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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 07:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John,

I hope you are feeling a little better. I would also like to offer you a ride in my truck if you would like to go to Suches for the camaraderie. I could easily detour my trip down through Cincinnati.

Roy
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thank you, Roy, but I can't even walk without crutches this morning. I don't think it would be a good thing to do.

I'll be back down for the Fall rally.
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oh; here's my knee . Jack took this photo for me while I was in the ER.

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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The Morning After

Iím on Crutches this morning and Iím in a good deal of pain.

Let me back up a little. I wrote the previous Snippet right after I got home, but things got a lot worse pretty quickly. My left knee started swelling and the pain grew to match. Within just a few minutes, I couldnít walk and my knee was the size of a cantaloupe. I called David and he sent Perry (a friend of his) to get me and bring me to the Emergency room. I was in the ER for the next 8 hours.

They examined me and took a sh*tload of X-rays and cat scans and gave me a shot of Morphine. That was an interesting experience. I definitely didnít care for the high, but it really cut through the pain. Their biggest concern was that since Iím on blood thinners, I could be hemorrhaging internally.

Why is it that hospitals have such a crappy assortment of cable TV channels to watch? They had s few dozen channels and they were all assorted varieties, but there was nothing on that I could get any interest in. Then again, that was probably due to my state of mind, more that their channel assortment.

They finally let me go a bit after 11:00. They gave me a set of crutches and a script for a muscle relaxer. I thanked the nurse for being so considerate and managed to get in the car and he headed for home. We stopped at Taco Hell and got some gut bombs and made it back to my house. Getting up the stairs was really tough. Mt knees wouldnít support my weight, so I sat down on the steps and eased my butt up one step as a time. Getting up off the floor once I made it into the kitchen was an experience. Iíll leave it at that.

I made it into the recliner, and thatís where I spent the night. I slept like a log.

Taking a quick inventory, both knees hurt; the left a lot more than the right. Thatís weird, because the right knee is the one that I went down on. My right ankle hurts and everything from about mid-thigh to my toes is throbbing. My right big toe is black; the kind of black that your thumb gets when you hit it with a hammer. My right shoulder blade is sore, but not very bad. With the exception of my knee, my entire left side is fine. The knee, however hurts like hell. Itís wrapped in an Ace bandage. I donít think Iíll be walking without some sort of mechanical aid for a while. Crutches, for now and probably a cane for a while again.

I donít think Iíll be leaving the house for a few days.

Considering how fast I was going and how hard I went down, Iím coming out of this one smelling like a rose.
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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

OK, well get feeling better soon. The offer stands until I roll out Thursday morning if you change your mind.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Damn, John. Sounds like a rough couple of days. Glad you're no worse than you are!

Very sorry you won't be able to make it to Glitch Badness.
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Tootal
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Too bad TWOs doesn't have a basketball hoop, we could use your knee for a ball!! Really sorry to hear John, that really sucks. Heal up my friend and we'll see you in May!
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86129squids
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I finally remembered a few things- Silvadene (sp?) ointment, cocoa butter will help the abrasion, and Joe (Ratbuell) once mentioned some kind of medicated wrap with honey. I'd say Joe is the go-to guy for advice here. I once had a dancer GF who swore by lotion with arnica for sore muscles and such. Of course, keep ice packs in rotation in/out of the freezer.

Giant suck that it happened, praise be to God that you ended up only stoved up. Ad Junk's offer might do you some good, if you can get to feeling good enough to travel as a passenger... no riding, but lots of glorious time on the patio soaking in the glory of TWoS. Surely someone could offer a spare cabin bed, Greg maybe? Matthew or I could offer a bed upstairs in the lodge, but those stairs are a steep.tough climb even when you're 100%.

