message from Karen Ofsthus for Helge Pedersen. I'm
passing it along to this group to let you know how Mike Paull and the
other Globeriders are doing. Please keep them in your thoughts and
prayers.

Dear GlobeRider Friends;
As some of you may have heard, there was a serious motorcycle accident
this past week near Rostov, Russia, involving three riders on the
GlobeRiders, 2004 World Tour: Mike Paull, Pawel Chrobok and Dennis
Bishop. The intention of this email is to inform you about the
accident and to provide information so you can offer your support and
condolences, from one GlobeRider to another.

Mike, Pawel and Dennis were riding together on a narrow road. It is
unknown at this time, but somehow a vehicle ended up head-on in their
lane, (possibly sideways in a curve on a hill), causing collisions and
serious injuries. They were assisted on the roadside by Russian
motorists who did the best they could given the nature of the rider's
injuries, until transportation to a small hospital could be arranged.
Fortunately, Karil, our Russian guide following in the chase vehicle,
was not far behind. He was called from the accident site, and arrived
at the hospital to assist. In addition, we were lucky to have Dr.
David Allen, a retired physician, on the tour. Between the two of
them, they offered medical assistance and emotional support to the
injured riders and maintained an open line of communication with family
members, GlobeRiders staff and the Russian doctors. They calmly and
compassionately handled an extremely difficult, emotionally charged
situation in a hospital that was, at best, challenged with limited
resources. Also, along with Douglas Grimes, the owner of MIR
Corporation, our ground tour operator, they managed to negotiate the
complicated medevac process for all three riders and arrange for extra
MIR guides to meet the remaining group. Karil and David, your presence
in that hospital meant everything. Douglas, you and your crew did an
outstanding job. We cannot thank these three enough for everything they
did for Mike, Pawel and Dennis.

In spite of all of their best efforts and that of the American Medical
Services medevac trauma team, I regret to inform you that Dennis Bishop
did not survive his injuries. He passed away in flight, approximately
one hour before arriving in his home state of Alabama.
Certainly, his family is devastated by the loss of a person who is
described as optimistic, easy-going and tolerant. If there was a
GlobeRiders popularity contest, Dennis would have won the trophy by a
landslide. Helge and Mike often commented about how they would love to
clone him and run a tour of just Dennis's. He took changes to the
touring schedule in stride, had an excellent sense of humor,
articipated in every experience with childlike enthusiasm, and could
have taught a "Patience When Traveling" college class. To add to the
family's pain, Dennis's mother also passed away unexpectedly, just one
day after the accident. They were buried together Thursday, June 17th,
in Opelika, Alabama. We are so saddened by this tragedy. We would ask
that each of you take a moment from your busy lives, to
write a note of support, make a reassuring phone call or send a lovely
bouquet of flowers to Dennis's family. From one GlobeRider to another.
It will help them heal.

Contact Information:
Darrell Huff (Dennis's brother-in-law. He is handling communication for
the family)
Cell ph: 334-235-3000 (Alabama)
Address:
2278 Country Road 157
Enterprise, Alabama 36330
E-mail: pawnexpress@ala.net

Mike Paull and Pawel Chrobok are still in the hospital. Pawel is
coming along. We are grateful that he didn't receive devastating
injuries. Yesterday's surgery on the shattered bones in his leg
begins the months of healing. Most of the information we have pieced
together about the accident comes from Pawel's recollections. While his
spirits have been improving, emotionally it has been difficult for
Pawel to learn about Mike's injuries and Dennis's death and he may wish
to decompress from his experiences in conversations with you. Right
now, he's still in the hospital. Eventually, he'll be staying with his
parents in New Jersey for a while. I know he would appreciate your
support.

Contact Information:
Pawel Chrobok
Morristown Memorial Hospital
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey 07962
Hospital room # 229. Phone: 973-971-8273
Parents home: Mr. and Mrs. Chrobok
236 Woodland Road
Madison, New Jersey 07940
Ph: 973-765-9468

Mike Paull remains in critical, but stable condition at Harborview
Medical Center. Mike sustained multiple injuries, lost a lot of blood,
has undergone several surgeries, (and may have a few more), and is
currently still in ICU. They are trying to control his fever,
infection, multiple fractures, etc. Eileen is with him and reports
that while he isn't talking yet, he is able to answer questions with
head nods and is groggy, but present. Mike has a long road ahead of
him in terms of healing, but we are heartened to know he will get
better with lots of care.

Eileen is asking that people refrain from visitation at this time. When
Mike is feeling better and ready to see his friends, we will let you
all know. Your support will make all the difference. She also wants
you to know that she is sorry if she can't return all of the phone
calls she has been receiving. Her attention is focused on Mike. You
can call me for updates if you wish, (206-782-5609), and we'll pass it
along the phone or e-mail tree. In the meantime, you can send cards and
well wishes to:

Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Because he is in ICU, flowers cannot be displayed in his room. They
will be left at the nurses station and probably transferred with him
when he finally leaves ICU for another room.

Despite the lack of sleep over the last week, we haven't forgotten that
there are still five GlobeRiders on tour in Europe. They are currently
in Lviv, Ukraine and have another 12 days to go before they finish in
Munich on July 1st. They have been hurt by this tragedy, their moods
are subdued and they will need your considerations and perhaps a
listening ear after they return. We know you will be kind.

I apologize if anyone was left off this e-mail list. Please forward it
on to anyone you feel is appropriate.

Warmest Regards,

Karen Ofsthus for Helge Pedersen
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Old 06-20-2004, 10:10 PM   #9
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Big sigh - I always dread this type of news despite the fact that I did not know any of these people personally. A rider is a rider!

Thoughts of a speedy recovery to Mike and Pawel and my condolences to the family and friends of Dennis.
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:24 AM   #10
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:33 AM   #11
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I'm really sorry to read about this,for sure life is really fragil and precius for the same reason.

my condolences to the Family,friends and the rest of us,because we have one less explorer among this world
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:54 AM   #12
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Old 06-21-2004, 07:35 AM   #13
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thanks for the post Ruskie.
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This is such a bummer. My heart goes out to all those personally enduring this tragedy.
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:38 PM   #15
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just spoke to Pawel..

I kind of caught him off guard but I am local to Morristown Memorial Hospital and wanted to offer any service that they would need. Pawel had mentioned that his whole family was there which I'm sure is very reassuring during this time.

Hopefully he will mend quickly and be back on the road enjoying the world on two wheels again.

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