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Old 09-13-2013, 06:55 AM   #1
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SS3000 is an Iron Butt Association ride of 3000 miles in 72 hours.

The Ride North
My LD riding partner Marc and I headed out just before midnight Saturday morning. We faced a full day of riding north, to position ourselves for a Sunday ride clockwise around Lake Michigan and across the Mackinac Bridge. Monday would be spent riding back home to Lubbock from Indianapolis. The total ride would’ve been around 3500 miles total.
The predawn ride through Amarillo and Oklahoma City was uneventful. It was cool and dry out, and our Sena headsets allowed easy communication in city traffic. We stopped at a Waffle House in Yukon, OK, hometown of Garth Brooks. I made the mistake of commenting on the town’s celebrity and the waitress told us more than we ever cared to know about the singer. Shortly past OKC the sun came up and the state lines went by quickly. The ride wasn’t particularly scenic, and it warmed up into the 90s, but Marc and I were both happy to be back on a long ride together.



Around 8 PM we pulled into our hotel in Sparta, WI. After 1200 miles of clear weather, we ran into very heavy rain the last 1.5 miles to the hotel. We checked in, got cleaned up, and enjoyed decent dinners and cold beer right across the street.
The Change of Plan
At 6 AM Sunday morning we headed east, and the scenery quickly improved. We caught Hwy 21 and rode toward Oshkosh. Our route was a two-laner through small Amish communities, with trees on both sides, so we kept to a conservative 50 mph. The air was a cool 60 degrees, and the sunrise was beautiful.
Around 7:30 Marc was riding in the left side of the lane, and I was following 6-7 seconds behind him in the right of the lane. A blue car darted into the roadway from the left, attempting to go straight across the highway, from one county road to another. The very first thought I had was “Shit, he’s going to take out Marc!” The very next thing I did, realizing that I was the one in trouble, was to look left, to the back of the car, to the only possible exit. And then I hit.
The car had run out between us, just missing the back of Marc’s bike. Since first seeing the car I had been covering the front brakes, but there was no time. I hit the back of the passenger side of the car. My bike stayed there and I flew over the trunk and landed on my back.


The driver of the car was the first one to me, and I yelled at him to not touch me and to watch for traffic. “Do not let me get run over” I yelled. Marc was quickly by my side and I knew things would be taken care of. My right arm hurt but I didn’t move anything. I laid there in the highway, looking up at the blue sky and white clouds.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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I do hope this isn't the end of the story...
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:38 AM   #3
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EMS and Law Enforcement showed up quickly. The Paramedic, Brian, talked me through how things felt, head to toe. My arm was the only thing that hurt, and I was sure something was broken. My helmet was eventually removed and my head blocked and taped to the backboard. The paramedics cut off my Aerostitch jacket, with some difficulty, with several comments about all the protective gear I was wearing.

I was told there was a helicopter in the air and asked how I wanted to be transported. The hospital was only 30 minutes by road so I declined the air transport and was driven to Wild Rose, a town of 400 people. CTs and X-Rays were taken. A deputy came to see me and let me know that the driver had admitted fault and had insurance. After the doctors had a chance to look at all the test results it was decided that I needed wrist surgery right away. I was transported to the hospital in Berlin, WI, a town of 5500, a 45 minute ambulance ride away.
Marc had ridden to the hospital, and once I was settled he rode some 40 miles to Plainfield, WI to visit my bike and retrieve for me my wallet, phone, and some street clothes. He would then join me in Berlin.
Everyone at Berlin Memorial was awesome. We had to wait for the ortho surgeon to leave his fishing trip to come in on his day off, but I was very well taken care of. The surgery went well. The surgery involved placing a steel plate and 8 screws in my throttle wrist.


The nurses at the east nurse station truly took great care of me, and I settled in for a night in the hospital. They even signed my lid for me. I was impressed by the speed at which EMS reached me, and how great these hospitals in very small towns were.

Behind The Scenes / Getting Home
Marc had made the dreaded call to let my wife Kristin know of the accident, and made many follow up calls to her with updated info. Kristin spent all day Sunday planning my extraction. She even got the neighbor to come over and help. The final plan was made and executed.
Kristin flew up to Appleton Monday morning, rented a car and drove to meet me at the hospital in Berlin. I was discharged and we went to a little downtown pharmacy to get the pain meds, and then drove to Plainfield to see the bike and get the remaining personal stuff off it. Then back to Berlin for a night in a hotel.
Tuesday morning we drove to Appleton to begin the three legged trip home. Appleton to Chicago to Denver to Lubbock. The longest middle leg was on a 757, and Kristin got us upgraded to first class, which was very nice. We got home about 9 PM.
Left the bike in Wisconsin, sure it will be totaled. Now just working through the recovery. I’m seeing a hand specialist Wednesday morning to make a plan going forward. Probably be 4-6 months before I can ride again, but that day will most certainly come!
The Good
Full riding gear saved me. That and a lot of luck.
I carry high uninsured/underinsured coverages, and even though the guy at fault had insurance, it is not enough. If I also had my states minimum, I’d be in trouble right now.
The Bad
I frequently ride far from home, often alone, and was not carrying MedJet, AeroCare, or other medical transport insurance. Getting me home cost over $2000. It was stupid for a rider like me to not have MedJet.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Well done. A horrible circumstance handled well. Thanks for the heads up about the coverage, insurance is always an issue and I'm going to talk this over with my wife. Get well soon.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:14 PM   #5
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Wish you a speedy recovery and Kristin the patience to deal with this episode. Kudos to your friend Marc, the First Responders, and the medical teams.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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IT was my left hand that got messed up in 06. I got 8 screws and a plate...woohooo we are twins Wish you well on recovery.
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