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Old 07-27-2010, 11:15 PM   #166
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That sucks big time! You had more luck than Roo did and lived through it though Heel up well. The trees could have been more lethal than Roo.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:16 AM   #167
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Back luck GA, could have been worse...those trees were real close & you could have been trapped between the bike & a tree.

I hit a ROO last year, crusing at 90kph on a dirt rd, bent the front wheel but stayed upright. I was lucky.

get well soon cheers Terry
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:10 AM   #168
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Holy smoke. Makes the 5 flats we had on our trip with Gateshutter and Sundowner a small inconvenience. Hope all goes well and if you need anything just drop me a PM
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:09 AM   #169
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damn that's a crap ending in ur RR :(

hope u'll recover well, take care!
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:53 AM   #170
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its been a fun 9 months and 25,000 kms on the 800..
i dont know if there will be another one....
the end.
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Absolutely the last thing I expected to read having traveled with you through so much so far.

I can't imagine that you are feeling like you want to get back on a bike right now but I am sure you will..... I don't think that sitting around doing the normal stuff it really your style.

Heal well, and I look forward to the next installment of your roving life.

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Old 07-28-2010, 06:22 AM   #171
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GA I broke my right leg in 2007 (sprial fracture as well) came off the XR, foot got caught & twisted...snap.

I had 6 months off the bike to heal, was a bit worried about the pin & screws but still riding...hurts like hell ATM, this cold weather is not good, was ok last year but this winter must be colder or something.

When I hit the ROO last year not far from where I broke the leg panic set in for the few seconds in case I ended up in hospital again but as luck would have only a bent front rim & a case of "shit scared"

I'm sure you will be back on a bike within a year but like me you might go a bit slower as we don't bounce like we did before.

Endone will be your friend, my leg hurt like hell at night & was only getting a few hours sleep....back to work after 3 weeks & driving at 4 weeks but was on crutches for around 3 months....much to my wifes disapointment.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:18 AM   #172
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i dont know if there will be another one....


the end.


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Hope it isn't and that you'll get something to replace it.

Thanks for the ride so far


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Old 07-28-2010, 12:27 PM   #173
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Jebus H Christ in a fully farkled Sherman tank.....

I'm bloody glad to see you still breathing, Greg. That's one heavy duty bout of break dancing, brother. Did you kick the tree in disgust on the way through? I'm glad to see you still smirking, even with the blood of that poor, innocent skippy smeared over your dial. From the photos and that smile, it's fairly obvious you landed on your head, which must of saved you from any serious injury. I'll award it a 7.3 for technical difficulty and an 8.9 for style. Keep those scores up and you're well on your way to the 2014 Special Olympics. You're just lucky Gateshutter, NotHome and I weren't there to throw mud at the gathering lesbos, dig you a nice shallow grave, rape your bike doggy style, sing "Kumbaya" into the late evening and cookum up proper style that tasty young roo. You picked a nice spot to crash anyway. Looks scenic. And tranquil. Good choice.
While I think of it and if you don't mind me asking, once they remove that kick-arse pin from your leg, can I grab it for use as a 2nd side stand for my Tenere? For that Dakar look. That's if you don't become too attached to it.
Anyway, before your drugs and whiskey kick in again, please yell out at any time, seriously, if you need anything done from this end of the country. Heal well mate. It looks like you've still got some more hardware yet to be installed on those bones, so anything I can help with, just ask. Hope to see you back riding again soon. With the amount of riding you love to do, I know you'll be back when you can. You boofhead.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:55 PM   #174
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you're well on your way to the 2014 Special Olympics
You mean Paralympics... Special Olympics are for the mentally disabled...
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:33 PM   #175
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You mean Paralympics... Special Olympics are for the mentally disabled...
Our lad.... .....he's definitely special.

And he does a job of brushing off the pain to finish this brilliant RR.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:00 PM   #176
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I've enjoyed your reports about your travels. Hope you heal up well and soon.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:46 PM   #177
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Been a great read GA, Hope to see you back on a bike again soon.
Good luck with your recovery.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:08 PM   #178
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That's a pretty major bender there, hope your recovery is as pain free and quick as possible.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:06 AM   #179
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:23 AM   #180
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Get well soon GA, trust me, I know how boring it is to be resting up with a broken leg..

I busted up my left leg pretty badly (in 12 places) years ago in Rugby League, spent just under 3 months in traction in The Flinders Medical Centre. That was the end of Rugby playing days for me..

Anyway, I went & broke the same leg again (Tibia & Fibula) & shattered my ankle a couple of years ago while riding single track North East of Allawoona. I lost an argument with a mallee stump, it turned my leg around 180 degrees, had to ride all the way back to Wanbi, it's difficult changing gears with your left hand & watching the track at the same time..

Went to a real dodgy place (Modbury Hospital) to get it fixed, spent 47 hours waiting in the Emergency Room, due to the pain I kept falling in & out of consciousness & they eventually put me on portable guerney bed & left me in the hallway.
Due to the 'long' wait my leg & ankle swelled up to about the size of my thigh, a Doctor (also part time Taxi Driver) eventually told me at the 47th hour that I had to go home as they would not be able to operate until the swelling went down & that I had initial stages of Compartment Syndrome, so "it would be best to keep my leg elevated at home".

Spent 10 painfull days at home, until the swelling went down enough to go under the knife. Booked into The Wakefield Sport Hospital in the City & the operation took place the next day (I should have gone there in the first place).

As a result, I have got a leg full of plates & nine screws holding it all together & have lost 50% movement in my left ankle. The Wakefield Hospital advised me that if Modbury had operated on my leg in a reasonable timeframe, I would still have full movement in my ankle (I'm never going to the Modbury ever again).

I thought a lot about giving up bikes alltogether, however after a long rest decided to slowly get back into riding, as I do enjoy it very much & it's a big part of my life.

These days I'm not riding full on challenging single tracks all the time, have slowed down quite a bit, not taking as many risks as I used to, but still get out there and I'm really enjoying my riding again.

That's my 10 cents worth, hope it helps in some sort of way.

Anyway hope you get well soon.

Cheers, Sol..
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