Started good, Hung with the fast group. water bottle popped out crossing railroad tracks.. then caught an intersection and the wrong time, too many cars... fast group gone
Riding up the next hill, front tire sagging, ok, I will stop and change it.. naa, wait until I cross the highway. So I cross, and start working on it (found 3 thorns) Thinking, the other group should be along any minute...
ambulance goes by...
CHP comes to me "you see an accident?" I say no, but an ambulance just went that way" he sped off.
Caught up with the group later after their stop, the second group never caught up to me. I do not know why I didnt suspect anything.
So, the news I got later from a rider in the second group
2 riders, a little head of the other group.. climbing the short hill where I was going to change my flat. Driver of a pickup, no oncoming traffic.. first she sideswipes one of the two riders, (he is ok)then 50 feet ahead of him, she hits (rear endsw) the other rider, send him flying into the ditch. (she said she was going about 35mph) He was blacked out for a few. chest hurt, really bad scrapes on back when the paramedics cut off his jersey. He was taken to the hospital.
After I found this out, I had 10 miles of heavy traffic roads to ride to get home. Scared to death the whole way.
Waiting to find out his status......1st time anyone I have rode with was hit by a car