Something to think about, John... no riding, but good mojo, and we'd be happy to bring back some brisket from Jim's!
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Tootal
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If you can ride down with Roy I do have a spare bed in a cabin. I remember coming down while on crutches before, you won't be the first! I'll have my car so we'll get you to Jim's!
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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 01:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That pic must have gone up while I was typing my previous post. That looks painful.
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86129squids
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 03:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've been calling you "Roadcrust" for some time now...
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Johnnylunchbox
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 06:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Damn. Get well soon, John. Use plenty of ice.
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Etennuly
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 07:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Sorry to see the beginning of your happy riding season dented like this John. Finally have spring in your pocket and ......

Glad to see your physical damage is limited.

Hope the healing is quick and complete.
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86129squids
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

At this writing I'm hoping that you're resting as comfortably as possible. Take inventory as to how you're doing, if you're feeling up to it, hitch a ride with Ad Junky.

Stoved up, if you can perambulate a bit, most of what you'll do happily at TWoS is sit and shoot the shit. Oh, and eat some 'cue.
Come on down if you can, RoadCrust.
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Wolfridgerider
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 08:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I was trying to find a funny get well meme for you... but I came across this one.

Hope you heal fast and the bike only needs a little paint.



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Airbozo
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 12:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

^^^ I do that to the wife all the time. Works about 50% of the time...

Heal up Crusty! Hope that knee swelling goes down soon. Mine looked like that on my very first car vs motorcycle crash. Not fun.
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Slow Progress


Iím seeing a bit of progress in my healing. Iím not hurting quite as bad as I was and itís easier to get up on my feet from a sitting position. In a little while, Iím going to try to take a shower. If I can, I think Iíll feel even better. Iím not sure about my ability to get into and out of the bathtub; if itís too hard to step up over the edge of the tub, I wonít do it. Iíll wait one more day. At the rate Iím recovering, Iím pretty sure that Iíll be better enough by tomorrow. Still, itís been three days since I showered last and I donít like the way that I feel. I donít think I smell, but if I do, I probably wouldnít notice it. However, my hair is oily and I feel slimy. A hot shower would feel heavenly.

I gave the bike a quick look over on Monday after the accident and it didnít look too bad. I havenít been able to get down to the garage to give it a closer look. I rode it home after I crashed and it didnít feel bad, so Iím hoping that the damage is as minimal as it seemed.

Iím going to retire the helmet I was wearing. My head slammed the ground hard. The face shield is almost impossible to look through. I really liked that helmet. It was the best fitting helmet Iíve owned in almost 50 years of riding. The good news is that I have another. Itís a dark grey helmet, where the one I was wearing was Matte Black, but itís another Schuberth C3. I think that Schuberth has a service where they check a helmet out and replace any damaged components. If they do, Iíll send the hat to them to be refurbed.

I looked at my riding pants again, and they show no damage. As big as the road rash on the side of my knee is, I would think there would be some scuffing or wear on the pants, but they look fine. Itís screwey; then again, the knee that didnít hit the ground first is the one that swelled up so much. My right knee is swollen, but nowhere near as bad as the left knee.

I keep going over the crash in my mind and the thing that jumps out is just how fast I went down. I think that there was something on the road. Gas or oil or antifreeze or something equally slick. Iíll never know for certain, but itís what I think was the cause.

Well; the cyclobenzaprine is making me drowsy. I guess Iíll hit the recliner and snooze a bit. One thingís certain; Iím not suffering from lack of sleep. I think Iím getting close to 16 hours a day since Monday.
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86129squids
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 01:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks for the Snippet, buddy. Sure wish you could make Suches, we'll miss you!

Rest well, heal quick- we'll see you in May.
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Buellish
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 03:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Glad to hear your making some progress John,as Brad said we'll miss you this weekend.
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Zac4mac
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 09:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John, I would kill for a 10 hour sleep
Last night I got 4 hours...

Z

Couple of years ago I went down 75 feet from my driveway.
Antifreeze and angle put me down too fast to fix.

Biggest thing I love about Erik's bikes is how forgiving they are.
Many times I should have ridden in an ambulance, I rode home.

