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#719873 - 08/17/11 07:14 PM Craig the shopkeeper  
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Just a quick update...

I got a call today from Craig. He is home and recovering nicely. He wanted to express his gratitude to everyone for signing the card to him after his get off.

I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude to Barry in Marin too. It's a good thing you were there despite the crappy way his accident was to end a day.


Matt


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#719907 - 08/17/11 09:48 PM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Just a quick update...

I got a call today from Craig. He is home and recovering nicely.


thumbsup

Pat


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#719921 - 08/17/11 10:26 PM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: TEWKS]  
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Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Just a quick update...

I got a call today from Craig. He is home and recovering nicely.


thumbsup

Pat


Not knowing this, please get well soon and update when you can.
Best wishes.


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#719932 - 08/17/11 11:03 PM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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#719935 - 08/17/11 11:32 PM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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Thanks Matt...a large hematoma can't keep a good man down!


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#719942 - 08/17/11 11:58 PM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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Thanks for the update, Matt.
Glad Craig is recovering well!


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#719949 - 08/18/11 12:28 AM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: SageRider]  
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Can someone tell us what is going on with who?





#719954 - 08/18/11 12:46 AM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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There is a store there on the property of the inn that sells stuff from the Diamondback, the new twisty road which happens to run right in front of the hotel.

There is a gent that runs the store, his name is Craig (his last name escapes me, but I have his card someplace...). He rides an 1964 BMW R50 I think it is that he bought in Switzerland in 1973. He brought it back to the states and has ridden it a good bit. He was so excited that the bike group coming was BMWs that he was always nearby us during the UN.

He wanted to ride with some of the group and went out with Barry and someone else. They were having some mechanical issues so he came back to the hotel. A while later, bike back and running he asked Barry if he wanted to go out one more time. They headed down the Diamondback and Craig either had a heart attack or a narcoleptic "episode" and locked up, blew a corner and hit a parked car before going over the embankment.

He was airlifted to Johnson City, TN with some broken ribs, a cranial hematoma and some other injuries. Barry went down the hill to help him till authorities arrived.

That's the Reader's Digest version of the story...


Matt


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#719961 - 08/18/11 01:09 AM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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Yep, that's it in a nutshell. Richard and I are still in Nova Scotia but head home tomorrow and have been w/o Internet for a couple of days. I've spoken w/ Craig and apparently he passed out right before he clipped the parked car and went into the bracken and down the embankment. He has had previous events where he briefly lost consciousness but wasn't on the bike. It was a very sobering thing to witness and Craig is a very lucky man to be alive after being launched from his bike after it hit a couple of trees.
Somehow he rode the bike a good 35 yards unconscious and down a steep embankment through brush and vines. Kudos to the local EMS who responded to my 911 with in 20 minutes. I have photos but wouldn't want to post them w/o talking to Craig first.
Richard and I should be home in about a week.


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#719963 - 08/18/11 01:13 AM Re: Craig the shopkeeper [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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His name is Craig Whitfill and he also has a photo studio. His friend and co-worker Bill said he told him he woke up as he was going over the side into the kudzu and trees. I saw the front bumper tore off the blue car he clipped on the way over on my way out on 226A Thursday.
Bill

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