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Back from my accident after hitting a (gulp) ground hog(28 posts)

Back from my accident after hitting a (gulp) ground hogPaul
Jul 22, 2002 8:17 AM
There is a section of the W & OD bike trail in N. VA that has a large population of these cute little furry animals. Well, I'm the fourth person (that I know of) to hit one of them. I was spinning along doing about 18 mph when one of them ran between my wheels. I went down like a rock. I wasn't wearing a helmet, yes, I've learned a lesson on this, and got a gash on my forehead requiring 9 stitches. Plus a separated shoulder ( low grade, but painful), and road rash galore. Road rash hurts the most.

I managed to ride 18 miles to the hospital. A band aid along with my sweat band stopped the blood flow from my forehead. I didn't feel the shoulder pain till I got to the hospital. I now have a large bump on my shoulder. I read where you can do what you can tolerate with this kind of injury. Any advise on this from people who have had this sort of injury? I have a sling, but am worried about not using the arm, and then having to go through physical therapy.

I told my friends to kick my ass if they ever see me without a helmet again.

It's good to be back.
Does that mean a longer winter? nmmr_spin
Jul 22, 2002 8:21 AM
No. They told me three weeks. I might try riding tonite.ThePaul
Jul 22, 2002 8:39 AM
shoulder hurts when trying to put my arm over my head, or behind my back. Straight out seems okay. It's been a week.
I've got a very good Osteopath...Gregory Taylor
Jul 22, 2002 10:39 AM
...she helped my shoulder immensely after I got hit by a car in June.
Oh...she's also located in Alexandria (nm)Gregory Taylor
Jul 22, 2002 10:59 AM
How big is a groundhog exactly?paulw
Jul 22, 2002 8:23 AM
I've run over a few, big squirrels and barely noticed them. I felt bad but they're really stupid.
I was curious too...Google to the rescueScot_Gore
Jul 22, 2002 8:30 AM
GROUNDHOG, or WHISTLE-PIG (Marmota monax), stout-bodied marmot of the family Sciuridae (order Rodentia). Woodchucks are black-footed, reddish-brown or brown animals, ranging from 42 to 51 cm (17 to 20 inches) in length, with 10- to 15-centimetre (4- to 6-inch) tails. They weigh between 2 and 6 kg (4 and 14 pounds). Found from the eastern and central United States northward across Canada and into Alaska, woodchucks are animals of open fields and woodland edges, where they feed mainly on low green vegetation. They are mainly terrestrial but are good swimmers and climbers. They feed heavily in summer, storing fat to see them through their winter hibernation. They are also excellent diggers, constructing a burrow with a main entrance and an escape tunnel. Woodchucks are solitary except during the spring, when litters of four to five young are born. The young stay with the mother for about two months.
My guess is about 10-15lbs. I've ridden over squirrels, feelsPaul
Jul 22, 2002 8:35 AM
like a bump. Can't go over these animals unless you have a mountain bike. It just happen so fast, no time to react.
About the size of a catpmf
Jul 22, 2002 9:12 AM
Or bigger. They can get pretty plump looking. Squirrels merely bounce off your wheel.
how did the g.h. do? (tree hugger...) nmstik__boy
Jul 22, 2002 8:30 AM
Never saw the sucker after I hit him. nmPaul
Jul 22, 2002 8:41 AM
That sucks!funknuggets
Jul 22, 2002 8:35 AM
I can't say I told you so, but in an earlier thread we discussed this very same issue. Those things are as indecisive as my wife selecting shoes. They cant figure out which way they want to go and inevitibly will go the way you decide to dodge them. Those things are worse than squirells because they dont squish when you run over them.

