My dads not a member just briefly telling his story.
He's 60, been riding since he was 4, had some scrapes minor breaking of a bone or two through the years, however, that's the type of stuff we normally laugh about dust off and do it all over again.
This last month after coming off some hill climbs we were riding down a dirt jeep road with some ruts, small rocks etc like anywhere else.
My dads approx 100'- 150' ft in front of me and there's a right hand turn coming.
He's now into the turn and I lose sight of him for not even a second before I see dust, my dads on the ground dazed. During all this I'm sliding to a stop jumping off my bike and thinking where the heck is his bike and why am I only seeing the top half of his body.
I run over and see that this hole approx 5'- 6' ft deep by 3' ft wide has swallowed up my dad and his bike.
We didn't know what to think at the time. I pulled him to the edge of the hole off his bike and started checking for injuries. It was almost immediately we found an injury.
He said his left arm didn't feel right and it hurts. So we slowly lift up his sweater and role his glove forward just a little to see and right away we saw his bone sticking out right at the wrist. My dad laid down and took it well.
I checked for bleeding and nothing but what came out from when his bone tore through, checked the rest of him and nothing, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing going on inside we cannot see.
I slid up his sweater further to find that his arm was broken in more than one place.
Obviously he couldn't ride out and were miles from the truck and anywhere so I had to get help.
A long story short, by the time I left my dad to get help and have the helicopter follow me in the mountains over an hour has passed.
The pilots were awesome and jumping forward his surgery was approx 5 hrs. He broke his arm in three places, dislocated his wrist and that's the bone that tore through, tore ligaments and nerve damage. He has all kinds of hardware holding his arm together some temporary some permanent.
Thank goodness it wasn't worse than it was.
My dad is optimistic and wants to ride in the future. But of course he will be limited.
Get bucked off you shake it off and get back on