If you looked at the photos of my bike tour, you may have noticed I had pictures that were taken as I was riding along. I am a very safety conscience person (I was actually the Safety Monitor during my last couple years in the Military). I take pictures ALL the time so I feel like I am proficient at doing it in different situations. I haven't been on a bike in awhile and the last one I rode was my own. It is a beach cruiser with pedal brakes. Some of you may already be guessing where this is going. During the first half hour or so of this trip, I had used the right hand brake to slow myself down a bit when I went downhill. My camera was secured around my wrist and I made sure to not be taking pictures when I needed to slow down. I felt myself going a little faster than I wanted and decided I needed a little more brake action to accomplish this. Not realizing that by using the left brake, I was now using the front brake and it would not slow me down but STOP me completely. Like, IMMEDIATELY! I wasn't prepared to stop (I just wanted to slow down a bit) so my body didn't. Unfortunately, my bike did! I found myself flying through the air and over the handlebars with the ground rapidly approaching. I actually had a couple seconds while airborne to sort of plan my fall. I knew I didn't want to land on or with my hands (I'm a writer after all) so I used my left elbow to take the initial impact. My left thigh was secondary. Stomach (very well padded, thank you) and ribs were third. I felt fine and got right up and brushed myself off. My camera had come off my wrist and went crashing to the ground. Thankfully, I use a Canon D10 waterproof AND shockproof model. It's been used often underwater for both pictures and video so I know it lives up to the waterproof claim. I can now also vouch for the shockproof claims. It worked perfectly! I remember thinking
"Man, I wish I would have got a picture of me flying through the air".
Yes, that is how you know I am a REAL PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL BLOGGER! I was NOT concerned or worried about broken bones at all--just a little upset that I wasn't able to capture the action shot.
I felt so bad for the girl behind me. She saw me fly and probably thought I was hurt pretty badly. That was going to be an image in her head for awhile. She checked my arms (I had a long sleeve sweater on so I took it off) and I had road rash on my left elbow that was bleeding ever so slightly. I literally left a piece of me in Toronto that day! We cleaned it up, put a couple of bandaids on and I was ready to finish the ride. My left thigh was a little sore and I knew I would have a huge bruise in a couple days. I had a full afternoon planned still and I wasn't going to let a little accident stop me. Tomorrow I would be flying back to Texas. I could be in pain and spend a couple days in bed recuperating once I was home. I certainly didn't have time for that now!