Update to my tree encounter.


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Update to my tree encounter.

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Just a quick update. At 2:18am on April 16th I was headed home on my 2008. Came around a corner and something didnt look right. When I realized it was a tree across the road I did a hard brake.

I determined a few things later from watching the dash am videos. A car went the other way 30 seconds before - so it came out of a nearer driveway or the tree fell after it went by. It was only two seconds from the time I hit the brakes until I hit the tree (it was a large oak). If I blacked out it was only for, at the most, 10 seconds.

The bike went up under a Y created by the trunk and a large branch. I hit the Y dead center. Had I been farther left the branch would've knocked me off the bike (i stayed in the sear). It took 3 hours to cut the tree up enough to get the bike out (according to the tow guy).

I was off the bike and walking when EMTs showed up. My injuries consisted of seven broken ribs, scrapes on the left leg (along with some swelling), and bruises that are just now showing up almost two weeks later. Oh yeah, I also had a small subdural hematoma that shrank a few hours later when they ran a second CT. Left the hospital two days after I arrived.

Been tike I'm crazy because I've already found a replacement bike and intend to ride when I feel better.






Here's the new to me bike that I'm picking up today.




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Wow, glad you are relatively OK.
Keep doing your incentive spirometer, even though it hurts. You don't want to get pneumonia.

You need to post up your dash can footage, would be interesting to see.

What are the details on the new bike?
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Not too much to see on dash cam. I came around the corner and the tree was there. Two seconds from brakes to hitting tree.

Blue bike is a 2002 with 102K. Already have stuff ordered and incoming for it.
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Congratulations on your new-to-you bike.

You chose the best color. :D
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tamathumper wrote: Tue Apr 30, 2024 7:58 am Congratulations on your new-to-you bike.

You chose the best color. :D
My favorite color. Never liked the yellow ones though
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Did you ride the new bike home?
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newday777 wrote: Wed May 01, 2024 3:42 am Did you ride the new bike home?


No, she had the trailer ride of shame home. Then I had to have a neighbor stand on my left as O rode her off to make sure I didnt tip over onto the hurt leg.

It'll be about three weeks before I'm healed up enough to ride.
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I'm surprised that you even able to do that with broken ribs!!
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Thank God you made it out in one piece! Thank you for sharing your experience. You just never know what Mother Nature has in store for you.

Peace be with you friend!

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musicianstrike wrote: Wed May 01, 2024 6:50 pm Thank God you made it out in one piece! Thank you for sharing your experience. You just never know what Mother Nature has in store for you.

Peace be with you friend!

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Guarantee that my brain will now look for down end trees as well as deer (hit one of those with my 1500 a couple of years ago and kept it upright).


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