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Old 04-27-2013, 08:54 AM   #46
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I think that I should have put ballast in the sidecar. There was a sharp, steep, uphill right hand turn that I was negotiating, the sidecar wheel lifted and I turned left to bring the wheel down. I was doing 20 mph. There was no opposing traffic. I was off the throttle and the rig slowed to about 5 mph. What I didn't see, was an external post on the inside of the guardrail. The post grabbed me and ripped me from the bike. This dislocated my knee and ripped all the ligaments out. I flipped upside down and traveled down the guardrail parallel with it, impacting it with my right shoulder. This broke my scapula into 4 pieces. This catapulted me 25 feet over the mountain and I landed on 2 large .25" thick steel I beams and a lot of concrete that was used to fix a road slip at this spot in the road. I also eviscerated myself on the I beams. Not really, nothing came out, thank God.

The Rescue Crew had to dig me out of the I beams as I was shoved down between them. I do not remember from the shoulder impact with the guardrail to landing on the I beams. Everything else I remember clearly and I helped in my recovery and rescue. My three riding buddies are all heroes. My best friend and Pastor, Rob, his brother-in-law Dave, who I went to high school with and a co-worker Jeremy were calm cool and collected. I feel terrible for what I put them through. They rode 1.5 hours to the hospital not knowing whether I had made it or not.

My wonderful wife Stacy has been great, my daughter Caitlyn has been a great help getting me where I need to be. I'm currently staying with my mom at her house. We have family land and her house is located next door to our house. The girls have work and school, my mom is retired and is a former nurse's aide. I'm fairly mobile and doing great.

I appreciate any well wishes and prayers!

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Old 04-28-2013, 08:42 AM   #47
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Holy crap! Glad you made it, and good thing you had buddies along. Time for me to look into a Spot I think.
Heal up soon.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:28 PM   #48
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Me too,
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #49
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Damn! Heal quickly.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #50
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Heal quick Sam, you're in our thoughts.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:09 AM   #51
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Thanks windmill!

I feel kinda stupid that it happened. It was so quick that I'm not sure I could have stopped it. At this point, I'm just happy to be here! My family is grateful to have me and that means everything to me!

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Old 05-03-2013, 01:54 PM   #52
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4+ on the heal quickly.

Knees are a bit slow, but they do get back. Took mine about a year, followed by a week with the Boy Scouts in the north Georgia mountains.

I've read the cautions about the off camber uphill right handers, but nowhere to practice - just speed bumps in south florida.

Considering the Ural's construction, I'm assuming it came through with a few scratches?
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #53
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Bummer. Hannity wanted to add his thoughts for a speedy recovery (he's my ballast if you can call 16 lbs of fluff dog ballast ). But I don't have the link to add an attachment.

Joy! Thanks to acerph I now know how to post an image!! (Yes some Ural riders are slow)

Get better quick!
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #54
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Heal quickly. Our thoughts are with you and yours.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:03 PM   #55
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Wow, what a shocking and unexpected finish! Sounds like Somebody was riding along and watching over you! Prayers will be sent for your speedy and complete recovery.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:15 AM   #56
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Thanks guys!

The family is taking me out today. I may get to see Iron Man 3. Cabin fever has a good grip on me right now. I need some fresh air. It's bath time now. Oh, honey! lol
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #57
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Iron Man - my next riding suit
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:16 PM   #58
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Amen brother! Iron Man riding suit. I may need to start working on that in my garage.

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:27 AM   #59
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Carson works best

Usually no matter who is driving our GU, Carson is holding down the car.
We did some easy math & w/ 20 lbs of tools & back up stuff & Carson it totals 100+ pounds.
Neat thing is the dog leans better than the women, girls just sit there & screem.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:32 AM   #60
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I have decided to sell the URAL Sahara. I'll take $6500 as is. It needs very little. Turn signals, a couple of shocks and a little bodywork. I have two spare shocks that just need rebuilt, so it actually doesn't need the shocks. Contact me if you are interested. The bike is located in my storage unit in Fairview, WV. Bring a truck and trailer and some cash and it's yours. I can meet you there for the exchange. Clear title in hand. My misfortune is your gain.

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