Mayday, Mayday, We’re going down!

[Note from Munky: Nasty pictures of injuries ahead if squimish look away now]

I am once again humbled by the trail gods, I have clearly not been paying them enough attention.

Maybe because I have been riding on the road so much they thought that I must be punished,

Maybe it is because they have not had their pound of flesh [literally] from me for the use of their domain and they saw fit to take it at that moment,

Maybe they just wanted blood!

What ever their reasoning and as a mere mortal man it would be impossible and heracy for me to assume that I know or understand the reasoning of the gods. Yesterday I binned it….. at speed!

I was almost home on the XC route from work and had just enjoyed a fast descent through the field path, dropped the knee and took the 90° turn at speed with a nice amount of rear wheel slide.

I strightened up and hammered the cranks for home,

On the path there are two options a smooth thin line or a rough wide line. I chose the smooth thin line….. i chose poorly.

The thin line as but one flaw a series of humps that are usually fun to ride, but this time I made a fatal error. I looked where the trail disappeared into the creek.

Now I have learned that usually where I look the bike will go…… and it did.

Once the front wheel had slipped down this route I was buggered! I turn to try and retrieve it but the bank was too steep and off I went.

The front wheel stuck, I carried on as i was doing about 15mph at the time and landed knee and shoulder first. OUCH!

[and now what you’ve all be waiting for…… the damage]

Of course being the keen blogger I am I instantly whipped out the camera to take some pictures of the injuries for this post…. sad ain’t it.


Instant damage

dsc02325The view when I got home

dsc02327and the shoulder… I have similar grazes all the way down to my wrist.

So today, I got back on the stead and rode the same bit no problems at all. I hope that the gods are now satisfied with their offering of blood [hopefully it’ll be enough for the season]


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