For anyone who feels like they came in in the middle of this conversation:
Cesar was leading the first of five groups on our ride after visiting Ducati North America. We all made is safely through some rain and wet roads from Cupertino to Alices at the corner of 35 and 84. Cesar was leading the first group down 84 towards the ocean and somehow lost the front end on a turn with a big dirt turnout area on the outside. Apparently it was worse than just a simple lowside, so he was in some pain.
Paul was right behind him and for some reason followed him right off the road. Everybody else got stopped okay and were helping him out.
I was leading group number two about five minutes behind. After stopping for about half a minute and being told that everything was under control, we continued on with the ride. The rest of us had a good time, a nice lunch in Half Moon Bay, and a good run up to Alices after, where we all split up.
Cesar, we hope you're okay and that you heal quickly.
I stayed with him till about 6:00p. He was very talkative, and in very good spirits. Definitely bummed about the 900SS, but really seemed to have good perspective on it. Had a real craving for fish-n-chips, but the docs were having none of it. ;-)
Michael Lund and Ceasar's wife Kim were going to go back up to 84 with a truck and trailer to reclaim the 900, assuming it was still there. Haven't heard.
He's definitely going to feel it for a few days (weeks?)...but a good attitude is probably the best medicine for quick recovery! He's got that in spades!
Thanks all for your help, and making it a good day despite it all!
HI ALL!!!!!!!!! I made it home just 30 min. ago.
Two broken ribs, that's it. Hurts like hell. Ahhhh....Morphene.
I can walk around just fine. Sneesing/coughing makes me see stars.
I praise God for the relatively minor injury. 3-6 wk recovery.
Thank you all for standing beside me in this. It is quite a feeling of comradere to ride with you all. I'm glad that the group was able to go on with their ride. That's what I would have wanted.
Please keep another friend of mine in your thoughts. He's ridden with us before on a bmw. Paul Leuty. He went down on Mines road yesterday. 40' over an embankment after sliding on some gravel and hitting a tree. Broke his femur and the ball off the top. He just came out of surjury this morning at SJ Medical Center. I'm thinking of not changing out of my pajamas and going over to see him ;D
Alright. Again, bless you all. I'll keep you posted.
I feel really bad that you went down also. I in no way felt that you were 'pushing' me in your riding. I was concentrating so much on speed and line under the precarious conditions that I just had to assume that you all were being carefull as well because I had little time to keep looking back as much as I would have liked.
Again, I know how much time, money and effort you have put into your beautiful bike. I'm so sorry to see you hurt physically as well.
Lets get well and make up for it by enjoying an awesome multi-day ride later this year like you want.
Thanks all for the great pictures! It's great to pull them up and show friends and relatives what and how things happened.
And thanks all for the kind thoughts for both Paul and myself.
Everybody got an Eric Bostrom t-shirt...pretty much "giveaway quality". But they also had lottery giveaways off Matrix Revolutions DVDs, Ducati hats, and nice t-shirts. Numbers on either side of mine were called, alas, not mine.
Very interesting to learn about DNA, as well. Interesting perspectives you don't get from print-ads or otherwise.