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Sudden Turn!


Monday, July 08, 2013

6/29 - Got out for an early ride but turned around early as it was getting hot. Did almost 20 miles but still felt cheated – should’ve been longer. The forecast is for more hot weather all week – bleh.

Fell asleep on the couch and woke up around 12:30pm. Good thing I woke up then – I wanted to just keep sleeping and sleeping and sleeping.

I’m so glad we have air conditioning. It was almost 100 degrees outside today but I was comfortable.

7/4 – Happy Independence Day!

Dan has been a trouper this week. We’ve gotten up for a 6am ride Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and today. Did early rides to try and beat the heat. Even starting that early, the days have been getting HOT by 8am so we’ve been limited to shorter rides.

I didn’t think we were going to ride today but Alan called last night and asked if we were going to do the Ferretti Rd ride (same one we’ve been doing all week). Dan actually said we would and so we did. It was nice to see Alan as we haven’t seen each other in several weeks. Dan is saying he feels stronger, his saddle isn’t as hard as it used to be, his aches aren’t as bad… If this keeps up, he might even start enjoying his rides (wink, wink).

7/7 Wow – things can change fast! Yesterday Dan went out flying with his buddy Rich in Rich’s Aircam (looks like a flying canoe - open cockpit, two engines behind the wings, tail-dragger, originally created for National Geographic to do photography). They were having a great day until it came time to land back at home. Wind was coming directly across the runway. Rich tried one landing and did a go around. When he tried again, he had the mains on the ground when a gust of wind caught the wing and sent them flying again. They were heading toward doing a cartwheel into a building, the rudder got them flying level but they were aimed at a large oak tree. Fortunately, they were high enough, they “only” hit the top branches which broke on impact. A little lower and they would’ve been in the larger branches. The tree got even though, it broke off the wing and dropped the plane, upside down, at its base.

Dan was able to get out of the harness and then worked on getting Rich out. Since Rich was in front and the plane has “nothing” in front, the impact was worse for him. He didn’t lose consciousness so was able to release the harness and then Dan was able to extricate Rich from the wiring and avionics.

Both men were taken by ambulance to the local hospital. After being checked out, Dan was released. He has a compressed vertebrae, lots of missing skin and will be sore for awhile. He won’t be cycling for some time. (I’ve heard many, many “he’ll do anything to get out of riding, won’t he” comments).

Rich was taken to another hospital where they have doctors that can deal better with his injuries. Nothing life threatening but he will have more to deal with: crushed heel, damage to an eye and deep gashes.

Neither one lost their sense of humor. They were badgering each other as they lay on their gurneys in the hallway of the hospital. Rich kept asking for a plastic surgeon – he doesn’t want any scars!

I am SO glad both guys will be ok.
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BILL60 7/9/2013 7:59AM

    They're indeed very lucky. Hope they recover quickly.

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OLIVERFAMILY33 7/8/2013 4:09PM

    I'm SO sorry to hear about their accident! I'm even more glad and thankful they both survived and aren't more seriously injured, and have hung onto their sense of humor.

It is amazing how fast things can change, and how we not only survive, but pick ourselves up and move forward and overcome challenges that lie before us.

I will be praying for and thinking of both of them as they recover and hope your Dan gets back to riding again once he's able.

Thank you for sharing this! emoticon

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