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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Homers on parade on Slickrock Swamp (Homer down)...

    Today we rode Slickrock Swamp (Rockville Bench). We were going to ride Little Creek Mesa in the afternoon, but Endo Rando lived up to his handle, so to speak. Pics from happier times:











    Unhappier times... Rando's knee from this afternoon. Bob the Wheelbuilder rolled the new Pugsley in to the ER for the best bedside manner we have ever witnessed:



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    Sorry to see the damage.
    Hope you get well soon

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    Broke mine too

    But mine was in a motorcycle accident over 25 years ago. It still gives me problems today.That ones going to take a while to feel better. I hope he heals faster and better then I did.

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    Ouch.
    Tripartate patellar fracture. Sorry to hear it.
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    Upset Hey Philip,

    Have Nels or Endo call me if I can help. (drive down and pick up Endo) Sorry to see my bud get hurt. Phone #: 208-696-74 or 208-921-4532.
    Endo, if ya see, this I'm hurt'in for ya.......my turn I guess for the care packages!
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    been there, done that (basically), hated it. my best to ya rando. dont lose the faith pal. in time the trail is yers again! whats cool is those guys were there to help take care of ya and thats very cool stuff. nice work all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    whats cool is those guys were there to help take care of ya and thats very cool stuff. nice work all!
    Uh... well, actually, after saying "bummer, dude" we finished the ride while he hobbled back to the car. (In our defense, we thought it was skinned and had no idea anything was broken, despite the horrible noises emanating from the joint when he bent his knee and all the blood ).

    Thanks, Dave. He is spending the night in the hospital after getting the knee opened, flushed, and the little chunks screwed back together. He will fly to Boise and then on to Anchorage once things get sorted. I will pass you numbers along to him and I'm sure he would appreciate a little assistance when he passes through town.
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    Sorry about the knee Rando, I'm glad I could get in a ride with you on saturday before your demise.
    Miss ya in Moab!

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    Getting hurt SUCKS; hope you heal quickly Endo. I was enjoying this thread because there was no negativity-that is until I came to the part where Endo got hurt. They've got some good technology going these days-I hope you're back on your bike before Spring.
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    That reaffirms my resolve to ALWAYS wear the wuss armor on cross country rides.

    Get well fast.

    What town's ER does Bob work in? St George?

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    Heal fast, bro.

    I was hoping to meet you this week. What a friggin' bummer.

    I hope you can ride soon!!!!!

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    NooooooooOOOO!!! Not now!!!
    Damm Rando! I feel for you. Seriously.Last year I slammed my kneecap so hard my eyes started to water in sympathy(no I wasn't crying..no really) I wore pads every ride since. I can only imaging the pain you must have had...hell just thinking about it brings back vivid memories of my experience. Big trooper points for humping it back to the car man....anything short of dismemberment is self ambulatory eh?

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    I can help too.

    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Uh... well, actually, after saying "bummer, dude" we finished the ride while he hobbled back to the car. (In our defense, we thought it was skinned and had no idea anything was broken, despite the horrible noises emanating from the joint when he bent his knee and all the blood ).

    Thanks, Dave. He is spending the night in the hospital after getting the knee opened, flushed, and the little chunks screwed back together. He will fly to Boise and then on to Anchorage once things get sorted. I will pass you numbers along to him and I'm sure he would appreciate a little assistance when he passes through town.

    I am in AnchorTown, and am not working, other than the kids. (5 and 2) I will PM you with my number, Phil.
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    Gulp

    Ouch, looks painful. Get well soon.

    Tsk, those damn fine pic's are making me envious after our muddy and cool ride yesterday. Me thinks winter is just around the corner. Over here at least...
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    get better soon, Endo!

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    Randy,

    Sorry to hear about the knee! We'll have a cliff side memorial for you on Porc rim this Saturday. Keep us apprised of how the healing comes along. I was relieved to hear that the mustache is still intact! Good riding with you on Saturday. I hope you are back up and riding in short order.

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    Aaaaaaaahhhhh!

    Sorry for you!
    Hope you´ll get well soon.

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    Bummer!!!

    As I drove into the hospital parking lot, I noticed a familiar white van with Turners mounted on top. I didn't even think of INJURY, I thought a quick visit with Bob the Wheelbuilder. Randy, sorry to hear the bad news. Hey, pretty good job on the self diagnosis!! Get well and nice ride on Sat. at GOOSE! Get well

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    Man, bum deal. Get well & I hope it heals up pronto.

    Kinda after the fact, but I'll be the a-hole to ask/say it:

    A lot of the riding pics I see posted in this forum are of dewds SANS armor.
    Why?
    Especially out in the desert AND on sandstone.

    I learned my lesson a few years ago in Vegas when I got gashed to the bone on a VERY low speed dump onto the rocks.

    I left a 5 mile trail of blood all the way to my truck and then had to ride 30 minutes back home. Never again.

