Words to live by...

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Author Unknown

"A good wife is her husband's biggest fan -- no matter how crazy he is." ~Me

"May God give you.. For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer." ~ Irish Blessing

Friday, April 18, 2008

Update 2

Talked to Chris this morning and he is heading home right now in the BoxTruck.

Jefe is still being kept for observation, but no word of surgery yet, thankfully. Chris had a similar spleen injury as a kid (rollerblading with some excessive speed -- we all should've learned then to keep him in a plastic bubble) -- so at least Chris can commiserate with his situation. They haven't let Jefe start drinking liquids yet, so being terribly uncomfortable and thirsty seems to be his status right now... hey, it's like racing the race anyway :) Someone is coming down from Colorado to keep him company and drive him back when he is released.

For now, Chris is starting the 10+ hour drive back in a giant Uhaul. While it's not his preferred method of transportation (by the way, THANK YOU to everyone that offered to help shuttle him back!!), but he wanted to take the quickest and least inconvenient method home and this seems to be it for now. I hope to see him before 10:00 tonight, but we'll see. He slept in a crappy chair in the hospital and says his only sore spot is near his shoulderblade. The reality of all of the implications of this accident seem to really be sinking in... i.e. good thing we have a cushioned savings account.

Got a few more details of the accident: tires blew off the rims, they landed rubber (uhh, I guess rim) side down thankfully, they were still able to open the doors to get out, back end took most of the damage, bottles and glass everywhere from the cooler, they couldn't locate the driver's side mirror anywhere.

I am so glad they both turned out as ok as they did.

As for me, if I keep the "What ifs..." out of my head, I do ok. I now have a raging fever and have to head off to my uncle's funeral this afternoon. I foresee a weekend filled with good food, an obscene amount of snuggling, and a lot of tears.

I can't believe the good people that we are lucky enough to be associated with. Thank you to everyone who left such nice comments and offered to go out of their way to help us. I appreciate it so much, and Chris will be so touched when he gets back to see all of the comments and emails. The biking community is an incredible group of people.


Dave said...

That's what we're here for.

Best of.

Cellarrat said...


Maybe Sunday breakfast ride?

Epic Adam said...

Utah seems far away from all this, wish I could help out more.

And now the next question...

How are the bikes? :)

Get some rest this weekend.

Stefan-n-Sheryl said...

Holy crap, that is just terrible. I *just* now heard about this and my heart sank into my stomach. I know exactly how much planning and prep and excitement both of them had for this trip, and to have something like this happen... Ughh. Not that they want to hear it, but it could have been far, far worse! Chris sounds like he is "rolling" with it OK... Hope Jefe comes out unscathed too.

And, of course, if there's anything Sheryl and I can do? Just say the word!

bill said...

yep, everything is OK, and i am so glad.

Anonymous said...


I'm so glad to hear that you and Jefe are going to be alright. I would've really missed your enthusiasm on the trails. Get better soon!

-Alan Doak

Scott said...

Hang in there Marni, I'm glad Chris will make it home this evening!

UltraRob said...

I'm glad Chris is OK.