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Ride, Crash, Fly, Go Home.... My Trip to Arkansas...

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Thank you all for putting up with me, I know I was a little bit shaky at times.
I'd do it again in a hearbeat Peanut. :kiss: (Not that I ever want to need to, but you know what I mean)

 
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Hey Bill,
Nathan (my son) was wondering if you were fixed yet? he wants to go for a ride and thought it would be fun if you were there.. also he was up set that the rocks made you fall and to watch out for the bad rocks next time.. but its cool you got to ride in a chopper.. so there you have incite of at 7 yr old..
Lol... not fixed just quite yet. I think it will be at least a month or so before I can even get on a bike again.
 
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Very nice pictures, very beautiful area and I really enjoyed it for the most part but it's bites big time when friends get hurt.

Arkansas is like a beautiful copperhead snake, looks real pretty but when it bites.... :eek2:

Bill did you EVER take your medicine? (In my best mother hen voice)
 
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Like I said in the other post, I learned who to count on and more importantly, who NOT to count on. No names need to be listed, but I'm sure they know who they are.
I too had a trailer at ES and would like to chime in with my prospective about the trailers. On three occasions in the past I have hauled a disabled bike back home for some unfortunate rider. I feel I am very familiar in what it takes to arrange for the transportation of a disabled bike.

I arrived at ES Friday with Randall (FZ1Nutt). We decided to ride with the Alabama group Saturday morning. We came upon the scene of the accident early in our ride. The paramedics were attending to Bill and the police was directing the riders to leave the scene. We gathered at the bottom of the hill and a lot of discussions were going about Bills condition and what to do with the bike. The Alabama riders continued on the ride while Randall and I stayed and talked about how to get the trailer back to the bike and the bike back to Arlington. At that time I did not know that the bike was ride able. Someone rode Bill bike down from the accident scene. Randall provided the chain and lock and moved the bike to a different location. Randall agreed that he would ride back with a group on Monday while I hauled the bike back to Arlington.

Later Chris joined the group and was attempting to contact a relative in the area to assist with the bike pickup. It was my understanding that when the group broke up that there would be made arrangement for a rider to take Bill;s bike to ES and a trailer would not be needed. I told Becca that I would be sure to be back at the motel by 4 pm and to call me on my cell if she needed anything else.

Becca called me on my cell phone at the motel about 5pm . She asked if I would go pick up the bike. I told her I did not feel comfortable driving through the mountains at night with a trailer but I would leave early Sunday morning to pick it up. She was concerned about leaving the bike over night and Bills dad was leaving with a trailer from Arlington and would be in ES in about five hours. I asked several people at the motel if they had a trailer or truck and could pick up the bike. She then wanted someone to come pick up Bill at the hospital. I knew that my sports car would be too cramped for a guy Bills size who was in pain. When I asked Keith and Joyce they agreed and I gave them the cell phone to get the details from Becca.

I thought I was helping, but it wasn’t enough. In hind sight I should have just headed back to the motel and got the trailer. I am very sorry Bill if you feel that I let you down.
 

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We lost one of our Road Star guys to the Pig Trail last year. Very glad it wasn't too serious. We are headed back up there in a few weeks and I hope we come out better this year.
 
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Here are my shots....

Branson, MO just up from Eureka Springs.




Some of our gang (with the Bama boys in the background).




Just outside Jasper in a Valley that I can't recall the name of. I think it was the Boxley Valley.




Same valley - different angle.




JoyRider reflecting on the beauty of Arkansas.




The 'Busa on the evil AR 123.




War Eagle Grist Mill (and tourist trap).




The better half in all my adventures.

 
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Pretty much all I took. I'm sorry for the confusion in how things wound up on the trailer thing. Like Bill(Wasabi) said there were lots of ideas and thoughts flying around without anyone really pulling the trigger on what to do. I know Bill and I would have done whatever was asked of us. Bill's car is a 92 Mitsubishi 3000- not the ideal trasportation for anyone 6ft plus and in pain. I'm in no way excuse making, just filling in some details. May all wounded parties heal quickly and farkle your way back onto the road.
 
