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Well, I am back from my cross country trip. So much to make people aware of. This should catch everyone up. I originally got online only long enough to post this on my regional motorcycle forum, so I'll just copy and paste it over.

This was the original thread if you want to see it all as it unfolded:
http://www.pnwriders.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48995

But here, is a copy and paste of what I was posting up:

Well, today has been one of those days. I dont even know where to begin...

I was leaving the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota, en route to Colorado. I was trying to avoid going through Wyoming, so made way through Nebraska instead to work my way south. The majority of my entire trip has been completely off the Interstate, all on backroads, mainly to have more fun, avoid all the RV's and traffic, and to lighten the LEO's that I may run into.

Needless to say, I was in southern Nebraska, in the middle of nowhere, working my way through at a steady pace. All the backroads in Nebraska are either 50 or 65. I hit one stretch of road that was completely under construction, all soft sand, but thank goodness for the warning signs and the road crews and flaggers. That two mile stretch forced me onto the shoulder while people were passing me, but soft sand and the bike surely do not mix.

Got through that and was another 25 miles down the road, turned off on another backroad to avoid the traffic, and was only 2 miles down this desolate road when it happened again - soft sand replacing the road - only this time, there was zero warning.

The speed limit sign said 50mph, right where the road turned to soft sand/gravel. I was going right around 55 when I saw the road change, but it was too late. The road crested there, so my warning was only maybe 15-20 feet in advance. I hit my brakes very hard, fished tailed the rear, but straightened it out as I hit the sand and gravel. I dont think I slowed down to anything under 40mph when I hit it - the bike dived to the left hitting on the right side and throwing me about 3 feet from the bike. It all happened so fast. Adrenaline and shock combined was making me go crazy.

I've been riding since 1996, never wrecked a motorcycle up to this point. Sure, I've dropped a bike at a standstill due to stupidity, but I have never wrecked a bike while in any kind of motion. Damn! It all happened so fast!

So here I am in the middle of nowhere, roaming on the ole cell phone, and not enough energy to even lift my bike. A couple fingers on my right hand were blatantly popped out of place, I popped them back into place, but one of them keeps staying popped out. Right foot and knee were sore, not sure of what. Adrenaline was pumping like crazy! I know I went into shock, it was hard to come to any calmness, my mind was going stir crazy!!

I was wearing full gear, and I really mean full gear. I had my Vanson Leathers for my pants and jacket, with armor, Sidi boots, gloves, and helmet of course. I know, without a doubt in my mind, that my injuries would be way worse had I not been wearing all my gear.

I finally got the bike up, pushed it two miles back to a nearby gas station from where I had turned off of. The bike was not starting, and my mind was going crazy trying to think about any troubleshooting things.

I made a few phone calls, asking for medical advice and bike advice. I knew I broke two of my fingers at this point, I dont think I have ever felt such pain in my life - amazing in a bad, bad way!! My right foot was, and is, in such pain that I dont know of what. I really dont think I broke it, but something is not right.

The bike appeared toast and I didnt know what to do stranded in the middle of no man's land. I kicked all the sand and gravel out of the bike and starting working through it. I did a good visual inspection, looking for leaks or electrical issues that may have been grounded off. The extent of the damage was pretty bad, I'll probably find out how bad tomorrow - granted, it could always be worse.

Armed with some advil in my stomach, guzzling 2 liters of water, and starting to get somewhat calm, I was determined to see what I could do about riding out of there. Duct tape is my friend - used it to duct tape my motorcycle up to keep it together if I could get it road-ready. I took a couple ball point ink pens, and used them to duct tape to my fingers to keep them straight. I didnt want to take my boot off, because I was afraid my foot would be so swollen up that I wouldnt be able to get it back on. I figured I could deal with that later.

I was able to make the bike rideable using a lot of creativity. I had a problem getting my bags secured back on the bike, so I strapped down what I could and backpacked the rest on my body. Off I went...

