There is a dog in my part of town that likes to chase me. This evening I was going for an 8-10 mile ride on my MTB. A quarter mile from home I'm doing about 20-25 mph down a hill and this dog jumps out of a cornfield to chase me. Only he jumped right out in front of me. The dog appeared out of nowhere. All I could do was hold on and crash right into him. My front wheel came to a dead stop and me and the bike flipped over the dog. I landed hard on my right shoulder and hip. After getting over the shock I stood up. I had very bad road rash on my shoulder and shoulder blade. I had a can of Halt in my right side pocket and it burst open from the impact, so my thigh and side began to burn like heck. Handlebar was bent, chain came off, and lights, bottles, etc. were all over the road.
The owner came out after hearing the commotion and asked if I was ok. She wanted to give me first aid but I went home to get cleaned up. They came over to check on me when I was in the shower.
Wife and I went to the E.R. and got x-rays. My collarbone is broken and there is a free piece broken out and floating around in there. They put a brace on me that looks like a pistol shoulder holster. It holds my shoulders back. I am home now and I'll go see my doctor tomorrow.
This sucks and now I hate dogs. I have never done anything to antagonize that mutt. In the past when he chased me I would just ignore him and keep riding. I was carrying the Halt because I got chased by another dog this morning while riding out in the country. I squirted that dog with my water bottle, but that's a tricky thing to do when you're pedaling as hard as you can to get away.
Anyway, I have to wear this thing for 3 weeks. Right now I'm pissed at people who let their dogs run loose, and I'm going to bed.