Back from the dead with a hole in the head
It's been a while since I last logged in. Had an amazing trip around the world in 2009, and then got busy working and saving for the next big trip through Africa and the Americas, until on August 1st last year I went cycling and got hit by a car at 40mph.
I'll spare you the gory details (it was quite gory!) It's enough to say that I closed a major road for 3 hours and was so badly injured the doctors told my family that I was definitely going to die.
I'm very lucky to be walking and talking, and although I'll probably never be able to run again I will be getting back on two wheels for the first time when I take delivery of an F800GS in two weeks.
Because of my brain injuries I have balance and vision problems (am awaiting operations on my eyes), and memory trouble. Fortunately I don't remember the accident (apart from one very nasty bit that I'd rather forget). I don't remember August or September, and October is slipping away. I'm just hoping I remember how to ride, especially as my first attempt will be when I pull away from the dealer's forecourt!!
The Africa / America trip is on hold until I've recovered properly. Meanwhile I'm planning to spend a few months this summer doing Scandinavia and eastern europe and any other european country I've never been too, maybe getting a bit further afield if things go well.
It's very, very nice to be back!!
Any of the 09 Stan Clan around?
Al / Todderz
RTW 2009 - Europe - Central Asia - Russia - Mongolia - Korea - Canada - USA
2010 - Near-fatal brain injury - hit by car while cycling
Scandinavia 2011 - Germany - Denmark - Sweden - Norway - Finland - Estonia - Latvia - Poland
Asia 2011 - Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos - Thailand - Malaysia
"A study shows drivers responsible for 87% of accidents with cyclists. Another shows drivers fail to see 22% of cyclists in clear view"