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Oops … that wasn’t supposed to happen

Posted by joeabbott on June 11, 2017

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So I’ve been trying to get into hiking shape for the season with the goal of hiking a ~70 mile trip later this fall. Other than the distance and a bit of up and down, it’s not a challenging outing; we plan on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Steven’s Pass … Section K, in the parlance of section-hikers. To get ready, I’m doing weekend outings, a smattering of this and that. Last weekend it was Mt. Si, this weekend I biked about 25 miles uphill from Rattlesnake Ledge to Snoqualmie Pass. I came back, but that was downhill and a lot easier.

However, there was an oopsie that makes it hard to feel confident and proud of my abilities.

I was about 10 minutes out of the parking lot and came up behind a couple of hikers. As we were both on the right and wanting to pass, I made a quick juke to the left side … at exactly the same time there was a big dip in the trail! And so my tire hit the far side of the dip and I hit the trail. It was a glorious mess: my face, arm, and shoulder hit the gravel trail, I crumpled over the handle bars, and everything came to an abrupt stop.

Ouch.

Here are a few of the souvenirs I came away with:

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I took a knock to the ribs that I’m going to keep an eye on but it’s not too bad right now. Suzy took a look and asked if I’d managed to get all the dirt out of my wounds … I’m not sure. But, it’s a bit tender now to dig into it … I’ll save that treat for before I go to bed.

I’m not terribly disappointed … but maybe a little. And certainly not interested in doing it again. So what am I going to do? Well, get back on the bike, improve my biking skills, and avoid face-smashing the trail again. Fortunately, I was wearing a helmet that took most of the damage. Tomorrow I’ll give the bike and my gear a good look over. Tonight? Well, I’ll give everything a rest and get to bed early.

Sorry for being away for so long and thanks for looking in.

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2 Responses to “Oops … that wasn’t supposed to happen”

  1. ouch!

  2. Neil and Dana said

    ditto on the ouch thing

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