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Well here are my photo contributions (such as they are). The 1st one was a waterfall I just happened to shoot as we blew by. I stopped and took the picture. This was after we left AR123. The others were just random pictures until the bridge which was at the War Eagle Mill. Keith and I were doing the tourist thing in ES on Sunday when a very nice lady offered to take our picture.
 

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Bill again heal up quick, Sorry 123 bit another one (got me last year
as well)

Wayne I think you were at the hotel when we
got back from our ride on Friday but by the time I
got back out of my room (had to check on my daughters
gymnastics competition) you were gone, so I never got to meet you.

Rebecca if you are ever up in the Little Rock area my mom
lives in the area and always welcome wayward travelers that
are riding buddies of mine, careful she may take your bike
for a spin herself
 

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Rebecca if you are ever up in the Little Rock area my mom
lives in the area and always welcome wayward travelers that
are riding buddies of mine, careful she may take your bike
for a spin herself
I'd be a hypocrite to say no! As long as someone can get their feet down on the beast, they are welcome to take it for a spin.

Wish I'd known... I made it all the way to Conway (?) before I had to pull off the slab and get some sleep. I guess I was just too tired already - this is the curb I hit. As you can see from the chipped concrete, I only missed by less than a foot! :doh:

(yes, all three puddles are from my bike...)
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She lives in Benton you would have had another 45 miles to go, sorry
to hear about the curb hit, was the fluid oil? She would probably just
make you take her for a ride as its been a few years since she has
ridden
 

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I have better pics to hold over him...
 
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OK, let's move on to more pleasant matters.

We went on a leisurely loop not too far from ES, then ended coming back through town again in search of the Beaver Bridge. We eventually found it took the opportunity to get a drink of water and take a few pics.

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OK. This is a very cool bridge. :clap: :dude:

I am going to have to go to Eureka Springs just to ride across it. :rider:
 

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As if the pain in his shoulder wasn't enough, he had to give up some chest hair when he finally pulled the monitor pad off shortly after midnight.

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He stood by and watched as it took five men, two women, two headlamps, two flashlights, one flood lamp, and a folding ramp to get the poor Strom out of the pickup and onto the trailer at 1:30 am on the uncertain terrain of the local KOA.

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Thye offending gravel (the bad rocks according to mini-Stinky) and the mark Biwwy (who shall now be named Walnut) left on Arkansas.

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If you look closely, you can trace his path from the gravel to the ditch and back up to the lip of the pavement.

 
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You can see the gravel on the shoulder on the inside of the corner. Drivers run off on the inside and kick gravel on the road surface, then it gets deposited in the center of the lane by other traffic. You also need to watch for gravel driveways entering the roadway near curves. They'll bring gravel to the pavement as well.

Riding 123 and other crooked Arkansas roads, it's best to develop the "slow in - fast out" riding style. Then if you see gravel or other obstacles, you can skip the "fast out" part.

I attended the ZRX rally this weekend and Buddy (BUDZREX) told me there had been a crash and helicopter ride in the TWTEX group. I'm relieved to finally know that, though serious, it wasn't life threatening.
 

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Wayne I think you were at the hotel when we
got back from our ride on Friday but by the time I
got back out of my room (had to check on my daughters
gymnastics competition) you were gone, so I never got to meet you.
No prob, dude. I looked everywhere for you, thinking it would be easy to spot your blue Rex, but it wasn't to be. Oh well, one of these days...
 

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Well, it was a long, and somewhat wet, ride home. It was good to meet everyone, I don't recall all the names, but I could match you to your bike. I learn something new on each trip I take, and after the mishap Saturday, it really had me wondering what I would do if the same situation happened to me, that far from home. Not just on this ride but any ride 300 plus miles from home. I think, I too, will plan on hualing up in the future, as I don't have anyone to call to drive 600 miles to pick me up. Anyway, I had a good time, thanks for letting me ride along.
 
