So I was sitting here re-reading through the RIP thread for Dan last night when I heard a large PHOOOOMP I kinda didn't think much about it as we front on to 12th Ave. Then I heard Police, Ambulance, & Fire go by... once again didn't think much of it as it's an hourly occurrence on 12th.
Although somewhere in the back of my mind I was hoping it wasn't another bike. So I decided to head out for a walk about 11:30 as I stepped onto 12th and looked west there are 2 Fire, 1 Police, and a Ambulance... but no visible vehicles... I walked down still not seeing anything and I got to the south side of Woodland and there was a (I think it was a Nissan) Nissan and a blue Suzuki Dr something or other.
Well the Nissan looked pretty fooked from the drivers rear quarter up... all the side airbags had gone off and the driver was talking to the cops. I asked some people that were milling around if the rider was ok and all they said was the ambulance hadn't moved yet so it was up to speculation. I don't know the direction either vehicle was traveling but looked as if the car tried to turn left off of Woodland and didn't see the bike... just as I was leaving I saw a lady picking up the helmet and clothes... so I yelled across the street asking if the rider was ok... she said he was going to make it... that sure picked my spirits up
After this I walked around for an hour or so thinking of the RIP threads I have read as of late and contemplating my own life changing accident in 2003 (last surgery this Friday )... With the pending (21 days & counting ) arrival of our new baby and my past luck with accidents (3 & counting, well 3 on the road) I think I have hung up my leathers & helmet for the last time... I have ridden more then 100,000kms on these amazing roads in BC and northern Washington and I won't stop my deep rooted love of the sport of motorcycling or the sense of community it brings... but I will strive for longevity and being a part of my Childs life w/o the risk of dying on the road.
Please Ride safe and remember everything on the road (cages & trucks) are a hazard looking for a place to happen. Lets try and keep it rubber side down