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rodee71
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My Final Ride

Post by rodee71 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:05 pm



Well, after a couple of days of naps and shopping/banking excursions, I thought I'd tell you guys a little about what happened to my motorcycle. Karen and I are retired, but we decided to keep active by working 30 or so hours a week 6 months a year as campground hosts for American Land and Leisure, a contractor who supplies manpower to the National Forestry Service to run the campgrounds in eleven different states. We started at Seneca Shadows campground in Seneca Rocks, WV, about 2 hours from home June 4th. On July 1st, Karen went home to take care of business and I decided to take a ride down to another of our campgrounds to see if we might want to work at that campground next year. I had done around 250 miles and was 30 miles from our campground on my way back when I pulled over in Franklin, WV on Hwy 33 around 9:00 pm to take a break and add a jacket under my Joe Rocket MC jacket due to the dropping temps. When I pulled out to go, my headlight went out. No problem, I had enough street light to safely pull over at an Exxon station. I could not find the problem and decided that the bulb had blown. I called the area manager who stays at our campground to bring a trailer and pick me up. At around 9:45 the fun began. When he arrives, I start the bike up to load it and the headlight COMES ON! Well, us riders know what a pain it is to load up and strap down a bike safely, and, because I had the same trailer at home, I knew the bike was a little longer than the trailer by about 4" which would prevent us from latching the ramp in place. We could have thrown the ramp in the back of his pickup, but we didn't. So, I decided to ride it on in and he would lead the way and keep an eye on my headlight. A mile north and brother, the whole thing fell apart. I hit what had to be fog or low clouds at the same time that I hit gravel that had washed onto the road due to an earlier shower passing thru, while approaching a 25 mph switchback curve that I knew was there and was slowing down for. The perfect storm! I was totally disoriented because of the reflection of the headlight on the fog. Fred said he was watching in the rearview as the bike swapped ends. He said all he saw was taillights and I was doing about 40 mph backwards. I vaguely remember trying to lay the bike down, tires in front and that's all I remember about that. I was apparently thrown off and landed on my head, smashing my helmet, which then flew off, leaving my face clear to polish the asphalt. As I regained consciousness, I saw Fred and my bike 30 feet away on the other side of the road. The bike was stuck between the guardrail and the gravel and he was calling my name looking down a 100 foot dropoff, thinking I had flown over the rail. He finally heard me moaning and ran to help me. I was laying in a rock-lined side ditch and passed out again. When I woke up a few minutes later, I saw the headlights of a car pulling over. A woman runs over to me and begins to comfort me. She tells me to lie still, she is going to hold my head in her lap. She then tells me that she's a nurse! My angel. Fred takes her car back to Franklin and calls for help since there was no service there. A few minutes later, the rescue squad is transporting me to a heli-pad and after a 45 min ride, I'm being operated on at UVA by a wonderful group of doctors, inserting a rod and some screws and wires to repair the broken 5th disc in my neck, and the rest is history. I came home Sunday July 14th, after 13/14 days. Caring Angels stopped in to set up my home rehab, but decided that none was necessary and released me to Karen.Tomorrow, the staples on the surgery incision are being removed at UVA, and then it's up to the Higher Power to complete my recovery. I am blessed. I know that your prayers for me were heard and I thank you all for that. I know now that God hears your prayers, even when you don't have time to say them. I owe Him everything. I am Blessed.
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Re: My Final Ride

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:08 pm

Glad you are going to be okay, suspect your riding days are over now.


We attended the Seneca Rocks Goldwing NASSIR rally there 2 years ago.
My daughter had an incident with a deer nearing the next town north of there.
That deer totalled her car.

Like you, no cell service, a woman who witnessed the deer flying over the bushes and colliding with her car, stopped, and then drove on north to call 911...

she was safe, the car protected her, but we left it in Seneca Rocks and rented a truck to pull our trailer home.

