Biker Loses a Leg

Upon returning home from a ride today, I heard my cell phone beeping as I dismounted the motorcycle. I pulled it out, and retrieved the voi...

Upon returning home from a ride today, I heard my cell phone beeping as I dismounted the motorcycle. I pulled it out, and retrieved the voice mail.

It was from a guy I had ridden with four or five times over the past year, Bernie. He was in the hospital, after having been t-boned by a Jeep Cherokee in Orange County, CA. It happened a week ago.

Then he told me they had to amputate his lower-right leg. I didn't know what to say. I can't imagine what it might be like to lose a leg. I asked him how the accident happened, he didn't exactly remember all the details. He only said that he saw a lot of blood on the street, and that the pain was excrutiating. The sight of so much blood spilling out sent him into a panic. He described a good samaritan who came over, removed his own belt, and used it as a tourniquet.

He said he'll be getting a prosthetic leg and that it would take some time to get used to riding a motorcycle with it. I felt kinda relieved to hear that, knowing that he wasn't going to give up.

It wasn't long ago, maybe a couple of months, that a couple riding an Electra Glide went down on a ride that I was leading. We were heading along Hwy 243 towards Idyllwild. We rounded a sharp curve. I went through first, followed by a buddy of mine, and then this couple. Somehow they wiped out. None of us really knew for sure what happened, but from what I've been told, they've since decided to give up riding.

I can't speak for others on deciding to quit riding, but I know for Bernie, riding is what he lived for. I'm hoping he'll back riding soon.

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