The reason behind having time on my hands is I was involved in an RTC, hence the picture that go's along with this post. Without going into too many details I had popped into work on my days off and got knocked off my bike on the way home. I was admitted to hospital due to my injuries but can happily say I have now been released and am at home to allow me to recover.
I have wish to thank all those involved in attending the scene, I have very few recollections of the actual incident but have been told that I was very well looked after prior to the ambulance arriving on the scene. I have no idea if anyone who was involved will read this but I will remain eternally grateful.
The other blessing that I can think I have is all of the further training that I have completed since passing my riding test many years ago. A quick look at my licence shows it was back in 1995 that I got my bike licence, this has now been boosted with IAM advanced training that teaches you to ride in a safer manner and look ahead. On top of this I have been trained as an emergency response rider, which I consider to be almost the pinnacle of bike riding. Only to be surpassed by Instructors of riding.
This time of year when things are warming up we see so many riders who don't have the protection that they should be riding in. If it wasn't for me wearing all of my bike gear I fear I would have come off far worse. A decent jacket and trousers along with a well fitting helmet and gloves will offer everyone the best protection available.
It is going to be some time before I am back on a bike, but I am not letting it put me off bike riding. It does encourage me to recommend anyone to do advanced training be it in a car or motorbike. There is a lot to learn after we have passed our tests, and we are never to old to put it into practice.
On a positive note this year despite a somewhat wet start we have had some incredible weather, with some great opportunities for getting out on the road and enjoying it. I certainly enjoyed going riding with one of our other members, where we stayed local and rode the Torpoint twisties and then headed out to the other side of Looe. A great ride with roads that allow you to make the most of the bike while putting into effect all advanced riding techniques to get the best viewpoint.
I am looking forward to working with a couple of new members that we have onboard who are specialists in fundraising who have some great ideas. This will also help with where information is located on the website. It will be good to get feedback and guidance on how things are displayed.
If anyone has any ideas of how we can improve things I am all ears.