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Tank broke his leg...

Posted By: Twisties

Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 10:40 PM

... and is probably in surgery right now. Don't know if he'll "tank" me or kill me for telling... but I was struck, last night by his front door when we brought his gear in... tried to get a photo but my phone cam wasn't up to the task... His front door is covered in UNRally stickers, Gleno, Rodger and Paul tributes, and other BMWST memorabilia. His bikes are about the same, but I see them more often.

It happened yesterday, riding on the dirt with Gar (the friend in gottago & friend). Sharon and I rode out with them, us on the DR's and Bill (Tank) on Tweety, his yellow F 650 GS (single). With Bill, our leader, we headed out on the S. Fork of the Smith R. (Del Norte Co Rd 427), a wonderful paved route. Then veered off on another amazing paved road (Six Rivers NF Primary Rte 15)... to nowhere. Built as a highway, with pullouts and overlooks... 15 dead ends at a wilderness boundary and trail head. We lounged around a bit, in the smokey haze of the wildfires twenty miles away, and munched delicious raspberries in the glory of the forest. We talked about what the views would be like if the air were clear, and planned to come back in the spring. I teased Bill about holding out on us, not having brought us this way before.

Bill and Gar decided to ride up to Red Mountain Lookout on the dirt, and Sharon and I headed towards a late lunch and home. We waved off at the Red Mtn Rd junction. Complaints about the heat changed to concerns of the chill as we approached the coast. The fog was in and temps hovered around 50 F. Sharon and I stopped in Brookings for a bowl of wonton soup before heading home. I left my phone in the side case, regrettably. As we walked in at home the phone rang. It was Gar. Come, now, Hiouchi. Um, ok we'll be out the door in 5. No, that's too long, now. Bring the truck and gear for one of you to ride Tweety.

Sharon still had her gear on, so that was that. We rolled. We found them at Hiouchi. Bill had ridden 40 miles with a broken leg, toes pointing the wrong way, and could go no more. He never even got off the bike. We found him still astride. We got him in the truck bed somehow, and to the hospital in Crescent City, Sharon and Gar followed behind on the two bikes.

They got him some stabilized and on the ambulance to Medford, the fog preventing air transport.

Nancy and Gar have run up to be there when he gets out of surgery this afternoon. We'll probably be able to run up tomorrow. Right now we think he should be able to come home tomorrow.
Posted By: Bullett

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 10:48 PM



These are our bikes at the end of the highway yesterday afternoon.
Posted By: PhillyFlash

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 10:57 PM

Oh, bummer. Hope you have a speedy recovery, Bill.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 10:57 PM

Ugh! No Bueno.

Let us know what he needs and what we can all collectively do to help.

Love that guy so much!!!!!
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 10:59 PM

Well, drat! Dual-sporting gets another one. I hope Tank gets fixed up and heals up quickly!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:01 PM

"Cycles is a mean toy lady"

Sorry to hear Tank, heal quickly! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:04 PM

Ahhh crap.....I hate to think of Bill doing anything but smiling and being friendly. Hope he has a speedy recovery
Posted By: russell_bynum

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:05 PM

Damn!

Hopefully surgery goes well.
Posted By: BeniciaRT_GT-GT

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:08 PM

Heal quickly and well Tank! All our JuJu headed your way!
Posted By: Timmer

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:11 PM

Sorry to hear that. Hope you heal quickly Tank!
Posted By: mrduck

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:18 PM

"Bill had ridden 40 miles with a broken leg, toes pointing the wrong way, and could go no more."


Wow, you sir are one tough dude!

Heal well my friend


Don J wave
Posted By: Les is more

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:25 PM

Heal well and quickly, my friend. Sending tons of love!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/05/13 11:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Bill_Walker
Well, drat! Dual-sporting gets another one. I hope Tank gets fixed up and heals up quickly!


+1
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 12:03 AM


Ouch, tough news to hear. Hope everything goes well. That man has a special place in our hearts:



We're still dropping in to visit in October, though.

Mike & Linda Cassidy
Posted By: Groanup

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 12:04 AM

40 miles with a broken leg?! eek
That's true Grit!
Heal quickly and well Bill. We'll be looking forward to seeing you back on the road soon!
Posted By: eddd

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 01:22 AM

Welcome to the broken leg club Bill! tongue

Hoping for a speedy recovery.

But I got to say the 40 miles was no big deal.

I once did 42 with a stubbed toe. lurk
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 01:46 AM

Sorry to hear this. Heal fast Bill. Sorry I missed you while riding thru oregon .
Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 02:00 AM

Tank,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Posted By: bayoubengal

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 02:10 AM

Sorry to hear. Heal quickly. Great he had wingmen like you guys...
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 02:52 AM

My heart goes out to you Tank. Enjoy the pain candy and get well real soon. Let me know if I can help out; I'm just down the road.

