Going to write this up here so I can stop repeating it so many times.
I crashed…. Hard. I almost got run over by a truck and had my melon popped. This didn’t happen, but it was not a crash I was able to walk away from with just road rash. I couldn’t even walk afterwards.
So it was Friday the 4th, but really it starts on Thursday the 3rd.
I had an operational maintenance that night, starting at 11pm. The remote hands were slower than any I’ve ever worked with, and happened to cause a secondary issue that I had to spend more time fixing than the actual maintenance. I finally completed maintenance at 6:30am — 7 1/2 hours later, which was about the time the rest of my team was just getting started in Ottawa.
My team lead told me to take the day off, not that I was going to ask — I was fully 24 hours awake and I’d do no good thinking without some rest.
I rolled into bed around 7:15am, and slept until about noon. Had lunch with my wife and daughter, and was going to go roll out and do a double Arlington Loop, just so I could get some more mileage in my new saddle before the Amish Country Bike Ride on the 12th of September.
I put on my team kit since I was going out during the day and might see a lot of people and wanted to represent the team. I grabbed a full two water bottles, put 3 gels in my back pocket and set out.
I made my normal route out going towards the W&OD Trail — a route that I’ve ridden probably 500 times. I turned onto Graham Rd, then onto Terry Lane, then left onto Wallace Drive.
I’m on Wallace Drive for less than 750 feet. There’s a slight climb up from Terry Lane, then a small decent into the turn from Wallace onto Jefferson Ave. At the top of the hill, it’s possible to start lining up the right hand turn, and pretty much until the last 75 feet, you can see the entirety of the turn, except that there’s a tree not in the apex, but further down the turn.
So, I look down the street – no one’s coming. There’s a car parked after the driveway, but that won’t be an issue. The Pho powered SRX is where it normally is. Nothing else looked out of the ordinary — I did not see any moving vehicles. Pretty much I’m 30 feet from the intersection.
As line up the turn I pick my line and then realize that will put me into a but of a pothole in the road, so I adjust, and then look up.
And I see what so far has been one of the biggest surprises in my life — A big huge pick up truck is now there in the road.