Hwy 33 has a nasty way of messing with GPS units.... we found that out the hard way.
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Re: My Final Ride

Post by rodee71 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:22 am

So glad your daughter is safe. Rt. 33 is bad enough during the day, but stay off of it at night. Yes, 3 months ago we had 2 GW's, sold one, and now this, and my neck is in a metal cage, fused in 4 places, so my riding days are over. Just glad to be alive.

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:48 am

Very glad you're here to tell us the story! Here's hoping you heal up quickly.

What kind of helmet is that, that gave up its life protecting yours?

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by brettchallenger » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:07 am

That gravel that washes down after a rain storm is awful stuff. It is bad enough when you encounter it in the day light - it always seems to be on bends too. Glad you came through this if not intact, at least in one piece. You have my prayers for a continued recovery.
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Re: My Final Ride

Post by rodee71 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:23 am

Add in the fog and it's a perfect storm. Thanks for your well wishes. Be safe.

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by rodee71 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:16 pm

Scott, it's a TMS FMVSS 218. I bought it online 5-6 yrs ago for $21.00. I looked it up just now online and can't find it, although there are a lot of TMS helmets with that exact same model number on EBAY. BTW, I've decided to sell my Voyager kit (fits 1100's and 1500's) on the site, but can't find a way to post the sale. Can you give me the steps I need to do this? Would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by carlwatson » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:54 am

:o sure could have been a bad day at bed rock. Tuff day for sure.
Better to live a short life than to exist forever.

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by hwydoc2 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:33 am

Wow Rodee71, that's a very bad scene!!! Glad that you had people around to help, that you were reassembled properly, now for the healing and rehab to get you back fully well. Glad that you made it to relate your story, hope you are well in the future!!

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by GramKate » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:50 am

Very happy to hear that there were people there to help you and that you are healing and doing well.
The accident that totaled our beautiful 1986 SEI Goldwing happened because an out-of-town visitor ran a stop sign. Fortunately my husband had spotted him and braked as hard as he could and had us from 35 mph to 10 mph just before the impact. The bike was a total loss, my husband was bruised and sore from landing on the hood of the car and I landed 20' the other side of the intersection. I wasn't life flighted to the hospital and the ambulance ride was awful - like a buckboard wagon.
The people in the ER were wonderful and did everything they could to keep me comfortable. They saw no broken bones on the x-rays and ran another set because they just couldn't believe that a 51-year-old woman didn't have at least one fracture. Unfortunately, I had what they felt was worse: vascular damage from my right hip to my toes. Fearing a possible clot, I was put out of work for three weeks unable to bear weight on that leg.
It has been 12 years today since that accident and I deal with chonic pain as a result of that accident, but I thank God every day for the residents who heard and/or saw the accident. They packed bags of ice and put them on my leg, called the state police and ambulance, allowed the friends riding with us to use their home phones to make calls (no cell service in that area) and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived 45 minutes later from 4 blocks away.
It only takes one inattentive driver, an animal on the road, gravel, etc to destroy your motorcycle, injure you badly or even take your life. Now that I have my license and a beautiful 2012 Shadow 750, I make sure to "expect the unexpected".

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by Sharon2665 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:08 am

So glad that you are alive and doing well enough that you don’t need any further rehab. Just remember if you find you are having any difficulties at all to ask your doctor for a referral to outpatient physical or Occupational therapy get stuff taken care of.
Will pray for your continued healing both physically and mentally. Those near life and death experiences have a way of traumatizing you and you may not even realize it yet.
Also look for any signs of traumatic brain injury such as forgetfulness, brain fog etc etc. after a head industry like that I don’t see how you cannot have some. I have been there in a severe accident and no one ever bothers to check that stuff out in the hospital. As long as you are moving and talking they are good with getting rid of you. That’s where speech or occupational therapy could help with cognition or even a neuro psychologist who can do testing and make recommendations. It can and will improve but does it much faster with some certain exercises and a plan!
Again praises to the Good Lord for watching over you and keeping you with us all.

