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    All bad things must come to an end

    On June 17, I fell off a log and broke my hand and my face. On August 17, I went for my first group mtb ride. It was a good day.

    I normally ride several times a week so I could not imagine not riding for an extended period of time. But when I got hurt, it goes back to basics. Riding was the last thing on my mind for several weeks as I longed for staying awake, eating and walking around normally. I relied a lot on the help and goodwill of others as I focused on healing.

    I got great motivation with each day getting better than the previous day. Well it's all good now. Bring on the rides. Bring on the beer. Bring on the big wheels.

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    Glad to have you back hunting the trails Francis!

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    congrats on your recovery. glad you're back in action.

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    Congratulations and welcome back.
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    Good job!

    I knew you could do it ...


    Enjoy those rides, mate.


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    Ya Whoooo, Ride on Dude
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    awesome news man..
    glad to hear!

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    Welcome back. Let's ride soon while I keep up with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fred-da-trog
    Welcome back. Let's ride soon while I keep up with you.
    Right on man. Thanks for getting the rescue personnel. Everyone keeps talking about how you rode like the wind to get me an ambulance. Mucho thanks!

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    Hey man glad to see you doing so well!
    I'll be out in your hood in a month or so!! Oh and I'm gonna BRING IT!!! My bike that is... The GF is going to meet some friends for the weekend. I'm just required to attend the dinners. So Its ride by day and dinner at night for three days. I'll give you Nor Callers a two week heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    Glad to have you back hunting the trails Francis!
    It's not Francis, it's Francois, like in French "François".

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    Good luck François ! Things like this make me think of wearing a full face helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Right on man. Thanks for getting the rescue personnel. Everyone keeps talking about how you rode like the wind to get me an ambulance. Mucho thanks!

    francois
    I'm just glad you're back. Everyone knows 29er's add 10% to your mph, right?
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    Great to hear that man..

    and with all that rest you should be faster...oh shlt

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGH
    Hey man glad to see you doing so well!
    I'll be out in your hood in a month or so!! Oh and I'm gonna BRING IT!!! My bike that is... The GF is going to meet some friends for the weekend. I'm just required to attend the dinners. So Its ride by day and dinner at night for three days. I'll give you Nor Callers a two week heads up.

    HUGH
    Bring it bebe. I'll give you the grand tour. I'll put on my socal gearing 32-24 to get ready!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I'll put on my socal gearing 32-24 to get ready!!
    now I know you're OK!

    careful with the smack - Hugh will have you wishing for a hospital bed and some jello.

    good to see you back,
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    Congrats on the recovery and maiden ride.

    I'm looking forward to the same (broken arm, little toe, and possible rib) weeeee.

    But watch out for those 29er, rigid, SS, rides. They are bound to get you addicted again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    Congrats on the recovery and maiden ride.

    I'm looking forward to the same (broken arm, little toe, and possible rib) weeeee.

    But watch out for those 29er, rigid, SS, rides. They are bound to get you addicted again.

    "Tastes just like it smells.... Delicious!!!!"
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    Oh man, What the heck happened? Details! Sounds like an full-contact incident.

    Before my mtb ride, I rode on the roadie for a week. I like it so much that I kept saying, 'man, I'm going to be a roadie for a while'. Then halfway through the first SS/Niner mtb ride, I was hooked again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    now I know you're OK!

    careful with the smack - Hugh will have you wishing for a hospital bed and some jello.

    good to see you back,
    HW
    Talk to da hand.

    Hey you going to inter bike. I need someone to videotape the booth girls.

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    Hey francois, congrats on the return to riding, I didn't post anything on the original thread cause so many folks were posting but it's good to see you healed and back riding.

    I had a nasty little run in with an underaged driver last summer and was very fortunate to come away with only a broken ankle and a few wounds, was off the bike for nearly 3 months. We had a very moderate winter here on the front range last year and I've had the best year of riding since that I can remember, so here's to a great late summer/fall season of riding for you. -Rick

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    Congrats on your recovery. I know how it feels to get back on the bike after a nasty accident. You look like you're still in great shape. Must feel wonderful! I'm glad you're OK. JOD
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    Congrats on the recovery!

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    Good to ssee that you're back on the saddle and sspecially on the ss.

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    Were you having fun before, was it an epic crash, cuz it almost looks like you have a little smile in the strecher.

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    Hey Francois-

    This has now been officially named "Francois's Log" I think you'll recognize it.

    Except for a possible fractured elbow (more likely just a really bad sprain) we all had a great ride!
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    Glad to hear you are back man!

    Before each ride I often try to remind myself that there are a lot of things that can go wrong on a ride. But most of the time I forget so thanks for sobering a lot of us up.

    semper ad excelsum

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