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Offline BigB

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First time down
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:53:12 pm »
A couple of years ago in late October I decided to go ride the Tail of the Dragon (US 129 at Tennessee/North Carolina border).  I rode to Robbinsville on Friday afternoon with plans to ride the Dragon on Saturday then return home on Sunday.  I rained overnight but was sunny in the morning so things looked good but the roads were wet.  I decided to kill some time while the roads dried with a late breakfast and some casual riding in the area.  It was getting close to noon and the roads were pretty dry so I headed towards the Dragon with plans to stop for lunch somewhere in between.  I checked the map and found a side road that would cut some miles off.  It was an awesome road with plenty of hills and twisties.  I was enjoying a spirited ride when I came around a right hand curve which transitioned into a tight left hander on which the sun had not yet had any affect.  The asphalt was very wet and covered with leaves.  :-\  I hit the brakes to try to scrub some speed off but adrenaline must have been high because the next thing I new I was picking myself up off the ground in the ditch.  My mind is blank from the time I hit the brakes.  I'm sure I didn't black out, it's just one of those things my mind does.  I it had in happen once before on a full from a scissors lift.  I stepped off the edge the the next thing I new I was picking myself up off the ground.   I kind of wish I could remember both experiences but I guess the mind tries to protect us.  Anyways,  it was obvious that I had low sided and slid off the road.  The damage to bike was only cosmetic and I suffered only mild bruising to my left shoulder and hip (I was wearing full protective gear).   A couple of hunters stopped and helped me get the bike out of the ditch.  They seemed genuinely concerned that I was ok but once I assured them I was and the bike was rideable we went our separate ways.  I'm guessing they laughed the rest of the way home while I rode like I was riding on ice. 

I had been riding off and on for 34 years and regularly for 19 before this accident, my first time being down.  It reinforced the importance of protective gear and not riding at speeds outside your sight distance.  I didn't make it to the Dragon that trip but went back in the spring and road it three times.  :beerchug:

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Re: First time down
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 07:46:08 pm »
A couple of years ago?  :-\   Well I guess we all need our grieving time.   :)

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Re: First time down
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2012, 03:01:34 am »
Yep, we all need our time to grieve.  Frankly a couple of years doesn't seem outta line.  I'm still grieving over my own crash this past May.  I lost my '04 in that one.  But my experience was a crash, not a drop and that's pretty much the same situation with you, BigB.  You have to be either at a stop or moving no faster than parking lot speeds to qualify as a drop and thus earn the award.

I'm really glad you were wearing the gear.  It's amazing how many folks think it's not necessary.  But it saved my life back in May and it seems as if it saved you a lot of pain in this instance. 

So the bright news which comes from this sad tale is that you do NOT qualify for the uncoveted Connie Droppers Anonymous Award this time!  But the road is long and the opportunity may yet arise.  So congratulations and be careful out there!