Sometimes things don't go as planned
Well I am sad to say that the epic journey ended early for me. After completing roughly 2/3 of the Trans Lab I crashed the bike. They tell me that the road claims about 30% of riders(I have doubts on that) and I joined the club Monday afternoon.Worry not I only broke my shoulder blade...it could have been a lot worse and the bike is only cosmetically damaged.Lots of road rash and the usual broken signal and mirror.
Thank God for good fortune and travel insurance. DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT! They flew me home Wednesday and the bike will be shipped home at a later date at their cost.
I will have the bike repaired and as soon as I am well enough I will ride again. It's in my blood and I ain't no quitter.and i absolutely love this bike.
Up until the and after crash I had an unbelievable time. Labrador is beautiful and the people are unreal! The help I received is indescribable.
Unfortunately my buddy had to finish the trip for us alone. GO JOHN!!
i am down to one finger typing (and the best i can do is 2) so i apologise for the lack of capitals from here on.
this is what happened:
somewhere east of lab city we ran into rain and bad road conditions because of construction.i was standing on the pegs and was heading up hill.i wanted to get farther to the right because i didn't want to reach the crest in the middle of the road. because of the conditions i misjudged the gravel i had to cross and and as soon as the front wheel hit it was all over.not sure if i would call it a tank slapper but the bike slewed about and i went down.i am not sure of my speed as i was on the pegs but it wasn't excessive due to the conditions. i landed hard on my right shoulder.
i tucked and rolled and immediately jumped up and John and i righted the bike.we sorted everything out as i thought i could ride.that was when i realized there was something wrong with my right shoulder.
we weren't on the side of the road 10 minutes when a fellow from happy valley on the way to lab city stopped.we got some help and loaded my bike on his truck and he took me to the hospital in lab city.he made sure i was taken care of and continued to his nieces where my bike was unloaded and put in her husbands new garage safely stored among his "toys" where it will stay until shipped home. LABRADOR-ION'S ROCK. the help and kindness of these people will never be forgotten.
the doctor told me that in his career he has only seen one other case of broken shoulder blade,scapula and he was no spring chicken and quite a character to boot. leave it up to me to do something unusual!!!
i consider myself lucky as about 3 weeks ago a fellow motorcyclist was killed in the same area and another one went down there the week before i did.
hindsight being 20/20 i may have been able to save her if i had been sitting down as their isn't as much strength with the arms in that position.there are always ifs buts and ands and i have replayed the situation over many times and it is what it is.
if i had my way i would return and finish what i started but my amazing wife says no way.she rarely stands in the way of me chasing my dreams and i do not want to screw that up.i will go back some day with fishing rod in hand and 4 wheels under my butt because as i said before Labrador is beautiful and i have made some amazing friends.
if i had one piece of advice to anyone crossing the trans lab is if it starts raining stop and wait it out even if it means setting up camp in the rain.the rain really changes the road conditions and impairs your judgement.