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Old 06-19-07, 09:42 AM
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For some photos of her trip

https://flicrocks.blogspot.com/

looks like a good one

An update from Flic would be good to see

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25 June
Update 7
Flic continues with her improvement. Dad and I have both spoken to her on the phone a couple of times, and she's sent me a couple of text messages, though there are a couple of words in there that take a bit of translating, where predictive text got the better of her. Her speech is becoming clearer and she's talking quite a lot to Mum and Rachel about lots of different things. Her lung infection has now cleared up, and that means she's allowed out of her hospital room, which is great news. It was driving her up the wall being confined in there. I spoke to her yesterday while she was out in some sort of garden or courtyard near the hospital, by a fountain. She went to the gym today and was on the treadmill. Mum said she mentioned running, not walking, but they kept her under control.

She's still very tired, still having trouble concentrating, is feeling very frustrated at her circumstances and is very much looking forward to getting back to Australia. We're hoping that might happen as soon as the first week of July, and Omega, the evacuation firm who'll be bringing her home, will be flying a doctor and a nurse out at the end of this week to assess her and decide exactly when she comes home.

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Old 07-06-07, 07:30 AM
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Sounds like Flic is not quite 100% yet but this is excellent news:

06 July

Back in Australia

Okay, so I'm back in Melbourne! Technically, not so hard when you get sent from Australia the gnarliest doctor, Tim, and nurse, Kylie (a hot shot medical team) as accompaniment and are upgraded to Emirates first class. I was picked up from the airport in Australia by ambulance, and taken straight to hospital, where I'll be spending the next week.
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Old 07-07-07, 01:01 AM
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You guys are just the sweetest. I can't believe how supportive you've all been with your comments. I feel a bit guilty now because I've come back to Australia, so I'm not going to be finishing the trip, but I'm still in hospital, so it would have been a little bit difficult. I'm planning on travelling again, maybe with a bike.

On the plus side, I'm looking forward to taking my bike in for its free warrantee servicing -- brilliant policy, right? It will be interesting to see their faces when they ask what exactly I've been doing to get it the way it is.

Again, thank you all so much. I can't believe the kindness. xo
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Now that was good to see.

Don't feel guilty Flic.
Accidents happen.

Take it easy and I hope you make a full recovery.

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Old 07-07-07, 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Flic
You guys are just the sweetest. I can't believe how supportive you've all been with your comments. I feel a bit guilty now because I've come back to Australia, so I'm not going to be finishing the trip, but I'm still in hospital, so it would have been a little bit difficult. I'm planning on travelling again, maybe with a bike.

On the plus side, I'm looking forward to taking my bike in for its free warrantee servicing -- brilliant policy, right? It will be interesting to see their faces when they ask what exactly I've been doing to get it the way it is.

Again, thank you all so much. I can't believe the kindness. xo
URA!! Glad to hear that you are back home with the ones you love and are on the road to recovery! Good on you, Flic!
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Originally Posted by Flic
I feel a bit guilty now because I've come back to Australia, so I'm not going to be finishing the trip, but I'm still in hospital, so it would have been a little bit difficult.
Yeah, what a wuss you've turned out to be: a minor detail like almost dying and you throw in the towel...

Anyway, from what your mum posted your insurance took care of everything. Is there any way we could donate a buck or two to the aid organisation the people who scooped you up off the road are associated with?

And BTW - damn good to hear from you.
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Old 07-13-07, 04:56 AM
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everythings goin' well... I've been moved to a rehab where I can start phiso (even riding exercise bikes). The food is more edible here too.

On the downside they have told me I can't ride for while. Even worse tho they said I can't surf for 6 to 12 month... I cried....

But everything will be fine, xo.
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Good to hear you are OK and safely back home.
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Old 07-13-07, 10:22 PM
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I believe the worst thing that happened was having your dreadlocks chopped off.
don't those doctors know anything?

Take care girl and keep us up to date.

