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(Warning: Morbid) Cycling in Thailand Part II

Old 03-29-08, 07:48 AM
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(Warning: Morbid) Cycling in Thailand Part II

The full story.
(It's a Myspace blog, sorry.)

The rundown (no pun intended):

-Hit from behind by a dump truck on a sunny clear day with little traffic.
-The driver had probably been drinking and fled the scene.
-The impact ripped the bumper off the truck, leaving the license plate at the scene.
-Didn't lose consciousness. Didn't hit my head.
-I've got a compression fracture in my spine and lots of fun road rash.
-A week flat on my back in the hospital and several months in a back brace will see me mostly back to normal. (maybe)
-The driver was questioned by police but has not yet been arrested.
-I may get $500 for the bike if I can find receipts for the frame.
-They told me that the only time I cried was when I started talking about my bike.
-I am very lucky


My new bike.
05 January 2008:



22 March 2008:





Thanks to Gene Spicer. The wheel he built for me helped cushion the blow.





The offender:



The path he took to hit me. He bumped against a parked truck (1) and rebounded to hit me. The circle (2) marks the skid mark my rear wheel made when it got hit. I have no idea how fast he was going but there is no evidence of skid marks from the truck.



Me


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Old 03-29-08, 07:54 AM
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Dude, thats insane!! Hope you feel better man. You got pretty lucky!! Man, these ATL folks, you can't keep em' down!!!
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Old 03-29-08, 07:56 AM
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I'm just glad to hear you're alive.
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i don't know you (irl), but after an assult like that i'm glad to know you're alive, and can only hope you're not in any pain (or at least have adequate meds to help with it).
what do you think the likelyhood is of the driver being convicted of criminal charges? I don't know anything about the law there, but wish you the best of luck with that and (most importantly) your recovery.

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Damn, that's nasty. Bummer about the bike, it was hot. Glad you're ok.
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Im glad to hear your alive and recovering, that compound fracture wont be to bad as long as you stay slim, I had an accident that involved a very similiar injury but I was a tad bit over weight at the time and it made everything worse! after about a year of the pain not going anywhere I slowly lost weight and the pain all but disappeared so stay safe and stay slim and you should be fine
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Not good. Hope your rehab goes well. I've been there.
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Thats terrible.
Hope you feel better soon.
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Glad you survived.
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Holy ****. Getting f'd up in a foreign country's gotta be scary. Take care of yourself.
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Sorry to heat about this, heal up.

Stay out of turd world countries!
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that sounds like a really good thing that the bumper came off if he fled
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hope you feel better....
whats sad is that its your new bike =[
maybe use break after this incident?

my plan is to put on front break after i get into an accident
but i have not yet get one =] luckily....
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Don't know much about the law here. I do know that the guy is still out for now. The owner of the school is helping me out with the law stuff.

There is definitely plenty of pain. It took the hospital a few days to get me drugs to adequately take care of it, but it's much better now. I didn't sleep for the first two days. Now I'm fine unless I decide to something stupid like move.

I got out today and I'm laid up in a hotel for a while. Only difference from the hospital is that the food is better here and there are english channels on the TV. I'm skipping work for another week and then I'm lucky enough to have a two week holiday. I mentioned to the nurse that I was planning on going back to work this week. She looked at me like I was crazy and told me I wouldn't be able to teach for at least a month. This was all before I tried to stand up for the first time. I understand what she meant now.

Not a fan of the "turd world" reference, but getting injured in a place where you're an outsider and don't know the language is scarry as hell. I can imagine it's the same for any immigrants in the US. Though in the end their bill would probably be 10x what mine is.

6 days in the hospital, x-rays, MRI, drugs, ambulance: 55,000 Baht = $1,700 (covered by insurance)
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Originally Posted by RaeFixie View Post
my plan is to put on front break after i get into an accident
but i have not yet get one =] luckily....

you're an idiot.

tim, sorry to hear about your crash. your bike was so pretty.
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Originally Posted by RaeFixie View Post
hope you feel better....
whats sad is that its your new bike =[
maybe use break after this incident?

my plan is to put on front break after i get into an accident
but i have not yet get one =] luckily....
Thanks for the sentiment, but brakes don't help so much when you get hit from behind.
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break both his arms and legs, then fly back home.
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Originally Posted by Oh No View Post
you're an idiot.

tim, sorry to hear about your crash. your bike was so pretty.
i don't get why you hate me so much
it scared the jesus out of me

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Thanks for the sentiment, but brakes don't help so much when you get hit from behind.
oh yeah, sorry
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Originally Posted by Oh No View Post
you're an idiot.

tim, sorry to hear about your crash. your bike was so pretty.
Yeah, he wants to put on a break.
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did you get the bike from fyxomatosis? i think i recognize the photo.

heal up soon mate
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Yeah, he wants to put on a break.
He said he's gonna put on a brake after he gets into an accident. ONLY AFTER HE GETS INTO AN ACCIDENT. Jesus christ what is with you and missing points.
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Amazing in that this ordeal was documented as it was & that you got to make that call.

TimArchy - I hope you get good, fast. I think you're very lucky in that you never went under carriage and in the area that the fractures were. If that ***h*le was bouncing off of parked cars, I'm sure he didn't immediately notice what he had done. Scary as all hell when I think this can happen ANYWHERE, ANYTIME to ANY of us - and it does.

Godspeed to getting back on top of things again.

Just a sugg. You could take one of your seat stays and drive it deep into this guy's back one day if life doesn't serve him justly by then.

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he's an idiot for already planning to only put one on after he gets hit
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Originally Posted by zelah View Post
he's an idiot for already planning to only put one on after he gets hit
i thought it was better than no brakes at all my whole life on my fixie (on my road of course i got brakes)
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