Ok, I am at a fork in the road of life(take it!
My life is blessed with gifts, my health and health of family(mostly), I am comfortable, not rich. I am at the end of the middle(54yrs) and reflecting on what's ahead. Enough of this.
I love to ride. I ride and sometimes race bicycles, I ride my Versys like it's meant to be ridden, not over the top but with finesse. I don't take risks, no wheelies, split lanes, etc. I watch out for hazards. I wear my gear, all the time, even in this heat.
I was in a really nasty bicycle wreck Thursday. My posse was out doing the usual Thurs loop, which is the "hammer" night, all out, all the time. I was at the back of the leading group, when the dominoe stop effect took out 2 riders right in front of me; I had no place to move and hit, then flew over the bars and landed hard on the asphalt(no idea the speed) on my left side. I didn't break any bones, but ER Xrays revealed a collapsed left lung with trama. ER operation with tube in rib cage to remove air and fluids surrounding collapsed lung. Post op, 3 days in the hospital with vacuum tube attached, caused me extreme pain and time to reflect on my actions.
I am not trying to be dramatic, its the wreck talking. I just don't know for sure if it is fair to all the loved ones who reached out for me(including the good samaritans in the car behind us who delivered me to the hospital) to continue to put myself in harms way, bicycling and motorcycling.
Sure, I can't wait to ride with my bike friends(both types), and I say I am going to be more careful, slow down, act my age. Those are words of an addict, which I admit.
I don't know if I will have a motorcycle much longer, I know I will continue to bicycle, but not road race. I am done with that particular risk. There it is. I love this forum, I'm not going anywhere. I consider you all to be the best there is in the motorcycle community. I hope I am still riding my Versys the next time I get the chance
(Doctors release is unknown at this time). In the meantime, I am thinking, praying, praising God, and thanking him for the Gift of Precious Time.
Thanks for reading this,