Halfway to work (5 mi.) this morning when I suddenly found myself down and sliding on the greasy road surface. Damn leaky truck, trailer, whatever! No traffic near me.
Minor damage to the bike (scraped pedal end, brake lever, one spot on the handlebar and on the seat cushion/cover) and to me (contusion to calf with small bleeding gash on shin, very small road rash on knee and open bloody wound on elbow from impact with pavement). Coulda been much worse. Usually carry first aid stuff, bandana, paper towels, etc. but today had only a semi-clean rag from my emerg. tool kit to stop the bleeding. Wife was kind enough to pick me up and then take me to the urgent care place after a proper clean-up and inspection. Thought maybe sutures needed for elbow but they just steri-stripped it. The urgent care place was cheaper and faster than my ED would have been - the care was appropriate, but..................an urgent care place is no substitute for an ED if you are really banged up or have a serious problem.
Lesson learned: Expect for something like this to happen and be sure to have stuff on hand to deal with first aid emergencies.
Two folks stopped to check on me and ask if I needed a ride - they both identified themselves as employees of the healthcare system that I work for! Wife was already on the way.
Sorry, no pics.