Thankfully, The MTB Gods Were Merciful Today...-
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    Thankfully, The MTB Gods Were Merciful Today...

    It began the same as 100's of other rides we have taken through the years - just another early morning ride, this time doing the Pass Mountain Loop... and everything was going great until SilverSlug (Steve) took a nasty OTB, landing squarely on the top of his head!

    Now for the good part - as it turns out he is ok. Only an 'brusied' neck out of the ordeal but damn, it does really scare the she-iate out of you when your best friend is just lying there and you're wondering if he has broken his neck and will never ride again.

    So just a reminder to everyone out there that we should never take the freedom and ability to ride our bikes for granted...
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    Man, that looks like a pretty serious situation. I'm glad he didn't banged up to bad.

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    Good to know he's going to be OK, Pat. Where exactly is that on the loop? Doesn't look like one of the usual suspects...
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    Wow, glad to hear SilverSlug is ok.

    Walt, It looks like the rocky section toward the bottom of the descent before you turn and head west to return to the parking area.

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    glad he's going to be okay

    you never know when something like this can happen.looks like he had good company along that knew how to handle a bad situation.

    heal up

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Mikey
    Wow, glad to hear SilverSlug is ok.

    Walt, It looks like the rocky section toward the bottom of the descent before you turn and head west to return to the parking area.
    Yep, that is the spot. The last of the DH gnar.
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    Good to here he is alright, never take anything for granted.

    Now, what about that stretcher? That thing is crazy!
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    Ok…..some sick feeling in my gut told me that I might find a thread like this out on MTBR when I got out of the drug induced haze that I was in yesterday.

    Honestly, I’m just grateful that I’m able to be typing a response less than 24 hours after taking a spill that landed me directly on top of my head. As many do that have found themselves in similar situations, I’m going to take a few minutes to offer a few words of explanation (excuses) on why it happened, throw out some thanks to the men in blue, and share with you a few thoughts that I experienced yesterday.

    First of all, the location on the trail is just 50 yards after you have made it though the sickest, rockiest, section on the south/east side of the mountain. (Right after you relax and let your guard down thinking all the jagged crap that could have jumped up and snagged your front tire is now behind you.) I was riding well and just behind Greg, approaching a group of hikers standing off the trail letting our group pass by. That little rocky section that you see behind me in the 1st pic, has a simple little drop followed by a secondary rock. Probably the last 10 times I’ve ridden this section of trail, I just launch off the top rock totally missing the 2nd rock, but this time I slowed way down preparing to thank the hikers for letting us ride through.

    That’s when the sound of my tires banging off rocks and rolling over crushed granite stopped. The secondary rock snagged my front tire and launched me. I had no control over how/where to land, and hit squarely on the top of my helmet. I did not continue to roll, but fell to the side, landing on my back. Insert every good comment you’ve ever read/heard about wearing helmets here. The force busted the top of my helmet and I now have bruising on top of my head that matches the pattern on the top of my helmet.

    I have years of crashing experience, but I have never had my bell rung like this before. Combine that will the instant pain in the neck area and between the shoulder blades and I reluctantly asked the hikers to call 911.

    I couldn’t have chosen a better place out there to crash. At that spot you still have a tough 20/30 minutes back to the horse staging area where we parked, but there is an entrance to the trail off the end of Meridian road in Apache Junction that is probably only 300 yards, I would guess, from the place I crashed. Thanks to both Mesa and Apache Junction Fire Depts for getting there quickly and getting me out. We had to traverse several steep gullies and carrying/pushing me out of there proved to be quite an ordeal, even for a small army of EMT’s. I want to thank them for their help, professionalism, attempt at humor, and how quickly they were able to get me to the ambulance.

    A few comments and abstract thoughts I had yesterday -

    • Helmet / body armor is good stuff…. and I’m glad I had both on, but there is no protection for neck / spinal cord injury.
    • You cannot worry about possible neck injury while riding.
    • Riding Pass Mountain and then getting covered with a blanket, makes you smell pretty ripe when you finally arrive at the hospital…
    • Getting strapped to that hard board and not being able to move for 2 hours is more painful than crashing. I seriously thought the back of my head was going to explode.
    • You cannot pee when strapped to a hard board.
    • If I can snag one of those sweet BigWheel things that they used on the stretcher, I will only need maybe 2 pallbearers at my funeral.
    • The nurse that wheeled me back from my CT scan smelled like cotton candy.
    • I enjoy training by myself, but on tougher rides, it sure pays to ride with your buds.
    • Thanks to whoever pushed my bike back.
    • That is not my ghey baby-blue Motolite in the 2nd pic.
    • In our sport, you just can never let your guard down.

    Lastly, I want to thank my guardian angels for the outcome of my x-rays/ CT scan. I can now recover from a few bruises, and the embarrassment of having my pic posted on the internet (as if I had a broken neck, without actually breaking my neck) to continue riding and doing the things that I enjoy day after day, week after week.

    The most painful moment of this whole ordeal was being strapped to a board and wondering if your riding days are over…

    Thanks for all the well wishes….and if you get nothing else from reading this thread…….enjoy each and every ride...and chose your lines wisely…

    Last edited by Silver_Slug; 02-01-2009 at 11:11 AM.
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    Kathleen in AZ
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    I'm really glad you just got a good scare!! No need to be embarrassed by the pictures... we ALL take our tumbles and anyone of us could at any time be calling 911. Some of us (ahem, me) have had frequent escorts off the mtn on the one-wheeled carts.

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    Wow, those pictures look just a little too familiar.
    Glad to hear you will be OK
    Having been "big wheeled" off of SoMo myself, I can relate. I have to agree about being strapped down to the backboard. After several hours, it was like torture!
    Heal up quick!
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    First, very happy you're OK.

    Second, interesting timing. I had planned to ride Pass Mountain this week for the first time. Due to my odd work schedules, I generally ride alone. This incident has given me pause to consider, so thanks for that.

    I can't tell if you're being sarcastic, but no shame in this thread/photos. You got (relatively) lucky after a bad digger; if your experience can help/save someone else, that's nothing but good.

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    wow. Glad you are ok. I know exactly where you are talking bout, and its always a sneaky one. I've biffed on every 100 yrds of PM over the years - my buddy went down EXACTLY where you did on our last PM ride and he nailed all of 24th St. on his first try.

    Best wishes, good karma to you.
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    Glad to here you were not hurt badly. I mostly ride alone and have wondered what I would do if I could not reach the cell phone.
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    Well, I have to say, seeing a bud hurtin' on the trail is tough. I was in a group ahead of Steve and the ride back to check what had happened was hard. My head was racing with thoughts and stuff...I hated that! Steve is a tough guy and to see him down busted me. In the midst of all of this he was able to crack a joke and ease a bit of my concern, which I am hugely grateful for! I love riding with my friends and seeing as Stevie has been a HUGE part of my MTB'ing experience I am grateful that all is going to be well and we will throw down again soon! Funny, I took a wild tumble in Gooseberry last year and the one thing that I remember most is Steve's concern as it happened...quite the guy!!! Much a purely hetero way brother!
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    Jesus, I'm really glad you're OK. I just saw a fatal neck injury in McDowell Mountain Park a few weeks ago but I had myself convinced that it was extremely rare. And now this? How much faster would you have had to be going for this to be an obituary? Is it really that common?

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