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BOUNTY HUNTER 07-27-2010 06:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RockyNH
Hey Mr. Cob, sorry about the injury... I know the feeling.. I recently had a get-off in Quebec and ended up with rib damage, lacerated kidney and 2 partially collapsed lungs.. Healing is progressing and I will be at the rally, may be sitting around visiting more than riding myself as I am still pretty sore (changed my campsite toa nearby motel..)

Look forward to meeting you and as you see, you will have some company!

Pat in NH

Hi Pat,
Did you get a room at the place I found on-line?

AceRph 07-27-2010 06:37 AM

Doggoneit Dave! :ddog

Sorry to read of your bad luck, my friend.

Honey says "Get well soon!" Me, too.

RockyNH 07-27-2010 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by BOUNTY HUNTER
Hi Pat,
Did you get a room at the place I found on-line?

Chris, they were full.. I found a Days Inn right off 93 and 89, 1st floor, outside entry, good price and its only 13.5 miles from Rally site..

Thanks for your efforts too Chris!

Pat in NH

BOUNTY HUNTER 07-27-2010 06:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RockyNH
Chris, they were full.. I found a Days Inn right off 93 and 89, 1st floor, outside entry, good price and its only 13.5 miles from Rally site..

Thanks for your efforts too Chris!

Pat in NH

Cool! That will be better for your ribs than the ground. See ya soon, C

Mr. Cob 07-27-2010 09:15 AM

The New York, chapter of the saga from high to low.........
 
Howdy All,

Before leaving from Terry's shop I plotted course that AVOIDED the darn toll roads, a couple of hundred yards from the shop just before leaving the industrial park driveway and entering onto the main road some nut case in a large van turned too soon when entering the industrial park nearly taking me out, heck of a way to start the days sojourn. I rode mainly south out of Michigan and into Ohio, then mainly east then northeast up to Pennsylvania.

I rode in and out of light rain the first couple hundred miles, I lost the headlight, bad fuse, without the head light other folks must have had a hard time seeing me in the rain as I was twice nearly run off the road as idiots were passing and cutting back and forth between lanes only to pace the car they had just passed not allowing me the opportunity to pass and get away from them. :puke1

Dan and I had agreed to meet at a truck stop just off from the intersection of I-90 and I-86, using my Garmin software I had an estimated time that I should be there so we planned to meet between 2-3:PM, I beat that time by about a half hour. When I arrived at the truck stop my darn credit card didn't work, crossing to many State lines in too short a time I guess. :evil So as I have had to do on EVERY trip of this sort that I make I had to deal with the damned credit card programmers who think just because I am moving fast and stopping often for fuel that the card is stolen, I might add that BEFORE each trip I call the card company and explain to them my general route and time frame, tell them that if the card is buying food, fuel or lodging to LEAVE IT ALONE, if its buying a plasma TV in Boston that's not me and to shut it down. So after letting the "Cob" loose on the poor bastard on the other end of the line the card works again.:D

I walk back to the bike, take out the cell phone and give Dan a call to see if they had left yet or when they would arrive; Dan answers the phone as tells me that he and Ellen are just then pulling into the truck stop, he has some sort of bluetooth thing that allows him to ride and yak on the phone at the same time. Here's a photo of our meeting, Dan on the left riding a 1200GS, Cob in the middle, Ellen on the right riding a Ducati 650.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...2_npdBS-XL.jpg

Dan leads us on a very spirited ride, the sun is shining, the country side is beautiful its so much fun to ride with other folks again rather then just pounding down miles on the slab. We are on paved two lanes for the most part but do sometimes venture on to the gravel roads, some places on the gravel were a bit slick, very shallow only an inch or so of very slippery mud over a hard base of gravel. We were doing great until we came to this little inconvenience that riding the bikes we were on was a bit more then we had bargained for, so we had to turn around.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...1_5Aov7-XL.jpg

After riding for a while we stopped for gas, every time I come back east I see how the salt used on the roads in the winter time ruins cars and trucks, this one is in pretty good shape compared to most, it only has a bit of rust above the wheel wells.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...4_5iRHH-XL.jpg

