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Published: October 7th 2005
The cause of our injuries - this was on the road shoulder when we hit it, somebody has since moved it onto the gravel to prevent further incidents.
Hello everybody, first of all thanks for all your comments and e-mails wishing us a speedy recovery, they have been very much appreciated. We are getting better by the day; whoever stole my marbles has returned them pretty much as they were, the only changes are that I have a much clearer head (none of the old junk in there at the moment) and I have a tendency to hiccup now - hopefully that one will clear up! Vernon is still in pain from his cracked ribs, but it has improved to a dull ache unless he forgets and tries to lift anything.
We hired a car today so we can get the bikes to Carol's place in Long Beach, where they will stay until we fly to New Zealand. We decided to go and find the crash site, so headed north out of Bishop back up highway 6, 14 miles out of town we found the tyre that caused it all. That's my size 8 (size 10 US) shoe in front of the tyre to give you all an idea of scale (I put the shoe there for the photo, it wasn't thrown out of a pannier in the
The Accident Site
Very little traffic during the day, and even less at night.
accident). We also found a few bits of head torch and a press stud tab off my bar bag, so that pretty much confirms that we were in the right place.
We were both gutted to find out how near to Bishop the accident happened, we had done 102 miles and only had 14 to go
A big thank you to Bishop
We have been in Bishop for two weeks, mainly because my head injury was making travel very difficult and we both think that there are much worse places to recuperate.
First of all a massive thank you to everybody at Northern Inyo Hospital, where we were patched up and cared for after the accident.
Then there is Dwayne's Friendly Pharmacy, a company which we wish we had shares in. Dwayne's has sold us pain killers, Micropore and 2nd Skin and given us advice, the staff are definitely friendly. We failed to get a photo of the shop, but they're on West Line Street if you ever should need them.
We stayed at the very comfortable Thunderbird Motel and ate at most places in town, however I can't comment on the beer availability or quality because I've been banned from drinking for the past two weeks (AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHH).
The staff at Aerohead Cycles gave us a load of advice, best of which was using 2nd Skin Moist Burn Pads (TM) to cover road rash, boy did that help!
Bishop has a soccer league for kids, so we got to watch "proper" football most nights and they learnt that the person between the posts is called "Goalie" NOT "Keeper".
We have also made great use of the library, the internet is free in libraries in the USA, so we spent a large part of most days in there, checking and sending e-mails and updating the blog.
Everybody we met in Bishop was very friendly and we regularly got asked how our recovery was going, sometimes by people we hadn't spoken to before which was a bit "celebrity".
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