Well, I usually lurk here, and rarely post, but everything in my riding world changed this past weekend. While in the middle of a left turn, I apparently got into some gravel in the middle of the road, lost control, and lowsided the bike. To round out the riding season, I thought it might be good to ride Hwy 542 up to Artist Point. I'd never been, the pictures I've seen from the top looked great, and the last few miles of the road looked like fun. Well, I never got that far. As my two fellow riders explained, I was in the middle of a left turn (marked for 15, I was doing 35-40) and my bike found gravel that had been left in the road due to repaving on this stretch of road. I don't remember any of this. As soon as I lost control, I was on my left side and sliding toward the jersey barrier. I was out cold for a couple of minutes after the accident. I'm no stranger to a 15mph turn, as there are more than a few of them over here in Burien and I'd much rather ride technical roads than go fast in a straight line. But regardless, I'm finding myself pretty bummed after what happened. 3 cracked ribs, right broken ankle, subdural hematoma (which was gone a day later), road rash on my left shoulder, and bruising all over are what I have to show for this one. It was my first actual accident after 6 years of riding. I'm not sure if the bike is totaled, but it may be, looking at the blurry picture from the scene that I was sent. This was, also, my first bike, and was a helluva lot of fun to ride. With the bump to the head, I have to stay off of bikes for about a year (too risky otherwise), and with twin boys on the way (due late December) I don't think I'll be getting too close to bikes for awhile. Pity, as it is one of life's great joys. Well, be safe out there, folks. I'll continue lurking and watching. Here are the photos, for those who are interested.