yeah, it was weird. Witnesses say nothing happened around him. Max and I came up on it before the police got there, pretty long skid mark and gouges in the pavement. I'd guess he saw some brakelights, panicked, and locked up the rear. We were only doing about 50 on the highway, but without a helmet, you're really risking your life.
I just don't understand the very high numbers of cruisers wearing no lid, beanie lid, or faceless lid. It's beyond my comprehension.
If you ride long enough, you WILL go down. I've been down twice, once my fault in the mountains, and once an old lady ran a stopsign and T-boned me.
I wear FULL gear at all times, or I don't ride period. The gear has saved me twice. Like they say, there are two types of riders; ones who've been down, and ones who will go down. The only thing you can do is be prepared.
Ever hear, "Dress for the crash, not the ride"? I swear by it. 50 mph lowside, I guarantee you if he's wearing a helmet he walks away. His only injuries were to his face/head.
It's sad, but all I can do is shake my head.
But the event was great. Very emotional. Choked up a few times, seeing the overjoyed kids/parents, realizing there are people supporting them in their battles.
Toy runs are a great way to get together and help out other's. That's a pretty impressive turnout and tree full of toys!
Honestly, riding w/ 3000 strangers can be hazardous. How many have never ridden in a group before? Not to mention what a few "idiots" in the pack brings to the table. You can have one spectacular chain reaction.
The one here in Wichita, Ks. was shortened up by about 6 miles a couple years back due to "incidents". It's still about an 11 mile ride though. Worried more about the people behind me, as I could control the space between my bike and those in front.
Toy Run this Sunday.
Anderson, CA (Now That's pretty Northern CA...)
Meet at Wally World in Anderson at 1100,
collect the toys.
Ride to Anderson River Park about 1400 or so...
Music, food, fun.
Expecting about 300 bikes.
I am going on the Toy Run here on the 7th of December. They get 5,000+ bikes on the run.... we get a green light run and police escort from Sandgate to Newcastle (not that it means anything to you guys :lol: ) The procession of bikes takes over an hour to pass by.... will be my first toy run and i'm looking forward to it.
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