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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by OZYMANDIAS, May 7, 2006.
It is that time again...
Kind of lost track of how many years it has been, but I recall reading the ride report from the beginning.
It’s been ten years - today - since we lost Clayton. RIP Ozzy.
i got to read this...
ok... wow... holy smokes...
Thanks for keeping Clayton's story alive. Yesterday I visited the RR subforum for the first time in a long time and saw this thread on the front page. Every year or two I think about Ozymandias and the impact his story has had on me. I appreciate being reminded of human stories like his, to remind us about why we have empathy, to be grateful for what we have, and to always be as safe as possible.
I will never forget Ozy. It was so many years ago I read this thread for the first time and was so moved. My heart is warmed to see his life is still honored here.
My wife and I were lying in bed this morning having a coffee before getting on with our day, and we started talking about Clayton. RIP Brother!
This is a must read. Sad ending but an amazing story.
Yes, I've had the tread tagged for a long time and haven't read it yet. I will, but I have to be in the right frame of mind!
Read about Clayton's story on Reddit and have been trying to read every part of it since. I had to make a contribution to this thread. It has truly made me rethink about the way I want to enjoy riding or not. Clayton had the ambition and strive many of us wish we could have, his story touched me deeply. I will forever remember him when I ride. Although it has been over a decade since he has passed his impact is still as strong as it ever was. Thank you Clayton and thanks to this community that I am proud to be a part of today.
the ending was harsh. to say the least.
man-o-man - that was one tough journey.
We’re coming up on 12 years on the 24th. I think of Ozzy every time I get on a bike. Think of the what have and could have beens. Ozzy would likely be a practicing attorney with a family, and maybe children by now. My riding style has evolved over the years - I now wear a Helite vest and rarely go for a ride without it. I had been known to ride sans gear in the past, but I never do that now.
When I was younger, like many, I too rode too fast, too carelessly, too aggressively, too underdressed, too ill prepared... Somehow in over 40yrs of cycling and motorcycling I never hurt myself. Lucky, I guess. Stories like Clayton's are a sad reminder of how vulnerable we are out there and how devastating the consequences can be.
Still, his analysis of life before and after the accident is brilliant and I wish I could have met him as he was special.
Ride In Peace, Clayton, thank you for your essays.
When I read this the first time it was quite the slap in the face. But his story has resonated with me, and educated my riding since. R.I.P. Ozzy
I had just got interested in adv. riding when I found his thread here, recall thinking what a lucky young man out chasing his dreams and his lasts entry before the accident about him going out and wishing him luck with the ladies then nothing for a while until he posted about the crash. following his posts after and the way he described the donkey how it looked right before the impact.
Just last week while hustling to get in to San Ignacio before dark on my first ride in Mexico as I past a cluster of shrubs 2 burro's were hidden behind I thought of him.
Reading his pain with with being crippled physically and his final words I think has made me a more compassionate individual and more aware of livestock when I ride.
Last week in while working in Nacori Chico Mexico, I was thinking of Clayton...
It has been years, but the story remains etched in my brain. Mandatory reading for new riders as far as I am concerned.