I think they need to invent groundhog whistles.
try a motorcycle vs. deer!!!stik__boy
Jul 22, 2002 8:38 AM
one of my best friends basically blasted a deer in 1/2 2 years ago on his ducati while we out on a ride. he was actually pretty good, but was wearing full race leathers. same deal though..... it was walking so he aimed for it, thinking it would be gone by the time he got there... it stopped, and went back...... bam. ugly.
We have deer flying across the trail also, don't know of anyPaul
Jul 22, 2002 8:48 AM
accidentts with them. Man, if it's not the cars, ot's the animals. Goes with the territiory I guess.
Hey Paul ...pmf
Jul 22, 2002 9:15 AM
I damn near hit two deer riding on the trail a few weeks ago. I was coming down the big hill into Leesburg going about 22 mph and two jumped out across the path less than 10 feet in front of me. Scared the hell out of me. Had the same thing happen near Vienna last summer.
It's happen to me also. Man, I rode without any fear for yearsPaul
Jul 22, 2002 9:46 AM
on the trail, now I can feel the fear just building up. Hope it goes away with time. Just be extra careful from Ashburn Road to Smith's Switch. That's where the accidents have been happening. Maybe it's a rabid G.H., or just one out for revenge.
You guys wouldn't mean Leesburg and Vienna, GA, would you? nmJBurton
Jul 22, 2002 1:18 PM
Never saw that thread. There is one area that has a largePaul
Jul 22, 2002 8:45 AM
population of them. Usually, the adults just eat along side the trail, but onece in awhile they just take off and run across the trail. My club is going to put a warning in the news letter. You can be sure I'll be extra careful riding this area. Man, if it's not the cars, it the animals. Once in awhile we have deer flying across the trail.
Ground hogs are mean and loyalKristin
Jul 22, 2002 8:49 AM
I wouldn't show your face around that trail for a while. Seriously, glad your okay. What kinda noggin cover did you buy?
Ground hogs are mean and loyalPaul
Jul 22, 2002 9:40 AM
I have a couple of helmets, a Gyro and a Specialize Cobra. Just don't like them in the heat. Rode my Harley for years without a helmet, so I guess it's easy to get over confident. During the TDF, I watched those guys racing down the mountains doing 50-60 mph with no helmets. But then I thought, if they ever hit something at that speed, they are dead no matter what. But I will wear one from now on. It's mandatory for the club rides.

Thanks Kristin
(Sound of fingernails on chalk board)..............firstrax
Jul 22, 2002 9:00 AM
Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch these woodchucks for ya, but it ain't gonna be easy... Bad chucks. It's not like going down to park chasin' bunnies or chipmunks. These woodchucks - swallow ya hole. L'il shakin', l'il tenderizin', down ya go. Now we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back the cyclists, that'll put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant! I value my neck a lot more than 3000 bucks chief! I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him... and kill him... for ten! Now you gotta make up your minds. Gonna stay alive and ante up? Or ya wanna play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers; I don't want no mates. There's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.
Roy Scheider with cigarette hanging from lip, backing up...MXL02
Jul 22, 2002 9:05 AM
"We're going to need a bigger bike!"
LOL! (nm)Sintesi
Jul 22, 2002 12:05 PM
Okay, it's a deal, but I want the tail for my cycle nmPaul
Jul 22, 2002 9:51 AM
Sorry to hear thatpmf
Jul 22, 2002 9:08 AM
I have always been tempted to give you sh!t for not wearing a helmet. My wife always mentions it after we see you (she got in a serious accident a few years ago and would be dead today if she were not wearing a helmet).

I tell her that the thickness of your head will likely protect you from injury :)

Hey, if there's nothing worth $50 to protect in there, why bother?

I am disturbed to hear about the groundhogs. I see them all over the place and they always appear to have the intelligence not to charge across the bike path -- unlike those idiot squirels. They're big too. Did ya kill it?

Hope your recovery is a quick one.
Over the years, I've gotten a lot of crap for not wearing aPaul
Jul 22, 2002 9:59 AM
helmet. Hey, be like me, say what you feel. Of course, I'm very tactful. No, I understand perfectly. it taught me a lesson. But as they say: No brain, no pain.

Come next spring, I intend to run over the baby G.H's. Revenge is sweet.

see ya on the trail.
You need to I mean ground hog hop'em.mikebikr
Jul 22, 2002 12:13 PM
Speedy recovery!
damn GHzooog
Jul 22, 2002 2:12 PM
Sorry to hear your bad luck. Hit a dog 2 years back and busted a thumb and clavicle. rested the clavicle for 2 and half weeks then began PT on my own. Went to MD a week later and he was impressed with my recovery. Went to some formal PT/OT for thumb and shoulder. Shoulder bounced back well but the thumb is another issue. Gotta give you a tip of the hat(or helmet!) for riding back to the hospital. Speedy recovery. I guess time will heal all. And please wear a helmet.