First, I apologize for lack of pictures. I have not signed up for a new photo hosting service after photobucket resorted to extortion. On Monday, Sept 17 my wife (Paula/Prairierider) were coming back from a 4 day Colorado back roads fall color tour. This year was a memorial ride for our dear friend Graywolf. We were scattering some of his ashes at his favorite spots. We tried to do as much unpaved back roads as possible. Starting in Fort Collins, we went as far South as Lake City. On Monday, we had just come off Ute Pass onto highway 40 west of Hot Sulphur Springs. On the way into town we got behind a semi truck in a twisty canyon. He was going a bit slow in the canyon, so when we hit the 65mph zone on the other side of town we passed in a long passing zone. I discovered then that he must have been empty, because he was accelerating hard to make it harder to pass. Warning sign #1. Not far down the road Paula noticed that he was gaining on us on every straight section. Warning sign #2. At the end of one straight section was a high speed sweeping corner. Just around the corner a school bus was stopped with it's lights flashing and stop sign extended. It was coming from Granby. We stopped in a hurry, just in front of the bus (pointed towards us). Seconds later we heard the truck horn blaring and tires squealing. We were stopped side by side in our lane. I immediately gassed it, dumped the clutch and headed forward and to the left. We were talking on our headsets at the time. I heard Paula's bike rev for 1 second before I heard the sound of the impact. I was hearing everything she heard in her helmet. Looking in my mirror I saw Paula hit by the left front of the truck on the right side of her bike, and her being sent into the air. At the same time the truck was plowing right down the center of more than 250 feed of guard rail. Shattered timbers and dirt filled the air and I lost sight of her. Hearing her sobbing in my helmet still haunts me. EMTs and Nurses must have been stopped for the bus, as they were on Paula in seconds. It took 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. I got her helmet off, as her neck and back seemed fine. They cut off her jacket and pants. We all helped lift her onto a carrier that was then put on the gurney. I grabbed her tank bag and wallet, hopped on my bike and followed the ambulance to the Granby medical center. She was stable when I got there. She never lost consciousness. She had what appeared to be a broken right leg and a broken right upper arm. The medics thought that it might be a broken femur. The CT scanner was broken, so they couldn't do a good assessment for internal injuries. Given the unknown injuries, and the fact that she was a motorcyclist hit by a semi, it was an easy call for a helicopter ride. I headed back over Trail Ridge Road at 6pm. I texted my grown kids when I was in Granby and asked them to head to the hospital in Loveland. When I got to Estes Park I called my daughter on my helmet comm and she let me know that the two main injuries appeared to be a broken fibula and broken humerus. I started breathing a bit easier, but still had another hour to ride in the dark. After 3 nights in the hospital and one surgery, Paula has a plate and 8 screws in her arm. The humerus broke near the middle, so there shouldn't be an joint issues. The fibula isn't weight bearing but isn't displaced, so it should heal just fine. Paula is home and mobile. She is able to use her arm to type and lift anything that doesn't weigh more than a glass of water. It's simply amazing and we feel so blessed. She could have easily been killed, lost limbs, been paralyzed, or be a vegetable. It's a small miracle that no major joints were injured. We've selected an attorney through Law Tigers and have the expectation that we will be fully reimbursed for all expenses plus pain and suffering. Given that the guy could have also taken out a bus load of children, it's a given that his ass is cooked and he is facing serious charges and is now unemployed. It turns out he was the owner/operator of the trucking company that consisted of 2 (now 1) trucks. He had insurance through a reputable insurance company, so we don't expect that litigation will be required. We're taking things one day at a time right now. As the major injuries start to heal, other aches and pains are making themselves obvious. We are keeping journals of all medical and legal details. I'm not a guy with a lot of extra mass. I lost 7 pounds over the first week due to stress. I have a hard time discussing the incident, and will probably pursue some counseling. Seeing and hearing your wife tossed by a 60mph Kenworth is not something I would wish on anyone. Prior to the accident, Paula was essentially an agnostic. This is causing her to reexamine some of her beliefs. While it was a terrible situation, so many things lined up that made this much better than it might have been. I'm a big believer in guardian angels. This also made Paula very aware of how totally insignificant most things in life really are. One lesson that was driven home was to avoid being in front of an aggressive driver. If you see one in your mirrors, pull over, take a few deep breaths, and pray that he doesn't take out a bus full of children.