2013 - Sunday, 19th May Had my first "off".
I was really enjoying the ride towards Dartmouth; starting to push myself a little harder & got the adrenalin pumping. One of the guys pulled in to the Lookout on Lockhart Gap Rd; hubby was behind me & we had intercoms, so I told him I'd keep going & they could catch up.
Shortly after, trying to negotiate a RH bend, went a little wide on "the bend with a bad camber" - so the cop told me later... and that was it, low-sided... all over red rover ! Along the bitumen for about 3m, then down the embankment with a thud.
Mark heard me go, but they must've passed by & couldn't see me from the road. He had about 15mins or so of sheer hell trying to locate me, before we were reunited; and only headed back my way because the intercom cut out of range.
I don't know how, but managed to "walk" away. All parts appeared to be still in the right place; the bike had bits everywhere in the scrub, so we didn't retrieve all of it. Thank goodness I had the right gear on. My new helmet (first and only outing); jacket, pants & gloves are a write-off. Off to hospital by ambo - they were fantastic. No immediate signs of breaks/fractures, but suggested I get more scans later in the week - just to make sure.
It's now day 4 post-crash: and really feeling the pain; swelling is starting to go down; headache is nearly unbearable; & the body is letting me know exactly what I did to it. Off to the GP for a post-crash checkup today.
Insurance assessor coming early next week... so should have a verdict sometime soon.
The Doc sent me for more scans - verdict: 2 cracked ribs on the right, and heavily bruised one on the left; both knees stuffed (technical term) with softened knee pads & possible ACL reconstruction needed; left ankle very sore & black.
Assessor: took one look and said "It's a write-off"