Barry
Posted By: texasaggie97

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 03:11 AM

Sorry hear the bad news but I wish you a speedy recovery.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 03:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Twisties
... and is probably in surgery right now. Don't know if he'll "tank" me or kill me for telling... but I was struck, last night by his front door when we brought his gear in... tried to get a photo but my phone cam wasn't up to the task... His front door is covered in UNRally stickers, Gleno, Rodger and Paul tributes, and other BMWST memorabilia. His bikes are about the same, but I see them more often.


Thank you for sharing and please keep us up to date on Bill's progress. Tank indeed is a BMWST enthusiast and a special member of this board. I hope everyone has the opportunity and pleasure, as have I, to meet and ride with him one day.

Hoping and praying it is an uncomplicated break and that he will be back ridding real soon.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 03:48 AM

Best wishes Tank!!!!
Posted By: Twisties

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 04:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Endobobdds
Originally Posted By: Twisties
... and is probably in surgery right now. Don't know if he'll "tank" me or kill me for telling... but I was struck, last night by his front door when we brought his gear in... tried to get a photo but my phone cam wasn't up to the task... His front door is covered in UNRally stickers, Gleno, Rodger and Paul tributes, and other BMWST memorabilia. His bikes are about the same, but I see them more often.


Thank you for sharing and please keep us up to date on Bill's progress. Tank indeed is a BMWST enthusiast and a special member of this board. I hope everyone has the opportunity and pleasure, as have I, to meet and ride with him one day.

Hoping and praying it is an uncomplicated break and that he will be back ridding real soon.




He was back in his room and hungry at about 8:10 pm, after a very late afternoon surgery. No word from the MD yet in so far as I have heard. We'll be heading up first thing in the morning. Not sure I can post here easily from the road, but I'll try to put any significant news on the BMWST on Facebook thread.
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 05:22 AM

frown so sorry to hear this. And I really hope Bill is getting good care at the hospital and hope his leg will recover quickly!

That guy is made of steel, I couldn't have taken one single step when I broke my leg, can't fathom how anyone could ride 40miles like that. I'll just call him Superman from now on.

Mikko
Posted By: SWB

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 11:16 AM

Best wishes. Broke my leg and ankle in 2007 - sounds very similar. Two surgeries and six months of recovery, about 9 months before the leg was pain free, and a year until I rode my RT again. He's going to need to keep his leg elevated for about 2 months, unfortunately. The swelling and resultant pain was the biggest hassle.

It's going to be a very annoying injury to recover from. I had to walk up our stairs in the house on my rear end daily, because the leg just ballooned when I tried to walk on it. I worked from my recliner at home. He'll need to be patient with this.

Oh, and yeah, going through airport terminals will be a LOT more exciting from now on, if he has the same hardware in his leg when he's done as I do.

God Bless and good luck.

Scott
Posted By: Sonor

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 11:49 AM

Don't know Tank but I wish him and all of his friends well. I too did the break thing but kept it to my ankle. Like the previous post says, lots of recovery and pain. Just make sure he does physical therapy - the operation set things in place, but PT retrains the muscles and tendons. It is much needed for full movement and many Ortho docs think it is optional.
Posted By: hopz

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 12:37 PM

Tank, so sorry to hear the news.
Wishing you well for easy and fast recover but don't push it.

Lucky to have good friends around to help.
Posted By: Gregori

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 12:51 PM

Ouch!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Tank...
From someone who's been through significant leg injury (severed tendons in my case) I can tell you to heed the previous advice to (a) don't push it, and (b) absolutely stick with the PT.

G
Posted By: tallman

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 01:16 PM

Bill,

Sorry to hear this.
Hope for a speedy and complete recovery so you can continue spreading joy and happiness via your beautiful smile.

FWIW, my ankle is broken in a couple of places.
Happened in the cast after 1st surgery back 30+ years ago.
dopeslap
Only done about 300,000 miles since then, with it broken, so don't sweat it, you'll be fine.
Beth and I will send positive energy and await better news.
Best wishes.
Posted By: hopz

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 01:23 PM

"They" say motorcycling in a dangerous hobby... shoot, I broke my leg while enjoying the peaceful sport of fly fishing...

Make the most of it... it will get better from here, but wait.. seems I recall Jan and Sharon were near me when my accident happened. Coincidence...? Who knows.
Posted By: Traveler1

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 01:48 PM

Bill
Hope you have a speedy recovery. Best wishes
Posted By: SageRider

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 02:03 PM

D@MN. Healing quickly and well, Bill.
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 02:11 PM

Sorry to hear about this. Jan, please keep us informed, and give Bill a pat on the head for me.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 02:14 PM

What awful news Tank. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hope to see you back at Joe's come April.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 02:16 PM

Tank ... heal, heal, heal! Hope all goes better from this point forward.