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Old 07-13-07, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Flic
again thankyou all for the advice. I'm a little anxious about buying a second hand bike because I really don't know if I'll end up buying a piece of crap (though I guess you all think the bikes I was looking at were pieces of crap anyway)... its just, I'm not this hardcore cyclist (obviously!), I find it hard to understand what can really go wrong with a bike besides it getting a puncture, its chain breaking, or its breaks failing...
Try to search for a second hand bike, go see and photo them. Then you can post here the photo, and people can tell you what they think about them.
You need to know your size. Go to a bike shop that don't know you and say that you want to buy a entry level MTB bike for about 500$. See what size they give you. Now try to find bike this size.
When you look 2nd, check for Trek, Specialized, Khs (NOT Ksm , Fuji, Kona, IronHorse...
One thing I didn't see people ask you, do you have money to spend? What is the cost of one month in Africa?. You can take about 2 month off your tour and spend the money on a really good tour bike and very good locks (hard get nicked). This way you will enjoy the trip. When you buy a bicycle you can ask the store to give you lessons of bike basic maintains.
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Old 07-13-07, 11:48 PM
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Sory Sory, didn't notice its very old tread :D

I didn't look on the date!
Now I see that its month old. Just ignore my previous post.
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Old 07-17-07, 08:30 AM
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Flic a friend of mine was in a terrible car accident. She shattered her hip and broke both femurs in addition to fracturing several vertebrae. The doctors told her there was little hope to be able to walk normally again and zero hope for riding again.

But ya know what? A little over a year later and she did a 2000km bike tour with my brother through Europe and has managed a complete recovery.

So take what the doctors say with a grain of salt, it's up to you how you recover not them.
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Old 07-23-07, 04:12 AM
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Good healage Flic, and better luck with your next tour!

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Old 07-23-07, 09:14 AM
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the whole thing is make believe!
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Flic,
A lot of us are pulling for you.
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I used to have a Diamondback mountain bike I bought for about $300 back, oh, 5-7 years ago. I just got rid of it recently because I really screwed up the gear crank because I didn't take care of it and road it to death. I know better know. But anyway, it was a pretty inexpensive bike (though rather heavy) and it worked beautifully for quite a while and could've worked for longer if I had put in the proper care. I put a LOT of mileage on that puppy, believe me, and I did a few one night tours with my parents. Thing could go anywhere and do anything and it was pretty darn comfortable, too. I highly recommend Diamondback, if they sell them in Australia.
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Flic,
A lot of us are pulling for you.
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Flic's tour...... you couldn't make it up.

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Old 07-25-07, 09:59 PM
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Hang in there Flic!

Following a sport accident last, I had a knee operation that turned out extremely bad. Looks like I won't ever get to run again. But I just got back on the bike recently. It hurts but feels great to be riding again.

Hang in there. You have more courage and more fans than you know.

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Flic there's two things you can't give the flic.

Your determination and your bike.
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What an adventure! I should be doing something else but could not stop reading.

You are an inspiration to us all.

Get well soon.
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Flic,

I am totally blown away by this entire story - as a friend of mine would say: "you can't make this s**t up!"

All the best for a swift recovery and return to 2 wheels!!
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cheers you're all bein' so kind. Not much goin' down now, still in rehab. They've started takin' me shoulder pain serious now which is brilliant, the bloke today was havin' a play with it when I was just wearin' a bikini top so he could see what was goin' down. I'm stoked. The big downer I guess is all the things they reckon I can't do for 12 months... drink, recreational drugs, surf and then longer still skateboard or play basketball. I can't get me head tattooed right now either

Now this will kill yous, I'm not meant to be ridin' a bike for a while either. So it'll havta wait I guess. I'm not sure what the policy on motorbikes is though.

Good luck with your vantures, I hope you are as lucky as I have been. xxx
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Flic, the good part is that you're still posting, after all your outcome could have been very different! The 12 months is a temporary thing. Just get better and maybe spend some time writing up your impressions of knockin about in Africa in a lot of detail.
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cheers you're all bein' so kind. Not much goin' down now, still in rehab. They've started takin' me shoulder pain serious now which is brilliant, the bloke today was havin' a play with it when I was just wearin' a bikini top so he could see what was goin' down. I'm stoked. The big downer I guess is all the things they reckon I can't do for 12 months... drink, recreational drugs, surf and then longer still skateboard or play basketball. I can't get me head tattooed right now either

Now this will kill yous, I'm not meant to be ridin' a bike for a while either. So it'll havta wait I guess. I'm not sure what the policy on motorbikes is though.

Good luck with your vantures, I hope you are as lucky as I have been. xxx
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Flic with no dreads

https://www.wanderingword.com/nucleus/rad.php?blogid=8

If she's making it up, she's bloody good at it :-)

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