My mountain biking buddy Dave crashed over the weekend while mountain biking in Texas. He was riding down a hill with some root dropoffs and lost control at the bottom of the hill, flying headfirst into a tree. He was paralyzed for about 20 minutes and gradually regained feeling in his arms and legs. The guy he was riding with helped him walk out.
I saw Dave at work yesterday and he looked pretty bad. No visible bruises, but he had some swelling in his neck, and his hands were doing some kind of strange involuntary grasping thing. He finally went to PromptCare, where they thought he might have a broken neck. They referred him to the hospital, where they determined that his neck isn’t broken, but he injured his spinal cord and got a concussion. He’ll have to have some rehabilitation, the extent of which is unknown at this time. His new bike also suffered some damage to the fork, we’re not sure yet how much damage.
Dave was largely responsible for getting me back into cycling after several years away from it. He went mountain biking with me at Brown County State Park and showed me the ropes. I was hooked, and Dave was always patient as I attempted to get in shape, riding slowly and making frequent stops as needed. He’s a great guy and a great rider.
Here’s hoping Dave heals quickly and can be out riding and hiking again soon.