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Me and some co-workers all had friday off so we all went for a put. 5 of us (2 girls, 3 guys) on a tight, twistie country road- Beautiful! (River rd. guadalupe river in Gruene texas.)
I was leading and noticed all of a sudden nobody else was behind me. I pulled over for a second to wait for them to catch up - didnt happen; which confirmed my worst fears that something was wrong. I turned around and 2 minutes later i ride up to our group only to discover a horrifying sight, One of the girls laying in the road face down and not moving, her bike in the weeds off to the side.........
I wus freakin and in shock...

She was the last of the 5 trailing in the rear. Turns out she went into a left turn too fast which pushed the bike towards the outside to the loose dirt and rocks on the edge of the road. Once she hit that and started her slide, she just let go and got slammed down hard in the street on her left side going 30 -35mph. She broke her left arm with a coumpound fracture that was poking thru the skin and broke her left leg below the knee in 3 places. Her helmet also had some nice deep scratches on the left too- good thing it was on in this situation, huh? 2 ambulances, 3 cop cars and a DPS state trooper were all on the scene quickly to stabilize her at which point a friggen helicopter came to pick her up for her trip to the hospital.

After 2 days in the hospital following her surgeries, I'm happy to report she is doin fine' and in hi spirits. She said " I was lookin forward to some time off from work, but not like this..LOL


Please watch your cornering and be alert out there folks

bro - bill
 

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I was on that river road this time last sunday with a group returning to Corpus Christi from a hill country weekend. Real sorry to hear about your friend but hope she recovers quickly. I only takes a moment of inattention and bad things can happen.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about her accident. I hope she heals quickly.

There are no fender benders on a bike...
 

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Sorry to hear about your friend. Tell her to hang in there and she will be up and at it again in a few months.
 

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ZR1Dan said:
I'm sorry to hear about her accident. I hope she heals quickly.

There are no fender benders on a bike...
That's the truth. Good wishes to her for a speedy recovery and thank God that it wasn't worse.
 

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Please give her my best wishes and a speedy recovery. By her own statement, it appears she hasn't lost a sence of humor.
 

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I'm wishing her a speedy recovery.
 

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God speed her recovery.
Just a thought from personal experience. Sometimes as a leader of a ride we need to consider the skill of people we have responsibility for as the lead bike.
We need to slow down inspite of our own riding experience. Harleys are a load for the smaller prettier rider.
 

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I wish your friend a speedy recovery, sounds like it was really good that she was wearing her helment.

Agreed that River Road outside Gruene is top shelf riding, we were out on it a few weeks ago with some friends and had a blast.
 

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bummer about your friend. So, how is her bike?
 

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Question?

Any possibility this young lady got caught up in the peer pressure of group riding (even a small group) and road beyond her skills to keep up? Many advocate that the less experienced, instead of bringing up the rear, actually should be situated near the leader of the group for safety purposes.
 

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Tell your friend I wish her a speedy recovery.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: And after her recovery and she is back in the saddle try to get her to ride the same rode again. Then she has overcome the demon that is inside her about going down again. She may not admit it but it is there. More power to her.
 

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THANG111 said:
God speed her recovery.
Just a thought from personal experience. Sometimes as a leader of a ride we need to consider the skill of people we have responsibility for as the lead bike.
We need to slow down inspite of our own riding experience. Harleys are a load for the smaller prettier rider.
Agreed!! It happened on my watch, i feel bad!

That was going thru my mind as was the fact i picked that road for all to ride on. she and the others stayed in a somewhat tighter group. I was the one breaking away cause i knew the road so well. Because they were all more together than me, it wasnt like she was going too fast by trying to play catch up by being the last bike.

No more leadin for me,

Ironocally, the cop said it was real good that we had riding partners to report accidents and attend to love ones. Ironic because 95% of my saddle time is solo with no other bikes...makes ya think.........
 

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Any possibility this young lady got caught up in the peer pressure of group riding (even a small group) and road beyond her skills to keep up? Many advocate that the less experienced, instead of bringing up the rear, actually should be situated near the leader of the group for safety purposes.
Nail on the head if you ask me, i accept responsibility for what went wrong and feel terrible it happened. I'm so glad she is OK & recovering now. It could have been much worse really.

A possible motive for my actions or lack of presence was I switched bikes with another rider riding a honda CBR 600 rr (?) Long ago he rode a harley once and i never rode a cafe racer so we said what the hell and swapped. accelerating with that thing is why i pulled ahead. (Didnt like the bike btw and will never ride another; riding position sucks)
 

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Thanks for askin..

She came out of the hospital 3 days after her final surgery to repair her arm which required a steel plate and some screws. Her lower leg was repaired the night of the accident with a steel or titanium rod(s). Oddly, neither are in a cast!! Total stay was almost a week.

At home resting and in pain while recovering and doing therapy. Told she will be out 6 weeks; I think longer. At almost 50, she will heal slower but you never know. It's all in the therapy. Both surgeons said she looked extremely healthy for the procedures & recovery process
 
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