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Intro and hope to inspire other amputees

Old 10-14-19, 05:12 PM
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Intro and hope to inspire other amputees

February 18, 2018 I was 72-3/4 years old and had a massive motorcycle accident on a lonely country road. Forcible amputation of left leg, broken femur, both hands and wrists shattered, two vertebrae broken, and bleeding out via femoral artery. Through VERY fortunate circumstances, a 57 mile / 17 minute helicopter ride, and some very good trauma doctors, 8 surgeries in 9 days, and 2 months in hospital / rehab, I survived. A year later I rode a motorcycle again, but my balance has been effected and with no feeling in the bottom of my left leg, it was time to find a new method of excitement. Through Greenville South Carolina's Roger C Peace Rehabilitation Hospital and the wonderful Recreational Therapy folks, I found TRIKES.

Oh, I still have problems with my stump and I have to get put back into my Penalty Box (wheelchair) every couple of months, but at 74+ I'm doing well. Volunteering as an Amputee Peer Support person at Roger C Peace and as a volunteer to guide visitors back to the surgery recovery rooms at the main hospital.

But this post is about inspiring others who might need something to shoot for, a goal to be active again. Last Tuesday, 10/8/2019, was the last Roger C Peace's Adaptive Cycling event of the year. Disabled people come out and ride adaptive trikes and bikes mostly provided by Roger C Peace. Each adaptive cyclist is accompanied by a volunteer rider. The rides are held on Greenville SC "Swamp Rabbit Trail".

My ride was shorter than usual due to problems with my stump, but I still "HAD TO RIDE" and this time, I made and edited a video. I significantly edited the video but showed trail, its condition, and other adaptive cyclist mixing with bikes, walkers, and runners. A FUN TIME was had by all. I rode 8.2 miles in 46 minutes.

Part1 is the outbound (going north) on the trail and typically has 1% - 2% grades northbound. It is about 9 minutes long. Here is the link:

Part 2 is the inbound (going south) and better shows the adaptive cyclists and volunteer riders. It is about 5 minutes long. Here is the link:

My advice to anyone who is "moping around" is GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING! Have Fun.

My trike is a Hase Kross, camera is a GoPro Hero 7 Black mounted on the front stem with HD Velco. Editing done with GoPro Qwik to create the clips and iMovie to string them together and annotate.

Constructive Criticism is welcome.
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