Thank You, Erik

Z

(Message edited by zac4mac on March 28, 2019)
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, March 29, 2019 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hang It Up?


Little by little, my bodyís recovering from the crash on Monday. I still hurt and different areas hurt with different intensities each day. I have a bit more movement in my legs, but theyíre still swollen and remind me of sausages. They still hurt, too. My big toe doesnít hurt as bad as it did on Tuesday, but the rest of my foot keeps cramping up. Yesterday, the pain in my shoulder blade expanded to my back and ribs and it intensified, but today itís a lot less sore. I have black and blue areas all over and the road rash on my left knee is still pretty painful.

But Iím recovering. Maybe tomorrow, Iíll go down to the garage and give the Roadster a serious inspection. I inspected it at the crash site and then I rode it home and it felt OK Now, I want to take my time and see what damage I might have missed. As violently as it spit me off, it seems pretty amazing that it came out of the accident with as little damage as I saw.

I was talking with a friend earlier this evening and he was hinting pretty strongly that I should hang up riding. I should get a car. Itís not time yet. I have nothing against owning a car, but if I can only afford to own only one vehicle, it will be a motorcycle. Maybe next winter Iíll find a cheap sh*tbox to get around in, but for now, Iíll hang on to the Roadster.

Iím not immune to thoughts about hanging it up. When it hurts to step over the edge of the bathtub so I can take a shower, then I seriously have to consider alternatives. I donít like pain and the chance that something similar might happen again does not appeal to me. But then, Iíve been riding for over half a million miles and in much worse weather and I havenít had this happen. I had one bad wreck back in 1978, and a couple of easier low side falls, but this was the worst crash since í78.

Also, Iím considering that if I had taken a different route it probably wouldnít have happened, either. Changing the route to avoid the Interstates with the constant construction would probably increase my safety margin considerably. The area where I went down is a construction area that is known for frequent accidents. Avoiding it seems like a good idea.

So; to wrap this up, the answer is NO, Iím not going to stop riding. Iíll be a bit more cautious, but riding is what I do. Itís more dangerous than driving a car, but itís also more sensually rewarding. Iím not going to give up taking showers, either and theyíre even more dangerous than riding.

I just hope my body fixes itself quickly.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Progress, But Itís Slow


Iím getting better slowly. I just went down the cellar stairs and made it back up. Thatís better than Iíve been able to do. It wasnít pain free. But I didnít expect it to be. Still; itís significant progress.

Last night I slept in my bed for the first time since the accident. Even with a pillow under my knees, I was uncomfortable. I didnít have a good nightís sleep. I think Iíll be sleeping on the recliner for a while longer. I tend to like sleeping on recliners. I slept on one for a few months after my heart surgery and I got to enjoy them. When I was in Australia, I slept on one and preferred it to sleeping in a bed. Maybe Iím weird, but I seem to get better sleep on a recliner than in a bed.

My left leg is black and blue from my hip to my ankle. Itís a little bit tender, but the only thing that really hurts is my knee where the road rash is. My right leg is a different story. Itís got a couple of bruises showing, but it hurts from my knee to my ankle. My right foot hurts, as well. At first, only my big toe hurt, but then the pain shifted to the rest of my foot. I spent most of Friday feeling that it was about to go into bad cramps. Today, itís not threatening to cramp, but it still aches.

Walking is still a slow, lurching affair. My knees donít want to bend and my foot doesnít want to flex. If it wasnít so painful, it would be funny to watch. I look like Iím doing a bad imitation of Frankensteinís monster (Thatís pronounced Frawn-ken-steen!)

While I was down in the basement, I went into the garage and looked at the Roadster. Itís hard to believe that it was in the same accident as me. It came out smelling like a rose. The right saddlebag is ground down a little bit and the highway peg bar is up against the front header and the tab between the frame downtubes is broken on the left side, but thatís pretty much it. I talked to Joe the other day and he says he can weld it, so Iíll probably be riding up to Canton in a few weeks. The poor bike is filthy and needs a good wash, but that wonít happen for a while. Iím not sure when Iíll be able to ride again. I think that Iíll take the money I was going to use to go to Suches and buy a hose and nozzle. I think that would be a smart move. Then I could take the money I spend at the car wash and put it in a jar and save it for traveling.