Thanks, Jan.
Posted By: Chris K

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 06:07 PM

Bill - I hope the doctors put you back together OK, I'm sure they had access to the manual at least online. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Posted By: drswift

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 08:19 PM

Jan: Thanks for the heads up.

Bill: Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Posted By: Albert

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/06/13 08:30 PM

Get well soon Tank. thumbsup
Posted By: JohnH VA

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 12:12 AM

OUCH. Take care!
Posted By: norah

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 12:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Groanup
40 miles with a broken leg?! eek
That's true Grit!
Heal quickly and well Bill. We'll be looking forward to seeing you back on the road soon!


++1! You take care and sending you some healing zen, Tank!!
Posted By: steve404

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 03:23 AM

Sorry for your pain Tank; hope you mend fast. If you'd asked, I would have told you from experiance it's not good to break your leg mororcycling. Additional advice is: Don't let them drill a hole through your ankle, push in a pin and hang 5 kilo weights off of it.
Posted By: Tank

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 03:46 AM

Thanks everyone for the good vibes sent my way... As many of you know BMWST is a large part of my life. The doctoer seems to think that the rods and pins should do the job and I'll be as good as new soon. Of course now that the surgery is done they have decided that the phrmacudical playground is over so my head is clearing also' I'm on the hospital PC with Nancy and Gar looking out the fifth floor window at wildfire smoke and evening lights over Medford Oregon
Tomarrow the Doc will release me to the world and recovery, More news as the healing progresses
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 04:10 AM

Tank, It is great to see you're feeling well enough to post an update. Great friends like Gar, Nancy, Jan and Sharon are priceless commodities when times get tough! Glad they are there to keep an eye on you. I know it will be tough to follow the doctor's orders but give it your best shot anyway. Keep us posted on your progress and heal real fast!
Posted By: EffBee

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 06:02 AM

Glad to hear you're on your way back and (if only temporarily) herbal free. Get well big guy. This place loves ya.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 09:00 AM

Well, See what what happens when I don't check the posts everyday and work too much! Heal well and soon! We are with ya!
Posted By: WURTY

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 01:44 PM

a couple of weeks of pain pills and Oprah Winfrey and you'll be back in the saddle.
hang in there Tank.
Posted By: Ron_B

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 04:31 PM

Ouch frown

Heal well my friend!
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 05:16 PM

Good to hear Bill!! Love ya!!
Posted By: Scarecrow

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 08:01 PM

So sorry to hear. Tank was one of the first people I met at a Tech Daze when I first joined BMWST.

I wish you a very quick recovery and Best of Everything
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 08:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Tank
Tomarrow the Doc will release me to the world and recovery, More news as the healing progresses


Great news - glad to see your post and hoping each update will be how quickly you are recovering! thumbsup
Posted By: eddd

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/07/13 10:19 PM

Good news and remember physical therapy is the key to a good recovery.
Posted By: j.king

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/08/13 02:24 AM

Originally Posted By: Tank

Tomarrow the Doc will release me to the world and recovery, More news as the healing progresses


Is helping someone move (carrying boxes and appliances and furniture and the like) on your list for recovery? :-)

My guess is it isn't but had to check. I can still make room for the Duck in my garage and ride it a bit to make sure it doesn't get rusty or dried up - I would even pick it up if you can't bring it down....

Gute Besserung!!!

cheers
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/08/13 02:34 AM

Sending you heal fast and well wishes.
Posted By: Twisties

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/08/13 04:06 AM

He is bedded down and Nancy and Gar's place. The nurses didn't want to let him go, he had them laughing so hard, but in the end he escaped. He's getting around really well and seems comfortable. He gets to sleep out with the bikes, so his dreams should be good!
Posted By: Twisties

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/08/13 04:26 AM

I think Bill needs one of those little subtitles under his name, where it says "member" right now... Sylva Menard (Berkley, UnRally VI Co-organizer) said something regarding this that has stuck in my mind and seems fitting, "Grit f'real" Has ring to it...
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/08/13 04:48 AM

So Tank.... Is it too soon to ask, "Are there any photos?"
Posted By: Richard_D

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/10/13 04:20 AM

There's a video if you dare to watch ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnLS3soHnMI#at=97
Posted By: Dennis Andress

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/10/13 04:54 AM

40 miles with a broken leg? Is that like: Hold my beer and watch this?

Wish I'd been there to help. Like Ed said, physical therapy is the key.
Posted By: Laney

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/10/13 05:03 AM

Tank, Big Hugs to you and all my best wishes for a quick recovery. Take care of yourself - knowing you, you'll be back on feet (and your bike) in record time.

I'm glad you're in good hands up there - good thinking to talk all those good people to moving to Brookings! clap
Posted By: Joel

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/10/13 05:08 AM

Sit!

