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Offline EllsRider

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New member of the Swamp Club.
« on: June 30, 2007, 01:58:34 PM »
I joined the ranks of riders who have gone swimming, wrestled with the gators, cooled off quick, acted out my favorite swamp monster scene from the movies .... by going off a cliff at Carter road and into the water. It was on the Pinky Finger. My handlebar clipped a tree on the left and  I went over  a cliff on the right and  down into the water. I think it was close to a 10 foot shear wall and I was lucky not  to have killed myself. Going over the side I was thinking ' this is some serious sh+@', and then I was thinking to tuck and roll. I flipped over and hit the water on my arm/shoulder. I landed bewteen many protruding tree branches that any of which could have impaled me. As soon as I splashed, I was thinking GATORS, GATORS. I jumped up and grabbed my bike to use  the bike as a shield betweeen myself and any gators but then I didn't know from what direction the gators would strike from. I couldn't get out of the  water because  the dirt wall was vertical  and I couldn't climb out. I scooted along the wall for about 20 feet and climbed out on an oak tree  that had fallen into the water. I escaped completely un-hurt with very minor scratches on the front shin and a minor big ring tattoo on the rear calf. I was completely soaked with all kinds of debris in my helmet and my jersey.  My co-riders who were in front of me did not know I went in and I didn't catch up with them until they had exited  the next two fingers. That was the end of my riding for the day  as I made my way back and showered at the bike rack. 
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2007, 05:04:35 PM »
EllsRider I am glad you survived.   I am just waiting for the day that happens to me  :'(
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2007, 05:27:03 PM »
welcome to the club...you know what i mean when i say - it is super sloooooow motion going into the water ....i had a million thoughts going through my head

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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2007, 05:32:45 PM »
Yep, it was slow motion. I'm pretty lucky.    ;D
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2007, 07:06:11 PM »
Still waiting for my first dip in the muck.  I've come pretty close many times at Carter.  My time will come. ;D
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2007, 07:16:13 PM »
lots of tight spots on the fingers.



I would have payed money to see it. ;D

I would have even asked if you were OK before I started laughing! ;)
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2007, 08:50:52 PM »
I have to go back and get a pic of this spot, you guys won't believe that I went over the edge and lived to talk about it.  ;D I wish it was on film because it would be a hit! But then again, all crahes on film are fun to watch.
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2007, 09:04:47 PM »
so where was it exactly? The first finger on the way out? I know there are a couple of tight spots where a tree kinda juts out into the trail and it is straight off to the right. They are on the way out once you've turned around.
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2007, 09:40:11 PM »
I believe  it was the first finger. The sign said the Pinky Finger. It was on the way out and there was a skinny oak tree that is right next to the trail as the trail juts out. I clipped the tree and went over the shear edge wall. There was a bench cut re-inforcing board along the outer edge, right at the cliff. The dirt on the trail is butted up next to the board. A little further up the trail  is the big tree root drop.
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2007, 10:00:34 PM »
glad you are alright brother... see  ya'll on tuesday night!!!

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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2007, 10:14:00 PM »
Ummmmhhhh, chicken wings.    ;D
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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2007, 06:38:06 AM »
xxxhot wings that make me sweat yummm yummm

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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2007, 07:44:30 AM »
Ells - on a serious note - take your bottom bracket apart and make sure it isnt full of water - when i submerged mine like that i had to get the bearings repacked with grease and get all of the water out...all the water that gets in the frame tubing runs down to the bottom bracket.  mine was full of green muck water when it was taken apart.

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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2007, 08:04:24 AM »
I cant believe you were not hurt that spot was insane to to a triple lind :oy off of!

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Re: New member of the Swamp Club.
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2007, 05:35:31 PM »
Think I may have seen you guys,How was the water temp?

 

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