Now that I am able to use a keyboard I wanted to share what happened to me as a warning to those who don't ware helmets and to share my accident story that everbody (except me) finds really funny.
Two weeks ago tomorrow I was completing my bike ride when I saw movement in the grass on the edge of the road. Before I go I could react this grey flash came out the weeds before my mind could even register "oh crap a squirrel" I went over the handlebars on the concrete. A truck was approaching with two young men who jumped out to assist me. I was sitting there dazed when they approached and asked me if I was OK? The asked if I had hit a pot hole and as I started to mention a squirrel we all turned to look at my bike and there it was; the squirrel had ran into my spokes then traveled up and was lodged between the fork and the brakes. The one guy just kept saying I never seen anything like this in my life. The gave me a ride back to my truck and then asked if I would like them to remove the squirrel? I called my wife on my cell phone for help and watched as they performed a squirrelectomy on my bike. My only regret in my fuzzy headiness is that I did not take a picture of the squirrel (truly worth more than a thousand words).
My wife took me to the emergency room where the xrays showed a 3rd degree seperation of my collarbone and I also had a concussion. For any of you guys who think they don't need to ware a helmet I can tell you this had I not been wearing one I would have had a serious head injury or worse.
Oh yea one more thing I think over the past two weeks I have heard every version of every squirrel joke known to man kind. The people in the emergency room waiting room even sent home a picture of a squirrel with my wife to give me.
BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID OF THE SQUIRREL!