Originally Posted by rando
Anyone had a crash that changed your feelings towards riding?
December 19, 1999, 19:30hrs. Drunk driver over-corrected through an s-curve and crossed the center-line and hit a solid object - me!
I was traveling at 35mph, and was 1/2 mile from my house. I was on my way to dinner with friends after watching a night launch of the shuttle.
I suffered a brain injury (explains me, now doesn't it? :-)), broken ribs, broken elbow, broken ankle, broken foot, broken teeth, borken nose, and a de-gloving injury to my left foot. (Degloving, as in fileted open like skinning a fish).
My Bell helmet (the old American made type) cracked in half from the impact. I was lucky to only have a mild brian injury.
A helo ride, a few weeks in Bayfront Medical Center, surgeries and de-breedment for the foot, and 9 months convalessing at home, I was almost good as new.
I could walk, talk, work, and ride. I still limp a bit.
First time back on a bike was an early Sunday morning. I went for a ride that duplicated the route I took on the fateful night. I just needed to complete it.
When I passed that section of road, I had tunnel vision, sweats, flashbacks, fear, and damn near panic. As I made it past there and finished my route, I learned several things:
A) I can ride again and enjoy it.
B) War vets are experiencing flashbacks that I'll never experience and my heart goes out to those brave souls, just having had the little ones I had. I have never-ending respect for them.
C) I don't see myself as more cautious, just riding in a more enhanced mental state.
D) I know who my friends are.
My advice....get back on it as soon as possible, and make sure you tell those you love that you love them dearly. Why? Because, you never know.
And make sure you are straight with your God. If you don't believe, you better be right.