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#845239 - 08/05/13 10:40 PM Tank broke his leg...  
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... 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.


Jan

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#845241 - 08/05/13 10:48 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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These are our bikes at the end of the highway yesterday afternoon.


Sharon

07 BMW R1200RT
59 BMW R26
12 Yamaha Super Tenere (for sale)

Apparently, a girl can have too many motorcycles! tongue
#845243 - 08/05/13 10:57 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Bullett]  
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Oh, bummer. Hope you have a speedy recovery, Bill.


Howard
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#845245 - 08/05/13 10:57 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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Ugh! No Bueno.

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

Love that guy so much!!!!!


Phil Challinor

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#845246 - 08/05/13 10:59 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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Well, drat! Dual-sporting gets another one. I hope Tank gets fixed up and heals up quickly!


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#845247 - 08/05/13 11:01 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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Sorry to hear Tank, heal quickly! thumbsup

Pat


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#845251 - 08/05/13 11:04 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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Ahhh crap.....I hate to think of Bill doing anything but smiling and being friendly. Hope he has a speedy recovery


-Keith (Yup, thats me...and my rubber chicken)

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#845252 - 08/05/13 11:05 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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Damn!

Hopefully surgery goes well.


Russell
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#845253 - 08/05/13 11:08 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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Heal quickly and well Tank! All our JuJu headed your way!


Richard
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#845254 - 08/05/13 11:11 PM Re: Tank broke his leg... [Re: Twisties]  
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Sorry to hear that. Hope you heal quickly Tank!


Tim
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