Cycle South 2021 /part four (down in Denver)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ohio_Danimal, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Thanks for the comments man. Sorry to hear of your own discomfort. Years ago, for many years I was racing USCF category 3-4 and was involved in many crashes. It’s a miracle I was never killed. After that I always felt motorcycles were actually safer than bicycles. Well, at least a lightweight road bike with a fit rider aboard. Speeds too high. Braking capabilities so limited because of lack of rubber on the road. Nominal safety gear (helmets at the time were just coming into being and were huge and cumbersome and not many riders had or used them).
    Speaking of rods in legs, I had several people say internal rods were superior to external plates. This was said to me before my surgery. So, before surgery I relayed this concern to the surgeon when he said plates would be utilized. He replied “who’s the orthopaedic surgeon here me or you?”

    What you said about people seeing things through my eyes, thanks. Believe it or not, I often forget to consider the number of people following along. Over 700,000 views now. Kinda weirds me out lol. But I’ve always wanted to give back to the ADV community that in itself fostered my desire for life on the road. I guess I’ve been successful in that regard if you’re reading this.
  2. radmann10

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    Damn, I have to agree with you, Bicycles are much more dangerous than motorcycles IMHO!
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    Dan, glad to hear you found an orthopedic Dr willing to take you as a patient under Medicaid. One more step towards getting this injury put behind you and being able to move on with life. Happy New Year!
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    Jay_In_Milpitas Zero to sixty in February

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    Rod vs. plate. If I remember correctly a rod is okay if the break is a simple fracture, i.e. just snapped in two. If the bone has compound fractures where it's both snapped and has longitudinal cracks/fissures, a rod can just pry the bone open. It would take something like hose clamps around the bone to keep the sections from parting, so not such a good thing.

    My Orthopedic Surgeon has, in addition to his Doctor Degree stuff, multiple degrees in Engineering. Most of them do, I understand.
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    ChicoProf Been here awhile

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    As for the danger of bicycling vs motorcycling... I bicycle a couple thousand miles or so a year, and mile-for-mile I've certainly had more trouble when bicycling. Everything from cars invading my space to wrong-way (against traffic) cyclists in my lane, to going over the handlebars at 30+ mph (lead rider failed to call out a road hazard while descending). Cars pay less attention to bicycles (or are downright aggressive to them), you don't have the power/speed to get out of the way of a "misbehaving" car, and the minimal protective equipment are all factors.

    Wishing you a smooth recovery back to an active life and more motorcycling adventures!
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Please keep the pictures coming!
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    It’s Sunny in June for 2021.
    Thanks Procycle!




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    Geezerguy In the shadows

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    Cool Beans!
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  11. Sunday Rider

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    Now that’s a hot centrefold! Congrats Dan! Well, congrats Sunny I guess!
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  12. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Finally I crossed into Chile, after being denied border access my first try due to heavy riots and protests in the nearby coastal cities.

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    Peru’s dirt roads weren’t kind to my air filter. Good oil on it kept things beyond it clean though


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    Lake Titicaca, Puno Peru

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    near the border
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    Ola Iquique Chile and after-riot damage to a school

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    cutest street puppy of the trip


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    Christmas Day ride through the Atacama desert with Olaf, Kurt and Sergio

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  13. Ohio_Danimal

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    Great pictures! I am surprised that little dog in that picture didn't end up in your tank bag for the rest of the trip.
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    I've fallen behind here. Re. bicycles. After 56 years of riding moto, including 13 years of racing, my worst injuries TWICE were on a bicycle. No, not doing trick stuff, just regular road riding. I credit wearing protective gear on the moto for having no serious injuries there. Think about it, to go bicycling you put on gloves with no finger covering, bare legs and arms, and the only padding is in the crouch of your riding shorts! :muutt
    Thanks for the great pictures as usual. :clap Really cool pictures!
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    I know I took and displayed a ton of dog pictures here on my blog. There’s no doubt those following along are keenly aware of my love of pooches. It’s an emotional thing for me too, having to put down my favorite dog of all time not long before I left. Growly (short for Growlithe, a red dog Pokémon) was 85 lbs of fun loving fury. Smart and loving but always still wanting to display some alpha male he was a blast to have around and one of the few things I got out of my divorce and custody battle. I saw Growly in the eyes of every dog I coddled, stroked, scratched and rubbed all over Latin America. I didn’t really write often about this component though.
    And man you’re correct. Almost every smaller dog I met conjured up images in my head of how they would fit the bike. In Nicaragua I even drew up a sketch of how I would cut apart my Givi aluminum top case to turn it into a carrier.
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    I think all dog lovers got that vibe from your pictures and how our 4 legged friends always found you in the crowd. They know. Sorry to hear about your loved one departing before your trip. A pooch that is in synch with you is such a joy.
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    Another very short video clip found. A quick stop and look around on Peru’s PE28B, heading towards Santa Teresa and the hike to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. To the left, off in the distance, is the road I came in on, winding its way East towards the Sacred Valley

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