House moving, head injury, week in police rehab centre...it all mounts up. So here's a little post to no one in particular, as all my regular passing visitors have probably all found jobs by now....
Re-posted from social media elsewhere. Its a lazy way to get back to blogging but just like a sunken ship full of jihadist terrorists....it's a start.
destiny, as bikers, is not always in our own hands, we all know that.
The statistics alone are bad enough to make us realise this.
In my last
week of work I was at a fatal crash of a biker. No other vehicle
involved. Massive impact into a lamp post,
at high speed, on an urban 40 mph restricted road. The poor lad was not
`unlucky` (no inference re the above video is intended) , unless you include
the lamp post in his way after he lost control, which caused his body to
go from 70 to zero in a second. Had he missed the lamp post, he would
have piled into bushes and trees, the former which may have slowed him
or the latter which may still have killed him. The luck he needed was
after he lost the bike.
I put his severed left leg into the body bag
with the rest of him, once the investigators allowed it. Limbs are
really heavy, legs especially. I can still remember the surprise I got
when I lifted it off the road. It was still clad in leather from mid
thigh down, and wearing a boot. It was severed just below the groin.
The blood and gristle didn't make me feel sick, it was the tragic waste
of a life and my thoughts of his family that did that. This memory
lingers on because I used to occasionally ride with a group that
included his Dad. I rode out with him the following week. Dad said it
was a cathartic experience for him. I never told him I was at the crash
as I couldn't see the point. He didn't know what I used to do.
I am a `libertarian` at heart. I don't like
excessive law. I don't like to preach or judge in cases like this either
so I'm taking care just to speak for myself. These crashes, these
deaths of strangers, still get to me. That brave, dignified mother's
words got to me, as did the words I've heard from other parents whose
tragedies I had to share but the tiniest part of, for the death is just
the beginning for them. After 45 years in the saddle I still try and do
what ever I reasonably can, as a biker, to try not to add to the odds
already stacked against me. I hope that what I do actually swings the
stats in my favour. Even a few percentage points might help as you never
know which ones you'll need. I just don't want to waste whats left in
my lucky bag of life. I wish peace for his family and his friends and to
all my unknown riding pals out there.