Thursday, March 18, 2010

Road Bike, Part 2: The End

Well, since there are only a handful of people who read this, and everyone already knows, I won't share too many details.

I was riding my new bike to work today, which is mostly along a beach path but ventures into city riding for a short stretch. This was the second time I had ridden to work, and I was excited but a little sore. Anyway, I ended up getting hit by a car making a left turn.

Neither the car nor I were going terribly fast, and I didn't hit my head in any way that showed damage to my helmet. I hit the car on the front driver-side light, and then hit the windshield with enough force to leave a smash about 1 foot square. I don't have any pictures of the car, I'm sorry to say.

I didn't black out, and the most damage I suffered was some bruising on my right hip, possibly from the windshield, and a puncture wound on my left shin which required four stitches. I have a collection of road rash on my left hand, my left elbow, and my right shin, and a serious goose egg on my left shin below the puncture.

I have included a picture of my bike, and I will include a link to the public album on Picasa, but there is some blood, so don't go if you are squeamish. Also, there's a not-flattering picture of my right hip, so don't go if you mind seeing that.


I am fine now, thank you. There were no broken bones, I got 4 stitches and a CAT scan, and everything seems to be fine. I'm very sore, but I have good drugs and plan to be back at work tomorrow. And, no, I wouldn't be riding my bike even if it was working.


drew said...

Sorry to hear about the accident, but glad to hear you're doing OK. I hope you have a speedy recovery beyond the effects of the drugs.

Cristy said...

Wow! That's so scary! I'm glad that you are (mostly) ok. Yeah... I'd stick to other means of transportation for a while too. Although, I would have never even attempted to bike 32 miles in one day to begin with! Hats off to you for that, even if it only lasted 1 day. You deserve a reward or something! Get better soon!

Nicole said...

I am so glad you are ok. We are impressed you made the 32 mile ride one day and were willing to do it again.