Notwithstanding the excellent election results last night, I was inattentive on my ride today.
About two blocks from work, I pulled a U-turn to pick up an attractive election sign.
I ran off the road into a shallow, gravel-strewn gully beside the blacktop.
The bike and I went down.
The bike landed on the relatively soft dirt.
I was thrown hard onto the rocks in the neighboring ditch.
I lay on the rocks for a while. The pain in my back, chest, and shoulder was
My breath had been knocked out of me and I was completely helpless.
I may have passed-out for a few moments, and was unable to move for a while.
After what could have only been a couple of minutes, I heard someone pull off the road
and come to my aid. He said he didn't have a cell phone, but would help if he could.
I was able to croak out that I was probably OK, but that I could not yet move, and that I had a cell phone.
At that point another fellow pulled over and came up to us, saying he had a cell phone.
With help from my rescuers I was eventually able to get to my knees by the
bike and fish my camera
out of my pocket. I asked one of the rescuers to take a couple of pictures, as you can see here.
I explained how the crash occurred, and the other rescuer went and got the sign for me.
I was nauseous and took off my helmet to puke, but the moment passed without
After a few minutes more I was able to stand. My helpers righted the scooter and I thanked them
profusely for the assistance. They waited until I got on the scooter and started trying to get it running.
The bike was flooded or something, but eventually it did restart and I finished the ride to work.
I was moving very slowly after the crash, and was not looking forward to the
The full weight of the damage to my shoulder, arm, ribs, and back would arrive then.
I called and got a doctor appointment at 3:40 on the day of the accident. My
was out of town, but the substitute just looked up my records and prescribed the same things
I had after the last crash: Vicodin, Flexeril, Diclofenac. He also order chest, rib, and shoulder X-rays.
After my X-Rays, I took a few pictures of the scooter.
Overall, not much damage to see.
Some dirt and grass embedded in some frame gaps, and some scratches on a motor cover.
The mirror was knocked out of alignment.
I took the next day off work and stayed home to take it easy and let the
I also got the X-Ray results. Good news! No fractures.