Yesterday afternoon I took a 2 hr ride out into the hills of Shenandoah County near the WVA line. No problem on the way out, but I screwed up royally on the return trip. I came up on a fallen down tree over the trail and had to lift my bike up and over. No problem. There is a limb hanging down low and angling upward that I thought might be nice to get out of the way, so I broke it off. Left leg up and over the tree, now Im lifting my bike over, now right leg up and over. But as I brought my right leg over it dug into the sharp point from the limb I had busted off. I can look into my calf muscle and see fatty tissue and blood pouring out. Uh oh...Im about 40 minutes from the car in the middle of nowhere. I have a kerchief in my buttpack and I tie off the wound to keep the skin from flappin and to stop the bleeding. Nothing to do but pedal out of there. 2 1/2 hrs later at the ER I get 13 stitches and Im on crutches for a week. No riding for 2 to 3 weeks. Nuts.
Oh yeah, here are some photos I took before the incident. Early Spring in them there hills, not a lot of beauty, but one shot turned out nice considering the time of year.