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Funny thing about the trailers. Yes, there were trucks and trailers back at the hotel, but nobody in the group was willing to cut their day short to head back to ES to get one. My wife was there in her dad's pickup, but I was unable to reach her (no signal I guess). I finally did reach her late that afternoon and when she got back in to town, Bill, Keith and I made arrangements to go get Bill's bike with the pickup. We had to wait a while to get the keys for the bike and lock from Bill, and so it was pretty late when we got started. We didn't get back to the hotel until almost 2:00am. Bottom line is the trip into the hills in the middle of the night could have been avoided if someone had stepped up and headed back to the hotel right after the crash. :whatever:
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WOW!! That is amazing. When we had our little get off by Eureka Springs - http://motoadrenaline.blogspot.com/2006/09/eureka-springs-ouch.html

ALL of the people on that trip stopped and came together to help us. It was awesome. some met us at the hosp some went back to the hotel and rounded up the trailer and truck. When we returned back from the hosp after being driven around town looking for a pharmacy in Fayetteville the bike was loaded up and all of our things were already in our room. It brought a smile to our faces that our friends would take care of us like this. We have great friends. The next day everyone jumped on the bikes and went on the planned ride for the day. No one complained about missing road time, they were just there to help a fallen friend. We have great friends.

Congrats to you and your wife for helping a rider when needed, the good Karma will follow.. I promise :zen:
 
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Well, not too good of news from the doc today. I guess I have a grade 4 AC separation and on Thursday the 31st I will undergo surgery to repair it. Here is the x-ray that they took today. They told me that the two bones in the upper left are supposed to be at the same height. Alas, they are not...

Anyway, just thought I'd let you all know.

 
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Dang! :eek2:

Well, I guess we have all determined that Bill can indeed fly, but he needs to work on his dismount and landings a bit. ;)

Wish it was better news my friend. Let us know if there is any thing we can do to help out.
 
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WOW! Bill, That really looks painful...

I agree with Keith...your dismount leaves a lot to be desired...

Heal up quick so we can all meet for a better ride...
 
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well that doesn't look too good there Bill. Hope the surgery gets it all back like is supposed to be.

Let me know if there's anything that I can be of assistance with.
 

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If you didn't want to mow the lawn this summer you could have just gotten Mel that push mower dude!
 

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Surgery isn't a bad thing sometimes. It actually has a faster recovery time in many cases since the bones are already fixated. My right humeus looks like this:
 

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Surgery isn't a bad thing sometimes. It actually has a faster recovery time in many cases since the bones are already fixated.
You do know that I'm going to keep repeating this to myself over and over again for the next week, don't you??? Thanks for the encouraging words, because when it comes to surgery, I really am quite a baby.
 
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Surgery isn't a bad thing sometimes. It actually has a faster recovery time in many cases since the bones are already fixated. My right humeus looks like this:
WOW! That's an ingenious way to carry a flask of whiskey...:mrgreen:


My best to you, Biwwy, and to your wife as well!

And my sympathy that all those pics were taken of your event which will follow you all the days of your life...
 

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And my sympathy that all those pics were taken of your event which will follow you all the days of your life...
No sympathy! Even before the first responders were there he was asking us to get the cameras snapping!

For those that think I'm beating a man that's already down, please understand that Biwwy is my buddy and he knows that I'm just trying to make him laugh - I have to. I'm the entertainment. :cool2:
 
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Well, it was a long, and somewhat wet, ride home. It was good to meet everyone, I don't recall all the names, but I could match you to your bike. I learn something new on each trip I take, and after the mishap Saturday, it really had me wondering what I would do if the same situation happened to me, that far from home. Not just on this ride but any ride 300 plus miles from home. I think, I too, will plan on hualing up in the future, as I don't have anyone to call to drive 600 miles to pick me up. Anyway, I had a good time, thanks for letting me ride along.
Roger,

Thanks for your advice on turns. As soon as I fix the bike I'm going to practice what you said. I'm looking for a trailer also. On Monday, I wasn't in
the mood to ride back to Dallas. Thank Doug(?) for his help also. Maybe, I'll see y'all on the next ride.

Marco
 

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Roger,

Thanks for your advice on turns. As soon as I fix the bike I'm going to practice what you said. I'm looking for a trailer also. On Monday, I wasn't in
the mood to ride back to Dallas. Thank Doug(?) for his help also. Maybe, I'll see y'all on the next ride.

Marco
Hey Marco, invest in a copy of Keith Codes, Twist of the Wrist II, he can explain it a lot better than I can. I enjoyed riding with you, hope to do it again.
 

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So Roger, did you make it to Deals Gap?
 

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Maybe just a cute little nurse outfit for Mel... :trust:
 
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