I really wish I could have made it to Suches this weekend. I havenít done any real riding for a while and I had a great plan in place. I was going to do all secondary roads. I was going to ride to Cumberland Falls the first night and camp there; then ride into Suches for Thursday night. Oh, well; I can think of two sayings that might apply. First is, Life is what happens while youíre busy making other plans. The second is, Man makes plans and God Laughs. In any event, what I planned did not happen. It might be for the best; maybe if I hadnít gone down, something much worse would have happened. Some bozo would have run a red light, or some cell phone moron would have drifted into me.

All in all, considering how violent the accident was to me, Iím extremely fortunate. Iím pretty battered and bruised, but I think Iíll heal up almost completely. Hopefully faster than I expect.
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86129squids
Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 02:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

"Man makes plans and God laughs"...

Remind me to tell you about yesterday.
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Etennuly
Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 09:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John, six months ago my 84 year old mom had a bad head on collision in her car. Broke both feet most of her toes, both ankles, right leg, and compound fracture of her left leg, six ribs, with internal bleeding and hemorrhages everywhere.

I'm proud to announce she is getting around without a walker and uses a cane to help her get on her riding mower. She has been driving as long as someone goes with her. Pain..... Sure. But she says she has to do something, it hurts more not moving.

I'm amazed.

You amaze me too!
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Ourdee
Posted on Monday, April 01, 2019 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You can collect a B. prize. Plan a trip to the Moonbow. The weather in Suches was quite cool this time. They had a surprise cold snap. It was 29 degrees when I got up this morning. I didn't hit the road till after 11:00. Probably just as well you stayed home. The porch was a struggle to stay warm on. I got to ride in Mathew's car on a grocery run. What a hoot! If you need anything (ANYTHING) just holler, and I'll head that way.
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Etennuly
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 08:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Marchbadness has never had a surprise cold snap. That was the driving force behind Aprilbuellsday. Move the event up a week or so.

The surprise always was no rain and no frost ! Lol
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Please, don't get the wrong impression about the cold snap. The riding conditions were near perfect. There was a single mosquito bite on the neck in 5 days for me without any repellent. That was when there was a small swarm of fire-pit skeeters. Then they were gone. It was odd seeing them.

Matthew, Thank you for the one on one hammock mentoring. I learned some hammock basics on setting mine up and loading myself into it. That thing was more comfortable than my bed at home.

I'm having the last of my "Jim's Smokin' Q" ribs this morning for breakfast.

You guys were all excellent. I thank you for the encouragement, kind words, attention, etc. My apologies if I was rude in any way. I know my attention sometimes drifts off topic out of seemingly no-where. I had a wonderful time and hope to see all of you again. If there was a bit of sadness, it was not getting to meet Glitch.

Glitch, Get yourself strong and may God bless you. I still look forward to sharing a fireside with you.

What an amazing Glitch/Badness we had.
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86129squids
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 11:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

, X 1000.

Looking forward to the end of May! Hope you're feeling better day by day, RoadCrust.
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Robertl
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Gosh John. Glad to hear you are healing and it wasn't worse.

I went down again myself. Nothing like before but fractured my knee pretty bad. For the first time, I've considered hanging it up. I'm sure I'll be back out there but probably not nearly as much or as aggressive as before.

Take it easy and rest up.
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 10:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm in pain this morning. My right leg hurts like a toothache. I wrote a very negative Snippet about slowing down, but I realized it was being tempered by my pain. I wasn't riding stupidly. I think, after reviewing the accident countless times in my mind, that there was something slippery on the road surface.

I'm not going to quit riding, but I think I will avoid that stretch of I-75.

I hope the Tylenol kicks in soon.
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