Tuesday my bike group was going for a journey East of Gilroy up within the hills. We might begin at Mendoza ranch car parking zone, so I carpooled up there with our journey chief, my pal Kris.
We headed as much as the beginning, and took off up Gilroy Sizzling Springs highway, a stupendous mountain journey.
On the best way again, I began to show onto Canada highway off of Gilroy Sizzling Springs highway. That’s the very last thing I keep in mind till waking up with somebody asking me questions. Apparently I had slipped on some gravel on the junction and went down, hitting my head, and was out for five minutes.
This was out entrance of the CalFire station, so my mates didn’t even must name for assist, the firefighters got here operating out. The CalFire paramedics verified I used to be coherent, acquired my wounds stabilized, then acquired me on the backboard and fitted with a cervical collar. They shifted me to the ambulance gurney. My mates waited with me whereas this was happening. Subsequent I used to be transported to San Jose Regional Medical middle, the closest trauma middle.
At Regional they took a Cat scan and it got here again regular, so no critical head trauma. I had a extra extreme laceration on my face which acquired super-glued, the whole lot else was minor owwies that I’ve to maintain clear. That knee bandage on my proper leg was simply masking a bunch of miscellaneous minor scrapes. So I acquired to go house, with directions to keep away from bicycling (or every other contact sports activities) for a number of days, and observe up with my major care doc. This might have been rather a lot worse, I’ve scrapes on my arms so apparently caught them out to brace myself as I used to be falling. That might have simply resulted in a collarbone break. And my abrasions have been minor in comparison with critical highway rash.
- Select rides fastidiously
- Sirrus (skinny drained highway bike) is for clean highway rides solely
- use solely vado (bike with fatter tires) if something however a clean floor (in fact, this can not all the time be predicted, we thought yesterday was going to be on clean highway floor, however the county is busy repaving these roads).
- scale back quantity of motorbike driving, crash hazard is proportional to time on highway.
In fact, crashes can nonetheless occur, but it surely’s good to take measures to reduce the hazard. Right now I’m on the mend. The principle symptom is a minor headache and a few abrasions. All’s properly that ends properly!