I have been thinking long and hard about doing a post here but my friend wvridgerider who was with me at the time of the incident encouraged me to do a post. A little background, I have been riding and racing dirt bikes for 46 of my 67 years without so much as a broken bone and no injury that would be considered serious. I got rid of my dirt bike (1996 XR-280) about six years ago (just before I retired) and picked up a low mileage, well farkled DR-650. I do not consider the DR to be a woods bike and only used it for back roads and gravel roads. I've ridden it about 25,000 miles in the 5+ years I have had it. I have made some new riding friends thru ADV and about 3 weeks ago, I met wvridgerider and his friend Bob at Richwood, WV for a great 100 mile off road ride. Since wvridgerider was off all week, we made plans to meet later in the week at Mahan, WV for some mostly single track riding. Another rider, tdrrider joined us for the ride. As wvridgerider was putting on his shin/knee guards, I commented about that being a good idea. I led the ride since I was the only one familiar with that area. We had just crossed over to the RT 61 side of the mountain and turned on a fairly tight ATV trail around the head of Johnson Branch. I was in first gear at about 12 or 14 mph when I flet a huge impact on my lower right leg which caused me to fall on my left side. The other two riders came running over and asked me if I was OK. I knew something was wrong and when we pulled my pants leg out of my boot, we couldn't believe what we saw. I had hit a hidden backward facing stick that contacted my leg about 4" below my knee and at the outside edge of my shin bone. The impact forced my foot and leg backward (see pic) with the tip of the stick slicing about 8" down the side of my shin and ending about an inch or two below the top of my boot. The wound was about 8" long, about 2" wide and an inch or more deep. wvridgerider had good first aid kit and quickly put some gauze and an elastic wrap on the wound. He wanted to call 911 but I knew it would take them hours to reach me and I wasn't in shock or light headed so I was able to the bike about 4 miles to a secondary paved road, another mile to a two lane highway, and about 8 miles to a friends house where I could safely leave the bike. The friend took me about a mile to the local ER. I called my wife and she found me in the ER. She did take a picture of the would which is extremely gruesome and will not be posted here. The ER thought I had two small bone cracks so they sent me to another ER about 15 miles away. I laid around the second ER for about two hours without anyone even looking at the wound. Finally my wife asked one of the nurses if they realized the severity of the injury. They were under the impression that it was a small puncture wound. My wife showed them the picture which got me some immediate attention. The injury did require surgery, 34 staples and numerous sutures but I was out of the hospital the next evening. 47 hours after the injury, I was in my daughter's van with my foot propped up on the center console headed for the beach at Nags Head, NC. I was lucky in that I had very little serious pain but will not be allowed to put any weight on the leg for about six weeks. What a bummer during riding season. I hope I haven't been too detailed and boring but if you take anything away from this, please use ATGATT. here is the wound 14 days after the injury and just before the staples were removed. This is my side panel where my boot straps were pushed against it during the impact. Here are my new shin/knee guards that I will use from now on.