My original plan was to goto Cheyenne, Wyoming but then the rain came. This was probably some of the hardest rain I have ever seen and been in. I pulled off at a gas station to shelter myself, but after 30 minutes, it didnt let up so I knew I had to go. What sucked is I was unable to wear a glove on the right hand, so the rain just stung and pierced my hand.

So with my body duct taped up, my motorcycle duct taped up, 2 broken fingers, one very bad right foot, missing one glove, backpack on back, in the downpouring rain, I pushed onward for another 4 hours finally arriving at my final and original destination - Colorado Springs, Colorado. The bike is in the garage, and I finally got a shower, and I'll be going to the hospital tomorrow morning to get checked out.

The last 4 hours of riding probably wouldnt have been too bad if it wasnt for the 2 fingers and the nonstop rain. It was just miserable and i would never wish this upon my worst enemy.

For now, rest is what I need. I just wanted to let everyone know what happened and we'll see how things play out from here.
 

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And a update the next day:

First, I want to say a very special thank you to everyone for their support. I debated on even posting this thread, mainly because I was never wanted it to be a pity party but rather just wanted to share with everyone the recent happenings on my trip.

I spent a lot of time at the doctors today, mainly because I was a walk-in at the emergency room in Denver, so it was very packed in there.

My original thoughts were I had just 2 broken fingers, so they sent me to get xrays and then the doctors thought my right foot was broken too. My foot has been swelling up, with pain in the ball part of the foot, and the main joint at the big toe spot. I have been unable to walk on it with any pressure so they wanted me to get that xrayed just to see how it looked.

After reading the xrays, the results came back showing my right foot is not broken, and only one of my two fingers were indeed broken. The second finger was just bruised up, but the end finger had continued to worsen and the xrays show why.

I am no doctor. However, as it was explained to me... the upper portion of my end finger was broken up into many pieces and it is unsure how much concern it went into the "joint" portion of the finger. Tomorrow morning, they are having a orthopedics specialist from the University of Colorado review the xrays and make the determination if the joint is affected. If the joint is/was affected, then they will recommend surgery.

If I was to get surgery, I have to wait about a week to do it so the swelling can come down some. It would also have to be done right at a week, because they said with no surgery, the hand would be healed in about three weeks and I would have to live with whatever it ended up healing as. So tomorrow, I find out about the extent of the damage into the joint area and whether surgery is recommended. If I do need surgery, I will entertain the idea of sticking around Colorado to do it here or getting back into Washington in time to have it done there.

My 2 fingers on my right hand are wrapped up in a joint splint (it's so hard to type on the right side of the keyboard uggg), and for now I'll hobble with a soft shoe on the right foot. More bruises are showing up on my shoulder and rib cage, but overall my spirits are very good and I am truly thankful and counting my blessings as it could always be worse.

About the bike...I am actually thankful that I took the dive in the soft sand as it probably lessened the extent of the damage. I am slowly ripping the bike apart looking into it more and more to see the true extent of the damage to make a determination on what to do next.

So tomorrow, I will know the final disposition on my body and my bike.

My body has been aching all day today, and I am amazed at how much the body can do and perform when running on high adrenaline as I was right after the accident. Once that adrenaline high comes down, it brings one down very fast and the up and down experience is amazing in a bad way to say the least.

Here are some pics from the day:















 

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Aww gee, glad your all right, the bike dare I say it is but a machine that can be repaired or replaced.

Soz your trip ended that way, hope you and the bike recover quickly.
 

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One other thing can you get a friend to get to that section if you did not photograph it so you can get pictorial evidence before they put the signs up.
 

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Man, I'm glad you're ... um ... as OK as you are. You're right, it could have been a lot worse, but that doesn't make the situation suck any less.

I hope you heal completely and get your bike sorted out soon.
 

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Glad you were wearing your gear as it obviously would have been much worse if you weren't. I know exactly what you mean about the adrenaline thing. You can be hurt pretty bad & still function (at least for a while).

Hope the bike is not toast. Let us know how things are working out.
 

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sorry to hear Tilt ..... er.... I mean Beans, now you can have a sticker on your helmet that says "This way up ^"


Heal well bro
 
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