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2004 - Strawberry Festival Ride - June 12th

The day started well enough. Nice weather in Lebanon, smooth roads to ride on and a set of legs that felt good despite missing a few days during the run up to the big event.

TStrawberry Festivalhe idea was to do the 70 mile ride as the options were the 55 mile, 70 mile or the full century 100 miler. No way I was doing a 100 and since I'd already been able to accomplish 62 miles during the Monster Cookie ride I figured that 70 miles would be a good goal. Plus, my legs felt good.

After the first rest stop we were cruising into the lunch area at Foster Lake; Sunnyside park. Apparently there are speed bumps coming into the park at regular intervals to keep the speed of approaching vehicles down to a safe velocity. I say apparently, because I never saw it. Well, I did see the speed bump but only after I had crossed over the top of the first one without my hands firmly on the handlebars (I was getting a drink).

On the way down towards the pavement my first and only thought was "I hope I don't dislocate a hip." My doctor had warned me of the possibility but as a skilled bike handler I didn't really think I would be in too much trouble; except for flat tires, big descents, cars, pedestrians, dogs or large trucks getting in my way. I figured I'd be fine. :)

On the way down towards the pavement my first and only thought was "I hope I don't dislocate a hip." My doctor had warned me of the possibility but as a skilled bike handler I didn't really think I would be in too much trouble; except for flat tires, big descents, cars, pedestrians, dogs or large trucks getting in my way. I figured I'd be fine. :)

Slamming into the pavement I listened intently for the "pop" or "break" sound that I expected to accompany a dislocating hip joint or a broken femur. Both of which didn't actually happen. Sure, I got to go to the hospital and have everything x-rayed but the screws, titanium, and bones held their position.

My left side (arm, shoulder, and hip) were scrapped up but otherwise ok. I had that funny bandage stuff on my arm for a couple of weeks and now my skin is bright pink in that area, but I think I'm alright. The weird part was jamming my right foot into my rear wheel on the way down. Not only did I severely bend the rear wheel I really "tweaked" my right leg and had to walk with a cane for several days. I've been on the bike several times during the past couple of weeks and my right leg is sore but coming back, albeit slowly.

How's the Bike?

Turns out my 20th Anniversary Torelli (signed by Antonio and Mauro Mondonico) is fine. I scrapped up the handlebar wrap and scuffed a brake hood. I also jammed the rear wheel pretty good, but it could've been much worse. Using my body as a shield definitely helped the situation.

Strawberry Festival Ride

Michael was able to get my bike ready to ride much faster than I was ready to ride myself. No ill effects overall.

My left hip; no not the Daniel Day-Lewis movie.

Strawberry Festival Ride

The right one looks exactly the same only in reverse.