While the Coyote and I were on our glorious run along “The Loneliest Highway”, Highway 50, I had an attack. It was rapture of the outdoors (a total surprise to anyone who knows me). As a result, I began keeping an eye out for photo opportunities. Somewhere on the lonely highway we passed a very scenic outcropping of rock. I noticed it had an area right in front where the bikes would look great for a photo. I happened to be in the lead at the time so I slowed down and gave Al a couple of hundred million signals to indicate we were turning back. As we approached I left the highway to take a short gravel road to the site.
About the time I got the bike on the gravel I noticed a small almost dry creek was crossing the road. It also had what looked like a pretty large muddy area I would have to cross. I only had a split second to assess the situation and came up with zip… nada. I mean, I could not tell how deep the mud was and I was not going to put almost a thousand pounds of bike, gear and person on it to find out. So I grabbed a handful of brake, put my foot down to steady the bike, got no purchase in the gravel and gently laid the bike down. What I mean is… I fell over.
If you remember the television show, Laugh In, you may recall Arte Johnson used to do that all the time. Picture a full grown man riding around on a little tricycle, coming abruptly to a halt and falling over. That is what Arte did and that is just what I did. Thanks for the idea Arte! So Al came up, laughed at me for a while and then began trying to help me get the bike out of there.
We couldn’t get the puppy up so we finally decided to unload my packs and try. That worked and we were soon underway none the worse for the wear. So much for the badass biker concept right?!
Falling over... it has happened to me several times, typically while motionless. If it has to happen this is the best time as the worst development is typically a slightly bruised ego. Conversely, if it happens while you are moving, there are an infinite number of very bad things that can happen.
“So what” you say, “I have ridden for ten months or ten years or longer and it has never happened to me.” Don’t worry it will. As the old Brook Benton standard says, "Its Just a Matter of Time."