I had a long ride from White Bird, ID down to Cascade, ID. The air quality and visibility was poor due to the forest fires which was a bummer because the scenery was breathtaking. When I arrived in Cascade, I convinced Cody to take me up on top of a mountain called Eagle Nest which looks out over Lake Cascade. From Eagle Nest it’s about a 12 mile ride back down to the parking lot on single track. Cody took some drone footage of me as I was flying down the mountainside and then took off to meet me down at the lot. I was about six miles in, ripping down a steep, sandy decent, when something hooked my front rim. I heard a loud pop as I went flying over my handlebars.
I clip in so the force drove me directly into the ground. The pop I heard was my front rim snapping in half. That was followed by another loud pop as my body slammed into the ground. I laid there for a second, stunned by the force of the fall. Finally, I got up. My sunglasses and helmet were broken. I went to lift my bike up and had a shooting pain in my right shoulder. I realized I couldn’t raise my right arm. At this point, I began walking my bike down the mountain. I was about 5 or 6 miles out from the lot and had very little cell phone reception. I got a couple miles in and was able to make contact with Cody. He ran up the mountain and helped me haul my bike down the last couple miles.
Once we got down we went to the Emergency Room in Cascade, ID and my fears were confirmed. I had completely shattered my right clavicle. The injury would require surgery, so that evening we began driving back home to Spearfish, SD.
I ended up having surgery on September 11th. They put a 10″ titanium plate and 10 screws in my clavicle. I was in a sling for 8 weeks, and I just had my first physical therapy appointment on November 20th, 2017. I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike, hopefully in another month or two.
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