    The leg armor (and sometimes the elbow/forearm armor) go on every ride no matter what.

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    Hey Randy,
    Sorry to hear about your run in with the rocks. I was looking forward to meeting a full injury-free group of homers in Moab. Wish you a fast recovery!
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    Sorry we had to meet in the ER...

    At least Rando got go go to sleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in his head.

    Here's the bike that got me the good bedside manner award.



    Heal quick and well, Randy!

    The hospital is in St. George. It's the closest one for most of the area rides. If you need help around Cedar City, their hospital is smaller, but still good.
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    Update and Progress Report

    Philip, Steve, and I had a chance to stop by and see Randy in the hospital, and while it's always a major bummer to have to deal with the results of such an injury he was in good spirits (already talking about making it back down next year), the surgery went as well, he's on course for full recovery, and the nurses taking care of him are cute . The surgeon expected him to be released tomorrow if he can maneuver on crutches today. From there he'll make his way home to AK.

    If there's a silver lining to this whole thing it's to see MTBR'ers supporting each other. A small world made smaller by our associations and friendships established on these boards. Best of wishes Randy. Hope all heals in time for your trip back down next year.

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    Thread derailment

    Are you commuting on that thing?

    I need one.

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    Bummer to hear about Rando -- hope he's up and around soon. Anything on the rocks makes me think I need to invest in some armor. After seeing the x-rays, if it can prevent my crappy skilled self from duplicating Rando's feat, that'll be the best money I've ever spent.
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    I just wanted to respond to everyone by saying thanks for all the well wishes. I'm finally at home after an excruciating trip and still have most of the pain pills in my gallon sized bottle! So far this has turned into a much larger ordeal than I had imagined. But at least now I can disappear in lala land at home for a few days and try to recover.

    The trip sure started out with all the indications of lots of good times to come. Now, in reflection, it's become a painful lesson, and that is "when in doubt, break it out" regarding the armor. It would have been so easy to slip them on and I'd still be out there riding now. The trail really didn't have any more hazardous conditions than what we had been riding previously, so I declined. What I didn't consider was the fluke factor. It really was a fluke that on a short descent my front wheel got lodged, and stopped me so abruptly that the fork compressed and kicked up the rear wheel to send me over the bars. The ironic part is that I came unclipped and was running downhill, thinking I'd actually outrun any eventual impact. But....something tripped me, and down I went onto one contact point: my right kneecap. As soon as I looked at the source of the pain I could see the corner of a sharp edged rock under my skin. I immediately pulled out a cube shaped stone, maybe an inch cubed, and proceeded to look for more. I pushed on the surrounding skin to force out any other possible hiders, and a rounded white one appeared. After realizing that it wouldn't be forced out, it came to mind that it was either the end of my femur or a portion of my kneecap, some bone in any case. Like ts mentioned, the stone acted like a perfect splitting maul on top of my patella.

    The gash was serious, and I knew at the least sutures were in order. I broke out a cursory first aid kit that I carry in my Camelback and put a couple bandages across the opening, and then reinforced them with a rolled up do-rag knotted around my knee joint.

    I rode one legged as much as possible to return to the trailhead, or hobbled using by Spot as a crutch, and immediately changed bandages once at our vehicle. We had some brewskies on ice there, so I partially filled up a plastic grocery bag with cubes and settled in for the drive to the ER with my knee iced down. Crap! That became my main theme for the next few hours - Crap! My trip that I'd planned for was over. I was having fun riding a new area, being in a land where darkness and warmth actually do co-exist, and meeting really cool guys equally as enthusiastic about riding as I was. Crap! Now what? Surgery? Off the bike for at least a few months? Crap!

    I guess I really am living up to my handle still, or at least my middle name. I thought maybe I had left that legacy behind. And I was so looking forward to meeting Bikezilla, hfly, Blue Shorts, Bikerx40, Ak Ken....Crap! I have to admit though that I had probably the most pleasant ER experience while there. Bob the Wheelbuilder is a doctor there, and he just built a new Pugsley and rode it to work that morning. He wheeled it in to give our troop a private showing as we volleyed questions at him. Now that doesn't happen every day!

    So, I guess there's a safety message in this: wear your personal protective equipment appropriate for your conditions.

    Thanks again to everyone's well wishes and thoughtfullness, to CrashTheDOG and Shannon for their hospitality, to Nels for not allowing me to cut his trip short, and to those that gave me the best of treatment in St. George. Maybe Ak Chris can join us next year because I have got to try this again!

    Here's a few pics, pre-accident road trippin:
    1. Nels and I had to put on the finishing touch before leaving Boise
    2. Next stop, Dixie National Forest to ride Thunder Mountain
    3 & 4. Steve riding in Hoodoo land
    5. El Chingon evaluating whether or not this drop off would trigger his moustache growth

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