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Back in Boone: Trail running and a bike crash

Took me about 30 hours door-to-door to get from Rome to Boone, NC.

Good to be home.  Not too whacked out by time change.  Got settled on Tuesday and snicked a short gym workout in during the afternoon.

It's amazing I'm not as big as a barn based on bad eating in Italy.  I have gelato coming out of my ears.  But we also walked most all day, every day.  Different than a morning run, then letting the old rear end spread across the office chair all day.

Went out this morning and completed my greenway trails loop.  Watch a shift from a month ago.  What was a barren, brown forestland is now a plush green tunnel through the woods!

We had a pretty sad piece of news from over the weekend.  Check out the email I received about one of my Boone cycling buddies:

Subject: Chuck Hendrix Cycling Accident!
Guys we had a Brother in Jesus and Cycling take a bad Spill Saturday on the Pre-BSG 50 training ride!
He was from my understanding going down the back side of Georges Gap toward Bethel which can be a very fast
and winedy! (I know this is spelled wrong but spell check would not correct it)!! 
Chuck is now in the Hospital at Watauga Medical Center with a series of Complications and Injuries!
Not sure of the room # but you can call or maybe someone can get back with me and let me post it!
1. Broken Collarbone
2. Road Rash
3. Cracked Ribs
4. Partially Collasped Lung (I think this was re-inflated)
    and now I hear he has a:
5. Fractured Pelvis (My understanding is they are in deliberation on what to do) due to the location!
I understand this could need surgury and need to be done off the mtn!

***This was a pretty bad spill caused by mixing speed with gravel! (Like mixing Oil and Water) 
!!!!Please be careful and be aware that the rains we have been having are washing gravel into the roads
causing dangerous road conditions!!
Please let us know of extremely dangerous gravelish roads!!

Can we please keep us informed by using this Email for Chuck!


I went to the hospital yesterday to see Chuck.  He's a hurtin' unit.  Doc was about to take the tube out of his lung as I was leaving.  Collarbone, eight cracked ribs and may have to get a plate screwed into his pelvis.  Told me he was waving a faster rider around during a quick descent; he remembers motioning the guy past and then lights out.

Remember when I posted that I don't have the gonads to descend with these boys?  The hardest part of getting old(er) is knowing one's limitations.  I don't have the skill set to keep up and if I tried, I might have the same outcome.

God bless Chuck during his recovery phase.


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