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Old 05-21-12, 06:29 PM   #1
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Sunday Ride and the Crash Dude

A dead body on SART. OK, maybe not dead but he looked dead and we thought he was dead. Alan says I live in world of exaggeration ha ha but this was scary! Again on the tandem we invited Herb and Alyce for a dueling tandem ride (no real duel). Aimee started with us, Alan surprised us showing up to join the group, then later joined by The Legend Greg.

Anyway we picked up some speed near the Imperial area as a rider from Santiago Cycling hopped on our wheel as we rode by. OK, not sure how he ended up on our wheel as we had a good little train of 7 riders, but he was second wheel now. I looked back and everybody was on so we just kept going. Soon after I pulled off the front for some help. Santiago Dude said, "nice pull" then took the lead. He did really nice job on his pull. We ended back up in the front again doing a nice pace but once again, I pulled off for some help. Next thing I know it's the Legend Greg at the front lifting the pace. Now I see why they call him The Legend. I couldn't recover fast enough to hop back on the line that had just shattered. So we broke up and all we could do was watch Greg pull a way.

So we regrouped and found a more fitting pace for the group and headed to the coast. Now the scary part. We had just pulled of the front allowing Team Herb & Alyce to take a pull. From the bottom of the Segerstrom underpass we saw a ride laying on the ground. So we slow ready to offer help but holy cow this dude is not moving at all! He's laid out next to his bike face down and very motionless. Oh my gosh please tell me this guy is not dead. His position was so that it made it look like his neck had been broken. The closer we got the more still the body seemed. We all stop and begin warning bike traffic. Alan and Herb run up to the guy still thinking he's dead. This guy I tell you was motionless for quite some time but luckily he finally showed some response. We tried to keep him down but he would not agree.

He got up leaving a small pool of blood on the pavement. He had a rock in his hand and I couldn't figure out why he would let go of this small rock. It was his tooth! Against his will Alyce called for emergency help as we tried to seat him (dispatcher's advice). He would not sit but I think it was more that he was out of his mind. His helmet bashed on one side and broken on the other. A large mouse under his eye and a bloody nose or lip, I couldn't tell. Dressed in a spiffy outfit and a super light bike, we figure he must have been pushing pretty good.

He wouldn't cooperate so finally I had to tell him that his eyes were pretty messed up. They were out of focus, pretty much cross eyed for a while. Once I bought up his eyes he really got worried but he started to listen a little more then allowed us to seat him. The emergency vehicles arrived very quickly then took over and somewhat rushed us off. "No problem do your thing but that is a very expensive bike so please don't lose it" I asked. He said they would transport it along with the dude.

Wow, that is scary. The unconscious dude was asking us how he crashed, was he alone etc. All we could tell him was that he was out when we found him, serious face plant I'm guessing. He couldn't remember his name, he was torn between two names and couldn't remember if he was 54 or 57 years old. Very fit looking guy but that goes to show the pavement doesn't care how old or how fit you are, be careful out there!

Just as we were leaving Garfield Cat came riding up for a quick hello. The rest of the ride was nice and safe. Alan managed to do some of the video shoot and Jed19 did some fancy posing for the camera ha ha! Herb & Alyce took the front for a large portion for the return. Hey, I was happy to sit back and enjoy the ride!







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That is the group I saw go by, you were pulling real hard when we crossed. I yelled "Beanz," as we crossed. Great video and hope that guy is ok.
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That is the group I saw go by, you were pulling real hard when we crossed. I yelled "Beanz," as we crossed. Great video and hope that guy is ok.
OH OK! I was wanting to mention the shout but with so much stuff to type I forgot. I never would have figured you cause you were with a real big group.

I'm thinking the dude will be in a serious hurt today. His knees and other cuts were cut in a way that it seems he went straight down, no sliding scrapes, not to mention the face plant.
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Where is the area where you are all talking that appears to have restrooms? I am going to ride SART on Friday.
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Did you say MOUSE?

I tell you what, you get cranking hard enough and you stop paying attention to every little detail and then something bad happens and BLAM! I'm glad you guys were there to call an ambulance for him, that's the scary part of riding alone.
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BG - the restrooms are just slightly north (well, west) of SART on the beach bike path.

You can see the little hut here: (satellite view)

http://maps.google.com/?ll=33.63298,...04128&t=h&z=19

I hope you're riding up from Long beach - PCH is a fun, fast ride to Costa Mesa, not sure about the return trip since I've never actually done it. Ride on the street, not the beach bike path. (unless you want to go really slow and dodge roller bladers)
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Trojan got it right.

heading to the coast on SART, you will cross under PCH, horse shoe to the right, then a left toward HuntingBeach. You'll run right into the spot 100 yards down the way.




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My plan was to park at Jax HB and ride over to start of SART...with goal of test riding the hill on the metric with a route of about 44 miles. Is there parking near that restroom spot?
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Parking right at the restroom area. I believe "paid" beach parking in those lots.

I am not sure caue I haven't parked at the beach in years but the street right before you get to this area is Brookhurst. There was free parking along the roadside there (years ago, not sure anymore). There is also a part of the trail that takes you straight over to SART without hitting the restroom area.

click on TH's link, then pan up and slightly left, you can see the trail. There may also be small shopping centers on Brookhurst where you can park.
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Jax sponsors my cycling group so probably will just park there and ride over after all. But knowing alternatives is good
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Some pics from Alan's camera. The first one , this is how I get the shot behind me while riding trick.



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It was fortunate that you guys came along and got some help for the crashed rider. That first hour after a traumatic injury is so very important.

Good things will be coming your way Mr. Beanz.
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It was fortunate that you guys came along and got some help for the crashed rider. That first hour after a traumatic injury is so very important.

Good things will be coming your way Mr. Beanz.
Thanks! Yup, I was worried about the guy swelling on the brain or sumthin worse. I just hope he let them take him in cause he was jacked!
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I've helped pick up a face-planted rider before. Not pretty.

He was all out of it and saying "I'm ok, I'm ok" when quite clearly he wasn't. We sat him down, kept him still and called for help. Basically we refused to leave and kept telling him he was dazed etc and had been in a bad accident.

He made a great recovery and invited us (I was riding with a friend) to dinner to say thank you. Haven't seen him riding since...
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He made a great recovery and invited us (I was riding with a friend) to dinner to say thank you. Haven't seen him riding since...
If we here from this guy, it will be a while before we go to dinner, he lost his tooth.
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