Damn Minnesota deer...
(cross-post from Regionals)
I was riding down echo trail at 70 kph, maybe 15 minutes from Ely when a deer runs at me from the left side right into the handlebars. His head was at eye level with mine. THUMP.
I don't remember hitting the ground, but I hear a loud noise and open my eyes. The pavement is sliding an inch from my face. Profanity is said.
I'm still sliding and I turn to realize the bike is on my leg and we're sliding together. I pull out my leg at about the same time we come to a stop. I get up and check myself out. I hurt, but everything seems to work. I wrestle the bike up in case a car comes and to stop the gas from leaking.
I see blood and hair on the road. I don't think its mine, but i know there's a small pool of blood in my glove. I don't see the deer, but i see my watchband on the road (but not the watch)
It's been about 10 minutes and no one has come by, this is a quiet country road. The bike starts and seems ok. I head back to Ely for a hotel room and to patch myself up. I miss the hotels and see the hospital sign. ok, lets go in. I'm buzzed in. No lineups, just me. I tell them my story and they put me into a room to take my gear off. I give them a list of where I'm hurt. They are impressed with the gear...saved me a bunch of pain.
So the tally:
road rash Left elbow
road rash right ring finger
fractured right pinkie (handlebars must have come down on it)
fractured right elbow
bruised right ankle
Honestly, the pinkie hurts the most.
Fieldsheer Adventure Jacket: left elbow shredded, bottom back shredded
Aerostich AD1 pants: Right pantleg shredded (no lower body injuries except foot...love those pants) The pads in the pants are outstanding.
Sidi OnRoad boots are worn, but still pretty good considering a 400lb bike was weighing it down on pavement. Right boot now looks like suede :lol3
Alpinestar Tech Road gloves held up well. Right pad shredded but did get through the leather. Small hole in ring finger caused a cut, no idea how that happened.
Arm is hurting so I'm gonna wrap this up.
I get a hotel for the night.
Miserable ride home on Saturday. Freezing and right arm is buggered.
Slept better last night. iced and kept arm in a sling today.
Wow, that is scary, sorry to hear all of this, but really glad you are ok with minimal damage.
this truly seems like a reason to get good gear such as yours, you can tell the gear saved you lots of damage. :clap
You planning on replacing the torn up gear now?
I'll replace the AD1 pants with another set. I was actually in Duluth trying on a Darien earlier that day "for when the Fieldsheer wears out" :lol3
Boots I suppose I'll keep, provided they are still waterproof. Gloves will be replaced with more Alpinestars. Helmet was a Scorpion and has chin, visor and forehead damage. I was very happy with it but they don't make that model in hi-viz anymore, I'm gonna try on a Shoei Qwest later this week.
ps. Don't tell my wallet, but it's about to get a serious workout :eek1
Enough about you...
How's the bike?
Just kidding. Glad to hear you're OK! :clap. Fricking forest rats! It's a good reminder to watch for deer-now that spring is finally here.
Barely a scratch. Tweaked steering, fork edge ground down. Rode it to the hospital after the crash and rode it 6 hours home Saturday.:huh
Does your insurance pay for gear?
Glad you are not seriously hurt. It pays to wear gear! I had a similar deer accident 2 years ago and I know my gear saved my life or at least more injuries and even more pain. Unlike you, I spent almost a week in a trauma unit for multible broken ribs. I have made a full recovery BTW.
The deer population is getting out of control! My accident happened just before noon when they are suppose to be sleeping. I am not an animal expert but I believe that over the years the deer migratory patterns have been slowly changing. They are no longer afraid of humans and have few if any natural predators. They now roam freely at all times of the day.
As riders, we need to constantly be on the look out especially in rural areas where my accident occured.
Anyway, heal fast!
Agree with Rick, I hit my deer on my trip back from Moab in '07. , 1:30 in the afternoon on a hot sunny day. The end of may and into June are the worst in the north east as the does are up at all hours looking for a place to give birth.
I hit Bambi doing 70mph an slid 120 feet on the pavement, no rash, cracked a few ribs and broke a bone in my thumb in 5 places, the gear works, I'd rather sweat than bleed any day
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Assume jeans, chaps, work boots, fingerless gloves, loose jacket (orange and black maybe?) and half a lid.
Now review the damage to your gear and think of the damage had you been wearing the above.
You wouldn't have picked up your bike somebody else would have picked you both up.
I cringe when I see guys and gals riding bare assed.
Scary, I came off on a low side at 70 mph and if I had had my left foot tucked in I wouldn't have broken my leg. I had absolutely no other damage.
Me too, sweat a little save a lot.
The folks at the hospital definitely noticed how well I turned out, indicating most of their deer strike victims don't look as good. (no helmet law, etc)
They get about 12 a year, I was the first for 2013. :ilmostro
Glad your ok and on the mend!
Just last week a riding buddy hit a deer as we were riding. He came out just a tad better than you...no injuries - very sore.
His his full ATGATT gear set was really rashed up. Does not take much to think about doing his slide without proper gear...and we saw a lot of riders in shorts & tees the same day.
Seeing is beliving...thanks for posting!
My gear looked a lot like yours. They all gave their lives to save mine.
Ain't it grand that we are alive to talk and even laugh about it?
Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
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