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Offline mike gs

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« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2017, 01:33:32 pm »
Chris good luck boet. Gooi us a post and let us know you OK?

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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2017, 01:51:30 pm »
Hi Chris.  Strongs man!
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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2017, 06:35:28 pm »
Chris are you okay?

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« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2017, 06:40:14 pm »
Sorry to see this. Hope you're sorted. All the best.
 

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« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2017, 08:22:15 pm »
Get well soon.
 

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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2017, 09:43:16 pm »


Quote from: 2StrokeDan on Yesterday at 07:31:33 am


>Quote from: SteveD on Yesterday at 04:41:09 am
Chris, this "Go for a ride, bugger up leg, ride home in an ambulance" thing needs to stop.



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Chris, what happened?




Quote from: 2StrokeDan on Yesterday at 07:31:33 am


>Quote from: SteveD on Yesterday at 04:41:09 am
Chris, this "Go for a ride, bugger up leg, ride home in an ambulance" thing needs to stop.



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Chris, what happened?


On a 5 day tour with Wlidwood/John Wood, and 7 other riders.
Day 1 completed, stayed over in Cradock, then next morning headed for Rhodes on the Lesotho border.
All went well, one of the riders fell 3 times in quick succession on Lundeans Neck on the way to Tiffendale (not the Rhodes - Tiffendale road, the other one/longer one).
It was pretty knarly, heaps of 'marbles', but doable.
John asked me to ride straight to the top to give the fallen rider a clear 'path', and this was only a couple of hundred meters from the top, in any case...
20 meters from the top of a very steep climb (I think steepest I've ridden), I decided to change my riding line from the drop-off side (impressive drop-off!) to the cliff-face side, just IN CASE I got onto marbles near the drop-off side...
Whilst changing my line I, got onto marbles, had a  slow speed fall I to a rocky ledge, and watched my leg 'bend' at a sickening angle...!
I had to self-extricate, since I had fallen though just over 90-degrees, but at a modest 20-25km's per hour, and the other riders were busy down below me...
I Could not kick the bike off, so rotated my body to enable the leg to straighten, then crawled out, then assessed the damage...
Figured I'd torn a ligament, maybe more.
Basically, it was getting dark, and there was not much alternative to get off of the mountain than to ride along the road that leads to Tiffendale, then down off the mountain. It was quite simply self-rescue.
I Never felt unsafe, but my concentration levels were from then on extremely high, since i could not afford another spill on the switchbacks.

Guys riding with me were great, but the next morning, I knew they should ride on, and I took a 4 hour b_u_ m_p_y ride out in an ambulance to Queenstown, then the following morning to East London, then flew home to CT.

Thanks all for messages of support and offers of assistance, they were MUCH appreciated!

Likely fractured Tibia head, and ACL either detached or ruptured.

Lessons learned:
I am going to invest in knee braces.
I was riding with way more experienced riders, and was possibly out of my depth, or near the 'margin'!
Will re-invest in skills course(s); am not riding frequently enough at present, and i need to remedy that.

In truth, I think I had bad luck, but reckon I can do more to be more competent generally, and especially where we were riding.

We had satellite phone, plus other emergency transponder, so never felt unsafe, just pushing 'my' envelope.
Cheers
Chris
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« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2017, 09:57:19 pm »
Sorry to hear this Chris, good wishes with the healing.

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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2017, 03:04:40 am »
Yo, glad you got out OK.
 

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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2017, 05:08:43 am »
Quick healing and thanks for the feedback.
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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2017, 05:40:54 am »
Good luck with the recovery, I hope that it is easy.

Don't be shy to use analgesics prescribed by your doctors.
Clinicians can contact the clinicians' hotline number on 0800 111 131 (for doctors only); and, in addition to 0800 029 999, the public can also contact the public hotline number on 0800 111 132. These lines all operate 24 hours a day.
 

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« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2017, 08:13:04 am »
That sucks Chris.

Seems you are sort of OK though, good luck with the healing, be patient.
 

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« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2017, 08:46:09 am »
All the best Chris - hope you have a speedy recovery.
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« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2017, 09:51:43 am »
All the best in the recovery :thumleft: Wartrail?? Have ticked it off and will not be back doing it again. :xxbah:
 

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« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2017, 11:18:27 am »
Sorry to hear Chris
hope you recover Quickly  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2017, 12:25:58 pm »


Quote from: heinzz on Today at 09:51:43 am
All the best in the recovery :thumleft: Wartrail?? Have ticked it off and will not be back doing it again. :xxbah:


yes, Wartrail, I think, to be fair, not sure quite where Wartrail ends and Lundeans Nek starts, but yes, Lundeans Nek was a lot of fun, with some sphincter-tightening moments!
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« Reply #35 on: May 02, 2017, 01:41:35 pm »
Sorry to hear, good luck with the recovery.

Lundean's nek is the pass that goes from the Wartrail Country Club north west past the police post and down to the Telle river against the Lesotho border.
If you ride east & northeast towards Tiffendale from the Country Club you go through Wartrail. At the top of Wartrail is Volunteershoek pass that takes you up to Tiffendel.

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« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2017, 01:46:41 pm »
Sorry to hear, good luck with the recovery.

Lundean's nek is the pass that goes from the Wartrail Country Club north west past the police post and down to the Telle river against the Lesotho border.
If you ride east & northeast towards Tiffendale from the Country Club you go through Wartrail. At the top of Wartrail is Volunteershoek pass that takes you up to Tiffendel.

Did that on my XRR 2 weeks ago, absolute joy riding there on that bike  :ricky:
thanks; that makes me think I may have fallen on Volunteershoek, then...
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« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2017, 01:52:30 pm »
thanks; that makes me think I may have fallen on Volunteershoek, then...
Chris

Sounds like it from your description. It is quite loose and rocky indeed and can easily catch you out no matter your level of experience.
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« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2017, 02:00:56 pm »
Damnit Chris, not good to read at all.  :-\
All the best for the recovery - heal up soon  :thumleft:

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« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2017, 02:09:13 pm »
Damnit Chris, not good to read at all.  :-\
All the best for the recovery - heal up soon  :thumleft:


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