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post #1 of 17 Old 08-29-2003, 7:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: just had the coolest track day

I just got back from running pocono east course.

to start the day - 14 people showed up including the 4 control riders. *So they ran it as an open day - no groups, no time limits, just riding. *I got to ride with the big boys and loved every minute of it and learned so much

now for the bad news - right before lunch i headed off into turn on and leaned it over then up got ready for 2 and then i feel something hit my boot - i think 'hmmm awfully weird place for a rock to be' *i grab a handful of brake and the lever is in my hand. *Now i am just [email protected] at this point cause I am carrying WAY to much speed for me to make the corner with no brake so i hit the rear and head for the grass. *Now for those who have NEVER had the pleasure of riding pocono let me explain that the infield is like the moon - craters and gullies everywhere. *Anyway - back to the story - i was hard on the rear and my rear started swinging all over the place so i let up a tad and stop in a bit. *I did not dump the bike . *So I am sitting there on my bike smelling burning rubber from where I locked the rear up on the track and I just sit - for like 2 minutes. *NOBODY saw me go off or sit there. *I was there for 2 minutes before they threw the red. *That was my first red flag * * I ride to the pits with no brake and my lever in my hand thankful i am still able to think. *

So making it through that I got the bike fixed and continued through my day.


Packing up to go home I see a wreck on the track and it is the dude beside me in the pits, so I wait and the ambulance comes and drops him off. *I ask him how he is doing and he is just staring at me and then his truck. *He asks me where his truck is and I think - oh sh!t, houston we have a problem. *I do a quick medical exam on him and find one of his pupils blown, he is Alert and Oriented x 1 (that is BAD), and stammering. *I call the ambulances back over through the control rider and the lady EMT gives me sh!t for doing it. *I tell them what I found and they did their own exam and then carted him away. *I pretty much saved this dudes life and the EMT busted my chops. *SO I loaded up all his stuff and then took off.

Now I sit here and am already sorer than I have ever been riding a bike and wishing it could happen all over again



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Re: just had the coolest track day

that must have been about a 9 on the pucker factor scale!

i'm glad that you saved it!

i guess those EMT's were out to lunch huh? i can't believe that they didn't thank you for your help...
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Re: just had the coolest track day

Good job Bubba!



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Re: just had the coolest track day

Sounds cool, well except for the off road part. We had a rider at a race crash bad in practice, I didnt see the crash, but I was the first one to come across him layed out cold in the middle of the track. He came around after about 30 seconds, but when we got him back to the pits he kept asking 'what happened?' every 2 or 3 minuts. I had to make his friends take him to an emergency room, they just thought it was pretty funny. Morons.
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Re: just had the coolest track day

who did you run w/? nice save, going off @ pocono is way scary, the moon was a good analogy. glad you and your bike are safe. sorry to hear about your pit neighbor.

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freq - i ran with nesba today.


i just hope the dude turns out ok
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Re: just had the coolest track day

Was this on your F2/3? Good find w/ your pit buddy, I'm sure he's thankful
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bubba : *SO I loaded up all his stuff and then took off.

Now I sit here and am already sorer than I have ever been riding a bike and wishing it could happen all over again
Why, so you can steal some more 'stuff'?
Great write up...hope the pain goes away soon...ya thief.


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i was riding the F3.

nah _ couldn't steal from an injured person - what is the challenge of that??

the whole left side of my body is sore - neck, hand, arm (left arm too), hamstring, thigh and ankle -- the east course is ALL left handers

I figured the track was green from 8:30 to 3 (when i quit), had an hour lunch and then rested for 45 minutes through out the day so I rode for 4.75 hours yesterday, went through 2 five gallon cans plus my full tank
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Not too bad....for a rookie.



j/k good job, Bubba!
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Re: just had the coolest track day

Great Job, Bubba! *Both on your 'save' and the guy!

Sometimes it takes a greener person to the job right. *(I remember you saying how the guys who have been doing this for a while kinda get 'lazy')

Way to go!!! *
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Re: just had the coolest track day

Good job keeping it up during an off-course excursion at Pocono, bubba, not an easy thing to do! Way to go with the pit buddy, too. That lady should've been thanking you for covering her ass.

Gonna join us on Pocono East on Sept. 14th?? Hmmm?? I think there may be a few spots left...
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HondaGalToo : Good job keeping it up during an off-course excursion at Pocono, bubba, not an easy thing to do! *Way to go with the pit buddy, too. *That lady should've been thanking you for covering her ass.

Gonna join us on Pocono East on Sept. 14th?? *Hmmm?? *I think there may be a few spots left...
i'd love to, but will be out of the country then.

it seems bumbier than ever now, i dont know why, but the strip before the bus stop is way bumpy and the corner off the back straight has a good set of bumps as well
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bubba : i'd love to, but will *be out of the country then. *

it seems bumbier than ever now, i dont know why, but the strip before the bus stop is way bumpy and the corner off the back straight has a good set of bumps as well
Bummer! I'll watch out for the bumps. The one off the back straight can wreck a person fairly easily!
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Re: just had the coolest track day

Bubba, great job dude on all accounts. *Way to watch out for a fellow rider. *I can't believe this is the same man I despise so much. *

Gotta love a great day like that.
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