How not to crash into a quarry

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  1. Bluebull2007

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    On Saturday I was out riding in the desert south of Lima with a good friend of mine, Gary. Were were riding in this vally with gentle, rolling dunes, relatively flat. In the distance I could make out some machines excavating sand for construction and so I figured the ground would stay level seeing they were roughly about the same elevation we were. We must have been doing about 50km/hr, thankfully not as fast as I normally ride in this type of terrain.

    I think I turned around to see where Gary was or maybe I was just distracted as we had already been riding for a couple of hours, but all of a sudden in front of me I saw the ground in front of me fall away. There was no time to brake, I knew I was about to fall down into a deep, man-made quarry. Sometimes these things go here down vertically 40 or 50 meters and so I panicked and threw myself off the bike in an effort to escape.

    I followed the bike onto on a steeply sloping section leading to a vertical drop of unknown height.

    It was strange but time did not at all slow down.

    I remember desperately trying to spread myself out to prevent myself from going off the edge but to no avail, I went off with quite bit of speed. I remember being upside down and hitting something with my ass quite hard before I found myself in a thick cloud of dust rolling down another slope. Eventually I came to stop but there was no time for reflection and by that time the shock and adrenaline had kicked in big time. It took me a moment to work out that I was not dead, and somehow I had survived a 10 meter fall. My relief was almost instantaneously replaced by fear and I leaped up and screamed out in an vain attempt to warn off *Gary on my tail.

    Next thing I see a cloud of dust and a spinning bike coming out of it above me. It came crashing down above where I landed, and I was confused because I did not see Gray come with it. I looked up and realized the cloud of dust was him scrabbling up off the slope. He had also bailed out and managed to stop before going over over the edge after his bike.

    Needless to say the good Lord gave me a soft landing, things could have been quite different indeed. took us quite while to get over it.

    Gary managed to get his version of events on tape, unfortunately the lens was badly misted but I think its clear enough for you to see the event, and how quickly it appeared. Kind of scary. By the way Gary tells me he was so shocked all he could do was laugh nervously.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x1Uy-HZlocI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    I had no injuries apart from a very stiff neck and bruised backside. Gary had to replace his fat bars, which were bent in the incident. My bike was fine.
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  2. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    :eek1 Glad you and your friend are ok.
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  3. Jacl-Kampuchea

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    I'd like to say that I would have stayed on the bike and rode it down, as it looks rideable.

    That said I don't know if I would have! Lucky his bike didn't land on you.
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  4. gmk999

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    The phraze: " I had to lay er down " comes to mind. LOL Glad you are ok!! scary for sure!!
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  5. Loutre

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    glad you're ok mate. Great video footage!
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  6. NJ-Brett

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    That is something you will remember for a long time!

    Over riding your sight lines is always risky.

    Great that it was sand tho, how many people can say they rode off a cliff?

    Over time you can increase the height and speed, and maybe add some rocks, and have a really good tale to tell.
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  7. Bluebull2007

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    It was ridable if your name is Travis Pastrana, but I think even he would have crashed because there was zero warning.
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  8. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    +1

    Glad you survived!
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  9. Entrepre-neer

    Entrepre-neer Ultimate Tight A$$

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    Helmet cams always mess with perspective. That is a HUGE f&%*ing cliff!!!
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  10. NitroRoo

    NitroRoo Been here awhile

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    :eek1 scary stuff! The foggy video kind of added to the scary factor
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  11. Ed_in_miami

    Ed_in_miami Cubicle Traveler

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    Holy crap! :eek1
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  12. viverrid

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    A couple of years back, a guy visiting around here was with a buddy, riding quads in a designated riding area. Then they went across a road into adjoining woods (which have No Trespassing signs about every 20 feet). They rode off the edge of a quarry. Not a hill but a cliff. One guy died. Watch out for that shit.
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  13. daveinva

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    Actually, given that you both survived, I'd say that is exactly how you should crash into a quarry. :1drink
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  15. skymasteres

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    You know. The thing that CLEARLY shows just what a fall that is is the fact that you have time to watch your friend's bike twist in the air as it falls. Not just an instant drop off the ledge and it's on the ground, but a real couple seconds of free fall. WOW!
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  16. duckboy810

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    wild you had it on camera. One of the first things i remember my dad warning me about when riding are quarries. I believe he told me he remembers hearing about a rider on a quad was going along and drove off a 60+ft cliff and didnt make it. Misleading trails that are just created from rain run-off or old hill climbs or dumps locations could get you in trouble quick.
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