Sunday, September 23, 2007

Highway, meet Steve. Steve, don't meet the highway so hard next time.

Today I decided to accompany the wife to church.  They had a guest speaker today, Lisa Whelchel and after church was the monthly church group motorcycle ride.  This was my first time joining them, so I was looking forward to it.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to go on the whole ride.  About 10 minutes away from the church, I switched from 2 wheel transportation to the 4 wheel emergency vehicle type.  Getting off the Interstate at the John Deere Rd exit, I hit a patch of gravel and the bike slid out from under me.  My left knee, hip, and arm hit hard, with some solid road rash on the knee and arm.  I also got a good rash on my right arm, as I think I rolled when I hit.  Fortunately, a good Fulmer full face modular helmet took the damage for my head reason.  My helmet took a good scraping up on the front and side, and I know it bounced off the asphalt a few times.  

Sad to say, it sounds like my bike took a beating too.  I didn't get to see it, but I hear the crash bar broke off, the engine side case cracked, and it got pretty badly scraped up. 

On the upside, we did sign up for AFLAC accident insurance recently.  Our policy has been in effect for only 8 days now, but we should get some money back from them for this. 

I've got some close up pictures that show the wounds better, but right now I think I'm going to relax for a bit. 

(Kids, don't try this at home)

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