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Man down...in the dirt.

Discussion in 'Pull up a chair and sit for a spell' started by Red Rider, Aug 10, 2018 at 5:53 PM.

  1. Red Rider

    Red Rider Well-Known Member

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    I took my Suzi DR650 out to the brush country Wednesday, pre-season scouting for antelope. Not that I should have any problem finding 'em during the season, but hey, it is a reason to ride.

    I needed to escape. My dog died Tuesday. Just too old for his kidneys. Anyone who has lost a pet, especially one they've had for over a decade, knows how much it sucks.

    Having ridden to bingo (the fuel state point that means turn back now or run out - military lingo), I made my way back to the pavement in the 100 degree weather. Since I had my Camelback canteen on, I wasn't too bad off - plenty of water. On the "Loneliest Highway in America", HWY 50, I had two big tractor-trailer trucks race up to me at over 85mph (I was doing just over the 70mph speed limit - needed to mind my gas consumption). One starts to pass me while the other is so close to my rear that I can see nothing but grill in the mirrors. Then I see oncoming traffic that the truck won't beat. I couldn't slow down (tailgater), so I hit it and got separation, especially when the psycho truckers had to avoid the wreck and then climb the grade at Silver Springs Pass. Since I didn't want to deal with the trucks again and couldn't risk running out of gas, I decided to take advantage of a turn-out area and let the sh7ts drive by.

    Safe, logical decision. Didn't pull my .40 and blast them - mainly 'cuz I forgot to bring it, oops. Didn't try to let them pass me while I rode the centerline. So how does my safe and sane act reward me? Not more than a dozen feet onto the turn-out, the bike goes down hard on gravel. So fast I still have no idea what happened. Shoot, been riding dirt and gravel for hours before that. Just not my week

    So, whatever/however, I'm down 30 miles from town and with my left foot pinned. Some road-rash (dirt rash?), too, but had worse. Foot was not happy, but I did manage to get up and, with a lot of effort, get the bike back up. Seems my Camelback cushioned the fall real good. Mirrors were a little out of sorts, but the bike started up pretty quick so I was off to town.

    Turns out I only sprained my ankle. An ugly sprain, doesn't feel like an "only", but could have been worse.

    So the moral of the story? Next time I'll bring extra gas with me, 'cuz then I could have outrun the trucks all the way home, or at least to a better turn-off. Or my .40?
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    We lost a beautiful Golden to kidney failure. She was a truly perfect dog. Never any bad behavior and grew up with our kids. It was heart breaking so I know how it feels. I am sorry for your loss.
    I've noticed over the years (66) that the "professional trucker" has died off and azzholes drive the rigs now. Of course I'm generalizing and I don't mean to offend the responsible truckers out there but they are certainly in the minority now, at least around this part of the country. Since retiring I drive a schoolbus. I can't believe the lack of respect and total disregard by ALL drivers including big rigs. I've been passed on the right shoulder with my doors open and lights flashing by 18 wheelers (as well as four wheelers AND two wheelers also! By far the worst offenders are BMW's, Infinity's, Lexas and M Benz's in that order. I'm sure it's just a reflection on the whole state of affairs this country is in since, in my opinion, Obooma was prez. There is a ton of angry Americans ready to off other Americans. I hate to think or say it but a nasty attack by another country may unite us again against a common enemy. But I digressed, sorry. Glad to hear your not worse off from the spill. Sprained ankles suck but...
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    badinfluence63 Well-Known Member

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    Yikes, close call on the bike. Glad it wasn't worse.

    You should pick up one of those 1 gallon saddle bag containers or even a 2 gallon aluminum tube containers.

    Sorry about your pooch. We've lost more than a couple dogs over the years, one living till 14! They're just gone way to soon.
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    Sorry to hear about your dog, yeah I've buried couple,
    not easy, wasn't getting another but the daughter decided
    otherwise so I'll end up doing it again.

    Glad you could get up and ride away, look into the travel gas
    cans, they hold a gallon and fit into bags, no spill. CA Phil
    sells them I think. They become your reserve reserve..

    Yeah I'd image a 40 pointed at his windshield and you'd hear
    a jake brake....
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  5. Red Rider

    Red Rider Well-Known Member

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    Well, turns out my luck was a little worse than I thought. My knee has swollen to football size and painfully wiggles like a '70's waterbed when touched. Ankle is still swollen, and - yippy!- everything hurts more than the day I dumped. Back to the doc this afternoon, gotta find out what is with the knee. The actual bleeding wounds are looking better, so that is a plus...gotta be happy with the little things, I guess.

    Meanwhile, my King is sitting in the garage, lonely. :banghead

    With my dog gone, I have plenty of time to ride now...if only I could.:mad:
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Adrenaline dump you get during these things is out of your system
    that masks a lot of the pain,

    Get to the doc and get the mri etc pain pills, antibiotics you need.
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    Good advice HRK. In 09 I got rear ended at a stop light on my SGlide should have gone to get checked out. Now I'm hurting because of it.

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    Red Rider Well-Known Member

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    I guess I should have added that I rode it to the ER on the way home after it happened. Tetanus shot, but no anti-biotics unless infection shows up. Already had the follow-up. Today is the first day that I could honestly say it is all finally getting a tiny bit better. Doc say another week idle, and in the compression boot for a couple more after.
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That sitting around is probably worse on ya than the pain LOL
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