After gassing the bikes we again head out into the country side for more fun and frolic, I surprised by the elevation changes, from 1,200 to over 2,200 feet and back down again I was not aware this part of the country was so varied elevation wise. While riding through some small town we passed this building, so doing what I normally do I pulled a U-Turn, rode up onto the sidewalk and had Dan take this photo, I know its spelled wrong but it was worth the photo.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...2_JnW5j-XL.jpg

Dan drives a truck for the county so this next set of photos is pretty much what he does for a living, we came across a few closed roads that we rode anyway, this one we had to turn around on.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...1_QuE8V-XL.jpg

http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...9_X3jsT-XL.jpg

http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...2_L8bbN-XL.jpg

They say that into each life a little rain must fall, they forgot to mention a bit of sand is sometimes thrown into the mix. We were riding in a spirited manner but we were not being stupid, still stuff happens. While following Dan I was keeping him in sight so that I would have a pretty good idea of what the road ahead of was like, we came into this corner where he suddenly was no longer in view, the road turned sharply to the left in a decreasing radius, there was just enough loose sand on the road that the front tire when hitting it went into a slight wobble, I had to stand the bike up a bit to get this to stop and simply ran out of road.

I was braking as hard as was prudent under such circumstances when the front wheel hit the dirt it pitched the bike sideways throwing me over the bars taking out the left mirror and windshield as I flew by. From the looks of the scratches on the crash bars the bike first went down hard on the left side then must have flipped and slide on its right side before coming to a stop. The only damage to the bike, a slightly bent turn signal stalk that can be straightened out, a broken windshield, two scratched but still serviceable mirrors, the clutch side mirror mount is broken so that part of the clutch lever assembly will have to be replaced, other then a few scratches on the top left side of the head light the bike is un-damaged, Ural's are a damned tough machine.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...8_SJAL7-XL.jpg

http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...8_hoGS7-XL.jpg

Note the GPS in this photo, other then a few scuffs it came though this in good shape and still works.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...8_L9inM-XL.jpg

When I flew over the bars, luckily my head hit the ground first, as hard headed as I am that saved me from any serious injury.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...9_tR3dS-XL.jpg

After my head hit, my left shoulder hit hard and I slide for a ways before coming to a stop. This biff really knocked the wind out of me, I had to tell myself to calm down and BREATH, I wasn't in any real pain, just breathless. Ellen is a Paramedic so she asked me some questions to ascertain my condition, moved fingers etc to see how bad I was hurt, I thought I heard and felt clicking somewhere in my left shoulder but wasn't sure if it was the armored gear I was wearing making the nose of something busted. Dan knew someone who lived close-by, he went and borrowed Shawn's car and took me to the VA hospital in Buffalo New York.

We arrived at the hospital and checked into the emergency room, it being a Sunday evening they weren't too busy and I was seen much more quickly then what I am accustomed to when dealing with the VA system. They took me to the X-ray room.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...5_uLPxq-XL.jpg

This is what they found, busted collar bone on the left side.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...9_pdx9t-XL.jpg

Well you see Doc it was like this...............
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...3_SbCEy-XL.jpg

The Doctor puts the bone back into place.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...5_6pzA6-XL.jpg

Putting the bone back into place didn't hurt, the shot this young lady gave me did.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...5_HBeCb-XL.jpg

They put me in a shoulder restraint.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...3_ause4-XL.jpg

The docterin done we stopped by Niagara Falls on the way out of the hospital.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...6_UJnZd-XL.jpg

The next day after a great breakfast made by Ellen I was taken back to the hospital where I was fitted with the figure 8 thingie First the food.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...7_TEWQv-XL.jpg

http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...8_ubNnt-XL.jpg

http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...8_arC4R-XL.jpg

Now for the docterin...........I am given STRICT
orders NOT to do any riding for from 4-6 weeks, however I found this hot little number parked in the waiting room and just couldn't resist taking it for a test spin.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...2_ZVSCU-XL.jpg

Before leaving the hospital Dan took this photo of me standing next to a statue of a New York Army units Mascot.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...0_6HxWU-XL.jpg

When we get back to Dans home, he showed me his trophy wall, pretty darned impressive, many years of first place wins in various motorcycle events.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...1_fAkvn-XL.jpg

Then Dan presented me with a real treat COLD Coca-Cola made with REAL sugar, life is good.
http://mr-cob.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...5_9kiC6-XL.jpg