Stay!

Heal!

Best wishes, Bill. wave
Posted By: Bud

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/10/13 07:37 PM

Late to this party.

Glad to hear you were released.

Nothing but good wishes for a quick and complete healing.

Good JuJu from a long way away.
Posted By: Tank

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/11/13 10:38 PM

I wish I could say that without photos it didn't happen..... Gary's first thought when we made it out of the mountains was..... Bill , can you make it back for a few photos? Cracked me up, At least we know whats important.
Many have asked what happened... Well Joe asked and most other just wondered.
Steep downhill (for me) loose cree on broken rock jeep trail... front end washed out twice, caught the first one lost the second.
In thinking and reliving the day in my mind, with my riding experience on that type road, I wish I had had the forethought to stop at the top and choose a line that could have changed everything. I believe my problems began with my finding myself on the lower side of the road, had I stopped and than stayed to the top of the road... it would have turned out differently (I think).
I do know that riding solo in the hills is something I shall not do in the future as I used to. I would not have gotten out without Garys help in righting the bike and than stabilizing the bike as I got on to ride out.

Thanks again everyone for the thoughts, big + for all staff of ambulances and hospitals.
Posted By: ESokoloff

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/12/13 03:51 AM

Glad your toes are all now correctly orientated Bill.

Nice to have friends in times of need thumbsup
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/14/13 11:22 PM

Tank,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Posted By: dhanson

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/15/13 12:41 AM

The line is everything Tank, heal up, and you can pick another one. Thanks to Gar, and the others, I couldn't pick much better buds to be around if I went down.
Posted By: roydog007

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/16/13 07:06 PM

Hi Tank,Just popped in to check something and saw the thread. Dang Heal up quickly my friend
Posted By: TNT

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/21/13 08:35 PM

Hope all is well now Bill (Tank), its been a long time that I said Hi. Richard
Posted By: Tank

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/26/13 05:59 PM

Bored, really bored, guess I'll watch some old motogp later......... again.
First I'll finish cleaning some scaffling Gary and I picked up on Crags list, go get some planks for it , post office, library, pick up work check..... yawn.
Yep , bored
Posted By: tallman

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/26/13 11:15 PM

Most likely a good sign.
Posted By: mrduck

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/26/13 11:17 PM

The big question is......



How the hell are we gonna get you to Beatty in November? thumbsup


Don J wave
Posted By: Tank

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/28/13 02:55 AM

Originally Posted By: mrduck
The big question is......



How the hell are we gonna get you to Beatty in November? thumbsup


Don J wave



Maybe Don.... as yet no plans till I straiten out my job of work on or about Sept.20 when I should be able to return. This last month was NOT how I expected to be offwork without paycheck... November, fingers crossed
Posted By: Blind Squirrel

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/28/13 12:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Tank
I do know that riding solo in the hills is something I shall not do in the future as I used to. I would not have gotten out without Garys help in righting the bike and than stabilizing the bike as I got on to ride out.


I rode solo quite a lot going to/from events and local back roads. That is why I have a SPOT Tracker on my right shoulder. The annual fee is pricy, but to me worth it. Gives both the Mrs. and me peace of mind.
Posted By: doc47

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 08/31/13 01:52 AM

Love ya, buddy!! Heal good, y'hear!!
Posted By: flyingreg

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 09/13/13 07:28 PM

BILL! Wow, I have been "MOVING" since July 20 and had no idea. I am glad you are doing better and will be healed soon. I am almost your neighbor now, we are back living in Redding after being absent for 30 years. I will be coming to visit soon.
Posted By: Tank

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 09/14/13 03:32 PM

Greg, that is so cool... your moving into the redding area. As you know there are many great roads between you and I / wahoo
Posted By: flyingreg

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 09/14/13 04:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Tank
Greg, that is so cool... your moving into the redding area. As you know there are many great roads between you and I / wahoo
We are moved, just not moved in, that takes time. Yes, lots of good riding up this way. We will be riding together now and then. clap
Posted By: Twisties

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 09/14/13 11:30 PM

Originally Posted By: flyingreg
Originally Posted By: Tank
Greg, that is so cool... your moving into the redding area. As you know there are many great roads between you and I / wahoo
We are moved, just not moved in, that takes time. Yes, lots of good riding up this way. We will be riding together now and then. clap


clap thumbsup
Posted By: flyingreg

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 09/15/13 05:44 AM

Hey Jan,
I hear you all are taking good care of Tank. I will be looking for you in Torrey to say hi.
Posted By: Twisties

Re: Tank broke his leg... - 09/15/13 03:51 PM

Originally Posted By: flyingreg
Hey Jan,
I hear you all are taking good care of Tank. I will be looking for you in Torrey to say hi.
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