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Old 03-04-2013, 02:57 PM   #46
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Respect

Firstly to you - tough as nails and thankfully properly attired for the ride (fall)

Secondly the bike - That DR is a MACHINE

Three feet to the right on your landing spot,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:08 PM   #47
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Thanks for all the support folks. After I finish my narrative, I'll be sure to review your posts and reply to questions not previously covered.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:31 PM   #48
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Another Glad you are OK, and glad to here the Spot system worked well. Easy for things to go bad in a hurry, reminds me to be careful and prepared. Thanks.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:41 PM   #49
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Gad freaking zooks.......

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Old 03-04-2013, 03:46 PM   #50
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Wow.

Just wow.

I'm proud to have shared a beer with you...

One thing you say that no one's quoted yet...even before wondering where your bike is..."...well my trip is over..."

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Old 03-04-2013, 04:31 PM   #51
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I'm impressed! When are you getting back on? Or have you already.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:50 PM   #52
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"Oh F@%K!". Man can I empathise with what was going through your mind in the moment as you pass over the edge...the moment when all control is lost, but nothing physically bad has yet happened...the split second of limbo leading to the impact...all too familiar. Glad you came out OK...really glad.

Is it too early to add my two cents? From the video at the time of crash, I see fingers on neither the brake nor clutch. If they had been, I believe you would not have gone over that edge. Instead, I see your hands instinctively clenched tight to the grips as you lose control...too late to get your fingers to the right places and doing the right things. Always cover the brake and clutch...this video is a good, if extreme, illustration of that lesson. (I say this not as a comment directed at you, but for the benefit of anyone reading. Please no one twist this into a negative).

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Old 03-04-2013, 04:58 PM   #53
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This forum is perfectly named for what you experienced - an absolute face plant.

Holy Jamoly - un-freaking believable.

Glad you are here to relay the tale.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:17 PM   #54
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At the hospital

At the hospital, I get full battery of chest x-rays and head/neck cat scans. While waiting for the results, Darrell shows up and tells me my bike and luggage are safely stored at the sheriff's department in Caste Dale, about 30 miles away. I'm shocked as he relates that it was ridden there at highway speeds.

Meanwhile the doc asks what my plans are if nothing shows up in the tests. Well laying there at the bottom of the cliff I thought for sure I was done. But ever since the shock and adrenaline passed, I've been feeling better and better, though my left side ribs were sore as hell. I looked at Darrell and said I'd probably want to try to continue the ride, but we'd need to stay in motels for a few nights at my expense.

Finally the results are in. Head, neck and spine are all fine. Surprisingly, nothing showing up for the ribs either, so they're just badly bruised. Sorry folks, I'm not quite superman. Doc says my left lung is partially collapsed. Its not bad enough to insert a tube to re-inflate and it should get better on its own. However, since it's compromised it could get worse so doc wants me back in for another x-ray in 24 hours. I get a couple of happy pills to get me thru the night and a prescription for more.

With only one bike between us at the moment, we're forced to get a room at the more expensive motel next door to the hospital.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #55
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Thanks

Thank you so much for sharing all this.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #56
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I made a comment earlier, but now I'm really glad to hear you survive any real serious injuries. Hopefully the partially collapse lung will recover fully. After that misfortune, I say motelling it is a minor setback. Obviously that DR is one tough bike, not to mention the rider. Take care and thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:43 PM   #57
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Jeez, Joe, if you had wanted more attention from us, you could have just bought a keg and thrown a party at your place.

A little more throttle, and you could have stuck the landing, I know it.

All kidding aside, I'm glad you're safe and relatively uninjured.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #58
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Wow! Glad you're ok. That was quite a wreck!

I'm super impressed with the response you received. So grateful for these men and women, and government agencies, set up to deal with situations like these. One of the [many] things I take for granted every day.

Here's wishing you continued healing.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:52 PM   #59
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Puke JayZUSS!!!

Man I have been there I am glad are ok. Ok means You dont need to be taken away by a helicopter and are able to move kinda on your own power in under 1 hour.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:54 PM   #60
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That was incredible. Maybe moreso b/c of the video to go with it. I'm glad to hear you're o.k. The video had my wife and I glued to the screen.
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