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Old 09-21-2013, 07:06 PM   #151
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Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:36 AM   #152
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Bugger!
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:28 AM   #153
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Hey everyone. Well, I guess I'd better put the story together for everyone. This might be done in a few instalments, as I can't type for too long before the pain in my hand gets a bit much sitting here at the computer. (I think I could ride, but not type - silly huh!)

So I'll start at the beginning, albeit without my roadbook scrolls to refer to for memory joggers, as that's still in the Aurora Mark1 roadbook unit on the bike.

So it was Thursday morning and I was actually running slightly ahead of time for heading up to the Wanneroo Showgrounds, some 60kms North of my home. I had the trailer fully loaded the night before and only had to throw a few things together in the morning to be underway. I'd been up late the night before trying on my new riding gear and trying to see what worked and what didn't. Trying to get new body armour to work with new Fox 360 shirts and pants and my old Leatt neck brace took several attempts. I got it sorted in the end but realised I was going to miss Ben (Topo) when getting kitted up i the mornings - no, not for rubbing stuff down there, for lifting the jacket with drink bladder inside it into place over the neck brace. I really must thank Monza Imports for helping me out with the flash new gear. My general theme for the bike is "black and white with a splash of orange", and the colours of the new gear works a treat.

My first port of call was in to see Brock and the team at Causeway KTM & Ducati to get the security tag removed from one of the pairs of Fox gloves that accidentally got missed on Wednesday. Brock had mentioned he was keen to see the bike in the flesh, so I suspect he left it on purpose so I'd have to pass by the shop on my way to Wanneroo. Things started to look bad when I couldn't find the key to unlock the back door of the trailer. I rang home and got the wife to check the driveway in case they'd been dropped there, but to no avail. Then the guy in the next door shop said he lived 10 minutes away and could bring back a grinder. Just as e was about to leave, both Brock and him pointed at a non-descript white van that pulled into the shop carpark and both said "maybe he can help" as they both pointed at the van. Turns out the customer is a locksmith. In about 10 seconds he had the padlocks open to my $50k keyless dirtbike!!! I later found the keys in the trailer. So, the trip continued to Wanneroo for the scrutineering slot at 12:10pm.

I got to the show grounds without drama and plenty early. The first face to bump into just happened to be ADV's own photographer extraordinaire - "Sylvia" (Ross) and he wasted no time in recruiting me for a photo session.


After that I lined up for scrutineering. I had to wait for ages (I can't complain because I pushed in early) and just as they got to my bike I got called to a photo shoot for the Dakar Challenge - with my bike. Got to shake hands with a couple of the "competition", including inmate Ryan from the USA. Returning from that I waited in line again for scrutineering. Finally got through that with no issues (they even went through every single item in my first aid kit and tried to pull me up for not having "an energy bar", to which I responded by showing them in the Supp Reg's that it states the energy bar is "recommended but not compulsory". I had checked the Reg's when I overheard them ask a few previous competitors the same thing.

Time for a break now. Till a bit later.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:41 AM   #154
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Bad luck John, hope you heal up quickly

Does this mean it is my turn next?

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Old 09-23-2013, 05:20 AM   #155
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Damn, sorry to hear about your misfortune. Hope you heal well. Was really looking forward to following your progress.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:11 PM   #156
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It's a bit like Dakar where you get a stamp for a neck brace but don't have to use one.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:01 PM   #157
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It's a bit like Dakar where you get a stamp for a neck brace but don't have to use one.
???
What you talkin' 'bout Willis?
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:33 AM   #158
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bike damages

After seeing your damages on your hand and leg, how is your bike looking after the crash ?
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:26 AM   #159
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Looks like Stage 3 hurt a few people...
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:58 AM   #160
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My initial thoughts that the road book is a little different this year seem to be holding up. I got caught out by a bunch of circumstances, so I'm not looking to lay blame on anything specific, but one of those was the road book caution.
The road books used to distinguish between "ruts across road" and "ruts along road" whereas this year they're all just ruts. Then what caught me out was after 5 or 6 single cautions marked as "Rough" I crashed in a single caution "rough" that should have been a "ruts along road". Maybe doesn't make a big difference in a car, but is significant on a bike. I'm guessing the road book setting was done by a car driver. Not sure why "RaR" and "RxR" have been dropped, but I'll ask the question when it's all over and things have settled down in Safari HQ.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:12 AM   #161
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After seeing your damages on your hand and leg, how is your bike looking after the crash ?
The bike fine. I rode on to finish the stage and then rode on to the bivvy to finish the Leg, so it was fine. I scratched my new graphic decal and twisted the handguard, that was it. I threw my hand and foot under the bike to break it's fall.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:49 AM   #162
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The bike fine. I rode on to finish the stage and then rode on to the bivvy to finish the Leg, so it was fine. I scratched my new graphic decal and twisted the handguard, that was it. I threw my hand and foot under the bike to break it's fall.
Damn mate I've been following silently with interest hope you heal well and quickly. The bike looks great BTW
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:26 AM   #163
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Most of today spent in discussions with various Doctors and Orthopaedic specialists, waiting rooms or under and in various scanners and X-ray machines. The results?

Both fractures (foot and hand) have in fact turned out to be displaced, but the right heel fracture is looking good for healing well without interference. It will need to be non weight bearing for at least four weeks in a "moonboot" and then we can reassess it. It looks like a segment of the heel has been pulled out by the tendons but has finished up only about 3mm displaced. The surgeon thought maybe he could put a screw in to relocate it but after getting the CAT scan done he decided it should heal okay as it is. Good news.

Now the bad news. Well, I am scheduled for an operation on my right hand tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. Now that the swelling is reducing it is clear that the finger is misaligned with the others, indicating the displaced status of the fracture. The scan shows a section of bone that has detached from the knuckle. It looks like the knuckle has compressed back and to the right and the finger is about 5 or 6mm shorter. The surgeon will try and reattach the flake of bone and get everything back into alignment. The real risk for my immediate future (Dakar) is whether he has to cut and then reattach a tendon to manage the repair. This could result in a healing time longer than I have available. I am unable to straighten the finger at the moment and this could be because of the bone flake, the swelling or already tendon damage.

So I should know more tomorrow night after the surgery - here's hoping.

The other potential for threatening the Dakar plans is the damage is to my wallet. I do have private medical insurance but there are a large number of gaps between what gets charged and what gets recovered, and my income protection insurance doesn't cover motor racing incident causes (and also doesn't take effect for 30 days) and being effectively self employed this will really, really hurt me.

More tomorrow if I feel okay after the surgery, otherwise the weekend.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:27 AM   #164
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Tough choices, JayB- I personally wish for you to heal up quickly with little complications so you can get on the road but, to me anyway, its definitely more important to heal up properly and race again later, if need be.

Safari tough on everybody this year!

The other good news is: the bike is ok
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:05 AM   #165
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+1 on Stagehand. Heal properly and Dakar will always be there. It will not be proper to do it if you are not 100% physically ok... Just next year do not do the Safari .

In any case I hope the news are the ones you wanna hear and everything goes as planned with the surgery

Till later,
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