There is another thread about this and another broken back incident that happend 6 weeks ago here, but since many people (including me) only read the first couple posts, they might have missed it my additional accident so here’s my long version of it.
So I was on the inuried list for the last 3 weeks due to a twisted knee. So I was really happy to finally be able to get back on the trails 3 weeks later. Went on a nice realitively easy 8 mile ride last Sunday the 3rd of June and was pumped to be able to ride again.
On Saturday the 9th of June, there was a LA Times guy meeting us up in Simi Valley, CA to do an article on us for the Health Section. A photographer was with as well to take some pictures and we were going to ride the nice technical Gspot trail (one of the most techinal trails I’ve ridden or seen). It was my first time doing this trail so I was excited, especially since there was a photographer and us getting interviewed.
I talked my friend and roomate Colin Schworer who’s been riding freestyle unicycle for 15? years or so. He’s also from MN and just moved down here to CA. He’s never really MUni’d so I told him he should come and hike with us and/or ride if there’s an extra Muni. Turns out Rod had an extra one (thanks btw) and extra gear so Colin was good to go.
We all met around 8:30am and then shuttled up to the top. I was so pumped that I ended riding up the entire mile or so climb up. Which looking back, maybe that wore me out enough so I crashed coming down? Anyways, we caught our breath and started going down the trail, stopping and sections to take pictures and try it until we got it. It was a really sweet trail and I was lovin it. Got maybe 1/3 of the way down when we got to the I guess now named “Mossengren Rock” or “Jameys Rock” if it’s easier.
It looked pretty dang steep (much steeper than the video looks) and I wasn’t going to try it until I saw Josh give it a go and do it. He made it look pretty easy and not only did I already not do one of the sections he did, the newspaper guys were their with their camera’s and there were 7 others standing around including my friend Colin who I guess in a way I wanted to impress everyone. So I decided to give it a try.
Started going down it and everything was going OK and I made it to the bottom and that’s when the wheel stopped in the dirt/flatter area but my body kept going. I kinda did a superman fly and all I could see was a big rock headed my way. I somehow managed to fly over the rock and land on the other side of it, kinda on my face and chest I guess. I litterally ate dirt because I was spitting it out of my mouth when I got up. It knocked the wind out of me for what seemed like an eternity (30-45 seconds) but I thought I was OK besides that.
My back hurt but I just thought it was a bad bruise so I said I was fine and walked the rest of the trail down. Took some pictures and video’s of the other guys and was happy to finally make it to my car. Went out and ate some food afterwards with some of the guys and then I drove home and traffic sucked. Took almost 2 hours and by the time I got home I was hurting more. Couldnt’ get comfortable so I called the nurseline and asked them and they told me to come in.
Got some xray’s and that showed something so I got a cat scan and it confirmed that I had broke my back. I had a compressed fracture in the T6 vertabrae. No spinal cord or nerve damage, thank god. Since it was the weekend they couldn’t get a brace for me and had me stay in the hospital till Monday. It was my first hospital experience and I’m not a big fan. Maybe I’ll tell some stories about it later.
So the thing that sucks the most is that I’m going to retire from the sport. OK, anyone that knows me knows that unicycling is my life so that’s just the opposite. It’s going to be so hard not to ride, surf or play disc golf for 2-3months. But I guess it could be worse and I’ll just have to patiently wait…
So that’s the long version and here is the video. I don’t think it looks that bad but somehow I managed to break me ol back from it. Ship Happens. And time will heal it.
BTW-My friend Colin loved it and had a blast. He’s definately hooked and told me to bring him again whenever I go. Rod was so nice that he even loaned his extra muni to Colin for the next month or two until he likes it so much he buys one of his own! He did great for his first time ever MUni’ing, especially since it was one of the most difficult trails out there. He rode much of it!
-Broke Back Jamey