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by sarge1952 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:41 pm

GLAD YOU ARE ALIVE TO RECOUNT THIS STORY FOR US !!! YEAH BIKE LOOKS LIKE ITS WORSE FOR THE WEAR FOR SURE BUT DON'T GIVE UP !!! THERE ARE ALWAYS BIKES BUT YOU ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT !! BEST WISHES :D :D :D

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by bizwizld » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:41 pm

Glad you are going to be ok ! Did you really bet your life on a used $21 helmet?

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by Old Fogey » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:34 am

bizwizld wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:41 pm
Glad you are going to be ok ! Did you really bet your life on a used $21 helmet?
I'm glad you are ok and mending, but oh man, look at that helmet! A 25mph crash destroyed it! Ripped right open, cracked across the top and heavens know what the visor was made of to shatter like that.

Please people, use some sense when buying something that is supposed to save your life. I understand the thought that 'I don't do much riding, so a cheap one will do' but as shown, you can the same accident as someone who rides for miles every day. It's possibly more likely if you don't ride much.
You don't need the top end $1000s helmets the racers wear (nice if you can afford it) but check out reviews and make sure that there is some accreditation (DOT in the States, TuV in Gemany, BS in UK etc). I don't think that helmet was DOT approved. If it was, there's something wrong with that system.
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Re: My Final Ride

Post by roadwanderer2 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:32 pm

Glad to hear your still among us and on the mend Rodee71. It could have been much worse. The bike can be replaced, but you can't. Sounds like GOD WAS your co-rider for that one.

GET WELL SOON!!

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by rodee71 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:29 pm

Thanks, Al. If all goes well, the brace comes off tomorrow.

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by rfluharty » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:33 am

Glad you are recovering and I pray you continue to improve, but I was horrified when you mentioned your "$21 helmet". Man, that thing split apart. It looks like it came from a halloween store. That should NOT happen. I dropped my old Yamaha Radian in 2000 on a bend of gravel like you. I was probably doing 50mph. My leathers saved me from road rash (except a dime sized hole in the elbow). My AVG helmet had scratches all along it, but nothing like that. PLEASE, readers. Protect that head! A smashed pumpkin will kill you (or worse leave you a vegetable) quickly. If you can afford to ride a bike that costs many thousands of dollars, don't skimp on a helmet. For those who like their "brain buckets" and half helmets, look at this please: https://pages.uncc.edu/visualrhetoric/p ... t-diagram/ . The face usually takes the impacts, not the crown of your head. If you don't care about your life, and have no family or loved ones then fine. Just don't be lulled into a false sense of security and leave your spouse, children, and grand kids without you just so you can be cool and comfortable. May God keep us all safe on the roads!

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by rcgreg » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:41 am

Time to go 'Spyder' - I had to after blowing out my knee trying to backup the 85 LTD

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by soumilinon » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:03 pm

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I now wear a helmet ,even if laws permit no helmet,was wearing a beanie helmet,but still saved my life ,I`m sure of that,7 broken ribs,shattered shoulder blade,hole in lung ,torn spleen,but still walking!!

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by facetious » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:50 pm

I used to ride a Harley Electra Glide but kept dropping it. Luckily I only dropped it when stopped - I think that aged 73 my sense of balance is not quite what it used to be and when stopped if I wasn't paying particular attention and the bike tilted a little then it was too late and over it went.

It was then that I decide to retire from two wheels and move to 3 wheels. The best move I ever made. I have a lovely 1998 Goldwing 1500 trike. It is so comfortable and it does'nt fall over.
For anyone thinking of retiring from 2 wheels, a trike is a great alternative to keep you on the road.

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Re: My Final Ride

Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:57 am

I was thinking about going to a trike, but the problem for me would still be there, not being able to twist the throttle, squeeze the brake or clutch levers. Never thought i'd see the day that i'd have to end my motorcycle riding. Now I have an 86 Aspy SEi just sitting on my car port collecting dust, but I still fire it up every once in awhile just to keep the juices flowing and to hear the engine run.
The battery tender does a great job of keeping the battery fully charged. I went outside and fired it up for the first time in about 4 months and let it run for about a half hour. it started right up on the first press of the start button, didn't skip a beat.

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