There you have it, the ride report is up to date. This afternoon Dan will transport me and the bike to Todd's home, tomorrow Todd will drive his truck and trailer hauling his Ural rig and the Solo bike to the big Ural gathering in New Hampshire. Once in New Hampshire Chris will coordinate with IMWA to get the bike repaired, I'll sit around and heal up for a while and if its possible somehow continue the ride in a couple of weeks or so. Stay tuned, cuss it ain't over, till its over. :deal

larryboy 07-27-2010 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Cob
Stay tuned, cuss it ain't over, till its over. :deal


Anyway Ural could put a sidecar on while you're on the mend? I don't want to see you fall down anymore. :lol3



:hide


Just kidding Dave, glad to see you're "ok". :thumb

Wallybob 07-27-2010 09:34 AM

Does this mean that your sT should be named "The Red Menace"? We are just glad to see you are mostly OK. Look forward to the rest of the ride, no matter when it will be.:freaky

MeRide 07-27-2010 09:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. Cob
the road turned sharply to the left in a decreasing radius, there was just enough loose sand on the road that the front tire when hitting it went into a slight wobble, I had to stand the bike up a bit to get this to stop and simply ran out of road. I was braking as hard as was prudent under such circumstances when the front wheel hit the dirt it pitched the bike sideways throwing me over the bars taking out the left mirror and windshield as I flew by.


This just goes to show that you can give Cob a street bike but you can't keep him out of the dirt.



:hide


Get well, Mr Cob !!

FirstPath 07-27-2010 10:31 AM

You seem to be in good spirits despite the mishap but don't rush the healing process! We all would love to see you back on the road but don't do it too soon and listen to the doc's.

Your journey just keeps getting more and more interesting, but please, no more improvised stunt work! LOL!!

Scott in Shoreview
'85 Voyager Hack
'79 Suzuki GS 550

Mr. Cob 07-27-2010 10:53 AM

The adreinalin is wearing off, the sorness is setting in.........
 
Howdy All,

Last night my chest was really starting to get sore, the left side of my chest was quite tender right after the wreak but now it seems that the whole front of my chest is getting that way. I must have stretched some muscles or something, it feels like I did about a 1,000 push ups every-time I move, I got out of bed last night and slept sitting up in a chair as laying down onto the bed or getting out of it was quite painful. I'll take my time getting back behind the handle bars but if there is a way to continue this ride I'll do it. Sometimes I am too stubborn and hard headed for my own good but I guess that's what makes me a "Cob". :wink: :lol3 :deal

RockyNH 07-27-2010 11:02 AM

Mr. Cob, thanks for the update! That was a real nice break... I had the CB Break back in 04, dont rush the recovery...

Be good to see you in NH

Pat in NH

BOUNTY HUNTER 07-27-2010 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. Cob
Howdy All,

Last night my chest was really starting to get sore, the left side of my chest was quite tender right after the wreak but now it seems that the whole front of my chest is getting that way. I must have stretched some muscles or something, it feels like I did about a 1,000 push ups every-time I move, I got out of bed last night and slept sitting up in a chair as laying down onto the bed or getting out of it was quite painful. I'll take my time getting back behind the handle bars but if there is a way to continue this ride I'll do it. Sometimes I am too stubborn and hard headed for my own good but I guess that's what makes me a "Cob". :wink: :lol3 :deal

:wink:

Railbender 07-27-2010 12:25 PM

The tornadoes that went through that area on Saturday would probably explain the downed tree and closed roads. The weather around here wasn't to bad until you started this trip! :D Now it is getting nice again. :huh

Heal quick. If your gonna be old you better be tough.

:freaky

Mr. Cob 07-27-2010 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Railbender
The tornadoes that went through that area on Saturday would probably explain the downed tree and closed roads. The weather around here wasn't to bad until you started this trip! :D Now it is getting nice again. :huh

Heal quick. If your gonna be old you better be tough.

:freaky

Howdy Railbender,

To get to be "old" ya got to be tough. :wink: :evil :deal :lol3

KHVol 07-27-2010 01:00 PM

Oh, Man, Mr Cob..that is one ugly collar bone....sheesh.

Unfortunately, I remember too well how it feels to get up out of bed with a broken collar bone,..laying there for an extra hour , needing to go to the bathroom but trying to delay it.

Heal well , Mr Cob..I don't envy your mornings.


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