1st March 2015
Usual NAM Sunday morning meet- up, Ruth and I where teamed up with Matt & Marion, for an un-observed ride. Matt suggested an alternative route and Ruth & I where keen to tag along. Our route eventually ran parallel with the official one, Ringland Lane and the A1067 respectively, with Matt and Marion leading, then Ruth followed by myself. Through a large puddle followed by mud, which the others avoided apart from myself, with the bike and I going in different directions. This all happened so quickly, I remembered Neil Frame telling us, on a recent 1st Aid course, to stay still and NOT to jump up straight away, as I lay there, hoping I had not broken any bones.
Then the others realised I was not behind them, about turn to my rescue, Ruth shouting “Do NOT look at your bike”. I was made to sit still while my bike was stood back up and we all inspected the damage. Dented petrol tank, air filter off, indicator dangling and handle bars twisted.
After studying a map to establish our location, I rang the AA ETA about an hour. They also informed me as this was an accident, with no one else involved, there would be a recovery charge if the bike could not be made road worthy. While we waited Matt studied the bike, his brain ticking over, as how to get the bike back home. Luckily I had a few tools and Matt set about making a few alterations.
After cancelling the AA I was shadowed home by Matt, Marion and Ruth. Many Thanks.
What a HARD way to learn to carry a copy of my insurance with me. After several phone calls to the AA and my insurance company to establish what to do if this ever happens again.
HAVE A LOOK AT MY NUMBER PLATE, IF YOU DARE, THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME.