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    Good thing it was the Pug's

    I don't know who is on MTB'r that lives in South Dakota, to make
    a long story short, I came very close to killing myself today!
    Went with my son(god I love him) for a ride on a trail called
    Little Elk Creek. Had not been to that trail in years and it has changed
    a bit since my last ride on it. Was going to take the 2012 Stumpy Fsr,
    then thought about the Airborne Lucky Strike. Finally decided to take
    the Pug's, as it looked bummed sitting in the garage. There is a section
    middle way through the trail that has a 25 to 30 foot drop on the
    left hand side of the trail, and the trail at that point is about a foot
    or so wide. Wild growth on the side was hiding a large rock sunk in to
    the trail, bigger that a human head, and sure as ****, that's what I hit
    . Didn't even have time to realize it and wasn't going that fast.
    Off the cliff and 2 cart wheels later I was at the bottom on my back,
    Pug's at my side. My son didn't see me leave the trail, but saw me cart wheeling and said the first flip I basically stayed on the bike.
    I believe the end results would have been worst if not for the Pug following me down. Will post picks of the cliff when my son sends them to me. Lots of scrapes, and definitely pulled a groin muscle and can't
    support my weight on the leg. But I am alive! Thanks to my son, and
    the Pugs, which only got alot of scratches.......
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    Dang;

    Glad to hear you made it through. Blessings counted, I'm sure. I took a spill this Spring that could have very easily been a real rip snorter. I was lucky. Hope you heal quickly, inside and out!
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    Good thing it was the Pug's

    Dang, Glad to hear you are...alive. I don't see where the pugs saved you though, did it carry you out? Did you use it to fashion some sort of litter? I thought maybe it saved you from drowning?

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    First cart wheel was where the really bad rocks were, if not for the beefy rims
    and tires, I think it would have been worse as from what my son said, it bounced
    somewhat......
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    wishing you a quick recovery

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    Pics or it was a drainage ditch ;-)
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    I have a cell phone pic, will upload tomorrow as I am
    sure I won't be going to work.....
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    Good effort loudviking ! You got lucky this time
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    For your viewing entertainment.
    That is me at the top after my son carried me up.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Good thing it was the Pug's-cliffofdoom.jpg  

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    Yup;

    That's steep!

    Kind of scary when you think about being totally out of control.....
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    He couldn't fit the whole cliff face in the pic,
    the Pug is still down at the bottom...
    I have realized I am not as young as I think I am, need
    to be a little smarter in my decisions when riding.
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    Glad you are okay.

    I went flying off a side cliff trail in Sedona when my pedal hit a rock. Very scary! I was lucky and a tree caught me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    He couldn't fit the whole cliff face in the pic,
    the Pug is still down at the bottom...
    I have realized I am not as young as I think I am, need
    to be a little smarter in my decisions when riding.
    Even though you are XC riding, you guy may want to consider full face helmets. I'd say falling off a cliff and not having more injuries is amazing luck and your warning sign.
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    I agree, God has something he wants me to do(sorry if your not a believer)
    as I shouldn't have walked away like I did.
    And the Pug, after being checked this morning, has nothing but scratches on it.
    Nothing broke or bent, will have to look closer, but so far so good!
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    Is that the same trail where a couple of guys have died over the last few years during the fat tire fest?

    Former SoDakian here, but never got out to the hills to ride when I lived there. More flat lander riding in Pierre and along the bluffs in Verm-town and Yankton.

    Glad to hear you're okay and the Pugs didn't fold on ya.

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    Hmmm...

    Been there. I stalled on a root on a super narrow & steep side-hill trail and got pitched off down the slope. Nice soft Hemlock forest floor to land on, but if it were not for barely grabbing onto a tiny tree for long enough to break my momentum, and miraculously not separate my shoulder, it's anybody's guess how many trees I would have hit on the 50yd tumble to the bottom.

    Learning how to always fall to the uphill side is a skill that not many of us have managed to master. Murphy certainly does not teach it! Ride confident, but be safe out there.
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    No, that would be by Rockerville, can't remember the name of the trail.
    I hadn't rode this single track in about 18 years or so, and wasn't expecting
    it to get as gnary as it did. Bad thing was, this happened on the way back, so
    I cleared it heading in. I did call Surly to let them know I was happy with the Pug, as
    lately they have had some bad press and I thought it might be nice for them to hear
    something good for a change. Wonderful people there, and they have been following
    my post. Did not expect anything from them when I called, but they are sending me a care package.....
    I am, and will always be a Surly fan!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailMaker View Post
    Hmmm...

    Been there. I stalled on a root on a super narrow & steep side-hill trail and got pitched off down the slope. Nice soft Hemlock forest floor to land on, but if it were not for barely grabbing onto a tiny tree for long enough to break my momentum, and miraculously not separate my shoulder, it's anybody's guess how many trees I would have hit on the 50yd tumble to the bottom.

    Learning how to always fall to the uphill side is a skill that not many of us have managed to master. Murphy certainly does not teach it! Ride confident, but be safe out there.
    Thanks, yeah, I didn't even have time to apply anything I have learned in 20 some-odd years of biking to change the outcome. It is something I will be remembering
    on future rides, wife and kids need me to be around.....
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    Wow, crazy story! Glad it turned out OK. Any improvement on the leg?

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    I'm trying to figure out if this thread is FOR or AGAINST clip-less pedals

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    Can I interest you in some life insurance?
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    sounds crazy. I did the same thing and fell the same distance when I caught my handlebar on a rogue tree. I fell into a creek and was struggling to stay conscious and haul myself out of the water. I left clawmarks in the side of the cliff as I tried to get out. I left my krampus in the water once I got myself onto a downed tree in the creek so I could evaluate my head trauma. Everything worked out fine, but it was a fright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Wow, crazy story! Glad it turned out OK. Any improvement on the leg?
    Got x-rays done, nothing broke, just pulled the muscles in the right leg...
    Thanks for asking
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    Wow. Glad you are ok.

    I normally ride in an area where there is a 300ft drop to the ocean. The trail runs 2-3 feet from the edge in a couple of spots, and the growth is creeping in. Next time I'm going to do a little trimming. You can see it 1:15 - 1:30 in the video.


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    Great video, sounds like the stuff I tell my wife when I go riding.
    Couldn't hide this screw up, though I tried.
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