Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Broken again...

... and here's the evidence -- courtesy of the BOK blog

Last night's ride was awesome overall, but our good buddy Beerorkid took a spill in a corner. Normally it probably wouldn't have been a big deal, but his collarbone was on the mend from a wipeout earlier in '06. I say was because he's now back to square one in his recovery. It's broken again. That little spill on his right side was just enough to snap the still-mending bone.

Steve, as always, took the turn of events with laughter and good humor, but in that moment we all felt the weight of his pain on our hearts. Luckily Steve got a hold of his girl and she met us at Old Cheney with amazing speed. As they pulled away, we turned our cycles Northward and rode in relative silence, stunned at the unfortunate turn of events for our friend.

2006 has been a cruel season for a lot of people. Just this past weekend, Sydney B. and Big Dave D. had a head-on in Wilderness that left both with broken bikes, not to mention the physical pain both sustained. CVO's gotten his share of calls from the grim reaper too, and Emily... that was just a heart breaker to see her go down the night before the HFF. She's on her way to being back on the bike now though. There have been others too... it's been tough all around.

JP ditched on the ride last night, citing burnout with the park. And to a certain extent, I can't blame him. We ride there a lot. A LOT. It's our local trail. The one local trail we have that's within easy riding distance. The park is incredibly awesome right now -- traction has never been better, but sometimes an increased number of options would be awfully nice.

The only thing keeping me from the same condition as JP is the traction available in the park right now. It's prodigious. You can hit corners with a precision and overall line choice flexibility that is unmatched any other time of the year. The cooler weather tightens the dirt up really nicely, and there's just enough moisture in the dirt to let the knobs grab hold. I love it!

When JP called to tell me he wasn't going to ride last night, he also told me that last night's full moon had a name -- it was the Long Night's Moon -- the closest full moon to the longest night of the year. And I have to say it was a spectacularly beautiful full moon too. It's just setting now, in fact -- at 9am Wednesday morning.

Have a super day!


3p0 said...

I havn't been in the park for nearly 2, possibly 3 weeks,

going tonight.

Beerorkid said...

he he thanks for the shout.
Actually the way I turned to take the impact on my back hurts worse than the re break. My back, hip, and leg are really sore.

It is definitely re broke, but all the fusing material is there and from what I hear this one will heal pretty quick. oh well, great time to do it.

mg said...

thanks for the update steve. i was surprised how mobile you were after you went down last night. but you must've fallen pretty hard to have the rest of your body hurting that badly. like you say though, you'll heal quickly. and it's probably the single best time of year to have it happen too. who knows how much longer we'll have good conditions???

cvo - forgot that you were pretty burnt on the park too. you'll get the vibe back. it's good out there right now. really good. the monkey will be rollin -- it's pretty smooth too, even by the park's standards.

mg said...

what time you headed out cvo?

debaser said...

I saw that headline and picture and was sure it was you Matt!

Park (and gravel) burnout was nearly a total bike burnout for me. I'm lucky i got it turned around in time. These days, I'd love to get out to the park.

Get well beerkid.

sda said...

if i use the word prodigious just twice in addition to what my gb mg posted, i'll bet this thread produces the most prodigious use of the word prodigious in the world of blogdom today.

our streets our full of ice. i gotta go back to the office now ;).

Emily said...

"Prodigious" is a GREat word.

debaser said...

Definition 1 & 3 could be aken as opposites. Especially when there's some of that there bone breaking going on.

mg said...

so true bryan... sometimes prodigious and ominous are more synonymous than antonymous.

... speaking of prodigious.

sda, you can't slip and fall when you're ass is planted at your desk. now get to work!