I don't know if it makes sense to someone that spends their life in a car. Although I do think that the campers and hikers and (bi)cyclists would understand. It's just that feeling you get topping that hill and seeing the valley stretched out below you. How the sunlight reflects off a lake and the taste of the air.
Its about seeing that unexpected animal (hopefully far enough down the road where its not an issue). How cool and wonderful a soft rain feels after a day of heat. While I can appreciate the beauty of the world from behind a windshield, it is all the more beautiful when your fully immersed in it.
Why else would we do it?
The girlfriend let me slip out into the world. We have been busy since the new year, making about five thousand dollars of home improvements to our old place over the last few days. Things that needed done to our older home, such as new gutters and some work under the house. With all that responsibility out of our hair I was able to go on a brief ride...my only requirement is that I be home by 11:30 for lunch. She was making fish - she despises fish - so I knew to be home by 11:30 or else my lunch may have ended up elsewhere. I love fish so it's a rare treat for me when she cooks it.
After lunch I was able to go ride again.
I purposely took back roads that I never rode before, finding a nice twisty two lane road that dropped me onto roads that my good friend Gary and I used to ride. I had not thought about him in a while so it was good to picture his Burgman beside me for a bit. On I rode, taking a bit of time to snap some pictures of odds and ends.
|Yes, there is such a thing as a Kumquat, and they grow on trees.|
|So do Oranges, and these are about ready to harvest.|
Nothing is broke. Swollen and nasty yes, but not broke. Kimmy is hurting but her heart is strong and her bones solid. Plastics can be fixed...although I've a feeling she'll wear them as a war wound for a bit.
Lucky for me there was no one following. I was in full gear, I was traveling at a safe speed....just to many rocks on the road. Just to many rocks.
I went down, then got right back up cursing my luck. Then I felt something go "pop" in my left boot. I checked out the bike shortly afterword, Kimmie is fine; banged up a bit on the left side but no major damage. As for me, well I did a low side fall. I never really went down, I kept my head about me. I suffered some minor road rash. A blister on my left hand. My felt foot managed to get caught under the bike and dragged a little. That resulted in some cuts and swelling and the need for new boots and gloves, as the palm of my left hand glove got ripped out.
|Ave size of the rocks.|
Sometime after the accident some employees from the railroad showed up to clean up the mess. When I asked them what happened to leave large rocks all over the road, it was explained to me that a gate got stuck open and didn't close the way it should have as they crossed the road.
At this time I'm not sure what I want to do. I have good medical coverage. I called the Police and got a report. I called the insurance companies. I am giving serious thought to quitting this whole biking thing. If Sue would have been on back...I would have never forgave myself. I also promised her, and myself, that the next time I went down it would be my last time.
Still it's an accident, they happen. I did everything right...and I still managed to go down. I know I'm going to survive this...to be stronger and better as a rider. Right now I want to get back on the bike. I actually wondered how I could drive to work with a cast on.
I've some pics of the damage done but that is for another post. Right now the medication is starting to take affect and bed, even though it is early, is sounding like a very viable option.