Taken from the April 2016 Newsletter
CREEK OUTING REPORT: by Chas Moser
Here at Middle Creek
this weekend there certainly was tremendous potential for another great outing.
What was not to like? Perfect weather with daytime temps in the low 70’s; miles
and miles of super trails in close-to-pristine condition with almost zero dust;
and really nice RV campsites in nice surroundings. Only three rigs showed up -
namely the Baumgarts with Ruby, the Masons with Koko, and Chas by himself.
The 50-mile ride on Friday gave all three of the riders a good workout.
These were mostly trail miles, some of which were fairly challenging. There were
only a couple of minor mishaps, perhaps the worst of which led to Larry’s
scraped elbow. Guess who left camp without his elbow guards. All in all, a good
day, other than for the few minor mishaps.
Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. ride
started out fine. Chas was having a little difficulty E-starting his new
two-stroke, so he naturally resorted to the kick starter. Keep in mind that he
is no longer used to kick- starting a bike after riding electric start bikes for
the past 20 years. As bad luck would have it, Chas lost his balance momentarily
while attempting to use the kick start. The bike started tipping over on its
right side with Chas trying to stop it. At the point of impact with the asphalt,
the right side end of the handlebar ended up crashing down onto Chas’ right
hand. After several minutes, the pain and throbbing subsided; therefore Chas
figured that he was all set to continue the ride. As the trio was leaving the
campground, Chas wisely noted that his helmet strap was not affixed properly. He
stopped momentarily so that the helmet issue could be addressed. Upon removal of
his right glove and gazing at his hand, he almost fainted at the sight of his
damaged middle finger. When Glenda saw the finger she immediately wrapped it and
insisted on transporting Chas ASAP to the nearest hospital, which was fairly
close by in neighboring Lakeport. Glenda, bless her heart, sat with Chas for six
hours in the ER while the MD’s and PA’s attended to Chas’ finger. After Chas
left for the hospital, Robin and Larry continued on with the original Saturday
ride; however, not everything proceeded as planned. While descending a
particularly steep hill, Larry took a fall which badly damaged his left ankle.
By the time that Glenda and Chas arrived back in Middle Creek, Larry and Karin
had already left for Sacramento with Larry driving! After arriving at the
Sacramento hospital, it was discovered that the ankle was broken in three places
with surgery planned the following day. Unfortunately Larry will be out of
commission for four months.
Saturday evening actually ended on a very
pleasant note at the local Indian Casino just out of Upper Lake, where the
remaining three enjoyed wonderful prime rib dinners with all the trimmings.
MIDDLE CREEK OUTING PHOTOS: by Chas Moser